Lewistown, Yeagertown remain top two teams after perfect 4-0 weekend
LEWISTOWN – It was a wild and rainy weekend in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League. The two top teams, Lewistown and Yeagertown, had a perfect Saturday and Sunday, going 4-0.
Lewistown (12-0) picked up a 10-0 win over Belleville as Isaiah Kearns gave the Big Valley crew nothing but zeroes in the hit column on Saturday.
Yeagertown (8-2) moved to within three games of the West by winning three games over the two-day period.
On Saturday, Yeagertown beat Belleville, 13-6, and on Sunday took a double header from Milroy, 6-3, and Strodes Mills, 11-10.
As the schedule would have it, Yeagertown meets Lewistown today at 6 p.m. at Rec Park. Lewistown won the first meeting, 13-3, on April 28.
Yeagertown 11, Strodes Mills 10
LEWISTOWN – Yeagertown dug deep into its pitching staff Sunday night as it held off Strodes Mills, 11-10.
Usually, Yeagertown uses Ty Hunter, Nate Earnest, Ty Bodtorf and Jordan Marshall to do the bulk of its pitching.
But playing three games in two days and the fourth one this week, Yeagertown had to go a little deeper into its bullpen.
Devon Ammerman pitched three solid innings until he ran into trouble in the sixth. Earnest came in to get Ammerman out of trouble as Yeagertown held an 11-6 lead going into the seventh.
Strodes Mills got the first three men on base to start the seventh on walks and then Andrew Bernstein unloaded a three-run double, making it 11-9. After a hit batter, Tate Harpster was called on to calm things down.
Before the inning was over, Bernstein came home on a wild pitch making it 11-10.
Strodes Mills loaded the bases again, but Harpster got the final out on a pop up to the shortstop.
Yeagertown had 17 hits with its top three batters in the lineup all getting three, Hunter, Earnest and Bodtorf. Hunter had a double, while Bodtorf had a triple and a double.
Ammerman, Harpster and Nelson Cook each had two hits. Marshall had an RBI double in the second and Ammerman had a run-producing triple in the fourth.
Andrew Larson had three of the seven hits for Strodes Mills including an RBI double in the fifth. Strodes Mills’ only other extra-base hit also came in the fifth with a lead off double by Dylan Pandel.
Yeagertown’s last double header sweep occurred on May 21, 2011 against Strodes Mills.
Yeagertown 6, Milroy 3
YEAGERTOWN – Milroy scored three runs in the fifth inning, but it wasn’t enough as Yeagertown won on Sunday, 6-3.
Four Yeagertown pitchers held Milroy to just three hits, but it was in the fifth inning that Jared Soles delivered a key two-run single that cut the Yeagertown led to 5-3.
Soles had two of the three Milroy hits including a double in the fourth inning. Trevor Bulick had Milroy’s other hit with a single in the second.
Yeagertown took a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Ty Hunter and Nate Earnest led off the first with back-to-back hits. Hunter doubled, stole second and scored on a single by Earnest.
Two outs later, Tate Harpster walked and Devon Ammerman knocked in two runs with a clutch single.
Yeagertown added two more runs in the third as Ty Bodtorf doubled home a run and Ammerman again delivered a key RBI single.
In the fifth, Yeagertown added an insurance run as Bodtorf doubled, went to third on an error and scored on a ground out by Jordan Marshall.
Hunter got the win as he went the first three innings giving up one hit, walked no one and struck out one.
Reedsville 17, McVeytown 4
McVEYTOWN – For the second-straight game, Reedsville went to a pair of rookies on its pitching staff to produce another win.
On Friday, Aaron Kanagy and Aaron Wagner combined to beat Burnham. On Sunday, it was Carson King and Davis Wagner.
The two 13-year-olds held McVeytown to five hits in a 17-4 win that was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
King got the win as he went the first three innings giving up two runs on one hit, four walks and struck out three.
Davis Wagner closed for Reedsville and he gave up two runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked two.
Reedsville finished with seven hits, but was aided by 13 walks and three hit batters.
Will Fox, Logan Peachey and Aaron Wagner each had two hits for Reedsville.
Key hits included Wagner’s two-run single in the second and Cade Attick’s RBI triple in the third.
Jonathan Boozel had three of the five hits for McVeytown and drove in two runs.
Belltown 9, Beaver Springs 3
BELLTOWN – Belltown scored eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to down Beaver Springs, 9-3, Sunday. The game was called after six innings due to darkness.
Colby Krout went the distance for Belltown as he struck out two, walked three and gave up just five hits.
Beaver Springs led 2-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, before Belltown exploded for five runs. Belltown used four hits around three walks to score the five runs. Levi Sherwood, Tre Fleck, Keith Corson and Ross Underhill had the hits. Sherwood led off the inning with a single and Underhill then connected for one of his two doubles.
Corson, Sherwood and Underhill each had two hits. Zach Hostetler had Belltown’s only other extra-base hit, a double.
Andrew Bishop had two of the five hits for Beaver Springs.
It marked the second-straight win for Belltown over Beaver Springs. Last year Belltown knocked Beaver Springs out of the Bob Reigle Tournament with a 5-3 victory.
Lewistown 10, Belleville 0
LEWISTOWN – Lewistown’s Isaiah Kearns turned in a masterful performance Saturday afternoon against Belleville.
The 15-year-old tossed a no hitter in a 10-0 win that ended in the bottom of the sixth because of the 10-run rule.
Kearns struck out 14 and only walked two. The only ball hit out of the infield was a fly ball to center from Tyler Bedelyon.
In the second inning, Kearns had back-to-back walks, but retired the next 14 in a row, including nine strike outs in a row.
Lewistown backed Kearns with a 13-hit attack. Damon Jasper led the West with three hits. Payton Reesman, Jonah Schultz and C.J. Reigle each had two hits for the league leaders.
The West scored four times in the first inning as it put together four hits, along with two walks, a wild pitch and a Belleville error. Kenny Cavanaugh and Hunter Amrhein each had RBI singles.
Jasper came up with his first hit of the day in the second knocking in two runs, while Schultz had an infield RBI single that made it 7-0.
In the third, Reesman and Jasper had back-to-back hits with Jasper knocking his third run of the game.
Jasper kept his big day alive in the sixth as he knocked in his fourth with a base hit.
In the sixth, Lewistown wrapped up the game as Trent Hidlay walked, went to second on a base hit by Schultz and scored on a Reigle base hit.
The lone highlight for Belleville in the field came in the fifth inning when Eddie Hamman threw out a Lewistown runner at third base.
For Bernie Howard, the West manager, it was another milestone victory as it was his 300th in the regular season. He is just is the fourth manager to record that many victories as he joins Belleville’s Bill Corbin, 504; Reedsville’s Bob Reigle, 427; and Yeagertown’s Fred Zook, 386.
Yeagertown 13, Belleville 6
YEAGERTOWN – Belleville has had a habit of giving up a lot of runs in the first inning.
On May 12, Belltown scored 10 runs in the first inning against Belleville and won 20-10.
It was Yeagertown’s turn on Saturday. Yeagertown scored eight in the first and went on to beat Belleville, 13-6.
For Belleville, it marked the first time it has dropped a double header since June 18, 2007 when it fell twice to Lewistown.
Belleville was actually ahead 2-0 before Yeagertown came to bat. Eddie Hamman had an RBI double and later scored on a Yeagertown overthrow.
But in the bottom of the inning, Belleville committed two quick errors and Yeagertown followed the miscues with five hits. Before the inning was over, Belleville committed another error and walked two batters and hit one.
The big hits for Yeagertown came off the bats of Nelson Cook and Ty Hunter. Cook had a two-run double and Hunter smashed a two-run triple.
Suddenly the 2-0 lead that Belleville had was gone and Yeagertown had pulled ahead, 8-2.
Garrett Fultz was called on to get the final out for Belleville and he finished the game giving up five runs on 10 hits.
Yeagertown finished with 15 hits as Hunter, Nate Earnest and Devon Ammerman each had three. Ammerman had Yeagertown’s only other extra-base hit, a run-producing double in the seventh inning.
Belleville had five players with multiple hits, including Trent Yoder, Dylan Billett, Isaac Maclay, Philip Yoder and Joe Taptich.
Both of Billett’s hits went for extra bases as he knocked in a run with a triple in the third inning and hit a solo home run in the fifth.
Although Belleville committed six errors, it did turn three infield double plays. Yeagertown, not to be outdone, had only one error and also turned two infield double plays.
The top defensive play of the game came from Belleville’s Taptich, a rookie, in left field, who made a diving catch on a line drive off the bat of Earnest.
The game was Yeagertown’s 1,000 (529-471) since joining the league in 1971.
Centre County men’s baseball
Howard 11, Lewistown 3
HOWARD – The Lewistown Predators were knotted up at 3-3 against the Howard Hawks Sunday in Centre County League men’s baseball action, but the Hawks had a big three-run inning in the fifth to permanently take the lead.
In the 11-3 final, Chad Battista had three hits for the Predators, including a double. Teammate Sean Heckert finished the evening with two hits and two RBIs.
Lewistown (1-1) gets back in action Tuesday at Pleasant Gap.