Hammon opens season with no-hitter
MILROY – Belleville’s Eddie Hammon started the Mifflin County Babe Ruth season off in fine fashion with a no-hitter in an opening game of the 60th season.
Hammon sparked Belleville to a 5-0 win over Milroy. In other opening day games, Reedsville upended the six-time defending league champions, Lewistown, 9-2; Beaver Springs stopped McVeytown, 13-8; Burnham upset Strodes Mills, 12-10 and Belltown stunned Yeagertown, 13-3.
Belleville 6, Milroy 0
MILROY – Belleville’s Eddie Hammon opened the season for Belleville with a bang as he tossed a no-hitter at Milroy, 6-0, Saturday night.
Hammon struck out 15 and walked only three. He struck out five in a row in the middle innings and he ended the game with three strike outs in the seventh.
Belleville only had four hits, but made the most them along with nine walks, two passed balls and a wild pitch.
Issac Maclay reached on an error in the first inning and scored on a base hit by Hammon. Hammon then scored on a passed ball.
Maclay tripled in the fifth and Hammon drove him home. Belleville scored twice in the sixth on a wild pitch and a passed ball. It wrapped up its scoring in the seventh as Caleb Yoder drove home a run with a ground out. Yoder and Jared King had Belleville’s other two hits.
Belltown 13, Yeagertown 3
BELLTOWN – Ross Underhill went the distance Saturday as Belltown stopped Yagertown, 13-3. The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Underhill struck out seven, walked three and gave up six hits.
Yeagertown’s Ty Bodtorf had two hits including a double and a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Yeagertown’s other extra-base hits came from Treavor Hackenberg and Issac Matthews, doubles.
Belltown pounded out nine hits with Nick Hostetler and Gavin Erb combining for five. Hostetler had two doubles, while one of Erb’s three hits went for two bases.
For Yeagertown manager, Fred Zook, it marked his 800th career game as a manager.
Reedsville 9, Lewistown 2
MILROY – Reedsville scored three runs three times in the middle of the game on Saturday to down six time defending league champion, Lewistown, 9-2.
Reedsville scored three times in the third on four walks and one West error.
In fact walks were the down fall of Lewistown as two pitchers gave up 14 free passes.
In the fourth, Reedsville went a head 6-0 as it picked up two RBI singles from Davis Wagner and Aaron Kanagy.
Reedsville closed out its scoring with three in the fifth as Kanagy drove in two runs with a double into right field.
Lewistown also had only three hits with Hunter Amrheim getting two. The West’s only other hit came from Kenny Cavanaugh.
Kanagy picked up the win with Carson King closing out the game with two and one third innings of relief.
Burnham 12, Strodes Mills 10
BURNHAM – Burnham used a big nine run fifth inning to win its opening game of the season 12-10 over Strodes Mills.
The key hit for Burnham came off the bat of rookie Max Oburn, who tripled with the bases loaded. Burnham had six of its 10 hits in the fifth and Strodes Mills aided the cause with four walks.
Burnham had three rookies with multiple hits, Jared Hannon, Drew Westover and Oburn each had two.
Hannon picked up the win with 3 1/3 innings of relief. He came in the fourth inning with two outs and the bases loaded and worked out of the jam.
The Poche brothers for Strodes Mills provided most of the offense for their team. Nathan Poche had three hits and Nicholas Poche, a 13-year-old, had his team’s only extra-base hit, a triple.
For Stephen Alexander, the rookie manager for Burnham, it was his first win of his Babe Ruth coaching career.
Beaver Springs 13, McVeytown 8
BEAVER SPRINGS – Beaver Springs used a big sixth inning to open up a six run lead on Saturday, which turned into a five-run win over McVeytown, 13-8.
The game was tied 7-7 going into the bottom of the sixth, but the Springs used three walks, three hits and three McVeytown errors to score six runs and take command of the game.
Ethan Richards, a rookie, picked up the win for Beaver Springs as he worked the final three and two third innings.
The Springs had 11 hits with Tyler Martin, Trevor Bishop and Gavin Swineford, a first year player, getting two. Martin had the Springs’ only extra base hit, a double.
McVeytown had 10 hits with Justin Rodkey getting three, while Colton Fultz and Alec King each getting two.