Belltown edges The Springs
BELLTOWN – The Beaver Springs Babe Ruth team must have been seeing double on Thursday night at Sherwood Field.
In the only game played in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League, third place Belltown downed the team that was breathing down their necks, Beaver Springs, 7-3.
Belltown is now 12-6 and three and half games behind league leading Belleville. The Springs fell to 9-6 is five games behind the Big Valley club.
Belltown opened the game with three straight hits that produced two runs. Ross Underhill led off with a single and Nick Hostetler and Levi Sherwood followed with doubles and it was 2-0.
The trio would cause more trouble for Beaver Springs in the sixth.
It stayed that way until the fifth when Belltown put up another run (3-0). Underhill reached on an error, stole second and scored on a sacrifice fly from second base on a drive by Hostetler.
Beaver Springs cut the margin to a run with two run in the sixth. Ben Kratzer, a rookie, started the rally with a single to left field. Colby Kreider flew deep to center for the first out. Trevor Bishop walked and Ashton Martin, who finished with three hits, singled. Tyler Martin scored Kratzer with a fielder’s choice and Bishop came home on a wild pitch.
Then in the sixth, Belltown scored three times as its lead-off hitters, Underhill, Hostetler and Sherwood, came through again.
Tyreen Smalley opened the inning with a double and Chayce Macknair was sent into pinch run.
It looked like Macknair was going to stay at second as the next two batters failed to reach base. That brought up the top of the order for Belltown and trouble for Beaver Springs. Underhill singled and followed by another single from Hostetler. Sherwood then doubled in two runs and then Austin Erb got into the action with an RBI-double.
Beaver Springs added a run in the seventh as Bailey Hetrick singled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Hunter Jordan.
Underhill and Hostetler each had two hits for Belltown, while Sherwood had three.
Smalley, a rookie, threw the first six innings and picked up the win. He gave up four hits, struck out three and walked two. Underhill closed for Belltown in the seventh.