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BEA takes down 8-1 Southern Huntingdon

BEA defeated Southern Huntingdon 6-1 Saturday. TIM WEIGHT/For the Express

WINGATE – it was the combination of an efficient performance on the mound from Dillon Barnyak and some solid offensive production that allowed Bald Eagle Area to pull off the 6-1 victory over Southern Huntingdon on Saturday.

Barnyak–who went the distance for the Eagles in Saturday’s win–allowed just two hits and retired eight of the last nine he faced. A trio of BEA bats managed to compile multiple hits as the Eagles lineup totaled nine hits overall.

“I’m very pleased all around. Southern Huntingdon has a really nice ballclub–they were 8-1 going in–we feel confident the schedule that we play is probably tougher than theirs. That was a plus for us,” BEA coach Jimmy Gardner said following his squad’s seventh win of the season and its fourth in-a-row.

It was a big day at the plate for Noah Williamson. BEA’s cleanup hitter ended the day 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Williamson’s ground-rule double over the right field fence in the second inning proved to be a spark in BEA’s lineup. Outside of Williamson, Hayden Vaughn and Myles Stover each tallied two hits as well.

The Eagles offense got rolling early in the game. BEA scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a a couple of singles from Vaughn and Stover. Three more runs were scored after Williamson’s big inning the second. The Eagles tallied three more the rest of the way as Barnyak was able to contain the Southern Huntingdon lineup.

BEA pitcher Dillon Barnyak allowed just one run in seven innings on the hill. TIM WEIGHT/ For the Express

“Dillion Barnyak pitched a great game. A 56-pitch, seven-inning game is pretty remarkable. Our defense has a lot to do with that, our infield has been making so many great plays. It’s been a pleasure to watch them do that out there. It’s awesome.”

After allowing a run in the top of the first inning, Barnyak was able to settle in and find his command. The senior hurler went the next six innings without surrendering a hit. Gardner knew the early run posted by Southern Huntingdon would not faze his pitcher. “We were confident. There was no reason for alarm. This bunch is pretty loose and that’s the way we want them to be playing the game of baseball,” Gardner said. “You can’t be tense. We’re having a lot of fun right now and I like our general approach to the game.”

After a 0-2 start to their season, the Eagles have won eight of their last eight games and are starting to play some solid baseball. BEA is slated to play Clearfield, P-O and Mount Union this week.

Southern Huntingdon 100 000 0–1 2 1

BEA 210 201 X–6 9 2

Pitchers: W- Dillon Barnyak, L- Josh Fleck

Southern Huntingdon top hitters: Nate Myers 1-2, 1B; Ethan Taylor 1-2, 1B.

BEA top hitters: Myles Stover 2-4; Hayden Vaughn 2-3; Noah Williamson 2-4, 4 RBIs, 2B.

Records: Southern Huntingdon 8-2, BEA 7-3.

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