Lewistown and Beaver Springs remain on top
YEAGERTOWN – Lewistown (4-0) and Beaver Springs (2-0) remained undefeated after the second weekend of play in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League.
Each team won a game as Lewistown beat Yeagertown, 13-3, on Sunday and Beaver Springs came from behind to beat Strodes Mills, 8-6, on Saturday. Milroy (3-1) moved into third place with a 4-3 extra-inning win over Strodes Mills on Sunday.
Lewistown 13, Yeagertown 3
YEAGERTOWN – One thing is for sure, Lewistown got to view the Yeagertown pitching staff up close on Sunday afternoon.
Yeagertown used six pitchers in a 13-3 loss as the West is now 4-0 with a 13-3 win in six innings. The game was called because of the 10-run rule.
Lewistown broke the game open in the sixth inning by scoring seven runs. Yeagertown had earlier closed the gap to three runs by scoring twice in the fifth inning.
In the sixth, the West took advantage of Yeagertown’s wildness around the plate walking four times and getting hit by a pitch. Combine that with clutch hitting by Manny Eby, an RBI single; a two run base hit by Kenny Cavanaugh and a two run double by Isaiah Kearns, and the West scored seven times.
Lewistown finished with eight hits as Kearns had two doubles and knocked in three runs and Eby’s two made him the only other West player with multiple hits.
Devon Ammerman had two hits for Yeagertown and Ty Bodtorf and Brandon Walters each had extra-base hits.
Both of the Walters and Bodtorf hits came in the fifth when Yeagertown closed the gap to three runs (6-3). Walters doubled and later scored on Bodtorf’s triple.
The West used three pitchers with Peyton Reesman getting the win. He worked the first three innings giving up one hit, striking out eight and walking two.
Belleville 29, McVeytown 5
BELLEVILLE – Belleville broke open a 4-0 game by scoring 25 runs in the third and fourth innings and ended up winning 29-5 over McVeytown. The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Belleville exploded for 21 hits with Eddie Hamman having a big day with four hits. Tyler Bedelyon, Isaac Maclay and Trent Yoder each had three, while Garrett Fultz and Kyle Peachey each had two.
Hamman and Jeremy Kempton each had doubles.
Maclay picked up the win as he went three innings, striking out four, walking one and giving up one hit.
McVeytown finished with four hits with Derick Cross and Alec King each getting doubles. Cody Pecht and Drew Harshbarger each had singles for McVeytown.
Belltown 8, Reedsville 7
BELLTOWN – Belltown won its third-straight game and for the first time it won a game in extra-innings.
Last Sunday (April 21), Belltown lost to Milroy in eight innings, 4-3, but this Sunday, Belltown won 8-7 over Reedsville in nine innings.
The big story for Belltown was the relief pitching of Austin Erb. The 14-year-old, who last Sunday held the Milroy offense to two runs in seven innings, came in this Sunday in the fourth inning and only allowed Reedsville to score twice.
Erb picked up the win as he went six innings, struck out two, walked three and gave up six hits.
The game was tied 5-5 after seven innings. Reedsville took the lead, 7-5, with two runs in the top of the eighth. Will Fox and Aaron Wagner delivered back-to-back singles with two outs and then Cade Attick doubled them home.
Belltown tied the game, 7-7, in the bottom of the inning as Levi Sherwood squeezed home a run and Nick Hostetler, a rookie, tied the game with a single.
Erb held Reedsville scoreless in the ninth and then Belltown scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning.
Nate Horne reached on a walk to open the inning. Ross Underhill followed by getting to first on an error. Zach Hostetler tried a squeeze bunt, but when the pitch was outside, the Reedsville catcher, Davis Wagner, made a great catch and got Horne in a run down.
Zach Hostetler and Tyler Lefevre were then walked intentionally to load the bases for a force out, but Gavin Erb came through with a base hit to win the game.
Gavin Erb and Zach Hostetler each had two hits for Belltown, while Reedsville’s multiple hitters were Davis Wagner, who had three, and Attick with two.
Attick, Davis Wagner, Garrett Hall and Jake Spickler each had doubles for Reedsville.
Milroy 4, Strodes Mills 3
MILROY – For the second consecutive Sunday, Milroy won a home game 4-3 in extra-innings.
Last Sunday (April 21) Milroy edged Belltown, 4-3, in eight innings.
This Sunday it was another eight-inning affair, but this time Milroy beat Strodes Mills, 4-3.
Milroy’s Graham Rhoades went the first seven innings striking out 16, walking one and giving up five hits.
His counterparts on the mound for Strodes Mills were just as good. Dylan Pandel threw the first five innings, striking out two, walking three and only giving up one hit. Andrew Larson pitched the sixth and seventh and only gave up two hits and walked no one.
The game was scoreless for the first four innings, before Milroy scored a run in the fifth inning.
Strodes Mills went ahead 2-1 in the sixth, but Milroy tied the game in the bottom of the inning.
In the eighth, Strodes Mills took a 3-2 lead as Larson and Mason Snyder had singles and Larson later scored on an overthrow.
Trailing by a run, Milroy was down to its last out when it rallied for the win. Rhoades doubled and Jared Soles walked. Collen Stuck tied the game with a single and when Jake Smith reached on an error, the game was over.
Boreman had two hits including a double in the sixth inning. Soles also doubled in the sixth tying the game, 2-2.
Larson had two of the seven hits for Strodes Mills.
Beaver Springs 8, Strodes Mills 6
BEAVER SPRINGS – For Strodes Mills, it was like playing in two different games on Saturday against Beaver Springs.
Strodes Mills jumped out to a 5-0 lead and in the process had five hits. But, from that point on it was all Beaver Springs as it came from behind to win 8-6.
In fact, Strodes Mills never had another hit the after the first inning.
The Springs’ Aaron Sharp had some trouble in the opening inning, but after that the Beaver Springs hurler held Strodes Mills to one run and no hits. Alex Hackenberg closed out the sixth and seventh.
Andrew Larson led off the game with a single and after that Mason Snyder reached on an error. Then the hit parade begin for Strodes Mills. Andrew Bernstein followed with a two-run single and Nick Smith chipped in with an RBI base hit. Austin Haubrick and Nick Poche accounted for the last two runs with singles.
Strodes Mills added another run in the third on three walks and an error.
Beaver Springs tied the game, 6-6, in the third thanks to a two-run single from Andrew Bishop and six walks.
In the fifth, Beaver Springs used two clutch hits to score twice. Ty Martin delivered an RBI single and Ashton Martin had a run producing double.
Sharp finished with six strike outs, walked two and gave up the five hits. Hackenberg threw two scoreless innings striking out four and never letting a ball out of the infield.
Yeagertown 14, Reedsville 4
YEAGERTOWN – Yeagertown won its home opener by beating Reedsville, 14-4, in a game that ended after six innings due to the 10-run rule.
Ty Hunter picked up the win going four innings. He struck out four, walked one and gave up two hits. Yeagertown led 9-2 after Hunter departed the mound.
Yeagertown broke the game open with six runs in the third inning. The big hit was a double from Chris Rothrock.
Ty Bodtorf led the Yeagertown attack with three hits including a double in the fifth inning. In fact, Nate Earnest and Bodtorf had back-to-back doubles in the fifth as Yeagertown scored four times.
Two other Yeagertown players had multiple hits, Ty Hunter and Jordan Marshall. Marshall had the only other extra-base hit for Yeagertown, a double.
Reedsville was held to three hits with Jake Spickler getting an RBI triple in the fourth inning.