West survives McVeytown challenge
LEWISTOWN – It was looking pretty grim for Lewistown West Thursday night.
The West trailed McVeytown, 10-5, going into the bottom of the fifth inning and dusk was fast approaching.
But, McVeytown found out the hard way that the five-time defending Mifflin County Babe Ruth League champions don’t go easy into the night.
The West rallied for nine runs in the bottom of the fifth and won 14-10. The game was called for darkness after five and half innings.
In the fifth, the West used every means possible to obtain the win except the long ball.
Lewistown rallied on just four hits with Isaiah Kearns getting two of the four. He started the inning with a single and his second time up, he doubled.
The only other hits in the inning were RBI singles from Hunter Amrhein and Jonah Schultz.
The West took advantage of McVeytown’s inability on defense. Lewistown scored runs on wild pitches, passed balls, errors, stolen bases, including one at home. and a squeeze play from Kenny Cavanaugh.
Kearns finished with three hits including two doubles and Amrhein, Schultz and Cavanaugh each had two.
McVeytown took the lead, 5-4 with five runs in the top of the third. Drew Harshbarger had the key hit, a two run single.
Derick Cross, a rookie, had three of the McVeytown nine hits. Cody Pecht also finished with two hits including a two run double in the fourth inning.
Jasper picked up the win for the West in relief with two innings of work. He gave up three runs in the fifth, but pitched a scoreless sixth.
Belltown 12, Belleville 6
BELLTOWN – Belltown’s Ross Underhill and Alex Smith combined for an eight hitter over Belleville on Thursday night giving rookie manager Mike Hostetler his first Babe Ruth win.
Underhill went the first five innings, striking out five, walking one and giving up seven hits. Smith went the final two giving up one hit, striking out one and walking no one.
Belltown had 13 hits with Zach Hostetler and Levi Sherwood each getting three, while Tyler Lefevre and Gavin Erb each had two. Four Belltown players had doubles, Lefevre, Erb, Colby Krout and Tre Fleck.
Belleville finally got on the scoreboard with two home runs in the fourth inning. Dylan Billett and Kyle Peachey, a rookie, hit solo homers.
Eddie Hamman had two hits for Belleville and Isaac Maclay had his team’s only other extra-base hit, a double.
Yeagertown 6, Milroy 1
MILROY – Yeagertown’s Ty Hunter got off to a good start and in the process helped his team to its first win of the season on Thursday night.
Hunter went the first three innings against Milroy and only gave up two hits and one run. He also got off to a fast start with the bat as he drilled an RBI triple in the top of the first inning helping Yeagertown to a 3-0 lead.
Thanks to Hunter’s fast start, Yeagertown won 6-1.
Yeagertown used three pitchers to hold the Milroy offense to three hits. Nate Earnest worked the next three innings, striking out four, walked three and gave up one hit. Jordan Marshall closed out the game with a scoreless seventh.
The trio of Yeagertown pitchers only gave up four walks.
Milroy’s three hits, all singles, came from Trevor Bulick, Graham Rhoades and Hunter Kuhns.