BY RYNE GERY
UNIVERSITY PARK Three police vehicles and two firetrucks led the Bellefonte baseball team’s procession down East Bishop Street.
The Red Raiders players leaned out the windows of the yellow school bus decorated with signs that read: Congrats. State Champs. Roll on Raiders. Ten more fire, police and medical vehicles from Bellefonte, Pleasant Gap and Spring Township immediately followed the team bus.
Sirens sounded. Horns blared. People applauded.
Bellefonte beat Susquehanna Township 2-0 in the PIAA Class AAA championship game Friday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, capturing the first state championship in baseball in school history.
“I’m on top of the world,” Bellefonte’s Tyler Kreger said.
Dom Masullo pitched a complete game, striking out five and allowing five hits to lead the Red Raiders to the victory.
Kreger finished 1 for 4 with an RBI, and Garrett Reiter finished 1 for 3 and scored a run to pace Bellefonte offensively.
The Red Raiders (16-11) completed their run to the state title against the Indians (19-9) in a stadium packed with supporters.
The Bellefonte fans rose to their feet when their team struck first in the third inning.
Susquehanna Township starting pitcher Danny Warshawsky retired the first eight batters he faced before Red Raiders catcher Greg Watson drew a walk.
After courtesy runner Colton Burd stole second base, Kreger had a chance to get the Red Raiders on the board with two outs.
“It’s a team ballgame,” Bellefonte coach Dan Fravel said. “You just set your next buddy up to be the hero. Your job is just to get on base, let the next guy knock you in and really the hero or the key hits are going to come from anywhere in the lineup and it’s been all nine, 10, 12 of ’em that have been in there that have contributed to this offensively.”
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