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Centre County baseball teams trade victories and losses

by on April 27, 2018 10:20 AM

Many local rivalry games were played, though there were few decisive series victories. Let’s take a look at recent high school baseball results:

BALD EAGLE AREA

The Eagles fell during a three-game losing streak that started April 18 and lasted through April 23.

On April 18, BEA traveled to Bellefonte, where the Eagles were flattened, 10-1. Two days later, Huntingdon defeated the Eagles in a pitcher’s duel, 3-1, and on April 23, P-O was victorious, 6-3.

Against Bellefonte, Trent Donley scored the only run after reaching base on balls.

In the loss to Huntingdon, the Eagles started a comeback in the bottom of the sixth, but only managed the one run despite seven hits in the game. Kael Gardner went 1-for-3 with the RBI, scoring Donley who hit a double on his 1-for-2 night.

P-O tied the game with a run in the sixth inning before scoring three to end it the next time up. The Mounties scored a run in each of the first two frames to take the early lead before BEA responded with two in the third and the go-ahead in the fourth.

Bald Eagle will be visited by Central and Huntingdon to end the month before heading to St. Joe’s on Tuesday, May 1.

BELLEFONTE

The Red Raiders defeated BEA 10-1 on April 18.  On April 21, Bellefonte traveled to Hollidaysburg for the Rossi Classic, where the Red Raiders fell to Huntingdon 2-1 before rolling over Penn Cambria 12-1.

Against Bald Eagle Area, C.J. Funk had a deceivingly impressive game, hitting 1-for-1 with three walks and two runs. His one hit hopped the fence for a three-run home run. Daniel Catchmark also had a good game, hitting 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Ashton Wetzler pitched six of the seven innings, only allowing three hits and one run while walking six and striking out seven.

In the losing effort against Huntingdon, only three Bellefonte batters earned a hit, with Colton Burd driving in Cade Fortney for the Red Raiders’ only run.

The Bellefonte bats exploded against the Panthers, scoring three runs in the second and nine in the fourth to end the game by the fifth.

All but four of Bellefonte’s batters had two RBIs and all scored at least one run. Dylan Deitrich went 3-for-4 for a double, two RBIs and two runs.

Seth Shuey pitched four innings, allowing only one hit while walking two and sitting down three.

On Friday, April 27, Clearfield comes to Bellefonte, followed by State College the next day. To end the month, the Red Raiders head to P-O and welcome Penns Valley back at home to start May.

PENNS VALLEY

The Rams hosted Mount Union on April 20, taking the win, 16-6. The next day, PV traveled to Tyrone, where the Rams fell 13-3. On April 23, the Rams doubled up Juniata at home, 10-5.

In the win against Mount Union, the Rams put three runs on the board in the second, four in the fourth, one in the fifth and eight in the sixth to ice it. Matthew Tobias started the game, pitching three and a third innings, giving up six hits and striking out five. Dylan Treaster earned the win in relief, finishing the game with only one hit allowed.

PV had Tyrone tied at two after the third, taking the lead 3-2 their next time up before Tyrone ran away with the game. The Golden Eagles scored four in the bottom of the fourth, three their next time up and another four in the bottom of the sixth to seal the victory.

A five-run second inning, followed by three in the fourth and one in each of the fifth and sixth innings, kept the Rams ahead of Juniata despite their three-run comeback attempt in the seventh. Logan Snyder pitched the full game, allowing eight hits and four earned runs while adding three walks and a strikeout.

The Rams were scheduled to be visited by St. Joe’s on April 25, after CCG press time. After that is a visit from Central on Thursday, April 26, and P-O the next day. A trip to Central closes out April and the new month is ushered in by a trip to Bellefonte on Tuesday, May 1.

PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA

The Mounties started in a rough spot, falling to Bellwood-Antis on the road 10-7 on April 20, followed by a 5-0 loss in Clearfield the next day. The first game of the scheduled home-and-away with BEA in Wingate turned around the Mounties' fortunes, with a 6-3 win for P-O on April 23.

The Mounties and the Blue Devils were symmetrical on the scoreboard until Bellwood-Antis scored a fifth run in the bottom of the fourth, followed by an unanswered run in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Keegan Soltis hit 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. Trey Shaw also hit 3-for-4, adding two RBIs of his own.

P-O was shut out by Clearfield. Gage Coudriet and Josh Earnest were the only two Mounties to have hits, hitting 2-for-2 and 2-for-3, respectively.

In Wingate, Soltis hit 2-for-3 with two runs and Ryan Kephart hit 2-for-4. Both Ryan and his brother Brandon hit two RBIs in the game.
Bubba Slogosky pitched four and a third, giving up three earned runs on three hits, six walks and two strikeouts. Ryan Whitehead pitched a perfect final two and two thirds in relief to earn the win, sitting down three.

On Friday, April 27, the Mounties head to Penns Valley before a short break. Bellefonte visits Philipsburg on Monday, April 30, and Tyrone comes to town to start the new month.

ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC ACADEMY

The Wolves played a doubleheader against Moshannon Valley on April 20, scoring a combined 29 points to one with the two wins, 15-0 and 14-1, respectively.

In game two, Cole Bernier hit 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs. Dylan Broderick hit a triple for his one hit of the day, scoring three. Broderick scored twice himself.

Jack Mangene pitched the full game, only allowing two hits and one run while striking out seven.
Harmony Area arrives in Boalsburg on Thursday, April 26, for a doubleheader. Game 1 is set for 4:30 p.m. with the second game set for 7 p.m. Bald Eagle Area will pay a visit to start off May with first pitch set for 4:30 p.m.

STATE COLLEGE

The Little Lions just fell short of Cedar Cliff on the road on April 20, losing 9-8. In Altoona on April 23, they brought their offense back in greater force, winning 11-9.

Down by three in the top of the seventh inning, State High started a comeback resulting in two more runs on the board before the Colts earned the final out and the victory.

Jack Hurley and Tyler Simpson both hit 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run, adding a walk for good measure. One of Hurley’s hits went for two bags. Brendan Franks went 1-for-4 with a double that drove in three runs.

In Altoona, the Little Lions got off to a great start offensively, scoring four runs in the first frame and six on the second inning. Altoona started creeping back with one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth but couldn’t overcome the deficit in the end.

Matthew Tomczuk hit 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs. Ryan Kraycik went 3-for-3, hitting a double and taking a walk, adding three RBIs and three runs.

The Little Lions travel to Lewisberry for a game with Red Land on Thursday, April 26, followed by a visit from Bellefonte on Saturday, April 28. May kicks off with a visit from Chambersburg with the first pitch scheduled for 4:15 p.m.

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