LEWISTOWN - It's early, but it's getting late.
With the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League just into its third week, the five time defending league champion, Lewistown, has a big jump on the rest of the field.
The West now has a 7-0 record after its Sunday afternoon 16-0 whitewash of Beaver Springs.
The Springs had a rough road trip this weekend as it dropped an eight-inning game to Milroy, 4-3, on Saturday night and then lost to first place Lewistown on Sunday.
All the teams in the league now have at least two losses, which gives the West a two and half game margin over second place Yeagertown (4-2).
In a rarity on Saturday, all three games went into extra-innings. Milroy edged the Springs, Yeagertown beat McVeytown, 9-7 in eight, and Strodes Mills outlasted Belltown, 10-9, in 10 innings.
Lewistown 16, Beaver Springs 0
LEWISTOWN - Lewistown's Peyton Reesman and Manny Eby combined for a one-hitter on Sunday as the West remained undefeated with a 16-0 win.
Reesman pitched the first three innings and struck out eight. He walked four and didn't allow a hit in picking up the win. Eby finished for the West with two strike outs and a walk. He allowed the Springs only hit, a two out single from Ashton Martin.
The West smashed 15 hits against four Beaver Springs pitchers. Trent Hidlay led the way with three hits, while Jonah Schultz, Damon Jasper, Reesman and Eby each had two.
In the second inning, the West scored six times putting the game on ice as Jasper and Eby each smashed triples to drive in three runs.
The Springs did have one highlight on defense as Andrew Bishop threw out a West runner at home plate from centerfield in the second inning.
Belleville 12, Reedsville 1
MILROY - Belleville scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back as it beat Reedsville, 12-1, on Sunday.
The Big Valley club drove the ball for 11 hits in a game that was stopped after six innings due to the 10-run rule.
Four Belleville players had two hits as Tyler Bedelyon, Isaac Maclay, Kyle Peachey and Philip Yoder all had multiple hits. Maclay and Peachey had back-to-back doubles in the first inning.
Three Belleville pitchers limited Reedsville to one hit. Maclay got the win with three innings of work. Peachey worked the next three innings and Trent Yoder was called to get the final out.
The trio of pitchers combined for nine strike outs. Davis Wagner had Reedsville's lone hit, a single in the fourth inning.
Belleville 19, Burnham 11
BURNHAM - Isaac Maclay hit for the cycle and drove in four runs as he sparked Belleville to a 19-11 win over Burnham.
It was the first doubleheader sweep for Belleville since June 14, 2001 when Belleville took two games from Burnham.
Maclay's day started with a single in the third inning. He followed that with a one run triple in the fourth, an RBI double in the fifth and a two-run homer in the sixth.
Belleville pounded out 13 hits with Tyler Bedelyon, Dylan Billett and Kyle Peachey each getting two. The boys from Big Valley also knocked out three extra-base hits, triples from Trent Yoder and Billett and a double from Peachey.
Burnham got a big offensive effort from Jack Packer who had a 5-for-5 day including a triple, a home run and three RBIs.
Javian Kauffman and Tanner Taylor each had two hits for Burnham.
Philip Yoder was the winning pitcher as he went into the fifth. He got relief help from Trent Yoder and Maclay.
Both teams committed eight errors apiece.
Reedsville 14, Milroy 10
MILROY - Reedsville surprised Milroy on Sunday with a 14-10 win snapping a four game losing streak.
Milroy led 7-6 after three innings, but Reedsville responded with four runs in the top of the fourth and took the lead for good.
Reedsville's Carson King had an RBI single and Nate Bargo chipped in with a two run base hit in the big inning.
Milroy tied the game, 6-6, in the second as Jake Smith had a two run single that was worked around five Reedsville walks.
King got the win for Reedsville as the rookie pitched into the fourth. He needed relief help from Logan Peachey and Cade Attick, who got the save.
Attick and Will Fox each had three hits for Reedsville and King finished with two.
John Harshbarger was the only multiple hitter for Milroy with two hits.
Milroy 4, Beaver Springs 3
MILROY - For the third time this year, Milroy took a game into extra innings and for the third time it came out a winner.
Milroy scored a single run in the seventh to the tie the game at 3-3 and won it in the eighth 4-3.
It marked the third time that Milroy has won a one run game in extra-innings as it defeated Belltown, 5-4, and edged Strodes Mills, 4-3. Both of those games went eight innings.
Milroy tied the game as Graham Rhoades singled, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch.
In the eighth, Lane Hunter struck out, but reached first on a third strike, passed ball. Hunter Kuhns sacrificed him to second and he moved to third on a ground out by Trevor Bulick.
John Harshbarger, who had three hits, was the hero for Milroy with an RBI single. Jared Soles was the only other Milroy player with multiple hits with two.
Soles went the first seven innings for Milroy as he struck out five, walked three and gave up six hits. Bulick started the seventh, but only pitched to one batter and Rhoades came in and proceeded to shut down the Beaver Springs bats for the win.
Aaron Sharp went the first seven for the Springs. He had eight strikeouts, walked five and gave up six hits.
Andrew Bishop had two hits for Beaver Springs and he helped his team take a 3-2 lead in the third with an RBI single along with an RBI double from Sharp.
Strodes Mills 10, Belltown 9
LEWISTOWN - Nick Poche hit a sacrifice fly to leftfield in the bottom of the tenth inning Saturday giving Strodes Mills a 10-9 win over Belltown.
The win evened Strodes Mill's record in extra-inning games at 1-1, while Belltown's record is 1-2.
Andrew Bernstein opened the tenth by reaching first on an error. He stole second and Nick Smith drew a walk. Both runners moved up on a passed ball. Then Poche delivered his fly ball to left to win the game.
Smith picked up the win for Strodes Mills. He threw shutout innings for the final three frames. Drew Williams, the rookie hurler for Strodes Mills, came in the fifth with the bases loaded and worked out of the jam and then tossed scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh.
Belltown tied the game in the fifth with three runs as Tre Fleck had an RBI single, Nate Horne walked with the bases loaded and Zach Hostetler drove home a run with an RBI ground out.
Austin Erb was again the star hurler for Belltown as he came in relief and held Strodes Mills to two runs in his seven innings of work.
Hostetler, Gavin Erb and Austin Erb each had two hits for Belltown.
Bernstein had three hits for Strodes Mills with four RBIs including a two-run triple in the second. Andrew Larson also had two doubles for Strodes Mills.
Hostetler, Belltown's centerfielder had two big defensive plays in the seventh to send the game into extra-innings. He took away an extra-base hit from Williams early in the inning and then made leaping catch of a ball hit to deep center to end the seventh.
Yeagertown 9, McVeytown 7
MCVEYTOWN - Five has become a bitter number for McVeytown.
Twice this year, McVeytown has held a five run lead on the top teams in the league and come out on the short end of the score. On April 25, McVeytown led 10-5 going into the fourth inning against Lewistown and lost, 14-10.
Then on Saturday, McVeytown jumped off to a 5-0 lead against Yeagertown, but fell in extra-innings, 9-7.
The key in the game turned out to be the pitching of Nate Earnest and Ty Hunter, who gave up only two hits and two runs over the last six innings.
Earnest entered in the third inning and pitched until the fifth inning with two outs. Hunter then finished the game for Yeagertown.
Earnest struck out seven - six of which were in a row - before walking Drew Harshbarger with two out in the fifth. Hunter then entered and gave up two hits in a row, an RBI single from Justin Rodkey and an RBI double by Cody Pecht. But, from that point on Hunter slammed the door on McVeytown. He finished with eight strike outs and two walks and retired the last seven men he faced.
McVeytown got off to a hot start as Noah Fisher doubled and later scored when Harshbarger reach on an error. The miscue came inbetween walks to Derick Cross and Rodkey and then Jonathan Boozel hit his first Babe Ruth home run for a grand slam.
Yeagertown had 12 hits with two players getting half of them as Ernest and Ty Bodtorf each had three.
Bodtorf had a two-run homer in the sixth that cut the lead to 7-6 and his lead off double in the eighth started the Yeagertown winning rally. Jordan Marshall knocked Bodtorf home with a single and Devon Ammerman drove home Marshall with a ground out.
Christian Rothrock also had two hits for Yeagertown including an RBI single that tied the game in the seventh.