LEWISTOWN - Lewistown has only played once since the start of June. But Monday night the West made another statement about winning the 2012 Mifflin County Babe Ruth title.
The West is now 21-0, thanks to a 10-5 win over Reedsville, and has a four-game lead over second place Beaver Springs, which was idle. Lewistown has six games remaining on its schedule.
Reedsville, which has a 15 -6 record, can only hope for a tie at this point in the season as one more win by Lewistown or one more loss by Reedsville will hand the title to the West.
On Monday, all nine players for the West got at least one hit and four them got two. Lewistown used two pitchers to get the win as Blaise Roush started and picked up the win. He went the first three innings and gave up four runs and five hits. Lucas McKay threw the last four and limited Reedsville to just two hits, both singles by Matt Wagoner. He struck out three and walked four.
Fielding, however, was not one of the bright spots for the West on Monday. Lewistown committed three errors in the first two innings and let three Reedsville runs score. The West finished with five errors.
Reedsville took a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Hunter Walker opened the inning by drawing a walk. Nate Koller followed with a base hit and one out later Jared Michaels singled home Walker. Cade Attick reached on an error as Koller came home and when the Lewistown pitcher and catcher couldn't connect on a throw back, Michaels raced home with the third run.
Lewistown bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the first as Isaiah Kearns smashed the first of his two triples. McKay drew a walk and Aaron Snook drilled a single up the middle for two runs.
Reedsville made it 4-2 in the second as Dakotah Schlegel tripled with two outs and scored on another Lewistown error.
But in the second, Lewistown went out in front for good as it scored four times for a 6-4 lead.
Manny Eby tripled with one out and C.J. Reigle singled him home. Max Remy followed with a base hit and then Kearns ripped his second triple knocking in two more runs. When McKay reached on an error, Kearns scored and it was a four-run margin.
Lewistown added a single run in the fourth as Remy doubled and scored on a single from McKay.
In the sixth, Lewistown put together four straight hits with two outs and scored three more runs. McKay, Snook, Peyton Reesman and Roush all singled. Snook drove in a run and Roush drove in the final two.
Reedsville scored its last run in the seventh as Wagoner singled home a run.
Wagoner and Keenen Walker each had two hits for Reedsville. Remy, Kearns, McKay and Snook each had two hits for Lewistown.
Milroy 15, Belltown 3
BELLTOWN - June has been very good to Milroy.
Milroy hasn't loss in the month of June as it now has won five in a row as it beat Belltown 15-3 on Monday. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Milroy's last loss was on May 31 to Reedsville, 5-2. Since then it has won games over Burnham, McVeytown, Yeagertown, Beaver Springs and now Belltown. It has a 13-10 record and is in fourth place by a game over Belleville.
Jared Soles went the distance for Milroy as he struck out eight, walked two and gave up five hits.
Soles was backed by a 12-hit attack. Drew Hannon had Milroy's only extra-base hit as he smashed his sixth home run of the year, a two-run shot in the fourth.
Hannon led Milroy with three hits, while Jacob Walters, Graham Rhoades, Matt Lutz and Soles each had two hits.
Zach Hostetler and Ross Underhill each had two hits for Belltown. Underhill and Austin Erb each had doubles.
McVeytown 11, Yeagertown 7
YEAGERTOWN - McVeytown took another step in its late-season surge as it beat Yeagertown 11-7 on Monday.
McVeytown has now won four of its last six games after dropping its first 16 of the season.
The Harshbarger's combined for the win on the mound on Monday as Harlee Harshbarger went the first three innings. Drew Harshbarger went the middle three, and Lucas Harshbarger finished in the seventh.
Yeagertown had 10 hits with Ty Hunter, Nate Earnest, Ty Bodtorf and Bo Cherry each collecting two hits. Cherry had Yeagertown's only extra-base hit, a double.
Yeagertown scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to four runs. Hunter, Bodtorf and Cherry each had singles around two walks. Bodtorf singled home a run and Cherry knocked in two.
McVeytown pounded out 15 hits with Carter Spade leading the way with three singles. Lucas Harshbarger, Dylan Fleisher, John Price and Harlee Harshbarger each had two hits. Christian Hagans and Harlee Harshbarger each had doubles.