Ben Finlan’s pitching quieted the Beech Creek bats as State College won its opening game of the American Legion Central Penn League playoffs 3-2 on Friday evening.
Finlan held Beech Creek without a hit after allowing two second-inning runs to outduel Chuck Probst, with Sam Plafcan’s bat leading the way.
State College will face Mifflin County, a 5-1 winner over Clearfield, on Saturday.
Philipsburg also advanced with a 6-1 win over Clarence.
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