Not even the chilly conditions could stop the Bermudian Springs offense in Tuesday's 19-6 home win over the Biglerville Canners.
"For as cold as it is, I'm really happy with as aggressive as we were at bat and on the basepaths," Bermudian Springs head coach Ed Kennell said.
Eagles' freshman catcher Morgan Williams set the pace when she cracked a two-run first inning homer. She also recorded a pickoff of a runner at first base and two assists on runners coming home on pitches that went to the backstop.
With a cold wind whipping across the sports fields at Bermudian Springs High School, pitchers from both teams struggled to find a feel for the ball; the two teams combined to walk 19 times on the afternoon.
After Biglerville took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Bermudian's Molly Shuchart walked and then scored on Williams' deep drive to center field. As the ball rolled in the grass, Williams jogged around to score easily.
Paige Huntington doubled and scored on a triple by Maddie Huntington with two outs in the first to make it 3-1.
In the top of the second, Biglerville's Dakota Davies lead off with a walk. Davies was subsequently picked off by Williams, who threw behind the runner to first base when Davies strayed too far.
Lidia Slusser followed by ripping a triple to deep center. Three pitches later, Eagles' pitcher Maddie Huntington skidded a pitch to the backstop and Slusser raced home, but Williams sprung after it and whipped a throw to the pitcher covering for a quick tag.
"Those kind of plays ," Kennell said, "Only game experience makes it instinct. She's doing really well."
Biglerville head coach Frank Klein said his team was still learning when to take chances.
"We have three freshmen starting and only four seniors and one Junior on the team," he said. "We need to play with a little restraint. I like the aggressiveness, but too much aggressiveness means too many mistakes."
Bermudian scored three runs in the second when Shuchart smacked a two-run single and came around to score on two outfield errors. Biglerville responded with one in the third when Maddie Wenk tripled and scored on a wild pitch making it 6-2.
The Eagles broke the game open in the bottom of the third. Kaci Balzanna drove in two runs, Klohie Sourbeer, Shuchart, and Jackie Faircloth drove in one each, and two Canner errors aided the seven-run rally.
A Bermudian error started a Canners rally in the fourth inning. The first four Biglerville batters reached, with Lauren Brough's pinch-hit RBI-single making it 13-3.
After Wenk grounded into a force at home, Helena Stanko and Becca Trent drove in runs with walks, and Sam Starner made it 13-6 with a sharp single to center.
With Bermudian in need of a big defensive play, Williams again answered the bell.
After Maddie Huntington fired a high pitch that ticked off the glove of Williams, Stanko broke for the plate.
Williams gobbled the ball up and tossed it to the pitcher, who fell on top of Stanko for the second out, and Biglerville did not score another run.
Bermudian added six runs in the fourth and shut out the Canners in the fifth to end the game via the ten-run mercy rule.
BERMUDIAN 19, BIGLERVILLE 6
Biglerville 101 40 -- 6 6 1
Bermudian 337 6x -- 19 11 2
Bes, Maddie Huntington and Morgan Williams; Big, Courtney Ney, Helena Stanko.SO-BB -- BeS, Huntington 2-9; Big, Ney 3-5, Stanko 0-5. W -- Huntington. L -- Ney. 3B -- BeS, Huntington; Big, Maddie Wenk, Lidia Slusser. HR -- BeS, Morgan Williams, Molly Schuchart.