Bald Eagle Area wins first PIAA baseball title
ALTOONA – John Schall’s two-run home run ignited a four-run outburst that propelled Bald Eagle Area to its first PIAA baseball championship Saturday with a 6-1 victory over Kutztown at Blair County Ballpark.
Bald Eagle Area (21-6), the District 6, Class AA runner-up, had never reached a state title game until this season, when the Eagles averaged 10.6 runs in five previous postseason games during its march to the final.
Schall’s shot to left in the fourth off losing pitcher Austin Rohrbach erased a 1-0 Kutztown lead against winner Ryan McNamara, who limited the Cougars to five hits, walked four and struck out five in a complete-game effort.
The Eagles took a 4-1 lead into the sixth against Kutztown reliever Trent Mertz, when they got a pair of run-scoring singles from Tyler Quick and McNamara to make it 6-1.
Quick, who had three hits for Bald Eagle Area, also drove in two runs during the Eagles’ fourth-inning uprising with a double off Rohrbach.
Kutztown (20-8), the District 3 champion, scored its run in the second on a single by Andrew Miller. The Cougars’ threat ended only after McNamara loaded the bases, then struck out Carey Green.
Bald Eagle Area ends the season with a total of 31 home runs.
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