BELLEVILLE - Talk about running through the rain drops.
Belleville had to go deep into its bullpen on Sunday to shut down Beaver Springs, 10-4. About midway through the game, it started to rain, but the game went the distance. And it was close for a while, as Belleville only led 5-3 at the end of three innings.
The win was an important one for Belleville, as it moved to 17-2, while Reedsville closed the gap even tighter when it swept a doubleheader from Milroy, 11-2 and 14-4.
The two wins for Reedsville gives it a 16-2 mark and it is now just a half game behind the boys from Big Valley.
The key to the Belleville win was the relief pitching of Isaac Maclay. Eddie Hamman, the Belleville starter, worked into the third. He gave up three runs on four hits and walked four.
Maclay was summoned to the mound with two outs, the bases loaded, a 3-0 count on Gavin Swineford and the score 4-3 in favor of Belleville.
Maclay walked Swineford, forcing in a run, but that was all Beaver Springs would get until the sixth inning. Maclay gave up just one run, two hits, walked three and struck out four. After the walk to Swineford, he retired six men in a row before Colby Kreider singled in the fifth with two outs.
Garrette Fultz closed out the game for Belleville with a scoreless seventh.
Belleville had 11 hits and five of them were for extra-bases. Tyler Bedelyon led off the first and second innings with doubles as Belleville scored four times in the first two innings.
In the third, Belleville had two extra-base hits as Kyle Peachey tripled and one out later Jared King doubled him home.
Belleville's big inning came in the sixth as it scored six runs. The lower half of the Belleville lineup got into the action as Jake Yoder was hit by a pitch, King singled, Fultz walked and Caleb Yoder reached first on a passed ball third strike. Three of those runs scored on wild pitches including Sierra McConaughey, who was a pinch runner.
Maclay and Hamman wrapped up the scoring as they hit back to back extra-base hits. Maclay had an RBI triple and Hamman knocked him home with a double.
Bedelyon, Maclay, Peachey and King each had two hits for Belleville,
Kreider led Beaver Springs with three hits, while Ashton Martin had two.
Beaver Springs picked up a forfeit win over Yeagertown, when the host team failed to field nine players.
Reedsville 11, Milroy 2
MILROY - Reedsville's Thomas Remy got his first win of the year as he pitched the first three innings for Reedsville in its 11-2 win over Milroy.
Remy was backed up by Connor Yoder, who went three innings, and Brock Sinkus, who pitched in the seventh. Remy struck out two, walked four and gave up three hits and the two runs. Yoder, the rookie, held Milroy without a hit and a run and Sinkus gave up the other hit to Milroy.
Reedsville had three players with two hits, including Davis Wagner, Jake Spickler and Aaron Kanagy. Spickler and Cade Pollock each had doubles.
Jake Smith had two of the four hits for Milroy and one went for a double.
Reedsville 14, Milroy 4
MILROY - Milroy gave Reedsville a scare in the first inning as it jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Reedsville came right back in the first and doubled up Milroy to take an 8-4 lead. Reedsville went on to win, 14-4, as the game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Ryan Walker started for Reedsville, but didn't make it out of the first inning. Logan Peachey then came in relief and shut down the Milroy offense.
Caleb Vega opened the first for Milroy with a triple. Before the inning was over, Gage Boreman, Brody Wilson and Ty Nearhood each had singles and Milroy was ahead 4-0.
Reedsville battled right back as it sent 12 men to the plate. Brock Sinkus had the big hit for Reedsville, a double, but Davis Wagner, Jake Spickler, Aaron Kanagy and Walker each had singles to give Reedsville the lead that it never gave relinquished.
Peachey gave up two hits, walked four and struck out six with six strikeouts.
Spickler had two hits for Reedsville, while the only multiple hitter for Milroy was Vega.
LEWISTOWN - Lewistown had nine players get hits as it beat McVeytown, 17-4, and stopped a three game losing streak. The game was ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
The big player for the West was Kenny Cavanaugh, who not only did the pitching, but had three hits and drove in eight runs.
Cavanaugh gave up just three hits, walked six and struck out 11.
With the bat, Cavanaugh picked up a ground out RBI in the first, had a two-run double in the second, smashed a bases clearing double in the third and finished off his big game with another at bat in the same inning as he nailed a two-run single.
The West had three other players with multiple hits as Hunter Amrhein also had three hits and knocked in three runs. Marcus Donahey and Kross Todaro each had two. One of Todaro's hits was a run producing double in the third.
McVeytown had three hits with Avery Haubrick getting two - one in the first and one in the fifth. Robert Kauffman had the other single also in the fifth.
McVeytown scored three times in the fourth on three walks, an error and a wild pitch.
Lewistown 7, Belltown 2
LEWISTOWN - Lewistown's Marcus Donahey pitched a complete game win over Belltown, 7-2, helping the West sweep a doubleheader.
The last doubleheader sweep for the West came on June 24, 2012 when it won the Bob Reigle Memorial Tournament, beating Yeagertown and Reedsville.
Donahey struck out seven and scattered seven hits. The 14-year-old didn't walk a batter.
Donahey was backed up with a 15-hit attack that featured two players with three hits each.
Trent Hidlay was the West's lead off man and he made Belltown pay dearly as he was on base four times and had three hits and two RBIs. From the eight spot, Tristan Bonilla was at the other end of the lineup, and he also had a big day.
Bonilla came up with three hits, including a double, and drove in two runs. He also was on base all four times.
The middle of the West lineup also produced as three players each had two hits, Damon Jasper, Garret Treaster and Donahey.
Belltown left eight men on base, and without any walks, couldn't generate any offense.
Levi Sherwood had two hits and he helped key the only rally Belltown had, which came in the fifth inning.
With one out, Sherwood singled and Austin Erb followed with another base hit and when the ball got beyond the Lewistown left fielder, Sherwood scored. Erb moved to third on the play and then Gavin Erb knocked him home with a sacrifice fly.
Austin Erb, Belltown's left fielder in the second inning, made a diving catch of a line drive off the bat of Todaro, which helped hold Lewistown to three runs in that inning.