Strodes closes out its season

BURNHAM – Strodes Mills moved into third place in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League by the seam of the baseball.

Strodes Mills closed out its season with a 16-11 record and moved into third place over Milroy (13-9) by two percentage points with a 14-3 win over Burnham. Strodes Mills is in at .593, while Milroy is .591.

Milroy, however, still has five games remaining on its schedule and plays a doubleheader against Burnham on Friday night.

The Strodes Mills-Burnham game was close for two innings. Going into the top of the third the score was 1-1.

But, from that point on Strodes Mills started to pull away. Burnham used four pitchers and Austin Herring proved to be the most effective as he only gave up one run on four hits over the last one and two third innings.

Strodes Mills scored four runs in the third inning to open up a 5-1 lead. The big hit came from Dylan Pandel, a two-run single.

But in the fourth Strodes Mills greeted the new Burnham pitcher like a unwanted guest at a back yard barbecue. Nick Poche delivered the knock out punch, with a bases-loaded triple.

Before the inning was over, Strodes Mills sent 13 batters to the plate and eight runs scored. Andrew Larson, who had three hits, singled in two more runs with base hit.

Poche also finished with three hits, while Andrew Bernstein had two. Bernstein finished with three RBIs, while Poche had four. Poche and Larson each had doubles.

Drew Williams, the rookie hurler for Strodes Mills, got the win. He gave up nine hits, four walks and struck out four.

Jack Packer had a perfect night at the plate with a 3-for-3 effort for Burnham. He knocked in three runs and had an RBI double in the first, a run producing single in the third and an inside the park home run in the fifth.

Dominic Kirchoff and Noah Hannon each had two hits for Burnham. Cole Baker, a rookie, tripled to open the third inning and scored on Packer’s single.

Yeagertown 11, Beaver Springs 10

BEAVER SPRINGS – Beaver Springs made a comeback in the seventh inning that had its fans hoping for one more run, but in the end it just wasn’t enough.

Yeagertown led 11-4 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Springs rallied for six runs and had the tying run on third and the winning run on second with no outs, before Nate Earnest, the third Yeagertown pitcher of the day, got three outs in a row to end the game.

The big hits in the seventh for Beaver Springs came from Zane Leister and Alex Hackenberg, who each had two run singles.

Yeagertown had nine hits, while Beaver Springs had 11.

Devin Ammerman and Jordan Marshall each had two hits for Yeagertown, while Earnest, Ty Bodtorf and Marshall each had doubles. Ty Hunter clouted a triple.

Hunter was the winning pitcher as he went four innings and gave up no runs, struck out one, walked two and gave up three hits.

Hackenberg led the Springs with three hits, while Andrew Bishop, Leister and Martin each had two hits. Bishop and Hackenberg each had extra-base hits, with Bishop getting a double and Hackenberg a triple.

For Yeagertown (20-6) it was its 20th win and marked the 11th time that a Yeagertown team has reached 20 wins, tying it for second place with Lewistown and Belleville. Reedsville is the all time leader with 13 twenty win seasons.

Yeagertown manager, Fred Zook, tied Lewistown manager, Bernie Howard, for most 20 win seasons with 11. Howard was alone with the record for a week as his West team got its 20th win on June 12.

Lewistown 19, Belleville 9

LEWISTOWN – Lewistown scored 10 runs late in the game to snap a 9-9 tie and go on to beat Belleville, 19-9, Wednesday night.

The 2013 league champions were knotted with Belleville thanks to a nine-run first. Belleville scored three runs in the first, third and fourth.

Manny Eby picked up the win for Lewistown as he worked five innings. Eby pitched the first three and the final two for the West. He struck out four, walked three and gave up seven hits.

Belleville almost got itself back in the game in the top of the fifth as it trailed 14-9. The Big Valley boys got the bases loaded with no outs, but when rookie Joe Taptich hit a ball headed down the right field line, the West first baseman, 6-5 Peyton Reesman leaped high in the air to catch it and stepped on first for a double play. The next batter then hit a foul ball to Reesman to end the inning and the threat.

The West had 13 hits with Isaiah Kearns going 4-for-4 with three extra-base hits and seven RBI’s. Kearns had doubles in the first and fifth and a three run triple in the fourth.

Reesman had three hits with a double, while Hunter Amrhein had a two out, two run triple in the fourth that led the West to a five run inning.

Belleville had nine hits wth Eddie Hamman getting three as he drove in four runs. Taptich was Belleville’s only other multipe hitter with two.