West wins sixth title in a row
LEWISTOWN – The magic number for Lewistown going into Monday night was two. Any combination of a West win and a Yeagertown loss would give the 2013 title to the five-time defending league champions.
For the West, the night turned out to have enough magic – Lewistown defeated McVeytown on Monday, 14-4, while Milroy took care of Yeagertown, 13-6.
The 2013 Mifflin County Babe Ruth championship now belongs to Lewistown, its sixth straight Mifflin County League championship.
The win combined with Milroy’s win over second-place Yeagertown gave the West its eighth title overall.
The West won championships in 2002 and 2004 before the current streak began in 2008.
Bernie Howard, the West manager, holds the league record for most regular season championships. Burnham’s Dave Wolfkill has the second most with six.
The West scored 11 times in the first inning on four hits. McVeytown helped the Lewistown cause by committing five errors in the first inning.
Trent Hidlay had an RBI single in the first and C.J. Reigle added a two-run double. The big blast of the first inning came from Isaiah Kearns, who drilled his seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field.
Lewistown added a single run in the second and two in the third before wrapping up its 22nd win of the season.
Manny Eby, Jonah Schultz, Reigle, Kearns all finished with two hits. Eby had an RBI double in the second.
McVeytown took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Noah Fisher singled and Derick Cross, a 13-year-old, knocked him home with a base hit.
Drew Harshbarger opened the third with a double and Cody Pecht followed with an RBI single. Cross knocked in two more runs with a base hit in the fourth. Harshbarger and Cross each finished with two hits.
Lewistown used four pitchers with Damon Jasper working the first two innings and getting the win. Schultz, Thomas Remy and Peyton Reesman finished for the West. Reesman worked the final one and a third innings, striking out three, walking one and giving up one hit.
A highlight for both teams occured in the third inning as the West’s Schultz ripped a triple to right field and when he tried to stretch it into an inside the park home run, he was thrown out at the plate on a perfect relay from Cody Yetter, the McVeytown right fielder, to Alec King, the second baseman to shortstop Drew Harshbarger and finally to the McVeytown catcher, Lucas Harshbarger, who made the tag.
Milroy 13, Yeagertown 6
MILROY – Milroy’s Graham Rhoades turned in a 14-strikeout performance on Monday to stop Yeagertown, 13-6, and in the process eliminated Yeagertown from the 2013 pennant race.
Rhoades walked three and gave up eight hits in a complete game. It was Milroy’s fourth straight win.
Milroy backed Rhoades with 12 hits as Jared Soles picked up four singles. Jake Smith and Rhoades each had two hits. Smith and Gage Boreman each had doubles.
Ty Hunter had three hits for Yeagertown including a triple. Devin Ammerman, who also had a triple, was Yeagertown’s other multiple hitter with two.
The win for Milroy manager Ted Rhoades was his 57th; he is now tied for 20th place on the Mifflin County manager win list.
Reedsville 25, Burnham 5
BURNHAM – Reedsville’s Logan Peachey hit for the cycle as he helped his team to a 25-5 victory over Burnham. The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Reedsville pounded out 20 hits in the win. Peachey hit a two-run homer in the second inning and drove in five for the night. Peachey completed the night with a single, double and triple.
Jake Spickler also had four hits and drove in five runs. Carson King and Nate Bargo each had three hits and the duo each had doubles. Garrett Hall and Cade Attick each had two. Reedsville’s other extra-base hit came from Cade Pollock, a double.
King picked up the win with two innings of work, while Aaron Wagner went one inning and Aaron Kanagy closed out the game with the final two innings on the mound.
Burnham finished with five hits as Jack Packer and Dominic Kirchoff each had two. Jeremy Stundon had Burnham’s other base hit.
Belltown 11, Belleville 10
BELLTOWN – It came down to one pitch and the call went Belltown’s way Monday night as it walked off with an 11-10 win over Belleville.
Belleville tied the game 10-10 in the top of the seventh. Philip Yoder was hit by pitch and moved to second on a wild pitch. Joe Taptich moved Yoder to third on a ground out to second base.
Tyler Bedelyon then drove home the tying run with a sacrifice fly. Trent Yoder walked, before Isaac Maclay lined out to end the inning.
Belltown won it as Tre Fleck reached on an error, moved to second as Alec Smith drew a walk. Ross Underhill bunted for a base hit down the first base line to load the bases.
Zach Hostetler then walked on 3-2 pitch to force in Fleck with the winning run.
Austin Erb picked up the win with relief work in the seventh. Underhill and Tyler Lefevre also worked on the mound for Belltown.
Belleville finished with nine hits. Maclay had a third of them with three, while Eddie Hamman had two. Maclay had two doubles and Hamman had a triple. Dylan Billett had Belleville’s other extra-base hit, a double.
Underhill and Nick Hostetler each had two hits for Belltown. Nick Hostetler, Lefevre and Fleck each had doubles.
Strodes Mills 7, Beaver Springs 6
BEAVER SPRINGS – It always comes in handy to have a double play, but it really comes in handy when it ends the game.
Strodes Mills used a double play in the seventh inning to end the game and hold off Beaver Springs, 7-6, Monday night.
Zach Strawser and Jordan Wise walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. Bailey Hetrick hit into a fielder’s choice as Strawser was out at third base.
Aaron Sharp reached on an error to load the bases. Zane Leister then lined a shot down the third base line and Austin Haubrick, the Strodes Mills’ third baseman, who got back in time to touch third and end the game on a double dip.
Dylan Pandel got the win as he pitched into the sixth and Andrew Larson got the save.
Strodes Mills had five hits with Drew Williams getting two. Beaver Springs also had five hits with three going for extra bases as Colby Kreider and Leister each had doubles and Alex Hackenberg smashed a triple.