Before a storm spewing rain and small pellets of hail halted play, State College took control against Altoona with nine runs in the first inning.
The District 6 class AAAA semifinal game was delayed after the fourth with the Little Lions up 9-0 and was later postponed until Friday at 4 p.m.
State College sent 13 batters to the plate in a first inning that featured four Altoona errors.
Caleb Walls led off by reaching on a booted ball at second. After Nick Smith came up next and singled to right, Dan Fry’s attempted sacrifice bunt was fielded and thrown away by Altoona pitcher Ben Wyland.
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The error scored Walls and left two on for Darian Herncane, who knocked in both with a double to left to give the Little Lions a 3-0 lead.
The next six State College runs came with two outs and followed two more Altoona errors.
Kenny Craig smoked a triple to right that scored two runs later in the inning. Craig also scored on the play when the relay to third was thrown away giving State College a 6-0 lead.
The big first inning was more than enough for Nick Raquet, who started for the Little Lions.
The junior left-hander was dominant, striking out seven and giving up just one hit in four full innings.
The winner of Friday’s game will face Central Mountain, who beat Mifflin County 5-3 on Thursday.
Central Mountain ended State College’s season last year in the District 6 quarterfinals.
The two teams met once this season with the Little Lions winning 9-7 at home in early May.