Reedsville extends Babe Ruth lead with 7-1 win
MILROY – Reedsville got a strong pitching performance from a trio of pitchers as it stopped Belltown, 7-1, Thursday night in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League.
The win gives Reedsville (14-1) a 1 1/2 game lead over second place Belleville (11-2). The two teams square off tonight at 6 p.m. in Belleville. It will mark the final time the two teams will meet in the regular season. Reedsville has won both games, 17-8 and 9-4.
Aaron Kanagy got the win for Reedsville as he went the first four innings. The 14-year-old gave up one run on four hits. He struck out three and walked two.
Logan Peachey and Thomas Remy then came in and finished off Belltown (10-6), which fell behind Reedsville by five games. Peachey pitched the fifth and sixth, while Remy closed the game.
The trio did not allow an extra-base hit. Belltown’s Ross Underhill, Gavin Erb and Tre Fleck each had two hits.
Reedsville, which had 11 hits, was led by Carson King, Aaron Wagner and Kanagy, who each had two hits. Davis Wagner, who led off the first for Reedsville with a double, and Kanagy had the only extra-base hits for the league leaders. Kanagy’s was a double. King drove in three runs and Ryan Walker also had two RBIs for Reedsville.
Burnham 12, Lewistown 10 (8 innings)
LEWISTOWN – The drought for Burnham is over. In more ways than one.
Burnham knocked off Lewistown, 12-10, in eight innings and in doing so stopped one of the longest losing streaks in league history.
Burnham had not beaten the West since a 15-0 victory on June 9, 2000. In that span of time Lewistown won 40 games in a row, which was a league record.
For Burnham it snapped a five game losing streak and when it scored a run in the third inning, it solved a scoreless streak of 18 innings. Burnham had been shut out three games in a row to Belltown, Beaver Springs and Yeagertown.
As for the six-time defending league champions, Lewistown, things don’t get much better tonight.
Lewistown and Strodes Mills tangle at Rec Park at 6 p.m. and the West has a 34-game winning streak against the Mills boys, which is the second longest in league history. Then on Saturday, Lewistown travels to Belleville for a doubleheader.
The hero for Burnham on Thursday was rookie pitcher, Jared Hannon.
The 13-year-old came in with the bases loaded in the fourth inning and one out and Lewistown ahead 9-3 with a runner on third and struck out the side.
He then proceeded to shut down the West offense as it only scored one run on two hits over the last 4 2/3 innings.
Hannon struck out seven and walked four, one intentional.
Trailing 9-6, Burnham tied the game in the top of the seventh as it scored three times on three walks, two with the bases loaded. Lewistown committed two errors before Josh Nichols came in and stopped the damage.
Then in the eighth, Burnham rookie manager, Stephen Alexander, took a page out of the Lewistown play book. He went to small ball.
Noah Hannon led off the extra inning with a walk and Hannon followed with a base hit. Rylan Bohn then put down a bunt and when it was misplayed a run scored. After a strike out, Drew Westover squeezed home another run and when the West committed another throwing error, it was 12-9.
Lewistown bounced back with a run in the bottom of the eighth as Kenny Cavanaugh picked up his second hit of the game with an RBI single.
The West seemed to have control after four innings as it led 9-4. Damon Jasper and Marcus Donahey each had two-run singles.
Lewistown used the long ball to get its lead as Cavanaugh had a lead off triple in the fourth and Tristan Bonilla led off the third with a triple.
The three rookie sensations for Burnham led its offense as Westover had three hits, while Hannon and Max Oburn each had two. Hunter Vega, another rookie, came up with a key hit in the third, a two-out, two-run single.
Beaver Springs 11, Yeagertown 5
BEAVER SPRINGS – Beaver Springs’ Tyler Martin pitched four strong innings and was backed by a 17-hit attack in a 11-5 win over Yeagertown.
Martin only gave up three hits in the first innings along with two runs. Beaver Springs led after four, 6-2. Martin struck out seven and walked one. Bailey Hetrick and Ethan Richards, a 13-year-old, closed out the game for the Springs.
Yeagertown finished with six hits with Ty Bodtorf having a perfect night, 3-3 with a double. Jordan Marshall was right behind Bodtorf in the hit column with two.
The Springs had 17 hits with three players getting three each, Trevor Bishop, the rookie Gavin Swineford and Martin. Hetrick finished with two hits and Dylan Loss and Richards each had doubles.
Notes: Reedsville’s Cade Attick had two hits for his team against McVeytown on Wednesday. … Reedsville’s rookie pitcher, Connor Yoder, has made two appearances on the mound both against McVeytown, May 28 and May 23. … Other streaks of note: The West has a current streak against McVeytown, 26 games, 2006-2014; the Strodes Mills streak is from 2003-2014 and Belleville had a 25 game streak against Milroy from 1985-1994. … Burnham scored its last run before Thursday night against Milroy in the sixth inning last Friday in a 9-2 loss.