BY JOEY MORRISON
BAHS Sports Editor
The Bellefonte Red Raiders took down Bald Eagle 4-2 behind the arms of Tanner Helms, Ethan Corman, and Garrett Reiter after each senior received a little spotlight before the game. This year’s group of seniors consisted of Corman, Tyler Kreger, Cayden Lucas, Logan Mathieu, Helms, Reiter, and Greg Watson.
The team had a ceremony to honor their former teammate and classmate Dylan Crunick, who lost his battle with cancer in 2014. The team had a plaque made in Crunick’s honor.
Helms started the game with a perfect inning on the mound, striking out two batters. The game remained scoreless until Bellefonte took the lead in the second inning, when Cade Fortney got into a rundown between first and second base that distracted the Bald Eagle defense from Reiter on third base, so he was able to score the game’s first run. Bald Eagle promptly responded with two runs in the top of the third, but the final three runs of the game were scored by the Red Raiders in the following two innings.
Helms pitched one scoreless inning, striking out two batters.
Corman relieved helms in the second inning and tossed five innings, allowing two earned runs. He gave up three hits, walked four, and struck out two.
“I knew going into today that it was going to be a big game so I knew the pressure was on. Tanner Helms did one heck of a job in the first inning and really got the momentum up for the team and we all just fed off of that, offensively and defensively. I struggled a bit in the third inning but my teammates were there picking me up and I was able to focus back on throwing strikes,” Corman said.
Reiter came in to pitch the seventh for Bellefonte, and he closed the door quickly. He gave up one hit and struck out the side. He collected the save.
“Being able to start Tanner on the mound was very deserving based on how important he has been to this team over the years. I owed it to him. He worked hard and earned the start. One inning, no injuries, and to see him and his teammates’ smiles was super neat. Corman was outstanding. Reiter could have been a dominant pitcher all year but keeping his arm healthy at 2B is key for our solid D. Very happy for him to close out the game,” Head Coach Dan Fravel said.
On top of the save, Reiter also had two hits for Bellefonte, as well as a run batted in. Dylan Deitrich had a two run single in the fifth to give the Red Raiders the lead for good.
“Reiter and Deitrich’s RBIs were clutch and a good feeling we haven’t felt in awhile. Really nice win on Sr day. A great group of fellas,” Coach Fravel said.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Red Raiders will travel to Tyrone to take on the Golden Eagles.
JV offense struggles in loss
The JV offense was never able to get going in a 6-2 loss to BEA. The Raiders managed only 2 hits during the game, a 1st inning single from Mason Grey and a 2nd inning RBI Double off the bat of Noah Tressler. Timmy Shawley took the loss going 4+ innings while giving up 4 earned runs on 7 hits, 1BB and 1HBP. Jonathan Meyer pitched the final 3 innings giving up 2 runs, but only 1 earned.