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Bellefonte girls top Hollidaysburg

By Kenny Varner

BELLEFONTE – In just its second game this week, the Bellefonte softball team’s got its bats going early and was able to keep Hollidaysburg from a late comeback attempt to end the week with a 8-4 win and a perfect record for the week.
Tara Baney and Emily Pugh shared mound responsibilities in the victory.
Oakley Fox-Kern took the loss.
“This week we only had two games. It’s a lot easier than our schedule for next week as we play four next week so we wanted to keep Tara(Baney) fresh but we also wanted to keep her sharp so she will be ready for next week’s challenge,” Bellefonte coach Fred Caldwell said. “Emily (Pugh) started her first varsity game at pitcher tonight. I thought she did well. She had given up a few hits that went down the line but that was still a good outing. She gives us one more tool. I thought the whole team played well.”
The Lady Raiders, coming off a no-hit victory over Bald Eagle Area, exploded in the second inning with six runs and was able to hold on for the victory.
Leading the way offensively for Bellefonte were Alexis Wetzler who went 3-for-4 with 3RBI and 2 runs, Rianna Trexler’s 2-for-4 effort and Emma Dehaas’ 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Baney pitched to perfection in her three innings of work before handing the ball over to Pugh.
In the second, Bellefonte got the ball rolling starting with Lissi Przybys.
With one out, Przybys smack a grounder into right field.
Dehaas moved Przybys up a base with a single of her own.
Carson Kustaborder took one for the team as she was plunked by a Fox-Kern pitch, loading the bases.
Mallorie Seth showed her patience at the plate as she picked up an RBI walk scoring Przybys for the game’s first run.
Dehaas hustled her way home for the second run as she blazed home on a wild pitch, upping it to 2-0. On the wild pitch Kustaborder moved up to third on the wild pitch and minutes later ventured home following in Dehaas’ footsteps, running home on a wild pitch.
Smith moved to third on the wild pitches and then Taylor Kerr joined her on the base path with a walk as well.
Wetzler notched her first two RBI with single that was cracked into right, taking the lead up to 5-0.
She later scored thanks to an RBI single by Jaelyn Smith, ending the 6-run out put.
The Tigers refused to go away as they battled to put some runs up on the board in the six inning where they played two, cutting the Lady Raiders advantage to 6-2.
However, Bellefonte rallied back to extend its lead back to six going into the seventh inning.
Mallorie Smith roped a double to get the bottom of the inning going.
She advanced to third thanks to a sacrifice fly to center.
She scored when Wetzler bounced an infield hit and reached safely as Smith touched home plate.
Trexler reached with a single, putting runners on first and second.
Pugh was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
With two outs, Przybys was hit by a pitch as well, plating Wetzler for the Red Raiders final run.
Hollidaysburg rallied in the seventh, playing two more runs and got the bases loaded with two outs before Pugh handed the ball back to Baney to seal the deal.
One batter later, the Bellefonte defense stiffened and held on for the win over the gutsy Tigers.

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