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Bellefonte’s season comes to an end

WINGATE – Bellefonte’s baseball team saw its season end abruptly after suffering a loss to Eastern York in the opening round of the PIAA 4A playoffs.

After the Raiders managed to push a run across the plate in the bottom part of the second on Triston Heckman’s RBI, the Golden Knights scored 14 unanswered runs to advance to the next round.

“We just didn’t play our best game, we didn’t have all facets of our game, I don’t think it was fatigue. At the same time, they (Eastern York) hit the ball extremely well. When you’re not playing at your best sometimes you can’t control those things. When you take a team, that I thought, that really hit the ball and put pressure on you, it was a recipe for an unfortunate time to end the season. Our guys fought to the end and kept battling,” Raiders coach Jon Clark said.

Bellefonte, who captured the district 6 title a week ago with a win over Penn Cambria, ended its season with a final record of 12-8. Disregarding the season-finale loss, Clark said he is especially proud of the way his team overcame obstacles this season.

“They battled throughout the year, they battled and had success at the same time doing it. With the school year they had to deal with, with masks and COVID. To come out here for them to show up and play ball every day, I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Clark said.

Seth Shuey suffered the loss for Bellefonte as the senior went three innings, struck out three and surrendered five. Owen Shimmel collected the victory on the bump for Eastern York. Shimmel pieced together a workmanlike performance for the Golden Knights by going the distance and sitting down five. Most notably, the senior limited Bellefonte’s lineup to just four hits. Shuey, Bobby Marsh, Zach Swanger and Braedyn Kormanic each recorded a hit.

According to Clark, the subpar day at the plate for Bellefonte wasn’t the product of Shimmel’s ability to do anything out of the ordinary, it just was not his team’s day.

“We didn’t have the best cuts or the best approach at time. It didn’t time out well; we don’t make excuses it just wasn’t our day,” Clark said.

The contest lasted just five innings as Eastern York earned the mercy-rule victory. The game’s final out marked the end of the journey for 11 seniors on Bellefonte’s roster. Clark said he could not be more proud of all of them.

“There were 11 seniors this year and every one of them in a different way contributed to this team. The tough part–when you have 11 seniors–you don’t have the spots to play them all. They showed the younger kids in practice how to approach the drills we do. Almost every one of our seniors were with us when we made a playoff push. Each one of them has a different way of leading and we’re going to miss each one of them,” Clark said.

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