Bellefonte baseball gets blowout win versus Huntingdon Bearcats, 10-0
By SHAREIK FLOWERS
BELLEFONTE- The Bellefonte baseball team has discovered its rhythm after a sluggish start to the season.
The Red Raiders earned their first win of the season Saturday after falling into an 0-3 hole to begin the year. Then on Monday, they shutout the Huntingdon Bearcats en route to a 10-0 mercy-rule victory.
“The things that you saw today with us hitting line drives, hitting the ball in the gaps, guys hitting the ball hard and smart are the things that we’ve worked on,” Bellefonte coach Jon Clark said. “Today’s win was just a sign of what we can do when we stay focused, remain aggressive and play smart-aggressive baseball.”
Bellefonte’s 6-run fourth inning catapulted them toward the five inning mercy-rule win. The fourth saw freshman Derek Fravel crack a 2-run home run to extend Bellefonte’s lead, 10-0.
The dinger was the first of Fravel’s varsity career, and the first home run hit at Governor’s Park this season. On a 3-0 count he missed coach Clark’s signal to take the pitch and launched an inside-corner fastball over the left field fence.
“It’s nuts hitting a home run,” Fravel said. “I’m a freshman coming in so [playing varsity] is a little nerve-racking, but this feeling is awesome.”
Bellefonte’s Seth Shuey set the game’s tempo in the opening inning. He whiffed three batters in the first and fanned a half dozen in a five inning shutout performance.
“Seth did a great job today getting ahead of batters and staying ahead of batters,” Bellefonte coach Jon Clark said. “A lot of his pitches were hitting their spots today, in and around the zone.”
Bellefonte scored a single run in the opening inning before the offense broke out in the third. Ahead 1-0, Bobby Marsh cracked a 2-run double that bounced off the centerfield fence, which extended Bellefonte’s lead 3-0. Seth Shuey then cracked an RBI single to advance the Raiders’ lead, 4-0.
The Raiders exploded for six runs in the fourth. Dylan Young supplied an RBI, and Nick Capparelle followed with a 2-run double to stretch the lead, 7-0. CJ Funk added an RBI triple before Derek Fravel launched a 2-run blast to advance Bellefonte’s lead, 10-0.
“Freshman or not, Derek has earned his spot on the team,” Clark said. “He has a good approach at the plate. He works hard, he understands the game and he’s willing to learn.”
Bellefonte’s six-run frenzy in the fourth occurred before the team’s first out of the inning. They totaled six of their eight hits in the frame and have begun to find success at the plate.
“In that inning we started doing what we do in practice, and we executed what we did in practice,” Clark explained. “Guys were hitting the ball hard. We were smart with our approach to pitches, and we put bats on the ball and hit line drives.”
Bellefonte (2-3) returns to action Thursday in an away match against rival Bald Eagle Area. The Raiders and Eagles split their two-game series a season ago, and this year’s matchups figure to be hotly contested.
“That’s a big rivalry game,” Clark said. “Bald Eagle has a great team this year, and they always have a great team and good athletes. It should be a good game.”
BF 10, HT 0
HT 0 0 0 0 0 x x –0 3 3
BF 1 0 3 6 x x x –10 8 4
WP: Seth Shuey
Bellefonte: CJ Funk (2-3, RBI), Bobby Marsh (2-3, 2 RBIs), Derek Fravel
(1-2, HR, 2 RBIs).
Huntingdon: Jacob Wagner (1-3), Casey Conner (1-2), Nick Troha (1-2).