Lewistown, Milroy start season at 2-0

LEWISTOWN – After the first weekend of the Mifflin County Babe Ruth season only two teams are 2-0 and both had to struggle on Sunday. Lewistown had to come from behind to beat Belleville, 7-5, and Milroy had to go extra-innings to beat Belltown, 5-4.

On Tuesday, Lewistown will host Milroy in a key early season match-up.

Sunday’s games

Milroy 5, Belltown 4

(eight innings)

MILROY – Milroy’s Graham Rhoades knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday as his team edged Belltown, 5-4.

Collin Stuck opened the extra inning by reaching on an error. John Harshbarger singled and one out later Gage Boreman walked to load the bases. Ross Underhill, Belltown’s third pitcher of the day, picked up the second out on a strikeout.

Then Rhoades delivered his game-winning single.

Rhoades also pitched for Milroy the first seven innings. He struck out seven and walked only one. He gave up six hits. Jared Soles pitched a scoreless eighth and picked up the win.

The big story for Belltown was the relief pitching of Austin Erb.

Erb came in the top of the first inning as his team trailed 2-0 with no outs and the bases loaded and worked out of the jam.

He pitched the rest of the game giving up two runs on seven hits. Both Erb and Rhoades had to leave the mound because of the Babe Ruth rule that allows just seven innings per week.

Rhoades and Soles each had three hits for Milroy, while Trevor Bulick had two hits including a double.

Zach Hostetler and Tyler Lefevre each had two hits for Belltown.

Lewistown 7, Belleville 5

BELLEVILLE – The last time Belleville played Lewistown, it was at the end of the 2012 season and Belleville snapped Lewistown’s 47-game winning streak with a 2-1 win.

On Sunday, the boys from Big Valley almost pulled off another stunner. The West had to score five runs in the last two innings to edge Belleville, 7-5.

Lewistown scored two runs in the sixth on two walks, two errors and a balk. In the seventh, the West scored three times thanks to three hits from Manny Eby, Damon Jasper and a double from Hunter Amrhein.

Lewistown had six hits with Eby getting two. Isaiah Kearns had a double.

Belleville also had six hits with Tyler Bedelyon and Kyle Peachey each getting two. Dylan Billett had Belleville’s only extra-base hit, a triple.

Eby picked up the win on the mound and Kearns got the save.

McVeytown 11, Burnham 9

BURNHAM – McVeytown scored six runs in the top of the seventh to come from behind and beat Burnham, 11-9, on Sunday.

Burnham had jumped out to a 9-2 lead after two innings, but couldn’t hold on to the win.

The big inning for McVeytown was keyed by two doubles from Lucas and Drew Harshbarger along with two walks, a hit batter and a Burnham miscue.

McVeytown finished with nine hits with Lucas and Drew Harshbarger each getting three. Jonathan Boozel had McVeytown’s only other extra-base hit, a double.

Burnham finished with six hits and three of them came in the first inning. Tyler Powell ripped a triple, while Noah Hannon and Javian Kauffman each had singles. Kauffman finished with two hits.

Colton Fultz, a rookie, threw the middle innings for McVeytown as he gave up one run and struck out seven. Drew Harshbarger picked up the win with two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh.

Reedsville 16, Strodes Mills 4

LEWISTOWN – Reedsville made the most of five hits as it scored eight times in the third inning to open the season with a 15-4 win over Strodes Mills.

Strodes Mills led 4-3 going into the top of the third, but committed four errors along with four walks. Reedsville had two key hits in the inning, a Cade Attick single and a two-run double from Aaron Wagner.

Attick was the winning pitcher as he went five innings (the game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule), struck out nine, walked two and gave up only three hits.

Strodes Mills was limited to three singles from Andrew Larson, Nate Fortson and Mason Smith.

Saturday’s games

Strodes Mills 15, Burnham 5

LEWISTOWN – Strodes Mills picked up nine hits and took advantage of eight Burnham errors along and walks as it downed Burnham, 15-5, on Saturday. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Three Strodes Mills players, Andrew Bernstein, Andrew Larson and Nate Fortson, each had two hits.

Strodes Mills put the game away with five runs in the bottom of the fifth with Larson getting the big hit, a bases loaded double. Bernstein and Dylan Pandel each had two RBIs.

Jack Packer led the way for Burnham offensively with three hits, while Cole Baker, a rookie, and Tyler Powell each had two.

Javian Kauffman provided the only other highlight for Burnham as he came to the mound with one out and two runners in scoring position and calmly pitched Burnham out of the inning with a double play.

Larson got the win with three innings of work.

Milroy 15, McVeytown 0

MCVEYTOWN – Gage Boreman pitched a one hitter for Milroy as it downed McVeytown, 15-0, on Saturday.

Boreman only had to work five innings due to the 10-run rule. He struck out four and walked two. The only hit he gave up was to Justin Rodkey, a single in the fourth.

Jake Smith had a perfect night at the plate for Milroy going 3-for-3, while Jared Soles and Graham Rhoades each had two hits.

Lewistown 23, Belltown 8

BELLTOWN – The five time defending league champion, Lewistown, opened with a 23-8 win over Belltown on Saturday.

The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Isaiah Kearns got the West off to a great start with a grand slam in the second inning as Lewistown scored nine times to take a commanding 11-0 lead.

Kearns was also the winning pitcher going three innings, striking out seven, walking one and giving up three hits.

Kearns led the West with three hits, while Damon Jasper and Jonah Schultz each had two. Jasper and Thomas Remy each had doubles for Lewistown.

Ross Underhill led Belltown with three hits, while Zach Hostetler and Gavin Erb each had two hits. Erb and Alex Smith each had doubles for Belltown.

Beaver Springs 14, Belleville 8

BELLEVILLE – Beaver Springs and Belleville combined for 26 hits on Saturday as the Springs beat Belleville, 14-8.

Beaver Springs had 16 of the 26 hits and Andrew Bishop led the way with four including a double. Alex Sweigart collected three hits, while Alex Hackenberg had two. Bishop and Hackenberg each had doubles.

Belleville had three players with two hits each, Tyler Bedelyon, Philip Yoder and Kyle Peachey. Bedelyon and Joseph Taptich each had doubles and Dylan Billett had a triple.

Bishop picked up the win as he went three innings and left the game with a narrow, 7-6 lead. Hackenberg finished and only gave up two runs and struck out seven.

Notes: Yeagertown was the only team that didn’t play this weekend and will open the season on Tuesday at Burnham. …Milroy got new uniforms for the 2013 season. …Belleville’s catcher, Isaac Maclay, had a fielding cycle as he had an assist at every base including home play in the first game of the year.