Lady Red Devils falter in 10th | News, Sports, Jobs – Altoona Mirror

May 24, 2022
By Kenny Varner
For the Mirror
MILESBURG — Making the most of the moment.
After battling back and forth for 10 innings, the Bald Eagle Area softball team scored in the bottom off the 10th inning on a throwing error by the Red Devils, taking home an exhausting extra-inning contest, 2-1, in the District 6 Class 3A playoffs.
It was a pitchers’ duel from beginning to end as the Eagles got a strong performance from Sierra Albright. She finished with a two-hitter, striking out 18 for a complete-game win.
Central Cambria hurler Kami Kamzik was almost as successful, allowing four hits, striking out 13.
“When you have a freshman pitcher, freshman catcher, a freshman center fielder and left fielder that got the ball in play … what more can you say about that group? Plus you have the core around them,” Bald Eagle Area coach Don Lucas said. “They (Central Cambria) are a quality team. It was just going to come down to who got the last at bats. Fortunately, it was us. We like to bunt so that put us in our element.”
Bald Eagle scored both of its runs via a Red Devil miscue. Central Cambria took advantage of an Eagle error to notch its run as well.
BEA’s Katelyn Smitchko sent a blast into the left center field, and both outfielders collided when going for the ball. The ball dropped to the ground, allowing Smitchko to reach second.
She stole third and then scored on a single down first base easily scoring to make it 1-0. Central Cambria battled back in the top of the third.
With one out, Aubrey Ruddek singled to left. Kamzik was intentionally walked, putting runners on first and second.
Ruddek stole third and later scored on an overthrow back to the pitcher in between strikes, tying things at 1-1.
The two teams entered the 10th and then the international rule came into effect where a runner is put on second to start the frame.
In the top of the inning, Central Cambria got runners on first and second then Albright took over, striking out three consecutive batters to end that threat.
Bald Eagle then used a little two-out lightning.
Kendra Uberti was on second, and Sydney Thompson hit a slow grounder to third. The throw was high, bouncing off the glove of the Central Cambria first baseman which allowed Uberti to score the winning run.
Bald Eagle is at Central on Thursday in the semifinals.
Central Cambria………………………………….. 001 000 000 0 — 1 2 2
Bald Eagle Area …………………………………..010 000 000 1 — 2 4 1
WP — Albright. LP — Kamzik.
Records: Bald Eagle Area (7-5), Central Cambria (15-4)
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