STATE COLLEGE — Before a storm spewing rain and small pellets of hail halted play, State College took control against Altoona with nine runs in the first inning.
The District 6 class AAAA semifinal game was delayed after the fourth with the Little Lions up 9-0 and was later postponed until Friday at 4 p.m.
State College sent 13 batters to the plate in a first inning that featured four Altoona errors.
Caleb Walls led off by reaching on a booted ball at second. After Nick Smith came up next and singled to right, Dan Fry’s attempted sacrifice bunt was fielded and thrown away by Altoona pitcher Ben Wyland.
The error scored Walls and left two on for Darian Herncane, who knocked in both with a double to left to give the Little Lions a 3-0 lead.
The next six State College runs came with two outs and followed two more Altoona errors.
Kenny Craig smoked a triple to right that scored two runs later in the inning. Craig also scored on the play when the relay to third was thrown away giving State College a 6-0 lead.
The big first inning was more than enough for Nick Raquet, who started for the Little Lions.
The junior left-hander was dominant, striking out seven and giving up just one hit in four full innings.
The winner of Friday’s game will face Central Mountain, who beat Mifflin County 5-3 on Thursday.
Central Mountain ended State College’s season last year in the District 6 quarterfinals.
The two teams met once this season with the Little Lions winning 9-7 at home in early May.