Pitching key in Lewistown’s 6-2 victory over Milroy
LEWISTOWN – It was business as usual in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League Thursday night.
League-leading Lewistown moved its record to 16-1 with a 6-2 win over Milroy. Yeagertown (12-4) finally got back on the winning track with an 12-1 triumph over cross-town rival, Burnham.
Meanwhile in Belleville, third place Strodes Mills (10-7) kept pace with a hard fought 15-12 victory over the Big Valley boys.
Lewistown 6, Milroy 2
LEWISTOWN – Lewistown got two outstanding pitching performances from Peyton Reesman and Manny Eby as the West downed Milroy, 6-2, Thursday night.
Reesman faced only nine batters and struck out all nine to open the game. Eby finished the win as he struck out six, walked two and gave up two hits and the two runs.
Milroy scored late in the game by pushing across runs in the fifth and sixth innings. The two Milroy hits came from Trevor Bulick, a double, and John Harshbarger, who singled.
Milroy’s Jared Soles and Graham Rhoades gave up eight hits to the West. Leading 2-0, Lewistown scored three runs in the fourth to go out in front, 5-0.
Reesman and Trent Hidlay had four of the eight hits for Lewistown. Hidlay had the big smash, a triple in the fourth inning. Jonah Schultz then knocked Hidlay home with an RBI single.
Hunter Amrhein also got into the scoring action as he squeezed home a run in the fourth and knocked in a run with a ground out in the sixth.
Yeagertown 12, Burnham 1
YEAGERTOWN -Yeagertown’s two-game losing streak is over.
And it only took five innings.
Yeagertown beat Burnham, Thursday, 12-1 in a game that was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Jordan Marshall went the distance for Yeagertown, pitching a three hitter. Marshall struck out nine, walked seven and gave up three hits.
Ty Hunter, who led off the game on Wednesday against Belleville with a a home run, ended the game on Thursday with a round tripper. Hunter smashed a two-run blast to centerfield for a walk-off homer. Earlier in the game on Thursday, he connected for a triple.
Other multiple hitters for Yeagertown were Ty Bodtorf and Nelson Cook, who each had three. Tate Harpster also smashed a double for Yeagertown.
Tyler Powell had Burnham’s only extra-base hit, a double, while Jeremy Stundon and Noah Hannon each had singles.
Strodes Mills 15, Belleville 12
BELLEVILLE – Strodes Mills jumped out to an 8-0 lead and then hung on for a 15-12 win on Thursday.
Strodes Mills scored five times in the first inning as Nick Poche and Jonah Kile combined for four RBIs. Poche had a two-run single, while Kile ripped a two-run triple.
In the second, Strodes Mills opened up its eight-run margin thanks to an RBI single from Kile and run producing base hit from Andrew Bernstein.
With Strodes Mills leading 13-5, Belleville started making its comeback in the sixth as it scored five times. Dylan Billett had the big hit with a two-run double.
Each team scored two runs in the seventh. Strodes Mills got a sacrifice fly from Nick Smith and scored the other run on a Belleville error.
Belleville scored on RBI singles from Eddie Hamman and Isaac Maclay.
Strodes Mills had 11 hits with Kile getting four and Dylan Pandel chipping in with three.
Belleville finished with 12 hits as Kyle Peachey had three including a two-run double in the fifth. Billett and Maclay each had two hits. Maclay teamed up with Peachey to get back-to-back doubles.
The big difference in the game came on defense as Strodes Mills had three errors, while Belleville had seven.
Belltown 12, McVeytown 6
McVEYTOWN – Belltown matched its longest winning streak of the year, three games, with a 12-6 win over McVeytown on Thursday.
Belltown used three pitchers in the victory with the starter, Tyler Lefevre, getting the win. Colby Krout and Austin Erb also worked in relief.
The trio gave up eight hits with Noah Fisher having a perfect night for McVeytown, 3-for-3. Luke Harshbarger was the only other multiple hitter for McVeytown with two. Justin Rodkey and Cody Pecht each had doubles.
Belltown had seven hits with Zach Hostetler leading the way with two. Lefevre and Keith Corson each had doubles.
The three game winning streak for Belltown matched the one it had back in April 25-28 as it beat Belleville, McVeytown and Reedsville.
Beaver Springs 11, Reedsville 6
BEAVER SPRINGS – Alex Hackenberg had his best outing of the year for Beaver Springs as he pitched a complete game against Reedsville in an 11-6 win. For the Springs, it snapped a three game losing streak.
Hackenberg only allowed five hits as he struck out 11 and walked only four. He was backed by an 11-hit attack.
The Springs just chipped away at Reedsville for the win. It led 4-2 after three innings and then added two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Three Beaver Springs players had two hits each, Joe Mattern, Ashton Martin and Trevor Bishop. Both of Bishop’s hits went for doubles.
Reedsville made a comeback in the top of the seventh as it scored four times. Rookie catcher, Aaron Kanagy, had two hits including a double in the seventh. The other three singles came from Cade Attick, Nate Bargo and Garrett Hall.
Centre County Men’s League
Pleasant Gap 10, Milroy 0 (6 innings)
PLEASANT GAP – The Milroy Coyotes had to scramble to put together a lineup for Thursday’s Centre County Men’s League baseball game against the Pleasant Gap Peppers, but the thin roster couldn’t pull through in the 10-0 loss.
“We just scrapped together, and nine guys we were hurting,” Milroy manager Danny Knepp said.
Milroy only had 2 hits to Pleasant Gap’s 11, and six Milroy errors resulted in as many unearned runs for the Peppers.
“If we made plays, it should have been like a 4-0 game,” Knepp said.
Kalen Gearhart took the loss for Milroy with two strikeouts and two walks.
Milroy (2-5) will host Philipsburg-Osceola Sunday at 2 p.m.