WINGATE — Hoping to continue their momentum from Monday’s victory, the Clearfield Bison were back on the diamond one day later for a Mountain League contest against Bald Eagle. The early-season schedule has the Bison on the road more than being at home, and Tuesday was their third trip away from Clearfield.
This trip saw a return of dismay and frustration. The Eagles had their bats connecting all afternoon, putting up 14 hits, and building an early lead that Clearfield could not overcome. At the end of the day, the Bison suffered a 10-5 loss.
Bald Eagle got things started in the first inning with Noah Williamson hitting an RBI-double to left field. Three batters later, Wyatt McClain blasted a line drive to the same area, pulling in a two-RBI single to open up a 3-0 lead after one inning. However, Clearfield would get two of those runs back in the second when Matt Bailor hammered a two-RBI double to center field, pulling Clearfield to within one.
Unfortunately for the Bison, that would be as close as they would get.
The Eagles would get two runs each in the second and third innings, but it wasn’t until the fourth when things were opened up for good. Following an RBI-double by Kyler Cunningham, Hayden Vaughn came to the plate and it only took one pitch for him to make an impact. Vaughn swung and blasted a line-drive home run over the center field wall, putting up the final two runs on the afternoon to put the Eagles up 10-2.
All the while, the Bald Eagle pitching was superb as Wyatt Coakley was dealing all afternoon. He would last six and one-third innings, hitting the 100-pitch threshold that will mean a one-week rest before his next start. His effort was more than enough for the victory, only giving up five hits all afternoon.
Clearfield would try to get things going in the seventh when Kyle Elensky started things with a two-RBI double. Two batters later, Morgen Billotte would get an RBI-single into left field, cutting the lead in half. But, that is when the scoring ended as Shane Coudriet, pinch hitting in the final inning, struck out on the final pitch while watching the ball sail by.
Elensky would be tabbed with the loss on the afternoon, going three innings while giving up eight runs, six of them earned.
Clearfield (1-2) gets a day of rest before being back on the road for their fourth consecutive road game, this one on Thursday afternoon against Philipsburg-Osceola. The contest with the Mounties was to be the season-opener for both squads, but field conditions were not suitable for play. First-pitch on Thursday is at 4:30 p.m.
SCORE BY INNING
Clearfield 020 000 3 – 5 6 2
Bald Eagle 322 300 X – 10 14 1
CLEARFIELD – 5
Kyle Elensky-P 4122, Nolan Barr-2B 2000, Morgen Billotte-CF 4011, Blake Prestash-3B 3110, Shane Coudriet-PH 1000, Karson Rumsky-SS 3000, Hunter Dixon-1B 3010, Ryan Gearhart-LF 2200, Matt Bailor-C 3112, Cole Bloom-CF 2000, Ty Troxell-RF 1000. TOTALS 28 5 6 5.
BALD EAGLE – 10
Miles Stover-3B 5242, Alex Gavlock-2B 4121, Noah Williamson-C 4242, Kyler Cunningham-DH 3111, Hayden Vaughn-RF 4212, Wyatt McClain-1B 2112, Ryan Kresovich-LF 4110, Gavin Eckley-CF 3000, Tyler Bumbarger-CF 0000, Kahale Burns-SS 4000. TOTALS 33 10 14 10.
ROE: Bailor/Vaughn, Cunningham
2B: Bailor, Elensky/Gavlock, Kresovich, Cunningham, Williamson-2
FC: Gearhart/Burns, Vaughn, McClain
SB: Burns, Vaughn
Clearfield: Elensky-3 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 3 SO, 2 BB; Prestash-1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 SO, 2 BB; Gearhart-2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 SO, 0 BB.
Bald Eagle: Coakley-6.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 SO, 3 BB; Barnyack-0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 SO, 0 BB.