Today’s Penn State softball game had had an extra draw for Centre County sports fans as the Nittany Lions faced St. Francis Univserity. St. Francis isn’t a far drive away and two local athletes have had a strong season for the Red Flash.
After a rain delay and evacuation of the stadium fans ran through the gates and to their seats at Beard Field for the final game of the day, the class AA title game, featuring Bald Eagle Area and Central Columbia. After covering Bald Eagle all season I knew their of their strong fielding and big bats, but all that seemed to fall apart as the game progressed. Frustration and disappointment flashed across the girls faces as they got the state silver medal after a 13-5 loss.
Centre County softball teams keep battling the bats to continue in the PIAA softball tournament. This afternoon I traveled to cover Philipsburg-Osceola take on Beaver at St. Francis University. I had never photographed at the Red Flash stadium, and I spent most of the game wondering around the field looking for the right angle and location to get clean images. I did this as the Lady Mounties started on a high note, fell apart for several inning then came back in the seventh for the win.
It’s hard to believe that after chances of snow earlier in the week, today it was in the 70s and the spring sport season is already drawing to an end. This afternoon was the first round for the District 6 class AA softball. It was the fastest game I’ve covered all season, and an uneventful first few innings. Things spiced in the later innings with the score tied, 3-3 at the top of the seventh.
Ligonier Valley scored two runs, making the score 5-3 as Bald Eagle Area headed to their last at bat. They battled back and made the score 5-4. With two outs, a runner on first and second, and the count full, one strike ended their season.