Strodes Mills wins upset on wild night
By RAY WILDE
YEAGERTOWN – Monday turned out to be one of the wildest nights in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League this season.
On May 19, Strodes Mills came close to beating Yeagertown. This time it wasn’t even close.
Strodes Mills stunned second place Yeagertown on Monday with a 13-3 victory in six innings. The win snapped a nine-game winning streak by Yeagertown and pushed Strodes Mills into third place.
Andrew Larson opened the game for Strodes Mills with a triple and from that point on things went down hill for Yeagertown.
Mason Snyder reached on an infield single and Andrew Bernstein smashed a triple knocking in the first two runs of the night. Bernstein later scored on an error.
Then in the second, Strodes Mills continued to pound the ball. Austin Haubrick started the inning by rapping a double. Larson and Snyder followed with RBI singles. After Bernstein walked and Nick Smith singled to load the bases, Nick Poche ripped a two-run single. Strodes Mills scored its ninth run on an error.
Yeagertown finally got to Dylan Pandel, the Strodes Mills pitcher, in the fourth inning. Kaegan Matthews had an RBI single and Ty Hunter followed her with a two-run double.
But, that was it for Yeagertown. Pandel only allowed six hits, struck out two and walked four. The Strodes Mills defense didn’t make any miscues and turned a double play in the second.
Larson, Bernstein and Poche each had three hits. All three of Bernstein’s hits went for extra-bases as he ripped two doubles and a triple and kncoked in four runs. Snyder was Strodes Mills’ only other multipe hitter with two.
Ty Bodtorf and Hunter each had doubles for Yeagertown.
Lewistown 12, Reedsville 11
LEWISTOWN – League leading Lewistown had to go extra-innings to beat Reedsville, 12-11. Lewistown was down to its last out Monday pulling out the win in eight innings.
Reedsville led 9-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, but the West rallied for seven runs to tie the game.
In the top of the seventh, Reedsville pulled ahead 10-9 on an Aaron Kanagy double.
But, the West came right back to tie the game, 10-10, as Trent Hidlay singled home the tying run.
Brock Sinkus was the next hero for Reedsville as he ripped an RBI single to give his team an 11-10 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.
Reedsville then retired the first two men and were poised for the upset. But Isaiah Kearns smashed a home run to tie the game at 11-11. Then Peyton Reesman singled and Damon Jasper follwed with another base hit and when Reedsville had a throwing error, Reesman scored the winning run.
Kearns picked up the win with two innings of work. He struck out three, walked two and gave up two runs. The West used three pitchers before Kearns appeared on the mound. Reesman started and went four innings with 10 strike outs and seven walks.
Reedsville finished with 10 hits and Kanagy, a rookie, had three. Lewistown had 16 with Kenny Cavanaugh getting three, while Kearns, Jasper, Hidlay, Hunter Amrhein and Jonah Schultz each had two. One of Amrhein’s hits was a triple.
Reedsville’s Logan Peachey held the Lewistown line-up in check for the first five innings before giving way in the sixth. Peachey struck out three, walked seven and gave up six hits.
McVeytown 7, Beaver Springs 4
McVEYTOWN – McVeytown’s Drew and Lucas Harshbarger won’t soon forget Memorial Day 2013.
The two cousins combined for a five hitter as they beat Beaver Springs, snapping an 11 game losing streak for McVeytown, which won just its second of the season, 7-4, over Beaver Springs.
Luke Harshbarger went the first five innings as he allowed four runs, four hits and struck out six. Drew Harshbarger picked up the save as he went the last two innings. He struck out three and only gave up one hit. The two didn’t walk a batter.
In the fourth, the two cousins had back to back hits that sealed the win. Luke Harshbarger, who finished with two hits, knocked in two runs with a double and Drew Harshbarger followed with a two run single.
McVeytown jumped out in front 3-1 in the first inning as Derick Cross knocked in one run with a single and Justin Rodkey followed with a two run base hit.
For Beaver Springs, Aaron Sharp had an RBI single in the second and Alex Hackenberg had inside the part home run in the fifth.
Belltown 3, Burnham 0
BELLTOWN – Belltown scored two runs in the sixth inning to clinch a 3-0 win over Burnham.
Ross Underhill and Austin Erb combined for a three hitter for Belltown. Underhill, who pitched into the fifth inning, gave up two hits, struck out six and walked one. Erb finished the final two and one third innings to pick up the save. He struck out three, walked two and gave up a hit.
Belltown leading 1-0 going into the sixth opened the inning with Keith Corson getting a single. One out later, Nick Hostetler walked and both runners moved up on stolen bases. Gavin Erb drove in one run with a sacrifice fly and Levi Sherwood knocked in a run with a single.
Zach Hostetler doubled in Belltown’s first run in the third inning, while Underhill had Belltown’s only other extra-base hit, a double.
Burnham wasted a great pitching effort from Jack Packer, who went seven innings, struck out seven, walked only three and gave up six hits.
Burnham’s hits came from Cole Baker, Jeremy Studon and s double from Tyler Powell.
Milroy 4, Belleville 1
BELLEVILLE – Milroy scored four times in the fifth inning and it was enough to hang on to a 4-1 win over Belleville.
Jared Soles and Graham Rhoades combined for the win as Belleville didn’t score until the bottom of the seventh.
Soles went the first four as he struck out three, walked one and gave up three hits. Rhoades closed as he struck out seven in three innings, gave up three walks and only one hit.
In the fifth, Milroy got its first two runners on with a walk and an error and then Rhoades unloaded a double. Lane Hunter then squeezed home a run and when Belleville threw the ball away another run scored. Soles and Gage Boreman then hit back to back doubles for the final run of the inning.
Belleville’s Philip Yoder pitched into the fifth as he walked three, struck out four and gave up five hits.
Eddie Hammon had two of the four Belleville hits.
Mifflin County 5, Altoona 3
LEWISTOWN – In its debut game, Mifflin County’s American Legion team played catch up twice, going ahead with a four-run sixth to down Altoona, 5-3, Sunday.
In the big inning, Hunter Walker had a leadoff single, then after two outs, Max Remy and Heath Hidlay had base hits, the latter putting Walker across the plate. Remy scored on a wild pitch, then Hayden Snook belted a two-run triple that scored the go-ahead runs.
Mifflin County manager Larry Wolfe said he was pleased by that effort and by Hidlay’s complete-game win on the mound, but was concerned because the team committed five errors.
“We’ve got to find someone who can catch the ball,” he said. “It’s all wood bat baseball and that makes a difference. We were fortunate in that the errors weren’t opening the inning.”
Mifflin County (1-0) hosts Bellefonte today.