LEWISTOWN - It was business as usual Thursday night in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League as the top three teams all won.
The win for Lewistown clinches at least a tie for the 2012 championship. The West can win its fifth straight title on Saturday with a win on the road in Beaver Springs at 6 p.m.
On Thursday, Lewistown beat Yeagertown, 12-2, while Beaver Springs downed 13-10. Reedsville got back on the winning track with a 17-4 win over Belltown.
The win for Lewistown was it 44th straight over the past two years and it now has tied the second longest winning streak in league history.
Burnham Green had a 44-game winning streak from 1963-1965. The longest winning streak in league history is owned by the West - 73 games from 2008-2010.
Lewistown 12, Yeagertown 2
LEWISTOWN - Lewistown scored nine runs between the fifth and sixth innings to gain a 12-2 win over Yeagertown on Thursday.
Blaise Roush and Peyton Reesman combined for a two-hitter with Roush getting the win. He went four innings, struck out five, walked one and gave up one hit.
Lewistown led only by two runs going into the bottom of the fifth before exploding for nine late.
The West had only seven hits in the win. Lucas McKay was the only multiple hitter with two. Aaron Snook had a two-run double in the fifth when the West scored four times.
In the sixth, Lewistown scored five times without a hit on six walks, two Yeagertown errors, a wild pitch and a passed ball.
Yeagertown's two hits came from Ty Bodtorf, who had an RBI double in the fourth, and Nate Earnest, who singled home a run in the sixth.
Beaver Springs 13, McVeytown 10
BEAVER SPRINGS - McVeytown's turnaround has been well documented these past two weeks. McVeytown, at one point in the season, was 0-16, but since then has won five games.
But the turnaround game to an end against Beaver Springs, 13-10. The Springs, in a must win situation, looked like it was on its way to a five-inning victory over McVeytown as it led 11-1 going into the top of the fifth inning.
But McVeytown showed that its late-season surge was for real by scoring six times in the fifth.
It sent 12 batters to the plate and opened the inning by getting five-straight hits. Gage Capouillez started the rally with a single. Then it was bang, bang, bang, bang as hits sprayed all over the field from Carter Spade, Lucas Harshbarger, Drew Harshbarger and John Price. Drew Harshbarger and Price each had RBI singles.
McVeytown scored a run in the sixth as Justin Rodkey, a rookie, had an RBI. In the seventh, McVeytown chipped away at the 13-8 lead as Capouillez, Spade and Lucas Harshbarger all singled in a row with Harshbarger getting the RBI.
Beaver Springs used three pitchers. Travis Zechman got the start, went four innings and picked up the win. Adrian Martin worked the fifth and sixth, but Alex Hackenberg got the save. He entered in the sixth with two men on and no outs and only gave up a run.
The Springs had 12 hits with Tyson Troutman leading the way with three. He also drove in three runs.
The Springs opened the game by scoring four times as Troutman and Martin each had RBI singles in the first. It had another big inning in the fourth getting five runs and taking a commanding lead, 11-1.
McVeytown out-hit Beaver Springs 15-12.
Reedsville 17, Belltown 4
BELLTOWN - Reedsville scored in four of the five innings Thursday night as it beat Belltown 17-4.
Reedsville's Jared Michaels pitched a complete game giving up just two hits. He walked nine and struck out seven.
Matt Wagoner led the Reedsville offense with four hits as he had a perfect night at the plate including a double in the first inning. The Wagoner blast helped Reedsville to a 5-0 lead.
The only other Reedsville player with multiple hits was Michaels, who had two hits. Nate Koller had Reedsville's only extra-base hit with a triple.
The only inning that Reedsville didn't score was the third. In the second, Reedsville added three more runs and it closed out the game with six in the fourth and three in the fifth.
Belltown's only two hits were singles from Zach Hostetler in the third and Austin Erb in the fourth.