Strodes Mills scores 2 in 7th for 5-4 victory

LEWISTOWN – Strodes Mills is at again.

Last season, Strodes Mills put a damper on Beaver Springs’ championship hopes in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League by beating the Springs twice late in the season.

And although this season isn’t a third of the way done, Strodes Mills has again given Beaver Springs a critical loss when Strodes Mills scored two runs with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge the Springs on Sunday, 5-4.

The hero of the day for Strodes Mills was rookie Drew Williams. And the 13-year-old not only did well with his arm, but also with his bat.

Williams entered the game on the mound at the start of the fourth inning with Strodes Mills trailing, 4-0.

From that point, he stopped the Springs on one hit and one walk. He struck out nine of the 12 outs and retired the first eight men he faced.

In the bottom of the seventh, Andrew Bernstein walked to start the winning rally. Nick Smith reached on an error to put Strodes Mills runners on first and second. Jonah Kile was sent in to pinch run for Smith.

Nick Poche then singled to load the bases then Williams took a 3-2 pitch and lined it to left center for the game-winning hit.

Strodes Mills had previously gotten back in the game in the fifth inning as it scored three times on four hits. Poche had an RBI single, Smith scored a run on a ground out and another run scored on a balk.

Beaver Springs scored all of its runs early with two in the second and two in the third. Joe Mattern had an RBI single along with an RBI ground out from Jarrett Erb in the second. Aaron Sharp smashed a triple followed by an Andrew Bishop double in the third. Tyler Martin squeezed home the other run.

Poche and Williams each had three hits for Strodes Mills.

Lewistown 32, McVeytown 0

MCVEYTOWN – Lewistown smashed out 24 hits on its way to its ninth win of the season as it stopped McVeytown, 32-0, on Sunday. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Three West players had four hits as Isaiah Kearns, Peyton Reesman and Trent Hidlay led the offensive show. Manny Eby had three hits for Lewistown along with Damon Jasper, Jonah Schultz and Ty Ferencz, who each had two.

Kearns hit a grand slam driving in four runs, while Eby had a triple and five RBIs. Hidlay and Ferencz each drove in three runs, and Schultz and Reesman each had doubles.

McVeytown gave up 12 walks, hit two batters and committed five errors.

Three Lewistown pitchers limited McVeytown to four hits. Derick Cross, Lucas Harshbarger, Drew Harshbarger and Riley Taylor each had singles for McVeytown.

Jasper picked up the win with three innings of work giving up three hits, striking out five and walking one.

Belltown 20, Belleville 10

BELLEVILLE – It looks as if Belltown has Belleville’s number in 2013. For the second-straight game, Belltown beat Belleville and this time it only took six innings.

Back on April 25, Belltown out scored the Big Valley crew, 12-6. On Sunday, Belltown smashed Belleville, 20-10. The game was stopped after six innings due to the 10-run rule.

Belltown came up with 11 hits, five in the first inning, as it jumped out to a 10-0 lead.

Zach Hostetler led the way for Belltown with three hits, while Keith Corson, Gavin Erb and Tyler Lefevre each had two.

Gavin Erb and Austin Erb each had doubles, while both of Lefevre’s hits went for two bases.

Alec Smith picked up the win with three innings of work. He struck out two, walked six and gave up four hits. Colby Krout closed out the win for Belltown.

Eddie Hamman and Garrett Fultz each had two hits for Belleville, while Kyle Peachey had Belleville’s only extra-base hit, a double.

Notes: Belleville had its four-game winning streak stopped by Belleville…McVeytown has put up a new fence…Strodes Mills has now won three of its last four games…Lewistown’s Damon Jasper had reached base 22 times in a row until he flew out to centerfield in the fifth inning against McVeytown on Sunday. The 14-year-old had 12 hits and 10 walks.