High School Sports

Bellefonte wins the big one — the state championship

Bellefonte’s baseball team celebrates its program’s first state title in history.
Bellefonte’s baseball team celebrates its program’s first state title in history. adrey@centredaily.com

It’s not a dream anymore.

The Red Raiders won the PIAA Class AAA championship 2-0 over Susquehanna Township. It is Bellefonte’s first state title in baseball in school history.

Dom Masullo pitched a complete game Friday to lead Bellefonte at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. He allowed five hits and struck out five batters.

Bellefonte got on the board in the third.

After Susquehanna Township pitcher Danny Warshawsky retired the first eight batters he faced, Bellefonte catcher Greg Watson drew a walk with two outs in the inning. Courtesy runner Colton Burd then stole second and scored on a single by Tyler Kreger to give the Red Raiders a 1-0 lead.

Bellefonte pushed its lead to 2-0 in the fifth inning after Garrett Reiter led off with a bunt single and later scored on an error.

Masullo got out of bases-loaded jams in the fifth and sixth innings to keep the Indians off the board.

In the fifth, Masullo got back-to-back fly outs to escape the jam. In the sixth, he recorded consecutive strikeouts to move the Red Raiders within three outs of the state championship.

Bellefonte coach Dan Fravel told the CDT this week that the established goal for the team was to win the last game of the year.

“I don’t know why you would play the game if you don’t plan on winning every game,” Fravel said. “That’s just my mentality and it’s a compliment to them as a group. I’ve watched them play the last couple years. I knew that there was talented kids on the team and they know how to win.”

Storm Smith agreed with his coach.

“It’s a big thing to say,” Smith said. “It doesn’t really get tossed around that much. Here, it’s never been tossed around. No one’s ever made it to the state championship.”

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