MILROY - Talk about excitement.
Lewistown had to go to the bottom of the seventh in two games to win the Bob Reigle Memorial tournament, which ended the Mifflin County Babe Ruth season Sunday night at Armagh Memorial Field.
The West, which won the 2012 regular season, had a week it will never forget. Lewistown clinched its fifth straight title June 16. Then on Thursday it saw its undefeated season come to an end with a 2-1 loss to Belleville.
On Sunday it had to score runs in the bottom of the seventh innings to beat Yeagertown, 8-7, and Reedsville, 12-11. Reedsville's 11 runs were the most Lewistown has given up in the 2012 season.
Isaiah Kearns led off the bottom of the seventh with line drive up the middle. Lucas McKay followed with a double putting runners at second and third. Teague Miller grounded to first and Kearns raced home with the tying run. Blaise Roush then hit a ball to right center, as Reedsville had the outfielders pulled in to make a play at home. That scored McKay and ended the game.
For Reedsville it was heartbreak city as it had taken the lead in the top of the seventh. Jared Michaels led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Cade Attick followed with a base hit and with no outs runners were in scoring position. Kearns, the third West pitcher of the day, had to bear down.
He struck out the side, but not before a passed ball that let both Michaels and Attick score.
Reedsville tied the game 9-9 in the sixth thanks to five hits and three runs. Matt Wagoner led off the sixth with a single and one out later Logan Peachey and Will Fox followed with base hits. Hunter Walker then singled home a run and Nate Koller knocked in two runs with a base hit.
It looked like Reedsville was going to get more, but Kearns, who was at third base, turned a quick 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Lewistown took a 10-9 lead in the bottom of the sixth as Roush singled and Peyton Reesman followed by getting on on an error. Manny Eby reached on a fielder's choice and then Aaron Snook singled him home.
Roush not only had the winning hit, but he also had four, tops for the West. Lewistown had 17 hits with Kearns getting three, while Max Remy, McKay, Miller and Snook each had two. McKay finished with two doubles and Snook also had a two base hit.
Reedsville had five players with two hits, Walker, Koller, Attick, Peachey and Fox.
On defense, Reedsville had two outstanding defensive plays in the outfield. Fox made a diving catch of a Kearns drive in the second inning and in the fourth Keenan Walker made an over the shoulder catch 'ala Willie Mays' of a Remy drive in leftfield.
Lewistown closed out the 2012 season with a 28-1 record, while Reedsville finished at 21-9.
In the semifinals, Reedsville used a 14 hit attack to upend Belltown, 22-9, while Lewistown scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge Yeagertown, 8-7.
The Reedsville game was tied after the first inning, 5-5. Belltown scored its runs on bases loaded walks and a hit by pitch. The other two runs scored when Kaegan Matthews reached on an error.
Reedsville didn't get control of the game until the fourth when it scored seven runs. The big blasts came Jared Michaels, who tripled in two runs and Cade Attick, who doubled home Michaels.
Belltown closed out the season with a 5-24 record.
Against Yeagertown, with two out in the bottom of the seventh, Lewistown's Blaise Roush walked. He moved to second when Teague Miller was hit by a pitch. Roush then tried to steal third and when he did, the Yeagertown catcher threw the ball away and Roush scored.
Yeagertown tied the game in the top of the seventh with three runs. Devin Ammerman opened with a walk. Ammerman stole second and Ty Hunter singled him home. Hunter moved to third on a ground out and then Chase Fredericks was hit by a pitch. Ty Bodtorf grounded out, but in the process Hunter scored. Fredericks, who stole second and moved to third on Bodtorf's ground ball, scored on a wild pitch.
Yeagertown had an overall record of 12-16.
Belltown 5, Beaver Springs 3
Belltown must like the Bob Reigle Memorial Tournament. As the lowest seed in the tournament it knocked off Beaver Springs, 5-3, on Saturday.
It marked the third time that Belltown has pulled off upsets in this tournament as it won it in 2004 and upset Reedsville in 2005. In each of those years, Belltown was in the second division of the league's standings.
Belltown's Blayz Shartzer threw a complete game at the Springs. The 15-year-old struck out 11, walked four and gave up four hits.
The win snapped a 15-game losing streak for Belltown.
Beaver Springs closed out its season with an overall record of 21-7.
Reedsville 15, McVeytown 6
In a game that featured big innings and a lot of walks and errors, Reedsville came out on top, 15-6.
Reedsville scored four times in the first inning without getting a hit, thanks to four walks, a sacrifice fly, a ground ball RBI and a balk. In the third, Reedsville scored five more times and led 10-0. The inning featured two walks, three errors, a passed ball and a steal of home. Reedsville's first hit finally came from Hunter Walker with two outs in the inning as he drove home a run with a single.
McVeytown had a big inning of its own, in the fourth. It too was aided by Reedsville as it scored five times on four walks, two errors and one hit. The big blast of the inning came off the bat of Lucas Harshbarger, who drilled a two run double down the rightfield line.
Reedsville finally took control of the game with three runs in the fifth as it put together three hits including singles from Jared Michaels, Dalton Sinkus and Matt Wagoner.
The win was Reedsville's 20th and it marked the 13th time it has won at least 20 games, tops in the league.
McVeytown finished with an overall record of 7-22.
Yeagertown 10, Milroy 5
Yeagertown scored five runs in the second inning and led 5-2 before it pulled away from Milroy, 10-5.
Milroy took the early lead as it scored twice in the first inning. Barron Vogt drove in a run with a single.
But, in the second Yeagertown took control as it scored five times thanks to four passed balls and an RBI single from Nate Earnest.
Milroy cut the lead to 5-4 as it scored two runs in the top of the third. Gage Boreman led off with a double and Graham Rhoades and Jared Soles followed with singles. Soles' single drove in a run and after a Vogt walked, Yeagertown went to its ace pitcher, rookie, Ty Bodtorf
From that point on Milroy only scored once as Bodtorf limited it to just three hits and one run. He struck out seven and walked five.
Meanwhile on offense, Yeagertown started to pull away as Chase Fredericks smashed a double for an RBI in the fourth and Bo Cherry tripled in the firth and scored on a single Tate Harpster.
Walters made the top defensive play of the game in the fourth on a diving catch in center field that saved a run.
Milroy had an overall record of 14-14.