Noah Perryman tossed a seven-hitter as the Bellefonte American Legion baseball team rallied for a 5-2 victory in its opening game in the Elkins Hillbilly Hardball Classic on Thursday.
The Bandits (5-5) trailed 2-1 before taking the lead with two runs in the top of the sixth. Adam Kuhn singled to lead off the inning and pinch-runner Zach Musser swiped second base. Ryan McElwee then ripped an RBI double and Anthony Motressor smacked a RBI single to give Bellefonte a 3-2 lead.
The Bandits tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh. Dave Keller walked, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Musser’s RBI single. Musser stole second and came home on McElwee’s RBI single.
Perryman walked one and struck out two.
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Bellefonte faces two West Virginia teams on Friday. The Bandits take on Summerville at 4 p.m. and Berkely County at 9 p.m.