Bellefonte held on to beat State College 5-2 in the first game of the Central Penn League American Legion baseball playoffs on Friday night.
State College pitcher Triston Ballenger retired the first nine batters in a row, and his offense scored two runs in the first inning.
Bellefonte’s Ryan McElwee then singled and a second runner tagged, after which Ballenger walked the next three batters to score two. He walked one more in the fourth, and Bellefonte scored again in the sixth off a double-steal that was initiated by Alex Struble and sent in McElwee.
Bandits pitcher Jeremy Warefield earned the win for Bellefonte despite allowing six hits and walking three batters.
State College is now 10-6 and will play the loser of Beech Creek-Huntingdon on Sunday, while Bellefonte improves to 7-15-1 and will play Mifflin County on Saturday.