Belleville back in driver’s seat
LEWISTOWN – Reedsville will now be watching the scoreboard.
After Tuesday’s nights loss to Belltown, it was the Belleville Babe Ruth team that was hoping for a miracle.
Belltown’s 8-7 win over Belleville pushed the latter behind Reedsville in the loss column.
On Friday, it was Reedsville that fell twice, losing to Belltown, 6-2, and Strodes Mills, 5-4.
Now Belleville can win the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League title with a win over Lewistown at noon today. Belleville is now 22-4, while Reedsville is finished at 22-5.
Reedsville now has to hope that the West wins to force a one-game playoff.
Strodes Mills won in the bottom of the seventh inning as Tyler Rhodes drew a bases-loaded walk and Nathan Poche came home with the winning run.
Reedsville tied the game in the top of the seventh as Logan Peachey singled and later scored on a wild pitch.
Drew Williams picked up the win in relief of Jonah Kile. Kile went the first four innings and gave up three runs on four hits. Williams, who beat Reedsville back on May 14, struck out three and gave up just two hits.
Reedsville had to use four pitchers. Peachey went the first four. Carson King followed, but when he ran into trouble in the fifth, Cade Attick entered the game and pitched bases loaded, one out situation.
Attick didn’t allow a run in the sixth, but he was out of innings by rule. Thomas Remy was next in line, but he got into a trouble with walks and a hit batter and King had to try to shut the door, but gave up the walk to Rhodes.
Each team had seven hits with Reedsville’s Kanagy and Peachey each getting two.
Strodes Mills led early as it scored two times in the first and two times in the second.
Belltown 6, Reedsville 2
MILROY – Years from now when people talk about the pennant race of 2014 between Belleville and Reedsville, there will be a lot of names brought up.
Many of them will be from Belltown – because it has been Belltown that has spoiled both teams’ chances to win the title.
Belltown put Reedsville in a bad spot with a 6-2 win. It marked Belltown’s seventh win in a row and clinched third place with a 19-8 record.
Since June 13, Belltown has beaten Belleville twice and Reedsville once.
It was on June 13 that Chayce Macknair was the surprise starter against Belleville. In that game the rookie kept the Belleville bats at bay giving up only three runs and then saw his team rally to win 7-3 with Tre Fleck getting the victory.
This time the 13-year-old looked down the bats of Reedsville and came up with another gem.
Macknair went six innings gave up one run on three hits. He didn’t strike any one out and walked three.
Ross Underhill picked up the save as he pitched the seventh. He gave up one run one one hit, a walk and struck out two.
And it was Underhill who was in thick of everything for Belltown. Just as he was in Belltown’s 8-7 win over Belleville on Tuesday when he hit a walk off home run.
In the sixth when it looked like Reedsville might start to rally as it had a man on first with one out. A ball was hit up the middle by Logan Peachey.
Underhill, the Belltown second baseman, dove to save the base hit, stepped on second and threw to first for an inning ending double play.
Belltown jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the first as Austin Erb doubled in two runs. In the third, it added another run as Erb singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Fleck and scored on a Tyreen Smalley hit.
Belltown added another run in the fifth as Underhill singled, stole second, moved to third on a ground out and came home on Levi Sherwood’s double.
Sherwood, who played a big part in the win, finished with three hits and had a key one in the seventh.
With one out, Underhill reached on an error. Nick Hostetler walked and Sherwood loaded the bases with a base hit down the right field line.
Erb walked to force in a run and then the Belltown manager, Mike Hostetler, went to bent as he squeezed with Fleck scoring Hostetler.
Both teams played well defensively. Reedsville committed only one error and Ryan Walker had diving catch to save a run in centerfield in the sixth inning.
Kanagy singled with no outs in the second inning, but when he tried to go into second he was gunned down by Erb, who was Belletown’s left fielder.
McVeytown 7. Burnham 6
MILROY – McVeytown snapped a 16-game losing streak as it scored a run in the top of the seventh inning on an error and beat Burnham, 7-6.
Justin Rodkey was the winning pitcher as he beat Burnham for the second time this year. He pitched a complete game, striking out five, walking two and giving up nine hits.
Burnham had three multiple hitters as Jared Hannon, Drew Westover and Javian Kauffman each had two.
Alec King had two of the five hits for McVeytown. Burnham pitchers gave up 10 walks and hit two batters.
McVeytown’s last win came on May 12 against Yeagertown, 13-12.