Homer sinks Belleville
BELLTOWN – It was a good night to be a Belltown Babe Ruth player and it was especially good to be Ross Underhill.
Underhill drilled a walk-off home run to put a big dent into the Belleville pennant dreams.
Underhill’s homer gave Belltown an 8-7 win and sent the mifflin County Babe Ruth championship race into a virtual tie.
With Reedsville’s 18-14 win over McVeytown it now has a 20-3 record (.870), while Belleville is 21-4 (.840).
Reedsville has a doubleheader tonight with Beaver Springs and still must play Strodes Mills and Belltown. Belleville’s two games are with Strodes Mills (tonight in Belleville) and Lewistown.
Not only was Underhill the hero with his bat, but he picked up the win as he pitched the last two innings.
Belleville tied the game with two out in the top of the sixth as Isaac Maclay smashed a home run to left center to tie the game at 7-7.
Maclay was the third Belleville pitcher of the day and it was Underhill that returned the favor in the seventh.
Belleville got off to a fast start, but Belltown countered with an evan faster start.
Belleville scored three in the first as Eddie Hamman had the key hit, a two-run single.
Belltown bounced right back with five runs as Belleville’s starting pitcher Hamman had trouble with two walks and three hits. Underhill opened the first with a double and Gavin Erb finished the first with an RBI two bagger. In between came two walks, an error and a single from Levi Sherwood.
Belleville tied the game in the third on two hits with the big blast coming from Kyle Peachey, a two-run double.
In the bottom of the third, Belltown came right back on two walks, two hits and another Belleville error.
With runners on second and third and no outs, the Belleville manager, Bill Corbin, went to his bullpen ace, Garrette Fultz. The 15-year-old worked out of the jam and didn’t allow another run.
He was lifted for Maclay with runners on second and third with two outs in the sixth inning.
Belltown manager, Mike Hostetler, changed pitchers five straight innings as his plan worked as it kept the big Belleville bats quiet.
Belleville had a chance in the seventh as Peachey, who had three hits, led off with a single. When Jake Yoder’s bunt was caught by Underhill on the mound, he turned it into a double play.
Jared King walked and when Fultz hit a shot down the right field line, Belleville had runners on second and third. Caleb Yoder had an 0-2 count and when a ball got a away from the Belltown catcher King tried to go home, but was tagged out,
There were two great defensive plays in the game. Bellown’s centerfielder Nick Hostetler, a 14-year-old, made a running, diving catch of a ball hit by King in the first inning that was headed for the left centerfield gap.
In the sixth, Tyreen Smalley smashed a ball to deep centerfeild and the Belleville centerfielder, Tyler Bedelyon, made an over the shoulder catch to save two runs.
Reedsville 18, McVeytown 14
REEDSVILLE -As the saying goes, “On any given night.”
McVeytown, the last place team in the league (3-23) put a scare into Reedsville as it left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh before it fell, 18-14.
The win was the 20th of the year for Reedsville and it is the all-time leader in that department with 14 seasons. Belleville, which already had won 20 games, is second with 12.
Reedsville had to use five pitchers to secure the win as Thomas Remy picked up the victory. Cade Attick, one of Reedsville’s top pitchers, had to finish the game as he struck out the last two batters to gain the save.
McVeytown out hit the league leaders, 14-11. Derick Cross led McVeytown with three hits, while Alec King, Brody Kenepp and Matthew Harshbarger each had two. King had the only extra-base hit for McVeytown with a triple.
Ryan Walker and Attick each had three hits for Reedsville and Nathan Bargo had two.
Yeagertown 13, Burnham 1
YEAGERTOWN – Yeagertown used a strong pitching performance from Jordan Marshall to quiet the Burnham bats as his team won a 13-1 decision.
It was an important win for Yeagertown as it moved into seventh place with a 9-17 record. Burnham fell to 8-17.
Marshall went the distance (seven innings) as he struck out five, walked three and gave up three hits.
Yeagertown had 11 hits with Ty Bodtorf, the veteran, and rookie, Isaac Matthews, leading the way with three each. All three of Bodtorf’s hits went for extra-bases, a triple and two doubles.
Marshall and Dakota Cramer each had two hits for Yeagertown.
Burnham’s three hits came from Javian Kauffman, Alex White and Gavin Vega.
Lewistown 18, Milroy 5
LEWISTOWN – Lewistown won its fourth in a row and sixth out of its last seven as it beat Milroy, 18-5. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Trent Hidlay nailed down the win for the West with three innings of work. He struck out five, walked two and gave up five hits. Josh Nichols closed out the win for Lewistown by shutting the door on Milroy over the last two innings.
Milroy finished with six hits and rookie Brody Wilson was the only multiple hitter for Milroy with two.
Lewistown had four players with multiple hits as Kenny Cavanaugh, Hunter Amrhein, Garret Treaster and Nichols each had two. Cavanaugh had Lewistown’s only extra-base hit, a double.
Strodes Mills 13, Beaver Springs 8
BEAVER SPRINGS – It was a good night to be a hitter in the Beaver Springs-Strodes Mills game. The two teams combined for 29 hits, but it was Strodes Mills that won the game 13-8.
The win for Strodes Mills closed the gap on Beaver Springs for the race for the fifth spot. The Springs is now 13-11 amd Strodes Mills is 12-11.
Beaver Springs was the visiting team and only trailed by a run 9-8 going into the bottom of the sixth. Strodes Mill, however, took advantage of six Beaver Springs errors to score four times and pull out the win.
Strodes Mills pounded out 16 hits with three going for extra-bases. The Poche brothers each had an extra-base hit, as Nicholas and Nathan each had doubles. Drew Williams also crushed a ball for a triple.
Williams, Wyatt Henry and Tyler Rhodes each had three hits, while Nicholas Poche and Nick Smith each had two.
Beaver Springs wasn’t too far behind in the hit column with 13. Trevor Bishop and Cobly Kreider each had three hits for the Springs, while Jeremy Kratzer and Gavin Swineford each had two hits. Tyler Martin had Beaver Springs only extra-base hit, a double.