BEAVER SPRINGS - Thank goodness Wednesday was the longest day of the year when it comes to daylight.
Beaver Springs and Reedsville needed every bit of it as their game lasted two hours and 20 minutes, with Beaver Springs winning, 13-11.
The win clinched second place for the Springs and gave them their third 20-win season in a row. Beaver Springs now has a 20-6 record with one game to go. Reedsville closed out the regular season with a 19-8 mark and third place.
For Beaver Springs manager Scott Wright, it was a milestone win, his 100th. He is the 12th manager to reach the century mark in the league.
Beaver Springs won the game in the bottom of the sixth as it scored three runs on three hits. Ty Ross opened the inning with a single and stole second. Hunter Shuff followed with a one out walk and Tyson Troutman ripped a double scoring two runs. He later scored on a Josh Zimmerman base hit.
Reedsville trailed 2-0 going into the top of the third, but exploded for seven runs. The rally started after Shuff, the starting pitcher for the Springs, got the first two men out on strikes.
But then hits, walks and errors put Reedsville in control of the game - or so it seemed. Hunter Walker singled and Nate Koller doubled him home. Dakotah Schlegel reached on an error and Koller scored. Jared Michaels doubled home Schlegel. Matt Wagoner and Dalton Sinkus drew walks loading the bases and then rookie Cade Attick ripped a three run double.
Beaver Springs, however, battled back with four runs in the bottom of the inning and three more in the fourth. The Springs picked up another run in the fifth making it 10-10.
Shuff pitched into the sixth and Travis Zechman relieved him, but walked the first two men he faced. Finally, Andrew Bishop settled things down for Beaver Springs and got the win as he gave up just one run over the last two and two thirds innings.
Hunter Walker, Koller, Michaels and Attick each had two hits for Reedsville. Koller, Schlegel and Michaels each had extra-base hits with Michaels getting two doubles.
Zimmerman had three hits for Beaver Springs, while Hackenberg, Shuff, Troutman and Adrian Martin each had two hits. Hackenberg knocked in three runs with two doubles and Shuff had a triple.
Strodes Mills 15, Belleville 8
BELLEVILLE - It was not a good night to be on the mound in the Strodes Mills-Belleville game.
Both teams combined for 32 hits and Strodes Mills stopped Belleville's four game winning streak, which was the longest of the year for the Big Valley team.
Strodes Mills smashed out 17 hits in the win. Three of the Mills' boys had three hits with Luke Amspacker, Andrew Bernstein and Mason Snyder, a 13-year-old, helping Strodes to its 11th win of the season.
Four players for Strodes Mills each got two hits: Andrew Larson, Nate Fortson, Jonah Kile and Dylan Pandel.
Strodes Mills jumped off to an 11-1 lead after two innings. But Belleville, the visiting team, battled back with two runs in the third, three in the fifth and single runs in the sixth and seventh.
Bernstein, Fortson, Snyder and Matt Hass each had doubles, while Kile had a triple for Strodes Mills.
Larson was the winning pitcher as he went the distance as he walked one and gave up 15 hits.
Dylan Billett had three hits for Belleville, while Kyle Harshbarger, David Walker, Ross Torquato and Joe Cox each had two. Torquato and Walker each had triples.
Yeagertown 12, Belltown 5
YEAGERTOWN - Belltown led 4-2 after three innings only to watch Yeagertown score 10 runs over the last three and win 12-5 Wednesday night.
Nate Earnest was the winning pitcher as he went four innings, struck out six, walked three and gave up six hits. Ty Bodtorf finished the game for Yeagertown as he went three innings, struck out two, walked no one and gave up just two hits.
Blayz Shartzer and Zach Hostetler each had two hits for Belltown and Hostetler had a double in the seventh inning.
Yeagertown had 11 hits with Chase Fredericks, Bo Cherry and Bodtorf each getting two. Zach Knepp had Yeagertown's only extra-base hit, a double that drove in two runs in the fifth inning.
Centre County League
Unionville 12, Mifflin County Stars 5
UNIONVILLE - Cameron Rhoads belted a three-run home run in the top of the first, staking out a quick lead for the Mifflin County Stars.
But that ended as the highlight of the game for the locals, who became falling stars once Unionville came to the plate. The home team scored four runs in each of the first two frames en route to a 12-5 win in the Centre County League.
"Zane Specht really threw well for us in his first time on the mound," Stars manager Danny Knepp said. "They hit Travis (McConnell) pretty well and we threw the ball around a little bit."
And just like that, it was an 8-3 game.
Rhoads' homer was the only extra-base hit for the visitors. Tim Beck had a pair of singles, the only multiple hitter for the Stars. Along with Rhoads' trio from the homer, Kalen Gearhart and Seth Brown added RBIs.
Mifflin County (3-8) hosts Howard Friday.