Jackson Ritchey struck out 15, walked none and allowed just one hit while Huntingdon’s offense took advantage of opportunities and the Bearcats beat visiting Bald Eagle 9-0 Thursday afternoon at Blair’s Field. Huntingdon is now 7-11 for the season and finished its Mountain League schedule at 5-9. The Eagles are 5-13 overall and 4-10 in the circuit.
“In a lot ways, this is the kind of game we’ve been capable of playing all year,” said Bearcat coach Butch Woodward. “Jack was great and I very proud of him. It was a wonderful overall performance by the whole team on Senior Day. Right now, we’re trying to build some momentum and confidence we need to bring into next season.”
After a scoreless first inning, the Bearcats took a lead with three in the second.
Nick Gearhart walked to lead off the inning and made it to second on an error. He stole third and scored on a wild pitch. With one out, Nick Troha, J. Ritchey and Jerry Safko all singled to load the bases. Brady Handy walked to force home the second run, then the third came home on a fielder’s choice by Rece Ritchey.
In the second, Draven Zook led off with a single, stole second and scored on Troha’s two-out single to make it 4-0.
The Bearcats continued to add on with four in the fifth. Jacob Wagner beat out an infield single and kept going to second on a throwing error. Gearhart walked, stole second and both runners scored on a single by Zack Peck.
Troha and J. Ritchey drew walks to load the bases, then Safko listed a sacrifice fly to center to score Peck. A walk to pinch hitter Isaac Snare reloaded the bases and the fourth run scored when R. Ritchey was hit by a pitch.
In the seventh, Zook singled, stole second and scored on a one-out single by Peck to end the scoring.
The Eagles didn’t have a hit through the first six innings. In the seventh, J. Ritchey enticed a flyout by the leadoff hitter, but Tommy Snyder rolled a ball down the third base line that turned into an infield single. Ritchey ended the game with a pair of strikeouts.
The Eagles used two pitchers in the contest. Starter Nick Maynard struck out five, walked five and gave up five hits over 4.1 innings to suffer the loss. McGwire Heverly finished, striking out one, walking one and allowing two hits.
The Bearcats will finish their season Saturday morning against the Altoona Mountain Lions at Mansion Park Field.