Zook gets milestone 500th win

YEAGERTOWN – Yeagertown came out swinging as it lashed out nine hits in the first inning as it beat Lewistown, 9-6 and gave its manager, Fred Zook, his 500th win in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League.

Zook, who is in his 27th year, now has an overall mark of 500-311.

Zook’s record at Yeagertown is now 404-274. He has coached at Yeagetown in two different stints, 1978-1987 and 1998-2014.

He has guided Yeagertown to five titles, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986 and 2003.

As an all-star manager, he has a record of 96-37 and has won state titles in 1981, 1987 (14-15-year-olds), 2003, 14-year-olds and 2007, 15-year-olds. He also was the manager of the 2004 15-year-old all-star team that won a Mid-Atlantic Regional championship and went to a Babe Ruth World Series in Longview, Wash.

Zook now becomes the third manager to win at least 500 games. Belleville’s Bill Corbin is the leader with 601 and the late Bob Reigle of Reedsville had 504.

Yeagertown jumped on the West for six runs in the first inning behind the nine hits.

“We played a wonderful game tonight,” Zook said. “We hit the ball tonight, especially in the first inning. I want to thank this year’s team for finally getting this win. This has been a monkey on our backs since the start of the season.

“I also want to thank all the players and assistant coaches that I have worked with in Yeagertown. I couldn’t have down this without their hard work. I also was blessed with great All-Stars from throughout the league. I also want to thank all my assistant coaches that helped me on all those All-Star teams that I managed. And finally I want to thank my wife (Kathy) for putting up with me all these years on and off the field.”

Zook’s club finished with 14 hits and a rookie Isaac Matthews led the way with four hits including two doubles. Brandon Walters and Ty Bodtorf each had three hits with one of Bodtorf’s being a double. Nelson Cook also got into the extra-base action with a double.

Jordan Marshall and Matthews held Lewistown to three hits. Marshall got the win as he pitched into the fifth inning and then Matthews closed and picked up the save.

The West’s three hits came from Marcus Donahey, a triple; Trent Hidlay, a double and Kenny Cavanaugh, a single.

Belleville 8, Strodes Mills 5

LEWISTOWN – Belleville’s Isaac Maclay is well known for his defensive abilities behind the plate and his bat.

But, on Monday it was Maclay’s arm that pulled Belleville through against Strodes Mills, 8-5.

Maclay came into pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs and Belleville leading 5-3. He gave up a two-run single to Nick Smith and then got the next batter to ground out.

From that point on he didn’t allow a run as he struck out seven and only allowed three hits.

Belleville, which now has won seven in a row, picked up a run in the fifth as Garrette Fultz knocked home for a 6-5 lead.

Then in the sixth, Belleville picked up two more insurance runs as Kyle Peachey hammered a ball for a two run base hit.

Belleville finished with eight hits and the Big Valley boys were led by Joey Taptich, who had three hits. Fultz also added two hits to Belleville’s total of eight.

Strodes Mills finished with six hits and its lead off hitter, Nicholas Poche led the way with three.

The win for Belleville kept it tied for first place with Reedsville. Each team has an 8-1 record.

Reedsville 8, Belltown 6

BELLTOWN – For Reedsville it was another chapter of “The Great Escape.”

Reedsville scored two unearned runs in the sixth inning to get by Belltown, 8-6. It marked the third straight close game that Reedsville has taken part in during the last week.

Reedsville fell to Strodes Mills, 3-1, last Wednesday and then on Sunday had to score seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to overcome Burnham, 8-7.

The game was tied 6-6 going into the sixth when Belltown had two miscues in the field that opened the door for Reedsville.

Logan Peachey picked up the win with two innings of work. Aaron Kanagy started for Reedsville and worked the first five.

Reedsville had six hits with Cade Attick gett two including a double.

Belltown out hit Reedsville, 7-6, as Ross Underhill and Levi Sherwood each had two hits. Underhill, Sherwood and Austin Herring each had doubles.

Sherwood closed the game for Belltown and didn’t allow a hit.

Milroy 11, McVeytown 5

MILROY – Milroy’s Gage Boreman threw a complete game in helping his team snap a nine game losing streak.

Boreman struck out seven, walked four and gave up 10 hits.

Milroy came from behind to clinch the win as it trailed 5-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning. But, the bats suddenly came alive for Milroy and it scored four times in the fourth and seven times in the fifth.

The winners also pounded out 10 hits with Jake Smith leading the way with a double and a triple and three RBIs. John Retherford, a rookie, and Collin Stuck each had two hits. Stuck also had an extra-base hit with a double.

Derick Cross, Alec King and Brody Kenepp each had two hits for McVeytown. King and Avery Haubrick had doubles for McVeytown.