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P-O explodes for 10; drops Bellefonte 18-6

By Kenny Varner


BELLEFONTE – Two legendary softball programs renewed their rivalry Tuesday night as the Philipsburg Mounties went to do battle against the Bellefonte Lady Raiders.

However, the Lady Mounties’ 10-run opening ruined any kind of chance for a close affair against Bellefonte.

Despite being down by as many as 12 runs after two innings, the Lady Raiders manufactured enough runs to string the game into a six inning contest before falling to “the blue and white”, 18-6.

Leading the way on the mound for the Mounties was Chelsey Henry who kept the Bellefonte bats stymied in the first three innings to pick up the victory.

In the first inning, the P-O stroked 10 hits and as many runs in the process. Leadoff hitter Haley Frank started the game off with a double into left field.

Haylee Hayward continued things, picking up first base via a base on balls, putting runners on first and second.

Teammate McKenzie Burge picked up the game’s first RBI as she brought in Frank on a RBI single.

The hits kept coming as Abby Showers hustled out an infield hit.

With one out, Henry helped her own cause as she brought in Showers and Hayward on an RBI single. She was replaced by pinch runner, Annie Kost.

Maggie Pecht roped the team’s first RBI double of the game, upping the lead to 5-0.

Things continued to roll for the Lady Mounties as Tiffani Wagner walked and ninth batter Morgan Williamson roped the second P-O 2-run double of the inning, extending the lead to 7-0.

Still with only one out, Frank walked up for her second at bat of the inning. When the dust settled she reached first running out an infield hit. Hayward picked up her first hit of the game when she blasted a 2-RBI triple, upping the lead to 9-0.

Hayward scored minutes later on a single by Burge.

Philipsburg picked up two more runs in the top of the second after holding the Lady Red Raiders scoreless in the opening inning.

The Lady Mounties were just as successful in holding Bellefonte scoreless in the second.

But the Raiders picked up their first run in the bottom of third thanks to a RBI single by Sarah Menna. Menna drove home Olivia Ripka who walked to start the inning.

Despite trailing 12-1, Bellefonte picked up a run in the fourth and four in the fifth to barely dodge the 10-run inning rule, 15-6.

But it was not enough to take it the whole seven as the Lady Mounties added three runs in the sixth and then held Bellefonte to just one run in the bottom of the inning.

Bellefonte hopes to rebound Wednesday as they host Penns Valley.

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