Belltown and McVeytown close with wins
MILROY – Milroy’s late-season push for third place fell one game short over the weekend as the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League wrapped up its 2013 regular season.
Starting on June 12, Milroy (15-12) rolled off seven-straight wins until running into McVeytown and Belltown on Saturday. Strodes Mills finished third with a 16-11 record.
The heat of day and six games in the last week did in the team from Armagh Township for a fourth place finish.
Belltown 14, Milroy 2
MILROY – Belltown put on an offensive show on Saturday night as it beat Milroy, 14-2. The game was stopped after six innings due to the 10-run rule.
Tyler Lefevre led the Belltown hitters with a 4-for-4 effort. Austin Erb also got in the act as he went 3-for-4 with a double and knocked in five runs. Keith Corson also was a Belltown multiple hitter with two.
Milroy took an early 1-0 lead as Graham Rhoades walked and two outs later Jared Soles drilled a single to bring Rhoades home.
Belltown didn’t score until the fourth and during the inning one of the most unusual plays of the year occurred.
Zach Hostetler and Hunter Goss drew walks to start the inning. Keith Corson and Lefevre followed with singles with Corson getting an RBI.
Erb then lined a double to left field and Goss scored. But when Corson and Lefevre tried to get home it turned out to look like a race on the NASCAR circuit.
Collin Stuck, the Milroy left fielder, hit short stop Graham Rhoades on the relay who in turn threw a bullet to his catcher, John Harshbarger, to get Corson and Lefevre, who were running neck and neck down the third base line, for two outs and a double play.
However, all was not lost for Belltown, as Tre Fleck followed with an RBI single for a 3-1 margin.
In the fourth, Milroy kept its hopes alive as Soles walked and Jake Smith doubled and scored on a Zeb Harshbarger ground out.
But, 3-2 was as close as Milroy would get.
In the fifth, Belltown scored six times on five hits. Nate Hore led off with a walk. Ross Underhill sacrificed him to second and then Belltown pulled off a perfect hit and run with Zach Hostetler getting the RBI.
Before the inning was over, Belltown had four more hits and four more runs. Milroy aided the Belltown cause with an error, a walk and a wild pitch.
In the sixth, Belltown added five more runs on three hits and three walks. The key hit came from Erb, a three-run single.
Erb was the winning pitcher as he went five innings. The 14-year-old gave up two hits, walked three and struck out two. Alec Smith finished off the win with a scoreless sixth.
Milroy’s last doubleheader loss occurred on May 16, 2010 against Belleville and Yeagertown.
The win moved Belltown into fifth place by one percentage point over Reedsville.
McVeytown 15, Milroy 5
McVEYTOWN – McVeytown’s Justin Rodkey had a career day on Saturday afternoon as he drove in seven runs in McVeytown’s stunning 15-5 win over Milroy. The game was stopped in the sixth for the 10-run rule.
Rodkey, a 14-year-old, had three hits, two for extra-bases. Meanwhile, on the mound Drew Harshbarger and Lucas Harshbarger shut down the Milroy offense.
Milroy, which was playing its third doubleheader in the last two weeks, jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Graham Rhoades led off with a base hit and Lane Hunter followed with a walk. Two outs later, they were home thanks to a two-run double from Jake Smith.
But, it didn’t take long for McVeytown to take the lead and never look back. Noah Fisher opened with a single and Cody Pecht tripled him home. Lucas Harshbarger picked up an intentional walk and Drew Harshbarger doubled for two RBIs.
Derick Cross then got into the action with a single and then Rodkey pounded his first home run of the season over the right field fence for a three-run blast and a 6-2 lead.
In the fourth, McVeytown scored three more runs as Drew Harshbarger and Rodkey each picked up RBI singles. Cross added a run with an RBI sacrifice fly.
Milroy cut into the 9-2 lead with three runs in the fifth. The big blast was a two-run homer from Jared Soles, his first home run of the year.
McVeytown scored five more times in the fifth inning and all the runs came with two outs. Milroy had three errors in the inning along with an intentional walk and hit batter.
The big blast came from Rodkey as the 14-year-old smashed a bases loaded double driving in three more runs.
In the sixth, McVeytown wrapped up its first 10-run rule game of the season. With two outs, Fisher, who was on base all five times, walked. Pecht singled and Lucas Harshbarger doubled home Fisher with run number 15.
Fisher and Rodkey each had three hits, while Pecht, Drew Harshbarger and Cross each had two hits. Cross had McVeytown’s only other extra-base hit, a lead off double in the third inning.
Drew Harshbarger went the first five innings for the win. He gave up four hits, struck out four and walked four. Lucas Harshbarger finished the game in the sixth as he faced just four batters with only one getting to first on an error.
The win for McVeytown snapped a seven-game losing streak and it also moved McVeytown into ninth place.
LEWISTOWN – Lewistown won by forfeit over Milroy.
DuBois 5, Mifflin County 4
DUBOIS – All it took was one tough inning in the fourth, and Mifflin County lost its perfect record in American Legion baseball with a 5-4 loss in the first game of its doubleheader with DuBois Saturday.
“It was one of those games, Ross (Torquato) went through the lineup clean the first three innings,” Mifflin County coach Larry Wolf said, but trouble in the fourth gave DuBois the game.
Working off a walk, a hit batter and three clutch hits, DuBois put up all five of its runs in the fourth for the win. Mifflin County then loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but wasn’t able to pull the trigger for the score.
“We didn’t execute some things that we needed to execute, and that turned out to be the story of the game,” Wolf said.
DuBois 6, Mifflin County 1
DUBOIS – Fatigue set in during Mifflin County’s second game of an American Legion doubleheader against Dubois Saturday, and the locals lost, 6-1.
“DuBois played very well. They’re probably as good a team as there is in the league, and they played like it,” Mifflin County coach Larry Wolf said.
DuBois took an early lead with a two-run first, and kept adding runs throughout the game. Mifflin County didn’t plate its first run until the bottom of the seventh off a Hunter Walker RBI.
“If we’re going to play a game like that, we have to have our A game, and we didn’t,” Wolf said.
Beech Creek 4, Mifflin County 3
BEECH CREEK – Mifflin County’s Heath Hidlay brought a run in during the first and teammate Aaron Michaels brought in two more in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough for the American Legion win Sunday against Beech Creek.
Mifflin County led the game 3-1 into the bottom of the seventh, but a few clutch Beech Creek hits a tough hop at third off a Beech Creek line drive gave the home team the 4-3 victory.
“For us to win, we need to just execute a little better and put a little bit more pressure on them when we have the ability to put some pressure on. And today we didn’t do that,” Mifflin County coach Larry Wolf said.
Mifflin County (9-3) gets back in action Tuesday when it travels to Clarence.
Centre County League
Clarence 9, Milroy 5
MILROY – Milroy outhit Clarence 12-8 in its Centre County League baseball game Sunday, but the Coyotes also committed seven errors, making it possible for Clarence to stick around for the 9-5 win.
“By the way the stats say, we definitely outplayed them. If we would have made a few plays, we would have beat them,” Milroy coach Danny Knepp said.
Milroy worked off six strikeouts from losing pitcher Brian Billette and three from reliever Cameron Rhodes, plus a two-run homer in the top of the fifth from Rhoades, but it wasn’t quite enough for the victory.
“Most of our starters are all high school students, so we’re really young and we’re still competing. That’s a good sign for us,” Knepp said.
Milroy (2-13) travels to Blanchard today.