Southern Huntingdon’s Hattie Flood carried a two-hit shut out into the sixth inning during Saturday’s non-league contest at Tyrone. However, the Golden Eagles pushed three runs home in the bottom of the sixth with two outs to squeeze past the Rockets, 3-1.
The loss was Southern Huntingdon’s second straight, dropping the team to 4-3 overall. Tyrone improved to 5-2 overall.
Flood allowed just six hits on the afternoon, while striking out three and walking one. Eagle ace Cate Baran scattered three hits and fanned 14, while walking a pair in the winning effort. Baran was just coming off a perfect game in which she struck out 13 batters in a 10-0, five-inning decision against Williamsburg on Wednesday.
“We had heard Baran had struck out like 29 batters over the last two games,” commented Rocket head coach Terri Lessley. “Our plan was to just get the ball in play. Make some kind of contact and get the ball in play.”
After a quick three-up, three-down first inning, the Rockets were able to get on the scoreboard first. Carlee Leidy opened the bottom of the second by reaching on a base on balls. Callie Garlock followed with a bunt single and an error later on the play allowed Leidy and Garlock to advance to third and second, respectively. A wild pitch enabled Leidy to score and Garlock to move to third. However, Baran collected herself and struck out the next three batters to limit the bleeding.
The Rockets were able to get runners to second in both the fourth and fifth innings and had two on in the sixth, but couldn’t get the hits to drive the runs home.
The Eagles had the bases loaded with two out in the fourth. However, a line drive to Southern first baseman Kenadee Doyle got the Rockets out of the inning and kept Tyrone scoreless.
“I was very proud of the girls today for playing such a great defensive game,” added Lessley. “It was all a matter of Tyrone getting its timing down on Hattie in the sixth, which was the third time in the game those girls had faced her. We also told the girls we need more production at the plate if we want to win some games.”
Baran and Ella Pearson connected on back-to-back, one-out base hits in the sixth. After a fly out to center field by Allysan Jones, Callie Maceno singled home both Baran and Pearson. Maci Brodzina then tripled home Maceno before a ground out ended the inning. The Rockets then went three-up, three-down in the top of the seventh to end the game.
Southern Huntingdon is home today for an ICC South doubleheader with McConnellsburg. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.