BELLTOWN - The crack of the bat could be heard all over Sherwood Field Monday night.
Most of the cracks were coming from the Belltown bats.
Belltown finished up an excellent seven-game home stand with a 20-7 win over Strodes Mills in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Belltown won six of the seven home games and now stands in third place with a 10-4 record. Belltown goes on the road today with a 7 p.m. game against Reedsville. It was that first-place Reedsville team that gave Belltown its only loss during the home stand, 8-6.
On Monday, Belltown jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead as the frist six hitters got on base and scored.
Ross Underhill led the offensive blitz with a single and Nick Hostetler followed with another base hit. Levi Sherwood doubled home two runs and Austin Erb made it 3-0 with a base hit.
Austin Herring followed with a run producing double and then Gavin Erb capped off the outburst with a two-run homer.
Gavin Erb finished with two hits including a double and knocked in five runs.
Underwood and Sherwood each finished with two hits along with Erb. Both of Sherwood's hits were doubles, while Herring and Tre Fleck each had doubles. Fleck drove in three runs.
Fleck, the starter, picked up the win with two scoreless innings, before being knocked out in the third. Underhill came in and closed for Belltown, as he finished the third and gave up two runs in the fifth.
Strodes Mills finished with seven hits as it scored five times in the third. Tyler Rhodes and Edward Runkle each finished with two hits. Wyatt Henry smashed a three-run double in the third and Rhodes followed with another double.
Reedsville 8, Yeagertown 3
MILROY - League leading Reedsville held Yeagertown to one hit in an 8-3 victory.
Three Reedsville hurlers, Aaron Kanagy, Logan Peachey and Thomas Remy held the Yeagertown offense to one hit, a single by Isaac Matthews, a rookie, who hit a ball up the middle in the seventh.
Peachey got the win as he worked the middle innings. The trio of pitchers gave up eight walks and struck out five.
Reedsville pounded out 12 hits with Cade Attick and Carson King each getting three. Kanagy was Reedsville's only other multiple hitter with two. Attick had Reedsville's lone extra-base hit, a double.
The win increased Reedsville's record to 11-1 as it still holds a one game lead over Belleville (10-2).
Belleville 15, McVeytown 5
McVEYTOWN - It didn't take long for Belleville to bounce back from its 9-4 defeat of Reedsville on Sunday as it downed McVeytown 15-5. The game ended after six innings due to the 10-run rule.
On Monday, Belleville pounded out 19 hits as Kyle Peachey led the way with four hits including a double.
Four other Belleville hitters also had big games as Eddie Hamman, Jake Yoder, Garrette Fultz and Isaac Maclay each had three hits.
Maclay hit his first home run of the season and added a double for good measure. Caleb Yoder finished the big night for the Big Valley lumber men with two hits.
McVeytown had eight hits off of four Belleville pitchers.
Justin Rodky had three hits for McVeytown including his club's only extra-base hit, a double. Alec King also finished with two.
Peachey got the win for Belleville as he worked the first two innings.
Beaver Springs 8, Milroy 1
BEAVER SPRINGS - Beaver Springs reached the .500 mark with an 8-1 win over Milroy.
Milroy scored a run in the first inning, but the Springs (5-5) came right back with three in the bottom of the inning and never looked back.
Bailey Hetrick went the first four innings and picked up the win. Hetrick only gave up three hits, struck out two and walked one.
Two 13-year-olds finished for Beaver Springs, Jeremy Kratzer and Ethan Richards.
Milroy collected nine hits with Brody Wilson, a rookie, getting three including a double. Aaron Rhoades was the only other Milroy multiple hitter with two hits.
Beaver Springs' Trevor Bishop had two hits and Tyler Martin had the Springs only extra-base hit, a double.