Lewistown stops Strodes Mills charge for win

LEWISTOWN – Talk about running through the rain drops.

Not only did Lewistown get its game in Wednesday night with Strodes Mills, but it came out on top, 9-6.

While all the other games in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League were rained out, the West now has an 8-0 record and has a three-game lead over Yeagertown (4-2) and Belleville (5-3).

Lewistown scored a run in every inning and it needed it as Strodes Mills made a late game charge to cut the margin to three runs.

The big bat and the big arm for the West belonged to Damon Jasper.

Jasper banged out three doubles, knocking in three runs and in the seventh he was called to the mound to get out of a bases loaded jam with no outs.

Strodes Mills had been chipping away at the Lewistown lead in the late innings as it scored four times in the fifth and added a run in the sixth.

Mason Snyder opened the seventh with a single and Andrew Bernstein followed with a base hit. Nick Smith loaded the bases for Strodes Mills and at that point the Lewistown starter, Manny Eby, was lifted for Jasper.

Jasper worked out of the jam with two strike outs and a ground ball out. In between the strike outs, Nick Poche, who finished with three hits, singled home a run making the final score, 9-6.

Four West players had three hits with Isaiah Kearns, Peyton Reesman and C.J. Reigle joining Jasper. Kenny Cavanaugh finished with two.

Lewistown built a 6-0 lead behind some key hitting from Reigle, who had a run producing double in the fifth; Cavanaugh’s RBI single in the second and Jasper’s two run producing doubles in the first and third.

Reesman and Jasper had back-to-back doubles in the sixth as they gave the West a 7-4 lead. Then Trent Hidlay squeezed home a run making it 8-4.

Lewistown used the same play in the seventh to score a run as Eby came up with the RBI bunt.

Andrew Larson and Smith each had two hits for Strodes Mills and Smith had a key two-run single in the fifth. Poche had Strodes Mills’ only extra-base hit, a double in the sixth.