The Tyrone Golden Eagles found themselves in another pitcher’s duel the day after an 11-inning outing the night before, but on Tuesday they found themselves on the short end of the stick as they dropped to rival Philipsburg-Osceola by a score of 6-2.
Golden Eagle ace Rodney Shultz took the mound for the first time of the 2021 campaign. He gave up a run early in the first inning, but was able to hold the P-O bats in check until the sixth inning when their bats came alive, exploding for four runs.
Shultz provided an impressive stat line, even though he recorded a loss. He recorded nine strikeouts over his 5 1/3 innings. Out of the five runs given up on his watch, only two of them were earned runs.
P-O opened the scoring in the top of the opening frame when they perfectly executed a rundown between first and second, which allowed Gustkey to break the scoreless tie.
Blaine Hoover led the Golden Eagle offense as he got the scoring started in the first inning after an infield single led to him standing on third base because a throwing error allowed him to use his speed to advance. He was later scored on a line drive base hit by Brandon Lucas.
Tyrone had a chance to add on to their lead later in the first when Ross Gampe hit a line drive out into left field, but Jeremy Whitehead made an impressive diving catch able to double up the runner getting back to second making it harder to score with two outs.
In the top of the fourth inning, Shultz had a rising pitch count looking to be on his way out of the game till he retired the Mountie hitters 1-2-3 all by way of the strikeout.
White was able to keep the high-powered Eagles in check, not giving them many chances to break the tie. The tie was finally broken in the top of the sixth inning when some balls found holes in the Eagle defense leading to four Mountie Runs giving them a 6-1 lead the Golden Eagles were not capable of coming back from.
Tyrone added one more run in the bottom of the seventh inning after Cortlynd Rhoades led off the inning with a hit by a pitch and later came around to score on an RBI fielder’s choice by David Lang.
The Golden Eagles will be back in action this Thursday at 3 p.m. when they face off against the Central Dragons in the Curve Classic.
Philipsburg-Osceola 6, Tyrone 2Tyrone — 2
Hoover 2b-lf 312, Shultz p-ss 301, Lucas lf 201, Lehner 3b 200, Buck c 301, Coleman rf 200, Rhoades 2b 010, Hunter cf 301, Legars p 100, Lang ss-2b 300.
Philipsburg-Osceola — 6
DeSimone cf 400, White p 410, Gustkey c 323, J Whitehead lf 210, Wildman ss 311, Meersand 3b 301, R Whitehead rf 310, Pellerite 1b 301, Coudrite 2b 300.
Score by Innings
P-O 100 005 0 — 6 6 1 Tyrone 100 000 1 — 2 6 4 Errors: Lang 1, Shultz 2, Hoover 1 Meersand 1
PitchingTyrone: Shultz — 5 1/3IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO; LeGars — 1 1/3