Golden Eagles Claw Back to Defeat Bearcats

Kevin Lehner

The Tyrone Golden Eagles kept their streak of winning big Mountain League games on the road continued on Thursday as they defeated the reigning District 6 Champion Huntingdon Bearcats by a score of 8-6.

The game took 2 extra innings to decide the winner after the potential game ending out was overturned by the officiating crew because apparently Nic Light’s foot dragged off of the base while catching the ball.

Tyrone was led on the mound by their two aces Kevin Lehner and Rodney Shultz. Lehner pitched the first 4 and ⅓ innings allowing 4 runs 3 of which were earned on 7 hits and struck out 3. Lehner kept the Bearcat hitters off balance all night with a mix of his fastball and dirty curveball.

“I used my breaking ball to keep them unbalanced and was able to keep the ball down in the zone but none of that would have mattered if my defense didn’t hold strong behind me,” said Kevin Lehner

Rodney Shultz came in after Lehner and pitched the final 4 and ⅔ innings of play. He allowed 2 runs on 4 hits while he also struck out three. Unlike Lehner Shultz relies mostly on his dead on location and just blowing his fastball by hitters.

“We fought back from the umpires trying to take the game out of our hands we won the game by staying mentally tough and pulled through,” said sophomore Rodney Shultz.

Tyrone’s offense was led by the red hot Colson Lewis who had 3 of Tyrone’s 10 hits and he scored 3 of Tyrone’s 8 runs. Bryce Hunter drove in 2 runs for the Golden Eagles. Rodney Shultz, Andrew Pearson Kevin Lehner, and Cory Lehman also drove in runs for the Golden Eagles.

“It felt really good to be able to help my team get this big win and I hope I can keep producing as we go forward,” said junior Colson Lewis

Huntingdon scored 3 of the four runs they got off Lehner in the first three innings. Tyrone responded in the third inning as they scored 2 runs cutting Huntingdon’s lead to 3-2. Tyrone took the lead in the top of the fourth inning by scoring three runs and they never trailed the rest of the way.

Huntingdon cut Tyrone’s lead to 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning but Tyrone quickly re-took a two run lead by pushing another run in the top of the sixth. Huntingdon scored in the final two innings to force the game into extras.

After a clean 8th inning the Golden Eagles scored 2 runs in the top of the ninth taking a 8-6 lead. Shultz headed out to the mound one last time and sent the Bearcats back in order securing the victory for Tyrone.

With the win Tyrone’s record moves to 12-2 on the season. They travel to West Branch on Monday looking to pick up win number 13 for the season.

TYRONE (8): Pearson 401, Shultz 411, Lehner 200, Lang 100, Lehman 401, Hoover 010, Lucas 311, Savino 511, Coleman 411, Hunter 401, Lewis 433. Totals — 35-8-10.

HUNTINGDON (6): Ritchey 513, Peck 400, Zook 321, Troha 502, Cook 501, Wagner 510, Gearhart 413, Shetler 010, Snare 300, Handy 501, Safko 000. Totals — 39-6-11.


Tyrone 002 301 002–8 10 5

Huntingdon 120 011 100–6 11 4