Tyrone Baseball Completes Senior Night Comeback

Tyrone overcame a two run deficit in the bottom of the 7th to win the game on Senior Night

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Baseball like any game baseball is dependent on momentum and balance. However, baseball harder than most games in one aspect. Like baseball legend Yogi Berra once said, “Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.”

With a two run deficit heading into the bottom of the seventh inning on Senior Night vs. Bald Eagle, Tyrone had to score or they were done.

Our mindset was to have fun and win the game on our senior night”

— Senior Chase Maceno

The Golden Eagles did just that and produced 3 runs in the bottom of the inning to overcome Bald Eagle Area.

Last meeting BEA pulled away from our Golden Eagles after 3 close innings to win the game 10-3. Bald Eagle has showed their dominance over Mountain League opponents as they were in title contentions and were coming off a 7 game winning streak.

Tyrone wasn’t fazed as they entered the game and took the lead early.

“We knew from last game we could hang with [Bald Eagle]”, said senior Coy Focht.

“Our mindset was to have fun and win the game on our senior night”, added senior Chase Maceno.

Tyrone began the game scoring with one run as Gary Weaver was plated by a sac fly by Zack Soellner.

Tyrone would be held in check until the 4th inning after Bald Eagle tied the game at 1.

Anthony Politza reached base after out running the throw to first base and was brought in by Matt Brenneman with a double.

While extending the lead to 4-1 Tyrone shut down Bald Eagles hitters to boast a 3 run lead going into the 7th inning.

Like many times this season the Golden Eagles squandered their lead and more as Bald Eagle scored 4 runs.

Behind 6-4 Tyrone came into bat without the momentum and in desperate need of it.

Drew Hunter reached base after his ground ball was juggled and the fielder’s throw was late.

Gary Weaver came to the plate with 2 runs on the evening and added his third as he singled to left field.

Next up was Brian ‘Hot Stick’ Gunter (batting .430 this season). However, Gunter surprised everyone as he placed a beautiful bunt for a single and loaded the bases in the meantime.

Bald Eagles would have nightmares of what happened next. Soellner came to the plate and bombed a double to the fence to score the tying runs.

Then, Politza came to the plate with no outs and no pressure. Tyrone had gained the momentum and simply needed Gunter on third to cross home to win the game. Politza lined a hard ground ball to the second baseman who saw the game literally slip between his hands.

Gunter scored easily and Tyrone completed their upset quest by knocking off the third of the top three teams of the Mountain League.  The Eagles improved to 5-11 on the season.


BALD EAGLE AREA (6): Barnyak lf-p 501, Guenot ss 401, Butterworth cf 422, Swabick rf 411, Chambers 1b 412, Bell c 312, Onder p-2b 400, Kresovich 2b 200, Walker lf 201, Eminhizer 3b 110, Josefick 3b 201. Totals – 35-6-11.

TYRONE (7): G. Weaver cf 423, Gunter rf-p 412, Soellner 2b 401, Politza lf-rf 412, Focht 1b 210, Brenneman c 311, A. Weaver p-lf 000, Jackson dh 300, Maceno 3b 302, Hunter ss 310. Totals – 30-7-11.


Bald Eagle Area: 001 010 4 – 6 11 1

Tyrone: 100 300 3 – 7 11 3

E-Guenot, Maceno 2, Soellner.

2B-Josefick, Soellner, Brenneman, Maceno.


RBI-Guenot, Chambers, Bell 2, Walker, Soellner 3, Politza, Brenneman 2.

WP-Gunter. LP-Barnyak.

SO-Onder 2, Barnyak 2, A. Weaver 6, Gunter.

BB-Onder, A. Weaver 2.

Record: Tyrone (5-11).