BELLEVILLE - For the first two games of the 2013 Mifflin County Babe Ruth season, Belleville had to play two of the top teams in the league, Lewistown and Beaver Springs.
And in each of those games, Belleville had a chance to win both games losing to the Springs, 14-8, and the West, 7-5.
On Monday, Belleville finally broke into the win column with a 7-5 win over Strodes Mills. The game was called after six innings due to darkness.
The win was a historic one for Belleville manager, Bill Corbin. The longtime manager (31 years) became the first manager in the 59-year history of the league to win 500 games in the regular season. Corbin now has a 500-276 record coaching the Big Valley squad. The late Bob Reigle of Reedsville finished his career (1968-1997) with a 427-206 mark. The closest active manager to Corbin is Yeagertown's Fred Zook with a 380-259 record. Corbin's overall mark is 579-303.
Belleville was in command of the game on Monday, but Strodes Mills rallied to tie the game 5-5 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.
But, Belleville pulled the game out as Eddie Hamman singled and Joe Taptich layed down a bunt that turned into a base hit. Both runners advanced on wild pitches and scored on ground ball outs from Tyler Bedelyon and Garrett Fultz.
Strodes Mills rallied to tie the game in the sixth on two hits, a walk and two Belleville errors. Nick Smith had Strodes Mills' only RBI of the inning with a single.
Nate Fortson led Strodes Mills with three hits, while Andrew Larson, Mason Snyder and Smith each had two hits.
Hamman had three of the seven hits for Belleville.
Trent Yoder, who got the final out in the sixth, got the win in relief of Philip Yoder.