Bellefonte Little League Time Line
Bellefonte Little League was established on February 17th, 1949. The League’s official name is Bellefonte and Vicinity at that time the league’s boundaries included the Milesburg area.
4 Major League teams sponsor.
Bellefonte Motor Sales
1949 First league champion Foresman’s Olds
1950 Decker Motors won the league championship
1951 Boughter’s Giants won the league championship
1952 Boughter’s Giants won the league championship for their 2nd championship and the first back-to-back champions for the league.
1953 Bellefonte Lions club replaced Foreman’s Oldsmobile as a team sponsor. Keckler Motors won the league championship
1954 Little League in Williamsport asked all the member leagues if they would be in favor of a Little League World Series. The Bellefonte Little League voted in favor of establishing a Little League World Series.
Decker Motors won their second league championship.
1955 The league opened discussions to add 2 more teams. Storage Building was built and the backstop was extended down both the first and third base sides.
Keckler Motors won their second league championship.
1956 More fencing was added to the field.
Bellefonte Lions won their first league championship
1957 Bellefonte Little League was reorganized into PA District 9
Bellefonte Lions won their second league championship and the second team to win back-to-back championships.
1958 Keckler Motors won their third league championship.
With strong pitching performances from Gary Kellogg and Denny Leathers, in addition to Rod Mitchell’s offense. The 11 and 12 Bellefonte All-Star team won District 10, Section 2. On the way to the Leagues and County’s first Little League State Championship and first appearance in the regional tournament. Only to fall short vs Darien Little League 4-3 and Manchester Little League 5-1.
1959 The First National Bank of Bellefonte replaced Keckler Chevrolet as a team sponsor.
Bellefonte Lions won their third league championship
1960 First National Bank of Bellefonte won the league championship
1961 a new fence was installed at the field.
Decker Motors won their third league championship.
1962 The League expanded with two new major league teams. Brining the league to six teams. The two new sponsors were the Lions Club of Milesburg and the Plumbs Drug Store.
Construction of Penn Street was finished.
First National Bank of Bellefonte won the league championship
1963 Milesburg Lions won the league championship.
1964 Field one was dedicated in honor of Frank Webster the League’s first President and founder.
Decker Motors won their fourth league championship.
1965 The First National Bank of Bellefonte sponsor changed to Mid-State Bank
Plumbs Drug Store won the league championship
1966 Mid-State Bank (formally the First National Bank of Bellefonte) won the league championship
1967 Bellefonte Motor Sales changed to Krout Pontiack International.
Mid-State Bank won their second league championship and the leagues third team to win back to back championships.
1968 Milesburg Lions won their second league championship.
1969 The league discussed to have webster field resod and installing a grass infield.
The League’s 11 and 12 All Star team capture’s the District 10 championship.
Mid-State Bank won their third league championship
1970 Mid-State Bank won their 4th league championship with another back-to-back championship run.
1971 Knights of Columbus replaced Deckers Motors as a sponsor
Plumbs Drug Store won their second league championship
1972 Undies Fire Company replaced The Lions Club of Milesburg as a team sponsor
Plumbs Drug Store won their third league championship and became the 4th team to win back-to-back champions.
1973 Plumbs Drug Store won their 4th league championship and became the league’s first 3 time repeat champion.
1974 Undines Fire Co. won the league championship
1975 Plumbs Drug Store won their 5th league championship
1976 Plumbs Drug Store won their 6th league championship and completing the sponsors 2nd back-to-back championship since the 1971-1972 team.
1977 Bellefonte Lions Club won their 4th league championship first since 1959
1978 Mid-State Bank won their 5th league championship
1979 Plumbs Drug Store won their 7th league championship
1980 Undines Fire Co. won their 2nd league championship
1981 The League’s 11 and 12 All Star Team capture the District 5 championship, the leagues 3rd.
Bellefonte Lions won the sponsor’s 5th league championship
1982 Mid-State Bank won the league championship
1983 Mid-State Bank won the league championship and the sponcors second back -to – back championship run.
1984 Mid-State Bank won the league championship and became the 2nd sponsor to win the championship 3 years in a row.
1985 United Federal Bank replaced Krout Pontiac as a sponsor
Bellefonte Lions wone the sponsor’s 6th league championship
1986 Bellefonte Lions won the sponsor’s 7th league championship and claim the sponsors second back to back championship run
1987 Lead by Bill Benner the League’s president Field 2 and a new concession stand was constructed.
Plumbs Drug Store won their 8th league championship
1988 Mid-State Bank won the leauge championship
Behind the strong pitching of Jason Evy and Eric Milton. The 11 and 12 Bellefonte All Star team won the District 5, Section 2 championships and made the leagues second appearance in the State Championship Tournament only to loose in the semi-finals to Ingomar 3 – 2 (10 innings). The 1988 State Tournament had three future Major League baseball players, one of the three was Bellefonte’s own Eric Milton.
1989 The league expanded with 2 teams. Supelco and Logans. Creating an 8 team Major League.
Bellefonte Lions won the league championship
1990 People’s Bank Replaced United Federal as a Team Sponsor
Bellefonte Lions won the league championship
1991 Knights of Columbus won the league championship
1992 Mid-State Bank won the league championship
1993 Bellefonte Lions won the league championship
The League’s 11 & 12 All Star team won the District 5 championship the leagues 5th over all.
1994 Bellefonte Lions won the league championship, the sponsor’s 2nd back-to-back championship run
1995 Logans Fire Co. won their first league championship
1996 Knights of Columbus won their second league championship
1997 Bellefonte Lions won the league championship
1998 Undines Fire Co. won the league championship
1999 Marked the 50th Anniversary for Bellefonte Little League.
The League Championship was won by the Undines
2000 Knights of Columbus won the league championship
2001 Undines Fire Co. won the league championship
2002 Plumbs Drug Store won the league championship
2003 Undines Fire Co. won the league championship
2004 Supelco won the league championship
2005 Logans and PNC Bank team sponsors was moved to the Minor League system. Bringing the major league division to 6 teams.
Undines Fire Co. won the league championship
The League’s 11&12 All Star Team won the District 5 Championship the leagues 6th over all.
2005 August 6th – 12th The Bellefonte Little League played host to the 9 and 10 year old Little League State Championship Tournament. Teams from State College American Little League, Upper Darby Little League, Lehigh Little League, Berwyn Paoli Little League, Minersville Little League, and French Creek Valley American Little League. Played a double elimination tournament to crown the 2005 State Champion. The Team from Berwyn Paoli won the title.
2006 Bellefonte Lions won the league championship
2007 Undines Fire Co. won the league championship
2008 Supelco won the league championship
2009 Undines Fire Co. won the league championship
2011 Field one’s original fencing structure was removed and replaced with new supports and a chain link fence. The playing area of the field was also increased to measure around 190 feet down the foul lines and 200 feet in center field.
Supelco won the league championship
2011 Undines Fire Co. won the league championship
The League’s 11&12 All-Star Team won the District 5 Championship the leagues 7th overall.
The League’s first year fielding a 10&11-year-old All-Star Team. This group of 10&11-year-olds won the District 5 Championship.
The league, led by volunteers, resurfaced the infield of field 2.
2012 Undines Fire Co won the league championship
The Undines Fire Company’s Team came in 3rd place out of 24 teams in the first annual Center County Interleague Tournament.
The League’s 11&12 All-Star Team won the District 5 Championship the leagues 8th overall.
2013 Field two added running water to the press box for field use. Old bleachers on field one 3rd base side replaced.
2013 Marked the 65th season of Bellefonte Little League. Players from 1949 were in attendance and threw out the first pitch during Opening Day ceremonies. 1949 players in attendance: WALTER BANEY,WHITEY NOLL, TOM MENSCH, WARD COLE, HASA MCMULLIN, JOE KUSTENBAUTER, BOB SCHREFFLER, JOHNNY TAYLOR, DAVID HAMPTON, JOHN SAYLOR, CHUCK BROWN, FRANK WEBSTER, TIP YOUNG, CARROLE DIXON, AND COUPLE OTHERS… Frank Webster Jr, Son of Frank Webster the first president of the Bellefonte Little League, tossed out the first pitch of the season, with the baseball that started the first season in 1949.
Allen Thal was presented a signed baseball marking his 40th season volunteering at Bellefonte Little League.
Bellefonte Lions won the league championship
The Undines Fire Company’s Team win the second annual Center County Interleague Tournament. M&T bank came in 4th out of 26 teams.
In the fall volunteers added concrete barriers around field one. This created a safe walking area just outside the right-field fence and the parking/roadway area, at the same time helps protect the fence and playing field from rocks and fill from the parking area. Volunteers also place concrete barriers on the hill between field one and two to help prevent erosion that was taking place and enlarge a safe walking/viewing area.
2014 M&T Bank won the league championship
The League’s 11&12 All-Star Team won the District 5 Championship the league’s 9th overall.
The League’s 10&11 All-Star Team won the District 5 Championship the league’s 2nd for this age group.
2015 Undines Fire Co won the league championship
2016 The League constructed a storage building attached to the old bathrooms. Thanks to students from CPI for the construction.
The league fixed field 2 infield. raised the mound on both fields.
The league sign a least for Donovan Fields at Spring township. Old dugouts and press box were removed. The fence around field one was replaced along with some along field 2. Dugouts on field one were constructed thanks to the Eagle Scouts. To make way for the first year of play for our 13-year-old 50/70 division.
The Undines Fire Co won the league championship
The Plumb’s Drugstore team came in 2nd place in the Centre County tournament.
The League’s 8-10 All-Star Team won the District 5 Championship the league’s 1st district title for this age group. The team also remain undefeated as they played in section 4 beating Indiana, then Redland twice to capture the age group’s first Section 4 championship. In the section 4 championship game, Bellefonte was the home team as the game came down to the 6th inning tied at 7 with Redland. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 6th Grayson Alterio ends the game with a walk-off grand slam sending the 9&10s to their first State tournament. This was the first appearance in the State tournament for a Bellefonte team since 1988. First State game hosted by Bradford, Bellefonte defeated Clarion 9-4. In the second game, Bellefonte lost to Lehigh 9-4. The third game Bellefonte played Back Mountain came out with an 8-0 victory. Facing Keystone in the 5th game Bellefonte advanced in the double-elimination tournament beating Keystone 4-1. Bellefonte Faced Lehigh again in the semi-finals but their season came to an end with a 3-2 loss. Placing Bellefonte 3rd in the state.
The League’s first year fielding a 13 year old 50/70 All Star Team. Since no other league fielded a 13-year-old team in the district or section, this group of 13-year-olds played in the State Championship Tournament as the Section 4 and District 5 rep. They defeated Warwick in first round play but lost to Keystone (the state champion) 12 to 10 and then to Tanney to end Bellefonte’s season.
2017 Bellefonte Lions won the league championship
Bellefonte 11&12s captured the District 5 championship with an 11-1 win over State College. This is the League’s 10th district championship for the 12-year-old age group.
Bellefonte 11s capture the District 5 championship with a 7th inning walk off 2 run home run by Grayson Alterio to beat State College 6-4 winning Bellefonte the District 5 championship for the 3rd time in this age group.
Bellefonte Little League hosted the 2017 11u Sectional tournament. Bellefonte represented District 5, Hampden represented District 6, and Huntingdon as the District 11 team. Bellefonte 11u won the League’s 1st Section Title as they beat Hampden Little league 12-8, and then capturing the title with a win over Huntingdon Little League 10-7. Bellefonte represented the League In the State Tournament hosted by Lehigh Little League on July 28th. Bellefonte 11u All-Star Team Lost to Back Mountain National in the opening round of the State tournament. County Line Norwin put an end to the Bellefonte’s 11u season in the elimination round of the State Championship.
2018 Two sponsors donated the funds to purchase and replace the scoreboards on field one and two. The scoreboards, each featuring pitch counts, were installed thanks to Wal-Mart and a second sponsor that wished to remain anonymous.
Lights installed on field 2. for the first time in 70 seasons Bellefonte Little League will play regular-season games under the lights. Many thanks for a ton of hard work from some of our board members researching and comparing companies, products, and most importantly figuring out how to purchase and install a lighting system with a net $0 impact to the league’s budget or current fundraising and registration fees.The league has purchased the lighting system from Musco, the official lighting company of Little League International. Musco’s lights currently light up Beaver Stadium and Medlar Field the home of the State College Spikes as well as the little league fields in Williamsport and soon the new Roger’s Stadium. We purchased the top of the line LED system that only needs 4 light post to light the entire field at a minimal cost to use. Most importantly, the lights will have very little, if any light spillage (pollution) to our neighbours.
Thursday the 5 of April An early unscheduled night game occurred for the league’s first official use of the lights. The Plumbs Drug Store and M&T Bank went extra innings to finish. The Plumbs Drug Store team came out with a 15-14 win in the 7th inning to start their season.
Undines Fire Co. won the league championship
Bellefonte 11&12s captured the District 5 championship with an 9-2 win over State College. This is the League’s 11th district championship for the 12-year-old age group. This group of players have won collectively, 4-District 5 titles and 2-Section 4 titles in 4 years.
The first week in August Field 2 outfield fence was replaced, adding 2 bullpens just outside both dugouts.
2019 Supelco team sponsor was moved to the Minor League system. Brining the Major League Division to 5 teams.
The Plumb’s Drug Store team won the Major league championship over the Lions Club. This is the 10th League championship for the Plumbs and their frist since 2002.
Bellefonte 9&10s captured the District 5 championship with an 10-5 victory over State College. This is the leauge’s 2nd District 5 championship for the 9&10 year olds and 14th combinded for all age groups.
July Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. completed the site of field 3 hauling leveling off additional topsoil. Greene’s Landscaping removed rocks and seeded the 2 acer site in August.