The Bellefonte Red Raider baseball teams have been PIAA District 6 Class AAA Champions in 1968, 1976, 1977, 1987, 2006, 2009 and 2015. They were Central Penn League Champions in 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993 and 1996.
- In 1999 catcher Tim Kelleher had a slugging percentage of 1.114. His 12 homers that season may be a school record that will never be broken.
- Our baseball field has never been a place where triples are easy to get. In the past 26 years, three in a season by any one player is the most attained (this occurred four times).
- Former Bellefonte wrestling coach, Larry Walker, was a star shortstop on the 1987 Raider squad.
- In 2004 Mike Lutz accumulated a record 92 official at bats–he hit .391 that campaign.
- In 2005 the Raider varsity amassed the highest team batting average ever at .370.
- Arguably the best Red Raider baseball team in the last 26 years was the ’87 squad which went 23-2, and at one time during the season was ranked 6th in the nation by USA Today newspaper.
- In 1992 and ’93 lefty Eric Milton, most recently with the Los Angeles Dodgers, fanned a total of 198 opposing hitters.
- Several years ago Nate Stone, who went on to play at Army, became a Division 1 ALL AMERICAN infielder. Several decades before, the late Dennie DeWitt achieved the same honor as an outfielder at Penn State.
- The Red Raiders baseball team has had 20 consecutive winning seasons.
- In 1987 Brian Ishler had ten total victories on the mound–the most over the last 26 years.
- R. J. Lee in ’96 and Jeff Perryman in ’85 both collected a whopping ten doubles during the season.
Bellefonte Red Raiders Baseball Historical Highlights
1925 — After the 1925 season, Bellefonte dropped baseball as an interscholastic sport.
1930’s — Nine small Centre County high schools had baseball for many years, while the larger schools (Bellefonte, State College, Philipsburg) did not.
May 19, 1937 — Bellefonte American Legion Post 33 and the Bellefonte entry in the Centre County League announce their sponsorship of a baseball game to be played on the new Bellefonte Community Baseball Field on August 23 between Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics of the American League against an All-Star team from the Centre County League. The purpose is to dedicate the new field (the field our varsity now plays on). Admission will be $1.00 per person.
August 23, 1937 — 3000 people attend the field dedication and exhibition game won by the Athletics 10 to 7. Connie Mack did not attend the game and the Athletics were managed that day by his son Earl Mack. The Athletics team, which finished 7th in the American League in 1937, included players Wally Moses, Skeeter Newsom, Bill Werber and Indian Bob Johnson. Centre County players in that game included Lefty Whitehill, Gib Anderson, Glenn Aumiller and Joe Confer.
1941 — Bellefonte High School restored baseball to its sports lineup. Glenn Aumiller, who had previously coached East Penns Valley High School in Millheim, was named coach.
April 15, 1941 — In the first game in 15 years, Bellefonte was defeated 17 to 2 by the Reedsville High School Brownies.
April 28, 1941 — Bellefonte 3, Centre Hall Tigers 1. Bellefonte’s Woody Johnson was 2 for 4 including a double. Johnny Drogan had an RBI single. Pitcher Lloyd Reese allowed 5 hits and struck out 6. Other Bellefonte players included Johnny Rose, Jim Masullo (present day coach Pat Masullo’s father), Dick Torsell and Frank Sciabica.
May 7, 1941 — The first ever game between Bellefonte and State College High Schools was played on this date in State College. Unfortunately, State College won 6 to 5. Jim Masullo had two doubles. The winning pitcher was Gene Barto and the losing pitcher was Lloyd Reese.
1942 — Coach Aumiller was replaced by Forest Benford, who had previously coached Pleasant Gap High School prior to that school being absorbed into Bellefonte High School.
April 12, 1946 — Bellefonte 20, Howard 2 at Howard. The Bellefonte High School baseballers broke loose for 20 runs, climaxed by center fielder Jim Sellers’ grand slam home run in the last inning. Sellers’ blow was estimated to be a drive of 400 feet to deep center. Raider sophomore Boyd Thomas collected the win on the hill. Crabby Gordon and Shawley also smacked three hits in the lopsided victory.
April 30, 1946 — Bellefonte 10, Philipsburg 5 at Philipsburg. Jim Sellers had 4 hits, including two home runs, and Joe DeHass had 2 hits. The winning pitcher was Sellers. Philipsburg’s losing pitcher was Jim Polka.
April 23, 1948 — Bellefonte 13, Cooper Township 4. Right hander Harp McMullin went the distance for the Raiders, striking out six. Bob Nellis went 3 for 4. John Zelesnick, Steve Kucas, Bud Witherite, Chet Fulton and Boyd Thomas also contributed to the lopsided victory.
May 3, 1955 — Bellefonte 7, Lewistown 3 at Bellefonte. Tom Shultz got the victory while Hass McMullin’s two run single was the difference maker in the first inning for the Raiders. Right fielder Breon also homered for the Raiders in the victory.
May 8, 1956 — Bellefonte 1, State College 0. Jack Teaman had two hits and Emery White doubled for Bellefonte. The winning pitcher, Bill Sharp, allowed only one hit and struck out 14. Gary Williams, the losing pitcher, allowed 7 hits and struck out 3 for State College.
May 17, 1956 — Miles Township 1, Walker Township 0. This Centre County High School championship game was the last game ever played by both schools. Miles Township was one of four schools that merged in September 1956 to form Penns Valley High School (the others were the Gregg Township Vocational High School, Centre Hall-Potter High School and East Penns Valley High School). Walker Township, whose athletic teams were called the Cardinals, merged into Bellefonte Area High School that fall.
April 22, 1959 — Bellefonte 1, Bald Eagle Area 0. An unearned run in the bottom of the Bellefonte first was all pitcher Dick Dietrich needed as the Red Raiders won a hard fought decision over Bald Eagle. Earl Gettig drew a one out first inning walk and scored with a base hit by Skip Whitehill, and the help of a throwing error over the base runner’s head. Jim WIlson, Ernie Ebeling and Joe Kresovich had base hits in the game. Whitehill recorded two hits which included a late inning triple that went for naught.
April 17, 1961 — Bellefonte 5, Bald Eagle Area 2. Joe Kresovich threw a five inning no-hitter in the opening game of the 1961 season. Home runs by Gary Miller and Jim Hartle were not counted as they were struck in the bottom of the fifth as the rains came down. Umpire Bill Luther called the game in the Raiders home half of the fifth. Kresovich fanned eight in the rain abbreviated contest. Rod Mitchell and Skip Whitehill collected two hits apiece in the 5-2 victory.
April 26,1963 — Bellefonte 4, State College 2. The winning pitcher was Denny Leathers who allowed 2 hits and struck out 11. The losing pitcher was Shorty Stoner, who allowed 10 hits and struck out 5. Bellefonte’s Dave Long, Larry Conaway and Charlie Doland each had two hits. Other Bellefonte players included John Sodergren, Gary Kellogg, Rod Mitchell, Ron Howard and Denny McMullin. 1963 was Forest Benford’s last season as Bellefonte’s head coach.
May 2, 1963 — Bellefonte 13, Bald Eagle Area 3. Gary Kellogg, Ron Howard and Charlie Doland each collected two hits in the Raiders rout of B.E.A. Rod Mitchell, John Sodergren and Larry Conaway also contributed to the lopsided victory. At the time, the Raiders were 4-0 on the season and on top of the Central Penn League.
1964 — Don Robinson replaced Forest Benford as head coach of the Bellefonte High School baseball team.
May 15, 1964 — Bellefonte 7, Philipsburg 6. Bellefonte’s victory gave Don Robinson a Central Penn League championship in his first year as Red Raider coach. Barry Burger was the winning pitcher and Bill Rech took the loss. For Bellefonte, Grant Lee had two hits, Glenn Hinds had a double, and Denny Lose hit a home run. Other Bellefonte players included Larry Conaway, Charlie Doland, Ron Howard and Tom Bathgate.
May 31, 1967 — Clearfield 5, Bellefonte 4. Clearfield eliminated Bellefonte from the District 6 playoffs with this game. Dan Leitzell absorbed the tough loss but went 3 for 3 at the dish on the afternoon. Tom Purnell registered a triple in the loss, as did Leitzell.
June 7, 1968 — Bellefonte 2, Curwensville 1. With this victory, Bellefonte won the District 6 championship. Bellefonte was also the Central Penn League champion that season. The winning pitcher, Tom Purnell, struck out 13. The losing pitcher was Ron Stewart. Stewartwent on to play at Arizona State. Dennie Dewitt had two hits including a double. He scored the winning run on a passed ball. DennieDeWitt threw out Harry Rogers at home plate late in the game to cut off thetying run. Later they would both (DeWitt and Rogers) go on to Penn State asstarting outfielders and became good friends. Other Bellefonte players included Herb Beezer, Dan Leitzell, Sam “Fussy” Nastase, Bruce Baney, Bob O’Leary, Mel Harter, Bill Bierly and Frank Menna.
May 12, 1969 — Bellefonte 14, Penns Valley 8. Fred Johnson, Dave O’Shell and Dennie DeWitt led the Red Raiders to victory. Coach Don Robinson’s Raiders scored 10 runs in the third to breeze to their sixth win in ten outings. DeWitt hit a three run home run to right in the long inning. Dick Armstrong got credit for the win.
April 8, 1971 — Bellefonte 7, Penns Valley 1. Yogi Leitzell’s grand slam home run in the fourth accounted for most of the runs in this victory. Leitzell and Doug Leathers collected two hits each on the afternoon. Right hander Jim Hoy earned the victory for the Red Raider nine.
May 23, 1973 — Bellefonte 2, Philipsburg 1. Tom Burger fired a 5-hit victory swelling Bellefonte’s record to 9-1. The Raiders only recorded two hits were by third sacker Yogi Leitzell and by catcher Larry Saylor. Burger had defeated the Mounties one month prior by the exact same score. Saylor’s triple was the difference maker as both Red Raider runs came in the first inning. Burger fanned ten while issuing only one walk. The big right hander finished his high school career with an astonishing 17-0 record on the hill.
June 11, 1973 — Bellefonte 3, Philipsburg 0 at Beaver Field, Penn State University. This victory gave Bellefonte the District 6 championship. They previously had won the Central Penn League title. Tom Burger, the winning pitcher, allowed only two hits. Chuck Abbott took the loss for Philipsburg. For Bellefonte, Larry Saylor and Burger each had two hits and Todd Cable doubled. Bellefonte’s runs were all scored in the top of the seventh inning. Other Bellefonte players included Dave Gehret, Tom Eckley, Al Crafts, Steve Crowley and Ray McClure. Tom Burger finished his high school career with a sparkling 17 and 0 record.
March 30, 1977 — Bellefonte 8, Altoona 2. A five run outburst in the first inning and a 15 strikeout performance by Tom Dann carried Bellefonte past Altoona at Altoona. The Don Robinson led Raiders knocked the Moutain Lion starter out of the game in the top of the first. With the bases loaded, Randy McMullen drew a walk, Dann then rapped a two-run single and Dave Smith followed with a single good for two more tallies to cap the first inning scoring. Greg Brown also chipped in with two hits for the Red and White.
May 30, 1977 — Bellefonte 3, State College 0. The winning pitcher, Tom Dann, allowed 2 hits and struck out 10. Terry Curley took the loss. Wes Settle had two runs batted in and Jeff Regel doubled for the Raiders. Other Bellefonte players included Greg Brown, Dave Houser, Ralph Bowersox, Pat Masullo, Randy McMullen, Todd McCartney and Matt Bush. This victory gave Bellefonte the District 6 championship. They also won the Central Penn League title that season.
1982 — Denny Leathers replaced Don Robinson as head coach of the Bellefonte High School baseball team. So, from 1942 through the current year, a period of 68 seasons, Bellefonte has had only three varsity baseball head coaches.
May 18, 1983 — Bellefonte 11, Chief Logan 5. Ed McGovern picked up the win as shortstop Tom McCool homered twice in this Raider victory.
May 6, 1986 — Bellefonte 10, Bald Eagle Area 0. Bellefonte’s winning pitcher was Dave Klinefelter who allowed three hits and struck out 10. Doug Womer took the loss for Bald Eagle. Cory Dimmick hit two home runs and Steve Purnell homered once for Bellefonte. Other Bellefonte players that season included Eric Bjalme, Joe Kresovich, Andy Jabco and Kevin McCool. Bellefonte won the 1986 Central Penn League Championship.
May 14, 1986 — Bellefonte 20, Huntingdon 0. Third baseman Larry Walker went three for three and collected four RBI while lefty Dave Klinefelter tossed his second no-hitter of the year in a five inning mercy rule contest.
March 27, 1987 — Bellefonte 7, Williamsport 2. Eric Bjalme, Larry Walker, Cary Dimmick and Kenny Walker all recorded two hits in the 1987 opener versus the Williamsport Millionaires. Brian Ishler picked up the win. It would be the first of 10 victories for Ishler in the ’87 season.
May 25, 1988 — Bellefonte 11, Bald Eagle Area 8. Eric Gates pounded two home runs while Jim Surovic smacked a grand slam to help the Red Raiders to a slug fest victory over BEA at Bellefonte. Eric Gates picked up the win in relief.
May 13, 1992 — Bellefonte 5, Laurel Valley 0. Bellefonte’s winning pitcher in this first round District 6 playoff game was Eric Milton, who allowed only one hit, walked none, and struck out ten. The losing pitcher was Chuck Burd. Brian Egli was three for four and Seth Holderman had two hits. Other Bellefonte players that season included Jeff Kellog, Travis Hendershot, Eric Ebeling and Ryan Leathers. Bellefonte won the Central Penn League championship in 1992.
April 5, 1993 — Westminster Christian (Florida) 2, Bellefonte 1. The Red Raiders traveled to Fullerton, California to play in the prestigious Upper Deck Classic. It was the opener for the Red and White and they drew powerful Westminster Christian of Florida in round one of the 16 team field. Westminster, who had already played ten games and won them all, were ranked #1 in the nation. Despite the pitching of outstanding lefty Eric Milton, the Raiders dropped the game 2-1. Westminster’s lead off hitter was Alex Rodriquez. Rodriquez tripled in the game as the Raider’s own future Major Leaguer, Milton, held powerful Westminster to seven hits in the tough loss. Milton fanned Rodriquez to open Westminster’s home half of the first inning on a fast ball in the strike zone.
April 27, 1993 — Bellefonte 9, Indian Valley 0. Eric Milton fired a 17 strikeout, 2 hit, shutout at Indian Valley. Jeremy Paul collected three hits while Jeff Kellogg, Ryan Leathers, Kevin Benner and Matt McClure each collected two hits apiece.
March 28, 1995 — Bellefonte 4, Tyrone 2. The Raiders opened the spring with a victory over the Golden Eagles of Tyrone. Matt McCloskey collected the victory in a route going 9 strikeout performance. R. J. Lee went 3 for 3 on the day.
May 15, 1996 — Bellefonte 11, Bald Eagle 0. Bellefonte’s winning pitcher, Brad Tomco, allowed only three hits. The losing pitcher was Steve Bucha. Scott Showers had three hits and Brian Robbins had two hits for Bellefonte. Other Bellefonte team members in 1996 included Chris Shivery, Matt McCloskey, Rob Kormanic, Steve Shuey and R. J. Lee.
May 20, 1996 — Bellefonte 10, Cambria Heights 0. The Red Raiders opened the District 6 Playoffs with a Matt McCloskey 6 inning no-hitter versus Cambria Heights. McCloskey fanned six while allowing just two base runners. Robbie Kormanic and Chris Shivery both collected two hits and two RBI in the victory.
March 25, 1997 — Bellefonte 14, Tyrone 11. Brett Brown homered and went 4 for 4 at the plate in the 1997 opener. Brown drove in four runs. The Red Raiders also got two hits each from Clay Smith and shortstop Graig Martin. Nate Lehman picked up the victory in relief.
June 7, 2004 — Bellefonte 15, Washington High 1. The Raiders defeated Washington High in the opening round of their pursuit of a PIAA state championship. An eleven run second inning was huge in the easy victory. Dan Hoover was 4 for 4 in the mercy rule lopsided victory, with a home run. Josh Jones also drove in four runs with a homer. Seth Whitehill collected the victory on the hill. The Raiders were eliminated in their quest for a state title five days later when they went down in defeat 3-2 to Riverside.
June 5, 2009 — Bellefonte 7, Moon 2. The Red Raiders knocked off Moon to earn a birth into the PIAA state semi-finals. Robert Gummo earned the complete game victory. Bryant James had three RBI and two hits to become the hitting star. Frank Parkes and Brandon Quay each collected two hits. One of Quay’s hits was a home run. The Raiders absorbed a 3-1 loss to Chartiers Valley three days later in the semi-finals to end their “09 state playoff run.
May 26, 2015 — Bellefonte scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch to secure a 2-1 District 6 Class AAA championship victory over Somerset at Peoples Natural Gas Field at Blair County Ballpark. It was the eighth district crown for Bellefonte and ended the reign of the Eagles, who came in as the two-time defending champions.
February, 2016 — Dan Fravel named as Head Coach