LEWISTOWN - It has been an amazing 72 hours for the Yeagertown Babe Ruth team.
On Saturday afternoon, Yeagertown had a 5-2 record and was four games out of first place, trailing Lewistown, which was 12-0.
Three days and four wins later, including Monday night's 10-9 eight-inning triumph over the West, and Yeagertown is now 9-2, two games out of first place.
It marked the first time this year that Lewistown has taken a loss, dropping its record to 12-1.
The West led 7-6 going into the top of the seventh when Yeagertown rallied for three runs to take a 9-7 lead. With one out, Ty Bodtorf doubled and Trevor Hackenberg came up with an infield single. Jordan Marshall then delivered a clutch two-run base hit.
Yeagertown then put the hit and run on and Nelson Cook came through with a base hit scoring Marshall.
But, the West came right back with two runs to tie the game at 9-9. Trent Hidlay led off the seventh with a single. One out later, CJ Reigle kept the West's drive alive with a base hit.
Hidlay came home on a Kenny Cavanaugh ground out. Then Manny Eby ripped a double to the left field fence tying the game.
The first two batters in the eighth for Yeagertown went down on a strike out and a fly out to centerfield and it looked like the West would go to the bottom of the eighth needing only a run to win.
But, Nate Earnest came up with his first hit of the night. He moved to second on a balk and then stole third. Earnest then took a page out of Jackie Robinson's playbook and stole home.
Hunter got the win as he retired the West 1-2-3 in the eighth on two pop ups in the infield and a strikeout. Bodtorf went the first seven innings for Yeagertown.
Lewistown finished with 10 hits with Eby, Peyton Reesman and Hidlay each getting two. Yeagertown had 11 hits against three West pitchers. Bodtorf and Devon Ammerman each had two hits for the winners.
Eby had two doubles including one in the fifth when Lewistown scored four times to take a 7-6 lead. Hidlay had a double for the West in the fourth.
Strodes Mills 12, Milroy 7
MILROY - Mason Snyder tossed a complete game for Strodes Mills as he paced his team to a 12-7 win over Milroy on Monday.
Snyder struck out one, walked one and gave up six hits. Milroy's Gage Boreman had two of the six hits and Graham Rhoades opened the first for Milroy with a triple.
Strodes Mills broke the game open with nine runs in the third inning. The big hits in the inning came from Andrew Bernstein with a two-run double and Nick Smith had a two-run single.
Snyder helped his own cause with three hits and Smith had a big night driving in runs with five.
Reedsville 8, Belltown 4
BELLTOWN - Don't look now, but the young team from Reedsville is in third place.
Reedsville, with only one 15-year-old on the team, now has a 7-5 record as it got by Belltown on Monday night, 8-4.
Cade Attick picked up the win as he went the distance striking out eight, walking four and giving up nine hits.
The key hit for Reedsville came from one of its rookies, Aaron Kanagy. The 13-year-old smashed a two-out bases loaded double that scored three runs and gave Reedsville a 6-3 lead.
Garrett Hall was Reedsville's only multiple hitter with three hits.
Keith Corson and Alec Smith each had two hits for Belltown. Three Belltown players had extra-base hits with Corson, Zach and Nick Hostetler each getting doubles.
Belltown gave up nine walks and hit two batters, which aided the Reedsville win.
Beaver Springs 13, Burnham 3
BEAVER SPRINGS - Beaver Springs' four-game losing streak is now history. Beaver Springs took care of that on Monday with a 13-3 win over Burnham. The game was stopped after six innings due to the 10-run rule.
Andrew Bishop and Bailey Hetrick combined for a three hitter with Bishop getting the victory after four innings of work. Bishop struck out five and didn't walk a batter. He gave up just one hit. Bailey closed with two innings of work, striking out two, walking one and giving up two hits.
Burnham's three hits came from Tanner Taylor, Jeremy Stundon and Tyler Powell, who cracked a double.
Bishop had two hits for Beaver Springs, while Tyler Martin had a double. Beaver Springs broke the game open in the fourth with five runs on four walks, a Joe Mattern single and a sacrifice fly from Bishop.
Belleville 10, McVeytown 3
McVEYTOWN - Belleville got back on the winning track with a 10-3 victory over McVeytown Monday night. The win for Belleville snapped a four-game losing streak.
Isaac Maclay picked up the win for Belleville with five innings of work. The 14-year-old struck out four, walked four and gave up two hits.
Trent Yoder and Kyle Peachey each had three hits for Belleville. Two of Peachey's hits were doubles. Eddie Hamman and Dylan Billett each had two hits and one of Billett's went for a double.
Belleville finished with 15 hits, while McVeytown had four. All four of the McVeytown hits were singles from Noah Fisher, Luke Harshbarger, Drew Harshbarger and Cody Pecht.