Triple play not enough
YEAGERTOWN – It’s not very often that a team gets a triple play turned against it in the first inning and then is able to bounce back and win.
But, that is what Burnham did on Tuesday night in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League.
Yeagertown turned a triple play in the first inning, but Burnham prevailed, 9-5.
Burnham had a 1-0 lead with the bases laoded when Drew Westover hit a fly ball to Dakota Cramer in center field. He in turned tossed the ball to Kaegan Matthews who in turn threw it to Hailee Weader at first base for the second out. Weader then tossed it to the Yeagertown catcher, Isaac Matthews, who tagged a runner coming home.
But, that was the highlight of the game for Yeagertown (1-6).
Burnham’s Drew Westover, a rookie, tossed a complete game as he struck out five and walked just two.
After a 1-1 tie in the first inning, Burnham pulled away by scoring runs in the next four innings.
Westover was his team’s only multiple hitter with an RBI single and a squeeze bunt.
Two other rookies, Jared Hannon and Max Oburn, each had RBI singles as did Kaden Knouse, a 14-year-old.
Burnham (3-2) was not without some fine defensive plays too as it turned two 6-4-3 double plays, the second one ending the game and a Yeagertown rally. In the third, Burnham’s Alex White made an acrobatic catch of a foul ball to end the inning.
Yeagertown scored four runs late in the game as Xavier Baumgardner singled in the sixth and Jordan Marshall knocked him home with a double. In the seventh Yeagertown scored three times on two walks and two hits, one an RBI single from Kaegan Matthews.
McVeytown 9, Milroy 8
McVEYTOWN – McVeytown won its second game in a row as it edged Milroy, 9-8, and moved into eighth place.
Matthew Harshbarger, a 13-year-old, kept the Milroy bats at bay as he tossed four shutout innings and worked into the fifth. He finished with five strikeouts, one walk and gave up three hits.
Alec King finished the game and picked up the win despite a comeback by Milroy, which scored three runs in the seventh cutting the final score to a single run.
McVeytown (2-5) finished with 10 hits as Avery Haubrick and Robert Kauffman, two rookies, and Derick Cross each had two. King and Brody Kenepp each had doubles for McVeytown with Kenepp’s coming in the bottom of the sixth knocking in two runs, which put McVeytown ahead 9-5.
Caleb Vega had half of the Milroy (1-6) hits as he went 3-for-4 with a double.