Fultz lifts Belleville 7-1
LEWISTOWN – On Saturday, Belleville used its bats to take a doubleheader win over Lewistown.
On Monday, Belleville, the top team in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League, went another route to beat Strodes Mills, 7-1.
The Belleville manager, Bill Corbin, went deep into his pitching staff to win his 15th game of the year.
Garrette Fultz started for Belleville and went three innings giving up the lone run to Strodes Mills. He only struck out one, walked three and gave up one hit.
Jake Yoder, a 14-year-old, finished for Belleville and threw four scoreless innings. He gave up five hits, walked no one and struck out three. Yoder retired the last five men he faced. It also marked only his second appearance on the mound for the Big Valley club.
The win gives Belleville a 15-2 record and it now has a game lead over Reedsville (13-2), which was idle.
Belleville scored three in the first as Joey Taptich drew a one-out walk, Isaac Maclay singled and Eddie Hamman ripped a two-run triple. Hamman later scored on a passed ball.
The league leaders added two more runs in the second as Tyler Bedelyon tripled with two outs, Taptich walked and Maclay knocked them home with a base hit.
Belleville closed out its scoring with two more in the fourth. Bedelyon doubled to lead off the inning and two outs later, Hamman picked up his third RBI of the day with a single. Hamman moved up on a stolen base and scored on a Kyle Peachey single.
Bedelyon and Maclay each finished with two hits for Belleville.
Strodes Mills scored a run in the first off of a double play. Wyatt Henry walked and Tyler Rhodes followed with a single. Nick Smith hit into a 6-4-3 double play and Henry scored.
Belleville turned two double plays and Taptich made a great running catch in the fifth in left field, which stopped a Strodes Mills rally.
The Mills’ Drew Williams tossesd a complete game and struck out nine and walked five. He didn’t allow a run after the fourth inning.
Strodes Mills finished with seven hits and Eddie Runkle was the only multiple hitter with two.
Beaver Springs 6, Burnham 2
BURNHAM – Beaver Springs won its sixth game in a row and ninth for the season as it downed Burnham, 6-2.
The ninth win matched the same total that the Springs had last season.
Beaver Springs is now 9-5 and in fourth place and will travel to Belleville, the front runners, tonight for a 6 p.m. game.
Beaver Springs put together a nine hit attack, but it was sacrifice fly in the fifth by Hunter Jordan that helped put them ahead for good 4-1. The Springs only led 2-1 going into the fifth inning when it scored twice.
Colby Kreider and Ashton Martin each had two hits for Beaver Springs.
Bailey Hetrick went the distance for Beaver Springs as he struck out three, walked six and gave up four hits.
Two of the four Burnham hits were for extra-bases, doubles from Javian Kauffman and Steven Durst.
Rookie Drew Westover went the distance for Burnham giving up nine hits, striking out eight and walking four.
It marked Beaver Springs’ 99th win since it became a franchise in 2009.
Milroy 8, McVeytown 7
MILROY – Milroy scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge McVeytown, 8-7.
McVeytown led 7-5 going into the bottom of the seventh. Matthew Harshbarger drew a walk and later scored on a wild pitch giving McVeytown the two-run margin.
Ty Narehood, a rookie, started the winning rally for Milroy witrh a single. Collin Stuck followed with a double and John Retherford, a 13-year-old, then ripped a triple scoring two runs and when Aaron Rhoades reached on an error, Milroy pulled out the win.
Jake Smith picked up the win for Milroy in relief as he went the last two innings. Stuck started and Boreman came in to work the middle innings.
McVeytown finished with six hits and half of those were for extra-bases, Alec King, Avery Haubrick and Matthew Harshbarger each had doubles. Michael Bagrosky was McVeytown’s only multiple hitter with two.
Milroy had 11 hits with Boreman and Narehood each getting two. The only other extra-base hit for Milroy came from Boreman, who had a double.