Tyrone storms back and walks off against Hollidaysburg

Jr High drops both

Michael Stoner for Daily Herald April 19, 2023

The Tyrone Golden Eagles completed the comeback Monday afternoon in their Mountain League battle with the Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers. After a slow start to the season, Tyrone looks to ride the momentum of Monday’s walk-off win throughout the second half of the season.

After falling behind early 2-0 in the first inning the Golden Eagles pitching staff froze the Hollidaysburg offense as they were as cold as it was outside for the rest of the game. The pitching duo of AJ Coleman and Landon Postreich shut down the Golden Tiger offense for 6 of the 7 innings.

Both offenses were held quiet for most of the game but the sophomore duo of Landon Hamer and Ashton Walk combined for four of Tyrone’s five hits and drove in all three of Tyrone’s runs, with Hamer driving in both the games tying run and winning run.

The Golden Tigers jumped out to an early 2-0 off AJ Coleman to start the game in the first inning still threatening to add more in the same inning but Coleman was about to get out of the rest of the inning unscathed which would hugely come into play down the final stretch of the game.

The game would remain 2-0 Hollidaysburg for the first 4.5 innings of the game as both pitchers seemed to send the opponent’s hitters back to the dugout almost as soon as they set foot in the batter’s box.

Both teams had opportunities to put runs across, but the Golden Eagles landed the next big blow when they got on the board scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning tying the game.

After Gayge Miller led off the inning with an infield fly that got carried around by the wind fell behind the pitcher’s mound and landed him on second base, Ashton Walk brought him around to score two batters later when he lined one of his two hits on the day into right field for an RBI single.

Walk would later come around to score another two batters later on a screaming ground ball single into right field off the bat of Landon Hamer, Hamer would tie the game for the Golden Eagles in the fifth and end up sending them home with a victory two innings later.

After a scoreless 6th inning for both teams, Tyrone went into the bottom of the final inning looking to win the game and make playing through the cold rainy day worth it. After a Gayge Miller walk to lead off the inning and a perfectly placed bunt single by Zac Legars, Hollidaysburg intentionally walked Ross Gampe to face Landon Hamer who already drove in a run for Tyrone earlier in the game.

With the bases loaded and one out Hamer smoked a single into right field for his second hit of the night bringing across Gayge Miller to score the winning run for the Golden Eagles.

Tyrone 3, Hollidaysburg 2

Tyrone (3): Legars cf 201, Walk ss 312, Gampe p 1b 300, Hamer c 402, Coleman c rf 300, Lehner 2b 200 , McClure 3b 300, Patterson rf 100, Postreich p 100, Miller lf 200 . Totals — 24-3-5.

Hollidaysburg (2): Bukosky ss p 310, Smith rf ss 412, Perry 1b 310, Karaheanes lf 400, Hileman cf 300, Rossman c 101, Banks 3b 400, Hockey 2b 300, Kesinger p 200 Totals — 27-2-4.


Tyrone 000 050 1–3 5 3

Hollidaysburg 200 000 0 — 2 4 1

E–Kesinger, Coleman Lehner, Walk. WP–Postreich . LP– Kratzer. SO– Coleman 1, Postreich 2, Kesinger 9, Krazter . BB–Kensinger 4, Postreich 1, Kratzer 2 Coleman 4.

Records: Tyrone (4-5); Hollidaysburg (5-4).

Tyrone’s Jr High squads dropped both games against Hollidaysburg; 15-2 and 16-3.