Kearns, Reesman drive West from the plate to stay on top
YEAGERTOWN – Lewistown reamined in control of the 2013 Mifflin County Babe Ruth pennant race as it beat second place Yeagertown, 15-6, on Monday night.
All season long, Lewistown has ridden the arms of Isaiah Kearns and Peyton Reesman as it has forged a 17-1 record and a foothold on first place.
On Monday, the West took advantage of Kearns’ and Reesman’s bats as it downed second place Yeagertown, 15-6. Lewistown now holds a four game lead.
The two 15-year-olds combined for five of the West’s eight hits. Kearns was 3-for-4, while Reesman was 2-for-4. The two scored six times and drove in five runs.
Lewistown took advantage of Yeagertown’s wildness in the first inning as it scored two runs on four walks and a hit batter.
Yeagertown battled right back for a run as Ty Hunter walked, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on Ty Bodtorf’s sacrifice fly.
The West added a run in the second as Kearns and Reesman had back to back singles with Reesman getting the RBI.
Yeagertown’s Kaegan Matthews drew a lead off walk in the third and Dakota Creamer was sent into pinch run. One out later, Nate Earnest knocked in Creamer with a base hit and Bodtorf followed with a run producing double.
But, from that point, the West started to pull away. Lewistown scored three times in the fourth as Reesman had a two-run double and later scored on a wild pitch.
Then in the fifth, the West made it 11-5 as Kearns had a two run double and Damon Jasper singled home a run. Two other Lewistown runs scored on Yeagertown errors.
Kearns was the winning pitcher as he went the distance. He limited Yeagertown to seven hits, walked seven and struck out seven.
Six of the seven hits for Yeagertown came from Earnest and Bodtorf, who each had three.
It payed to be on the road Monday as all five visiting teams came home with a win.
Milroy 13, Strodes Mills 1
LEWISTOWN – Milroy’s Graham Rhoades tossed a four hitter against Strodes Mills Monday night as it won 13-1. The game was stopped after six innings due to the 10-run rule.
Rhoades struck out 10, walked three and only gave up four singles. Mason Snyder drove in Strodes Mills lone run in the fifth inning.
Milroy backed Rhoades with eight hits. Jared Soles was 3-for-3 and Gage Boreman added two hits. Milroy’s only other multiple hitter was John Harshbarger with two.
Strodes Mills other three hits, all singles, came from Andrew Larson, Andrew Bernstein and Nick Poche.
BELLEVILLE – Derick Cross, McVeytown’s rookie catcher, shocked Belleville Monday night as he unloaded a three-run homer giving his team a 16-15 win.
Belleville led 15-13 going into the top of the seventh, but McVeytown rallied as Drew Harshbarger walked, Luke Harshbarger singled and then Cross unloaded this three run homer.
Drew Harshbarger went the distance as he struck out four, walked three and gave up 12 hits.
McVeytown had 11 hits with Drew Harshbarger getting four, while Cody Pecht added two. Jonathan Boozel had McVeytown’s only other extra-base hit, a double.
Belleville had four players with two hits each, Trent Yoder, Isaac Maclay, Kyle Peachey and Dylan Billett. Maclay had Belleville’s only extra-base hit, a double.
Beaver Springs 10
BEAVER SPRINGS – Burnham scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning to stun Beaver Springs Monday night, 11-10.
The Springs led 10-7 going into the fifth, but Burnham rallied for its third win of the season. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for Burnham.
Tyler Powell, Jack Packer and Jeremey Stundon all had key hits during the rally. Powell had a two run single, while Packer and Stundon each had RBI singles.
Stundon pitched the first four innings for Burnham and picked up the win. Packer closed for Burnham with three scoreless innings.
Burnham had nine hits in the win with Powell and Packer each getting three. Stundon was Burnham’s only other multiple hitter with two hits.
Beaver Springs finished with seven hits as Tyler Martin had three, while Jordan Wise and Alex Hackenberg each had two. All three players each had doubles.
Belltown 10, Reedsville 4
MILROY – Belltown moved into a tie for third place as it downed Reedsville, 10-4, on Monday.
The win for Belltown coupled with Strodes Mills loss to Milroy gives each team a 10-8 record.
Belltown jumped out in front of Reedsville, 7-1, after two innings. Ross Underhill was the starter and the winner as he went three innings. He struck out four, walked four and gave up three hits.
Austin Erb went the next three as he struck out four, walked one and gave up three hits. Nathenel Horne and Tyler Lefevre combined to pitch the seventh.
Belltown finished with six hits with Nick Hostetler getting two. Keith Corson had Belltown’s only extra-base hit, a double.
Reedsville’s Jake Spickler was his team’s only multiple hitter with two.
Belltown scored two runs in the sixth and had the bases loaded with no outs, when Reedsville went to one of its rookie hurlers to get out of the jam. Brock Sinkus responded with three outs and kept Belltown off the scoreboard.