Red Raiders softball earns home victory over Tyrone Golden Eagles, 3-1
By KENNY VARNER
For The Express
BELLEFONTE – Thursday’s home win was a major step forward for the Red Raiders.
After losing to Tyrone earlier in the year, the Bellefonte softball team evened the season series as it used its team speed to its maximum, topping the Eagles 3-1 in front of the home crowd.
In just her fourth game back from injury, Red Raider pitcher Lexi Rogers, and a rejuvenated defense, allowed just four hits and only one run. She struck out six and failed to walk a Tyrone batter the entire game.
Tyrone’s only run came early on as Sidney Shaw roped a huge blast over the right-field fence.
Rogers also stayed ahead of the count for much of the game, rarely getting behind on the batter.
Offensively, the Red Raiders got a 2-for-3 effort by Emily Pugh. She hit a single and a triple.
Tyrone’s Cate Baran took the loss as she also went the distance, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out seven.
Teammate Lily Gardner used her speed in her last two at-bats, hustling out infield hits.
“Tyrone just keeps getting better. Doug (Baran) does a really good job with them. We talked early about how anytime you get a chance to beat a team that beat you earlier in the season, it says that we’re getting better and let’s make a push and keep it going,” Bellefonte coach Travis Foster said. “Emily Pugh had a big hit for us late when we had a runner on second, leading 2-1. Em hit the ball up the middle to score one.”
Both pitchers took control early.
Tyrone struck in the top of the second.
With two outs, Shaw came up to the plate and sent a Rogers’ offering over the fence in right, making it 1-0.
Rogers settled back in and kept the Eagles’ bats at bay.
In the fourth, the Red Raiders used its speed to manufacture two runs. They were also helped by two Tyrone miscues as well.
Hanna Lauck sent a shot of her own that hit off the left-centerfield fence, but the Tyrone outfield quickly reacted and got the ball in stopping her at a long single.
She moved up to second when Rogers reached on an error by the shortstop, putting runners on first and second with nobody out.
Sara DeHaas hit a grounder to third and she forced out Lauck, but on the throw to first the ball was wild, allowing Rogers to make it all the way to third.
DeHaas stole second on the next play.
Minutes later, Baran threw a wild pitch allowing Rogers to score and DeHaas to move up to third.
Pugh notched her first RBI on the night as she blazed her way to first, reaching on an infield single to give her team the advantage.
The defense took over from there as Rogers was on target and so was the defense.
Bellefonte added to its lead in the sixth as DeHaas led off the inning with a double into left.
Two batters later, Pugh smoked a ball into center and the ball went under the fielders’ glove for the RBI triple.
From there, Bellefonte allowed just a double before shutting down Tyrone the rest of the way and notching its fourth victory of the season.