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Bellefonte sweeps rival Bald Eagle Area

By Kenny Varner

BELLEFONTE – In their first meeting of the year, the Bellefonte baseball team won its game against arch rival Bald Eagle Area with their bats.
But in its rematch on Monday afternoon, the Red Raiders used strong pitching performances by Tanner Helms, Ethan Corman and Garrett Reiter to combine for a 4-hitter, 2-run contest.
In the end, the Red Raiders swept the season series with a 4-2 victory on senior night.
Bald Eagle retaliated with a strong performance by senior Brian Egan. Egan went the distance striking out eight, giving up only five hits.
Offensively, Reiter had it going as he went for a double and a single, picking up an RBI while scoring a run.
After a scoreless first inning, Bellefonte got very creative to score the first run of the game.
With one out, Reiter doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch.
Cade Fortney reached base via walk with two outs.
Minutes later, Fortney got caught in rundown and Reiter put on the jets to score before Fortney was tug out, making it 1-0.
Bald Eagle battled back to take the lead in the top of the the third.
Grant King singles to start things off in the inning.
Jordan Jones followed with a walk.
With one out, Ty Walker walk to load the bases.
Hunter Eminhizer brought in King and Jones on a double to left centerfield, taking a 2-1 advantage.
Bellefonte settled in and kept the Eagles at bay and stalled the BEA offense.
In the bottom of the inning, the Red Raiders tied things thanks to a bad bounce on the Eagles’ end.
Logan Mathieu smashed a grounder off the ankle of Egan and it bounced into the gap between first and second.
With two down, Reuter would send him home roping a clutch RBI to left.
The bats were at it again for the “White and Red” as catcher Greg Watson singled and then was replaced by pinch runner Colton Burd. Watson sent a seemingly easy pop up to the first base side. However, the wind took it and it bounced in between first/second and the pitcher.
Burd “flew” on the base paths reaching third thanks to two wild pitches.
Tyler Krueger kept things going with a walk and a trip to second reaching on a wild pitch.
With two outs, Bald Eagle put Mathieu on intentionally, setting the stage for Dylan Deitrich. He did not disappoint as he smoked a 2RBI single into right field.
The Red Raiders will be heading to the post season once again.

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