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Bellefonte rebounds; tops Bearcats in 5

By Kenny Varner

BELLEFONTE – After suffering a loss against rival Bald Eagle Area, the Bellefonte softball team rebound solidly Thursday afternoon as they hosted Huntingdon in a Mountain League contest.
Red Raider pitcher Tara Baney looked sharp in the mound allowing only three hits in the contest while her offense banged out 12 runs in a 5-inning run shortened game.
Offensively, Liz Linn led the way going 2-for-2 with 3RBI and two runs scored. Teammate Sarah Menna also went 2-for-2 with one run scored. Alexis Wetzler and Menna both had two RBI while Jessica Fishburn picked up one.
On the base paths, courtesy runner Megan Deitrich scored both times she went to run for Baney on the base paths.
“It was refreshing, especially after our last game we came back and actually played well,” Bellefonte coach Fred Caldwell said. “We have the tendency this year to be a little Jeckle/Hyde. We had a couple games we put it all together and looked very good and we had other nights we did not. Hopefully we get a little more consistent and keep playing like we did today.”
After holding the Bearcats scoreless in the first, the Bellefonte bats went right to work, playing two in the inning.
Jenna Ault led off with a single into centerfield and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Jordan Rockey followed with a walk.
With one swing of the bat from Linn, bellefonte had its lead thanks to a 2RBI single.
Holding onto an early 2-0 lead, Baney was just as strong in the second only allowing an infield hit before ending the second.
As the game went into its second, the Red Raiders continued to use its patience at the plate and on the base paths, scoring four more to take a commanding 8-0 lead.
With one out in the bottom of the inning, Alexis Wetzler walked, Taylore Maurer followed with a hit of her own allowing Wetzler to score. Fishburn put two on base as she hit a single.
Two consecutive wild pitches later, Maurer scored and Fishburn was at third.
Rockey kept the inning going with her second walk. A Bearcat miscue put Fisburn home and moved Rockey to third.
Both Deitrich, running for Baney, Rockey and Linn scored in the inning.
When the scoreboard tolled three, the Red Raiders were just two runs away from a possible 10-run run-shortened game.
Both teams were held scoreless in the third, Baney had rung up three strike outs.
In the fourth, Baney struck out hitters four and five en route to sending Huntingdon down in order 1-2-3.
By then all the Red Raiders needed to do was score two runs and hold on for the victory.
Needing just two,Bellefonte got four and then shut out the Bearcats out one more time in the fifth to give them the 12-0 victory and improving its record to 5-2.

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