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First full week of baseball brings a multitude of wins to Centre County

by on April 19, 2018 10:37 AM

With the first full week of baseball came the sounds of strike-three calls and pictures of home-run trots. America’s pastime looks to finally be underway for real in Centre County, but feel free to knock on wood just in case. 


The Eagles went 2-1 between April 10 and 14, ending the weekend with a two-game winning streak.

On April 10, BEA took on Clearfield, falling 2-4. Bald Eagle scored two in the top of the sixth inning to negate the Bisons’ two-run fifth inning, but couldn’t hold on as Clearfield scored two in the following frame as well.

BEA traveled to Tyrone on April 13, where it found its offensive stride in the 8-1 victory. Tyrone took the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first, but Bald Eagle Area rode a six-run fourth inning to the win.

Grant King went 3-for-4 with two runs, while Hunter Brooks went 3-for-4 with two doubles, driving in two and scoring a run himself. Trent Donley also drove in two runs and scored once on his 1-for-4 night. Brooks earned the win on the mound with six innings pitched and five strikeouts on three hits, two walks and an unearned run.

Penns Valley visited Wingate on April 14 and BEA took home the win, 8-7, in walk-off fashion. Already up 4-3, the Rams scored three runs in the top of the seventh only for the Eagles to score five for the win.

King went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Donley added another two hits and two RBIs in his four at-bats and Matthew Reese hit the game-winner on his 1-for-2 day, adding two RBIs, two walks and a sacrifice fly.

The Eagles traveled to Bellefonte on April 18. Coming up next on the schedule for BEA, Huntingdon and Juniata arrive in Wingate for games on Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20, respectively. Philipsburg-Osceola and Bald Eagle have a two-game home-and-away series on Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24. All games are scheduled to start at 4:30p.m.


The Red Raiders had a great week of baseball, defeating Central on the road April 11, DuBois on April 13 and P-O on April 14.

Bellefonte found its offensive stride in Martinsburg, defeating Central 17-3 in five innings. A 10-run fourth inning, followed by a four-run fifth sealed the deal. Every batter for the Red Raiders scored at least one run, and all but one earned at least one hit and an RBI as well.

Daniel Catchmark went 2-for-3, driving in four RBIs and scoring twice. Bobby Marsh went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored. Adam Armstrong earned the win in four innings of work, striking out six while only allowing one earned run on three hits and two walks.

In a much quieter game against DuBois, the Red Raiders defended their home turf 3-2. CJ Funk led Bellefonte offensively, driving in two and scoring himself on his 2-for-3 night. Marsh earned the win, only allowing one hit in two innings of work while sitting down five.

The battle of Centre County teams ended with the Red Raiders’ four-run, go-ahead sixth inning to hold on to the win, 10-6. After being up 6-1 heading into the top of the fifth, the Mounties scored five to tie before failing to maintain the momentum.

Colton Burd went 4-for-4 with an RBI, Marsh added two hits, including a home run, two runs and two RBIs and Nick Capparelle added three more RBIs on his 2-for-4 night. Funk also hit a solo four-bagger in the game. Ashton Wetzler earned the late win on 1 1/3 innings of work. Armstrong pitched for five and a third, tallying eight strikeouts and allowing two runs on three hits and two walks.

The Red Raiders were visited by BEA on April 18. Heading into next week, Bellefonte will be visited by Huntingdon on Saturday, April 21, and will travel to Penns Valley on Tuesday, April 24.


The Rams struggled this past week, losing two and tying with St. Joseph's.

St. Joe’s traveled to Spring Mills on April 11, where the Rams quickly took a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the first. The Wolves would score two in the sixth and one in the seventh to force a 5-5 tie in eight innings.

Camden Burris, of St. Joe’s, went 2-for-2 with a double and two walks, driving in one and scoring one himself. Cade Nungesser also drove in a run for the Wolves and scored twice, hitting 1-for-3 with a walk.

Penns Valley’s offense disappeared against Clearfield on April 13 in its 3-0 loss to Clearfield. Bison pitching received three runs of support in the second inning and took it home from there.

The 8-7 loss to Bald Eagle on April 14 is detailed above.

The Rams have a five-game home stand to turn their luck around, starting Friday, April 20, against Mount Union. Penns Valley also has visitors Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24, as Juniata and Bellefonte head to Spring Mills.


The Mounties had a difficult three-game road trip this week, unable to earn a win.

The week started in Martinsburg on April 10, as Central defeated P-O, 8-6. The Mounties saw the lead for a brief moment in the top of the fourth inning when they scored three to make the score 4-3. Central would go on to score two in the next frame and then three in the bottom of the fifth to ice the game.

Ryan Kephart went 2-for-3 with a walk, driving in three and scoring a run. Keegan Soltis also had a multi-hit game, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI. Hunter Ammerman scored twice and earned an RBI with a double in his 1-for-3 effort.

The Mounties’ offense evaporated in their 5-0 loss to DuBois Central Catholic on April 12. The Cardinals scored four in the top of the first and their defense took it from there, only allowing four hits by P-O.

P-O’s 10-6 loss to Bellefonte is detailed above. Kephart went 1-for-4 with a double, tallying three RBIs and a run. Trey Shaw was the only player on the Mounties with multiple hits, hitting 3-for-4 and an RBI.

P-O is in for a four-game road trip this week, starting at Tyrone on Thursday, April 19, followed by Bellwood-Antis and Clearfield over the next two days. The road trip ends with a home-and-away with BEA on Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24, starting in Wingate.


The Wolves only played one game this week, coming away with a tie.

On April 11, St. Joe’s traveled to Penns Valley. The game is detailed above.

Up next for the Wolves is a double-header with Glendale on Tuesday, April 24.


The Little Lions started their week with a visit from Cumberland Valley on April 10. Despite a five-run bottom of the sixth to tie the game up at 6-6, the Eagles powered in another run in the top of the seventh to take the win.

Matthew Tomczuk went 1-for-4, tallying three RBIs and a run. Kevin Karstetter had the only multi-hit performance for State High, finishing 2-for-2 with two doubles and a walk.

On April 12, State High’s offense exploded for 17 runs to shut out Carlisle on the road. A nine-run fifth inning ended the game. Danny Adams went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs, Jack Wunz tallied a triple, three RBIs and two runs and Brenden Franks hit a grand slam in his only at-bat of the night.

Noah Aungst earned the shutout complete game victory, striking out four and allowing seven hits.

The Little Lions’ pitching staff was happy again April 14 as the team rolled by Hazleton, 8-1. State High scored two runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back. Karstetter hit 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs with a home run. Tomczuk added three runs of his own with two walks.

Joe Nastasi pitched all six innings in the win, sitting down four and giving up three hits and an earned run.

On Thursday, April 19, the Little Lions head to Central Dauphin, followed by a trip to Altoona on Monday, April 23. They are back in State College on Tuesday, April 24, for a visit with Mifflin County.



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