Lewistown, Strodes Mills and Burnham find wins
McVEYTOWN – There were only three games played on Thursday night in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League, but the action was all over the standings.
Lewistown (11-0), the top team in the league, played and beat Belltown, 16-0. Two teams in the middle of the pack, Strodes Mills (5-4) and Reedsville (4-5) battled it out with Strodes Mills winning, 8-7.
The bottom two teams, Burnham (2-6) and McVeytown (1-9), went at it with Burnham coming out on top, 15-11.
Lewistown 16, Belltown 0
LEWISTOWN – Peyton Reesman tossed a three hitter and struck out seven as Lewistown white washed Belltown Thursday night, 16-0. The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Reesman controlled the Belltown bats as only Zach Hostetler, Ross Underhill and Austin Erb got hits. Hostetler had a double in the first inning. Reesman gave up four walks.
The West belted out 14 hits with every starter getting at least a single. Isaiah Kearns, Hunter Amrhein and Reesman each had three hits. Melvin Eby chipped in with two hits, including a triple.
Kearns had two doubles and drove in three runs, while Reesman, Amrhein, Damon Jasper and Trent Hilday each had doubles.
The win for the West (11-0) now gives it a four-game lead over second place Yeagertown (5-2).
Strodes Mills 8,
MILROY – For the second time in a week, Strodes Mills’ Drew Williams, a 13-year-old, came in relief and picked up the win.
On Sunday, Williams came in during the fourth and shut down Beaver Springs in a 5-4 win.
This time he put the clamps down on Reedsville as Strodes Mills moved into fourth place with an 8-7 win. Strodes Mills has now won five of its last six games.
Reedsville led 5-4 going into the bottom of the fourth, but Williams only allowed two runs and one hit the rest of the game. The rookie struck out seven and walked four.
Strodes Mills took the lead for good with four runs in the fifth on one hit, three walks, a hit batter, a fielder’s choice and a two-base error. One of the runs was forced home on a bases loaded walk to Andrew Larson.
Andrew Bernstein had two of the five Strodes Mills hits.
Cade Attick led the Reedsville offense with three hits including two doubles. Garrett Hall had two hits for Reedsville and Aaron Wagner, a rookie, had a double.
Wagner’s double came in the second when Reedsville scored five runs and took a 5-2 lead. Hall, Will Fox and Attick all had singles in the inning.
McVEYTOWN – There is no secret in Burnham that its top two players are Tyler Powell and Jack Packer and when those two are in high gear, it means trouble for the other team.
On Thursday night, it spelled trouble for McVeytown.
The two 15-year-olds helped Burnham snap a four-game losing streak with a 15-11 win over McVeytown.
Powell had a big day with the bat as he went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs. Packer picked up the win as he came into relieve Powell in the bottom of the fourth.
Packer entered the game with runners on third and second and two out. McVeytown was in the midst of a four-run rally and had taken a 10-8 lead.
Packer worked out of the jam with an infield pop up and then cruised the rest of the game as he gave up just one one run on two hits.
Burnham tied the game in the fifth, 10-10, thanks to an RBI double from rookie Cole Baker. Baker finished with three hits.
In the sixth, Burnham took the lead with four runs on two hits. Powell opened the inning with a single and Tanner Taylor contributed an RBI single. The other runs scored on a ground out, a passed ball and when Javain Kauffman came up with the bases loaded and was hit by a pitch.
Burnham finished its scoring in the seventh as Packer hit a solo home run and Alex White drove in a run with his second hit of the day. White doubled earlier in the game.
McVeytown, which only got seven hits, got big games from Justin Rodkey and Lucas Harshbarger, who each had two hits. Harshbarger exploded early as he drove in four runs in the first two innings as he doubled home a run in the first and hit a three-run homer in the second. The game was tied 5-5 after the second inning.
The rest of the hits for McVeytown all produced runs. Noah Fisher had a two-run single, while Riley Taylor and Derick Cross each had run-producing singles.