Belleville stays in race for league lead

YEAGERTOWN – It was a game Belleville had to win against Yeagertown to keep in the chase for the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League title.

Belleville won the game in five innings, 13-1, to keep pace with Reedsville. Both teams are 7-1.

But from the historic side it was game that may never be seen again. Belleville manager, Bill Corbin, was going for his 600th win and Yeagertown manager, Fred Zook, was going for his 500th career victory.

Belleville came out and pounded the ball. It finished with 13 hits.

“We hit the ball well,” Corbin said. “Ty Bodtorf (the Yeagertown starter) is really a good pitcher. This was his first Babe Ruth outing, but he has been pitching on the junior varsity team (Mifflin County High School) and the varsity called him up to pitch too.

“We are trying to stay in contention for the title and Yeagertown is having a down year. It was a big game for us. We jumped out to a lead and that helped.”

Belleville led 2-1 after the first inning, but from there the Big Valley lumber got rolling.

Jake Yoder, a 14-year-old, had a big night. He knocked in the first two runs for Belleville with a base hit and he ended the scoring spree with another two-run single in the fifth.

Yeagertown scored its lone run in the first inning as Isaac Matthews doubled. He later scored on a ground out by Nelson Cook. Cook had Yeagertown’s only other extra-base hit, a double in the third inning.

Isaac Maclay finished with three hits including a run-scoring triple in the fourth. Eddie Hamman and Kyle Peachey each had two hits for Belleville. Hamman and Maclay each finished with two RBIs.

Maclay got the win as he went the first three innings. He gave up three hits, walked two and struck out two. Joey Taptich finished for Belleville. The 14-year-old gave up just two hits and walked none.

In the fifth, Yeagertown got its first two men on, but Belleville pulled off a 6-4-3 double play and when Bodtorf flew out to Tyler Bedelyon in deep center field, Corbin had his 600th win.

“The kids win the games,” Corbin remarked. “Just like Napoleon said, the solders win the battles and the generals get the credit. I need to thank all the kids (players) and assistant coaches that have played for me and helped in Belleville. Also the players on the Mifflin County all star teams and those assistant coaches. Belleville has been a great place to coach and Mifflin County is a baseball county.”

Corbin started as an assistant coach in Belleville in 1979 and then over the team in 1983. His record in the Big Valley town is 517-291. He has won five league titles. As an all-star manager, he has an 83-33 mark with four state championships.

Reedsville 8, Burnham 7

MILROY – For the second straight game, Reedsville was pushed to the limits. On Wednesday, Strodes Mills gave Reedsville its first defeat with a 3-1 win. On Sunday night, Burnham came close to pulling off another upset.

Burnham went into the seventh, winning 7-1, but Reedsville rallied for seven runs to win the game.

Reedsville sent 12 men to plate in the last inning. Burnham gave up five walks and committed three errors and gave up two hits, singles by Cade Attick and Davis Wagner.

Attick tied the game with a bases-loaded walk and Aaron Kanagy won it on a misplayed ball to the outfield.

Burnham finished with three hits off Attick and Logan Peachey. Rylan Bohn and Alex White each had singles and Jared Hannon had a double.

Reedsville committed five errors, walked six batters and hit two. Attick and Peachey combined for 13 strikeouts.

Kanagy had Reedsville’s only extra-base hit, a double.

Burnham 17, McVeytown 4

McVEYTOWN – Burnham’s Javian Kauffman slammed a two-out, three-run triple in the third inning as he sparked Burnham to a 17-4 win over McVeytown. The game was stopped after six innings due to the 10-run rule.

Kauffman’s triple came with the score 2-1 in favor of Burnham. But after the big hit by Kauffman, Burnham took control of the game.

Kauffman also picked up the win on the mound. He spread out nine hits over his five innings of work. He struck out six and walked four. Max Oburn completed the game for Burnham in the sixth.

Noah Hannon led Burnham with three hits, while Jared Hannon, Drew Westover, Oburn and Kauffman each had two hits.

Burnham scored six times in the top of the sixth to put the game away as it got RBI singles from Westover, Oburn, Hannon and Hunter Packard, who was making his first Babe Ruth appearance.

McVeytown got big production from its last three hitters as Cody Yetter, Dylan Goss and Michael Bagrosky each had two hits. McVeytown’s cleanup hitter, Derick Cross, also had two hits. McVeytown’s only extra-base hit came off the bat of rookie Bagrosky, a double in the second inning.

Belltown 7, Beaver Springs 4

BELLTOWN – Austin Erb threw four scoreless innings in relief as Belltown beat Beaver Springs, 7-4.

The win moved Belltown (6-3) into a tie for fourth place with Strodes Mills.

The game was tied 4-4 after three innings, but the Springs never got on the scoreboard against Erb. He gave up two hits, struck out five and walked one and nailed down the victory for Belltown.

Ross Underhill, the starter, and Erb limited Beaver Springs to six hits. Beaver Springs’ Trevor Bishop and Bailey Hetrick each had two hits. One of Hetrick’s was a double.

Underhill was the only multiple hitter for Belltown with two hits including a double.

Belltown went ahead with a run in the fourth and scored two insurance runs in the sixth on two passed balls as Underhill and Nick Hostetler scored.


Belleville 14, Burnham 4

BELLEVILLE – Belleville used the long ball in the fifth inning to overcome Burnham, 14-4. The game was stopped after six innings due to the 10-run rule.

The game was tied 4-4 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. But then Belleville decided to go to its power game.

Isaac Maclay led off the inning with a walk. Eddie Hamman singled and when Kyle Peachey drew a walk, the bases were loaded.

They didn’t stay that way for long as Jake Yoder cleared them with a three-run double. Garrette Fultz reached on an error and then rookie Jared King hit a three-run homer over the right field fence.

Before the inning ended, Tyler Bedelyon doubled and scored on a Maclay single.

Burnham led early as it went 4-1 going into the bottom of the third. Noah Hannon had the key hit in the third with a run scoring double.

Belleville finished with 10 hits and tied the game with more of its power game. In the third, Maclay singled home a run and he later scored on a Peachey triple. In the fourth, King tripled and came home on a wild pitch.

Maclay, Hamman, Peachey, King and Jake Yoder each had two hits for Belleville.

Hamman started for Belleville, but left after three innings. Fultz notched the win with three scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, struck out four and walked two.