Dane Alterio’s sacrifice fly plated Greg Watson with the winning run as Bellefonte rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to eliminate Mount Union with a 4-3 victory in the Distirct 5 Teener League 15-16 Tournament on Wednesday.
Bellefonte will host Huntingdon on Wednesday in the championship. Bellefonte must beat Huntingdon twice to win the title.
With the score tied at 2-2, Mount Union took the lead in the seventh. A hit batter and two walks loaded the bases before Dylan Smith plated C.J. Booher with a sacrifice fly. Reliever Nate Fenush prevented further damage for Bellefonte.
Bellefonte bounced back in the bottom of the inning. Three walks loaded the bases with no outs for Joey Knapp, who smacked a RBI single. Alterio followed with a fly to right-center that plated Watson.
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Bellefonte trailed 2-0 before scoring twice in the fourth. Jon Kerschner doubled home Darren Heeman and later scored on an error.
Heeman had two hits to lead Bellfonte. Jonathan Atherton had a single and double for Mount Union.
Centre County League
Pelka hits milestone
Brian Pelka won his 100th career game as he fired Howard to a 6-3 triumph against Lemont in a regular-season finale in the Centre County Baseball League on Wednesday.
Pelka allowed three runs over six innings as he reached the milestone. She struck out seven and walked three.
Zach Moerschbacher gave Lemont a 3-1 lead with a two-run double in the fourth, but the Hawks got Pelka the win with a three-run fifth. Gage Gardner led off the inning with a double and scored on Scott Zuback’s RBI double. Dan Cole also smacked a RBI double as Hawks also took advantage of two errors.
Zuback and Cole each had a single and double to lead Howard. Derek Van Horn had two singles for the Ducks.
The second-seeded Hawks (17-7) will host No. 7 Blanchard (4-19) in the best-of-three opening round of the playoffs on Sunday. Regular-season champ Philipsburg earned a bye.
Peppers smoke Bees
Pleasant Gap didn’t wait long to get its offense going in an 8-1 win over the Blanchard Bees on Wednesday.
The Peppers plated two runs in the top of the first inning to take a lead they would never relinquish. Pleasant Gap added a pair of runs in the top of the fifth and four more in the top of the sixth to pad its lead.
Tyler Lalli belted two home runs and notched a single for the Peppers while Tony Rider added a pair of singles. Doylan Dietrich got the win for Pleasant Gap.
Mike Vonada led Blanchard at the plate with a double and a single.