Bellefonte Little League advances to state tournament semifinals

Bellefonte Little League is one win away from the state championship game.

Bellefonte defeated Keystone 4-1 in the 9-10-year-old state tournament on Friday, and are set to face Lehigh at noon Saturday for a spot in the title game.

Braedyn Kormanic had a stellar evening, on the hill and at the plate.

Kormanic pitched a complete game, striking out six and allowing four hits and one run in six innings of work.

“The key to the game was pitching,” Bellefonte coach Scott Irwin said. “It’s not too often you get a 10-year-old who can throw a complete game.”

Kormanic also helped his own cause, giving Bellefonte a 2-1 lead with a two-run double in the third inning.

Trevor Johnson added some cushion to Bellefonte’s advantage with a two-run home run in the fifth inning. His shot to left-center scored Tristan Woodring-Heckman, who doubled.

Irwin said Johnson’s homer was an obvious one.

“Everyone kind of knew when he hit it that it was a good shot,” the coach said.

Irwin hopes Bellefonte can carry that pitching and hitting combination over to Saturday’s game.

The winner between Bellefonte and Lehigh will face Ridley in the title game.