Big Valley Clash looks to the past
BELLEVILLE – Twenty years ago, when Reedsville and Belleville played in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League, there was a lot riding on the games.
During the 1992-93 seasons, the two teams were a combined 97-7 with each team winning a title. Of the seven losses, only one came from an opponent that wasn’t named Belleville or Reedsville.
On Tuesday, the two long rivals squared off again and although both teams are around .500, the game was as intense as if both teams were battling for first place.
Reedsville won the Big Valley struggle, 10-9.
It wasn’t easy for either team. The game was tied 3-3 going into the sixth inning.
Reedsville scored four times on two hits, two wild pitches and a Belleville error. The only RBI of the inning came from Nate Bargo on a base hit.
Trailing 7-3, Belleville rallied for six runs in the bottom of the inning. Belleville sent 10 batters to the plate as it banged out six hits.
Eddie Hamman opened the inning with a walk and Garette Fultz kept it going with an infield single. Caleb Yoder was sent into pinch run for Fultz.
Joe Taptich then started the comeback with an RBI single. Before the inning was over, Isaac Maclay had an RBI base hit along with Kyle Peachey. Dylan Billett squeezed home a run and then Tyler Bedelyon ripped a two run single giving Belleville a 9-7 lead.
But it didn’t last long.
Reedsville charged right back in the seventh as Belleville had two errors, one that led to a run, along with Bargo and Garrett Hall RBI singles.
Cade Attick, who struggled in the sixth, had a clean seventh for Reedsville as he picked up the win. Attick only gave up a walk in the last inning and struck out the last two men he faced.
Belleville had 15 hits with Fultz and Maclay each getting three. Maclay had a two doubles early in the game. Trent Yoder, Peachey, Billett and Bedelyon each had two hits. Bedelyon had an RBI triple in the second as Belleville pulled ahead 3-1.
Reedsville finished with eight hits as Will Fox, Bargo and Hall each had two.
Lewistown 16, Belltown 4
BELLTOWN – Lewistown scored 11 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to break open a close game against Belltown and roll to a 16-4 victory in six innings.
The West, which now has an 18-1 record and a four and a half game lead over second-place Yeagertown (13-5), led 5-2 going into the top of the fifth. But Lewistown scored six times and in the sixth wrapped up the game with five runs.
Isaiah Kearns was the big factor in the sixth as he hit his fifth home run of the season. Not only was it his fifth round tripper of the year, but it came with the bases full.
Three of Kearns’ blasts have gone for grand slams. He has two against Belltown and one against McVeytown.
The West finished with 14 hits. Trent Hidlay led the way with three, while Kearns, Damon Jasper and Hunter Amrhein each had two. Four of the West players had doubles with Hilday getting two. Amrhein, Jonah Schultz and Thomas Remy, a rookie, each had one.
Peyton Reesman got the win as he went five innings. He struck out 12, gave up four hits and walked five. Jasper closed for the West.
Reesman struck out the first four men he faced bringing his streak to 13 men in a row before he got an out that wasn’t a strike out.
Belltown had five hits with three of them going for doubles. Zach Hostetler, Nic Copenhaver and Levi Sherwood had the extra-base hits, while Nick Hostetler and Hunter Goss each had singles.
The game was Lewistown’s 400th since entering the league in 1999.
Beaver Springs 4, Milroy 1
MILROY – Beaver Springs used its two aces, Alex Hackenberg and Aaron Sharp, to shut down the Milroy bats and in the process won a 4-1 game Tuesday night.
Hackenberg went the first four innings as he gave up just two hits, struck out four and walked two. Sharp closed and picked up the save. He allowed one run, one hit and struck out one.
Milroy’s pitcher, Jared Soles, went the distance and only gave four hits. He struck out four and walked two.
Beaver Springs scored all of its runs in the first three innings. Zane Leister had two of the four hits, while the other two came from Tyler Martin and Sharp.
Gage Boreman had two of the three hits for Milroy and Soles had the other single.