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Bellefonte 9-10s overcome 5-run deficit to capture D5 title over State College

STATE COLLEGE – Down early 5-0 to a very tough State College team, the Bellefonte 9-10-year olds never gave up and rallied to score 10 runs in the final three innings, capturing the District 5 title 10-5 Tuesday night at State College.

Despite being shut out in its previous eight innings, going back to Monday’s 3-0 loss to the same State College team that forced the winner-take-all contest.

Picking up the win for Bellefonte was Braedyn Fortney who went 3 innings and left the game leading 6-5.

Lefty Triston Heeman came in and kept the Little Lions at bay, refusing to allow on run.

Offensively, Bellefonte posted 10 runs while State College finished with seven hits.

Heeman also brought a sizzling bat as he went 2-for-3 with a run scored and posted 4RBis.

Teammate Zach Lehman went 2-for-4 with a run scored and 3RBIs.

Rounding out the multiple hitters for Bellefonte was Quin Park.

State College’s Skyler Crane finished with a 2-for-2 effort.

In the first, State College went right to work as it posted a 5-run first.

With one out, AJ Fry was hit by a pitch and then scored on a DaVontae Hardison smash to  right field. Hardison landed on second with a stand up double.

Hardison’s time on base didn’t last long as he scored on a Matt Gaul single to left field, making it 2-0.

After pinch runner Lucas Starks was thrown out at third, State continued its scoring run.

Cooper Salvato walked. He moved up to second on a Keen Furmanek single.

Skylar Crane singled in Salvato, upping it to 3-0.

JJ Powell brought in Furmanek on an RBI single of his own.

Crane rounded out the scoring as he scored on a wild pitch.

After being sent down in order in the first and second inning, the Bellefonte bats came out scorching in the bottom of the third inning.

Cain Capperelle opened with a walk.

Park followed with a single to left.

Lincoln Dubin loaded the bases with a walk.

Capperelle was forced out at home on a fielders choice by Fortney.

However, the bases were still loaded for Lehman.

Lehman hustled our an infield hit while Park scored.

Heeman hit a gapper between right and center clearing the bases with a stand up double.

With two out, Cole Houser scored Heeman as he blasted a triple, tying it at five.

Houser put his team ahead as he scored easily on a clutch hit by Andrew Gull.

Fortney pitches to one batter in the top of the fourth before Bellefonte went to Heeman to shut things down.

Backed by a strong defensive effort, Heeman and company kept State College off the board in the fourth.

Bellefonte added some insurance in the bottom of the inning, plating another three runs to go up 9-5.

In the fifth, Bellefonte once again used its defense to keep their opponents looking for a run, sending them into their last bats with a 3-run advantage.

The “Red and White” added yet another run in the fifth to make it a 10-5 contest.

That would all Bellefonte would need as led by a spectacular catch by right fielder Capperelle, kept the State offense scoreless en route to the 10-5 victory and clinching the District 5 title.

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