American Legion baseball: State College advances to semifinals in Bellefonte wood bat tournament

The State College American Legion Post 245 baseball team won a pair of games Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the Pennsylvania Open Wood Bat Championship.

State College knocked off Albion, N.Y., 6-3 in Saturday’s opening contest. Kenny Craig earned the win on the mound, smacked two singles and drove in two runs. Ben Ripka led the offense with a single, double and three RBIs.

State College followed with a 10-7 triumph against the PA Lightning out of Warren. Tristen Ballenger earned the win on the mound. Sam Placan had three singles, while Craig added a double, a single and two RBIs. Derek Van Horn and Calvin Sichler added two singles each.

On Friday, State College opened the tournament with an 8-0 triumph against Exeter behind Ben Finlan’s no-hitter. Finlan struck out seven and was a walk and an error from a perfect game.

Craig had three hits, including a double., and plated three runs. Plafcan added two singles and two RBIs.

In Friday’s second game, State College fell 4-1 to Hampden Township. Plafcan’s three singles led the offense.

State College will meet Hampden Township in Sunday’s semifinals at 10 a.m. at the Shaner Complex. The championship game is at 1 p.m.

Bandits stumble in tourney

Bellefonte suffered four losses in the tournament on Friday and Saturday at Governor’s Park.

In Saturday’s first game, a delayed double steal spoiled the Bandits’ day in a 4-3 win for Albion, N.Y. Matt Hanson swiped home after Bellefonte tried to gun down another player at second base in the bottom of the seventh inning for the winning run. The Bandits had led much of the game after a three-run third, with RBI singles from Gehrig Schuster, Taylor Smith and Dan Roan, and Taylor Butts struck out four in a complete-game loss.

Later Saturday, Norchester held Bellefonte to two hits in an 8-0, six-inning game. Zach Williams took the loss.

On Friday, the Bandits were held to four hits and fell to Hampden Township 5-0 as Noah Perryman took the loss.

Later, Williams and Ryan McElwee each doubled, Adam Kuhn had an RBI single and McElwee took the loss in a 4-1 loss to Calvert, Md.