The Tyrone Golden Eagles erased an early two-run deficit against the Bellefonte Red Raiders to win the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader by a wide margin of 14-5.
The Golden Eagle offense continued their onslaught of offense, recording 19 hits. Five Golden Eagles recorded multiple hits in the game with two apiece from David Lang and Ross Gampe, and three from Bryce Hunter, Rodney Shultz, and Brandon Lucas.
Eight Tyrone hitters drove in runs during the first game with Shultz and Luke Brooks driving in three each. Gampe and Aiden Coleman each drove in two more, helping the Eagles run away with the game.
Coleman took the hill for Tyrone and delivered another solid start for the Golden Eagles. Although this game was a bit different than the one or two hitters he threw over his previous starts, only allowing five runs over his 4 2/3 innings pitched was all he would need to do to secure the victory for his team.
After falling behind 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Tyrone’s offense was kickstarted in the top of the third inning. Blaine Hoover led off the inning by drawing a walk and was immediately brought home to score when his partner-in-speed Hunter tripled to center field.
The next batter was Shultz, who continued his stellar year at the plate with a line-drive double to center field, bringing Hunter around to score the game-tying run with ease. Shultz would come home to take the lead for Tyrone when Gampe grounded a ball to shortstop. His hustle down the line forced the Red Raider shortstop to rush the throw, causing an overthrow.
Bellefonte would enjoy their last lead of the game in the bottom of the third inning taking a 4-3 lead before the Eagle offense blew the doors wide open in the top of the fourth. Tyrone took the lead courtesy of an RBI single from none other than Shultz. His line drive to center field took the lead away from Bellefonte for the final time as David Lang and Hunter were able to cross home, giving Tyrone a 5-4 lead.
After an RBI single from Gampe, Coleman blew the game open. His line-drive double to center field scored Brandon Lucas and Gampe, extending Tyrone’s lead even more to 8-4.
With Tyrone already leading 11-5, Brooks found himself up to bat with the bases loaded and delivered the knockout punch. His line drive into the left-center gap cleared the bases, giving Tyrone the 14-5 lead.
Tyrone — 14
Hunter cf 433, Shultz ss 533, Lucas 3b 533, Gampe 1b-p 512, Coleman p-rf 411, Brooks rf 101, Legars rf 301, Grazier 1b 211, Buck c 401, Lang 2b 412, 100, Hoover lf 321
Bellefonte — 5
Marsh 1b 412, Capparelle 2b 532, Fravel 3b 311, Suey 1b-cf 302,Kormanic c 201, Rodgers c 201, Johnson rf 301, McAndrew lf 300, Butler lf 100, Heckman ss 300
Score by Innings
Tyrone 003 502 4 - 14 19 2 Bellefonte 202 100 0 - 5 11 2 Errors: Buck 1, Shultz 1, Hekcman 2
Tyrone: Coleman — 4.2 IP, 9 H 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO, Gampe — 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, Rhoades — 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO Bellefonte: Suey- 5 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO; Dann — 2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO Winning pitcher: Coleman, Losing pitcher: Suey.
The Tyrone Golden Eagles completed the doubleheader sweep against the Bellefonte Red Raiders for their 10th straight victory in a revenge game for Tyrone. This was a revenge game for Tyrone as back in 2019 Bellefonte ended Tyrone’s perfect season at 10 games.
In contrast to the first game, this one was a close pitcher’s duel with Shultz taking the hill for Tyrone. Shultz went the distance for Tyrone, only allowing two runs on six hits while striking out eight Red Raider hitters.
Bellefonte got an early run off of Shultz in the top of the opening inning but that was the extent of the damage as Shultz shut down the Bellefonte team. After the first inning, the game remained locked in a pitcher’s duel.
Tyrone broke the ice for their first runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Coleman carried over his success at the plate from game one when he lined a base hit into right field, bringing Lucas around to tie the game at 1-1.
Zack LeGars would go on to give Tyrone the lead later in the same inning when he sent a ball right back up the middle for a base hit. Gampe used his speed to come around from second to give Tyrone 2-1 after four innings of play.
Tyrone’s lead would be short-lived as Bellefonte would come out in the top of the fifth inning and lock the game back up at 2-2 when Nick Capparelle singled to right field.
In the bottom of the same inning, Tyrone’s offense would get all it needed to secure the victory. With help from Bellefonte errors, Tyrone was able to generate three runs to take a 5-2 lead with only two innings left to play.
With today’s doubleheader sweep, Tyrone’s record improves to 15-3 on the season with only one game remaining before the start of playoffs. They will wrap up the regular season Monday afternoon with a non-conference matchup against Somerset with the top seed in districts still up in the air.
Tyrone — 5Hunter cf 211, Shultz p 300, Lucas 3b 323, Gampe 1b-p 211, Coleman dh 301, Legars rf 301, Brooks c 200, Buck c 100, Lang ss 300, Hoover lf 200, Buck c 401, Lang 2b 412, 100, Hoover lf 321
Bellefonte — 2Marsh 1b 311, Capparelle 2b 301, Fravel p 301, Suey lf 302, Rodgers rf 300, Johnson dh 300, Swanger 3b 300, Kormanic c 301, Heckman ss 200, Heckman ss 300
Score by InningsTyrone 000 230 x — 5 7 3
Bellefonte 100 010 0 — 2 6 2
Errors: Capparella 2, Lang 1, Lucas 1, Brooks 1
PitchingTyrone: Shultz — 7 IP, 6 H 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO.
Bellefonte: Fravel — 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO.
Winning pitcher: Shultz. Losing pitcher: Fravel.