Belltown tops West, moves into third

BELLTOWN – For the second night in a row Belltown found itself down 6-1, but this time the outcome was different.

On Monday, Belltown was down 6-1 to Reedsville, fought back and tied the game before losing 8-6.

Against Lewistown on Tuesday, Belltown was again down 6-1 heading into the third inning, but this time its rally paid off as it won, 10-6.

The West’s (6-4) loss combined with a Strodes Mills (7-4) win over Milroy and Belltown’s win moved Lewistown down to fifth place. The Mills boys and Belltown (7-4) are now tied for third.

Belltown started chipping away at the Lewistown lead in the third inning as it scored a run as Austin Erb singled and later scored on an error.

In the fourth Belltown cut the margin to 6-5 on an RBI single from Ross Underhill and a ground out from Erb.

Then in the fifth, Belltown put together an inning that featured 11 men coming to the plate, four hits, two walks and a squeeze bunt.

When all the dust cleared, Belltown had the lead for good at 9-6.

The inning started out harmlessly enough as a pinch hitter, Tyler Lyles, opened with a single. But, after a sacrifice bunt by Owen Shawver things really strated to come together for Belltown.

The next six batters reached six base with Nick Hosetetler delivering a clutch two run single. Levi Sherwood set the table for Hostetler with a base hit. When Underhill reached on an error, it scored a run.

Austin Erb and Austin Herring each drew walks to load the bases. Then, Gavin Erb forced a run home with a bases loaded walk. Mike Hosetetler, the Belltown manager, then pulled out all the stops as he had Tre Fleck squeeze with a 2-2 count.

Nick Hostetler, who finished with three hits, tripled in the sixth and scored on a ground out from Underhill.

Austin Erb was Belltown’s only other multiple hitter with two hits including a double.

Lewistown led early as Trent Hidlay, Hunter Armhein and Damon Jasper each had singles. Hidlay scored on a passed ball and Armhein came home on a sacrifice fly from Marcus Donahey.

The West went ahead 6-1 with four runs in the third. Kross Todaro and Ty Ferencz walked with the bases loaded bringing home two runs. Kenny Cavanaugh then drilled a double for two RBIs.

Hunter Goss, Belltown’s second pitcher, got the win. He finished the third and threw two scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth. Goss got the win and Tyreen Smalley, a rookie, worked the last two innings and earned a save.

Lewistown finished with seven hits with Amrhein and Cavanaugh each getting two.

Strodes Mills 19, Milroy 0

LEWISTOWN – Strodes Mills’ Nick Smith had a big day with the bat and on the mound as he paced his team to a 19-0 win over Milroy. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Smith, who picked up the win, worked the first four innings. He struck out three, didn’t walk a batter and gave up four hits. Nathan Poche, a rookie, worked the fifth.

Smith also had a big day with the bat as he exploded for four hits including a double and drove in five runs.

Tyler Rhodes contiued to power the ball as he had three hits and Austin Haubrick added a double to the Strodes Mills offensive outburst.

Jake Smith had two of the four hits for Milroy including a double.