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LORETTO, Pa. – Breaking open a close game by scoring six runs in its final two at-bats, Bellefonte claimed the District 6-9 Class 5A softball title with an 8-1 win over DuBois at St. Francis University.
The Lady Raiders, who beat DuBois, 19-1, in the season opener, found themselves in a dogfight with the Lady Beavers in the second go-round.
A Sarah Henninger with two outs in the fifth pulled DuBois within a run, 2-1.
But Bellefonte took advantage of three walks in the bottom of the inning to score a pair of runs to make it 4-1.
Then, after a weather delay, the Lady Raiders scored four more times in the top of the sixth to put the game away.
Haylie Rimmey had a pair of RBIs for Bellefonte going 1-for-4, while Lexi Rogers was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and an ARBI. Madison Melis also walked twice and scored three times.
DuBois had four hits, all singles, with Henninger going 1-for-3 with the RBIs, Morgan Pasternak going 1-for-3, Taylor Smith going 1-for-3, and Saige Weible going 1-for-3. Brooke Chewning, who reached on an error, scored the Lady Beavers run.
Rogers got the win going seven innings allowing an unearned run on four hits and a walk while striking out five.
Allie Snyder took the loss going 4 1/3 innings allowing four earned runs on three hits and eight walks while striking out four. Weible pitched an inning giving up three earned runs on a hit and two walks. Aleghia Geer went 2/3 of an inning allowing an unearned run on a hit and walk while striking out one.
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