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State College 9-10 forces a Winner-take-all title game with win over Bellefonte

BELLEFONTE – There will be another game.

The State College 9-and-10-year olds needed a win to extend their season as it faced Bellefonte.

Pitching came front and center for the Little Lions on the afternoon as JJ Powell and DaVantae Harrison combined for a 4-hit shut out over Bellefonte in a 3-0 victory Monday.

Powell picked up the victory.

Bellefonte got strong efforts on the mound from Cole Houser and Zach Lehman But it would be State College that would find the holes offensively to pick up the victory.

Brayden Fortney finished with a 2-for-3 effort for Bellefonte.

State College strung out seven hits over the six innings.

Bellefonte held state College in the first, posting a 3-up/3-down inning.

The home team started in fine fashion as Fortney doubled to start things off.

However, he was stranded.

In the second inning, State College posted its first run of the game.

Matt Gaul took one for the team as he was hit by a pitch.

He was replaced on the first by pinch runner Lucas Starks. Starks scores on a single by James Whitbred.

That would all State College would get as the Bellefonte defense finished out the inning without anymore damage.

But Powell was a tough on the mound as he sent down the side down in order in the bottom of the second.

The State College bats were at it again in the third, playing another run.

AJ Fry got the inning going as he blasted a double to the left field corner.

Harrison brought in Fry as he blasted an RBI single, making it 2-0.

Again in the third, Powell continued to keep the Bellefonte runners off of base, seeding down in order once again.

State College posted its last run in the top of the fourth.

Bellefonte wouldn’t go away a battle.

In the fourth, Bellefonte was able to get the bases loaded.

But State College went to its bullpen and brought in Harrison.

Harrison had the stuff as he shut down the Bellefonte batters the rest of the way, securing the victory.

The win forces a winner take all game Tuesday at State College. The winner will hold up the District 5 Championship flag.

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