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Philipsburg-Osceola tops Bellefonte in rain soaked affair

By Kenny Varner

BELLEFONTE – Two legendary softball teams met up Thursday to lock up in an early Mountain League battle.
Coming into the game against Philipsburg-Osceola, the Bellefonte softball team posted an undefeated 2-0 record.
The Mounties were coming off a loss against a very tough Hollidaysburg team.
Playing in less than ideal weather, the two were delayed 15 minutes due to the rain.
When play began it would be the Lady Mounties that would start off strong, posting eight unanswered runs en route to the 11-4 weather shortened 6-inning contest.
Philipsburg’s Chelsea Henry picked up four RBI on two hits.
Bellefonte was led offensively with a 2-for-2.
Despite falling behind early, the Lady Raiders battled back, respectively in order to make a game of it when the game got called due to darkness.
“We came out a little flat. We did not start the way we wanted to. But I was very proud of them and how they battled back in times where they could have folded up,” Bellefonte skipper Fred. Caldwell said. “They continued fighting throughout. I think the last three innings they played more aggressively than they did the first three innings.”
In the first, the Mounties got the scoring started lead off hitter Maggie Peck reached on an error. She moved up to third on a wild pitch.
Abby Showers followed with a walk, putting runners on first and third. She later moved up to second via a wild pitch.
Teammates McKenzie Burdge and Haylee Hayward followed with consecutive RBI fielders choices, making it 2-0 early on.
With two outs, Henry reached base on a walk, setting the stage for Megan Bainey. Bainey did not disappoint as she blasted an RBI double, ending the first inning scoring at 1-0.
After a scoreless second inning, the Mounties were back at it again, posting to their lead.
Henry highlighted the inning with smoking a 3RBI double en route to her teams five run inning.
Henry, Showers, Burdge, Haylee Hayward and Megan Bainey all crossed the plate in the third, upping its lead to 8-0.
Philipsburg manufactured yet another run in the top of the fourth.
Trailing 9-0, the Red Raiders finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning.
Jenna Ault hustled out an infield hit to get things started.
In one swing of the bat by Baney, Bellefonte saw Ault cruise home on a stand up triple that hit the gap into left, making it 9-1.
Baney scored when teammate Angela Capparelle tried to steal second.
PO added three more in the top of the fifth.
But the Red Raiders refuse to shut things down and kept going after the deficit.
Bellefonte scored runs in the fifth and sixth before the game was called due to darkness.
With the loss, Bellefonte falls to 2-1 while Philipsburg improves to 2-1.
The Red raiders are back in action Monday when they travel to Huntingdon.

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