Maclay picks up triple season honors
MILROY – The three top teams in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League dominated the regular season awards for 2014 season.
Winning the Most Valuable Player award was Belltown’s Ross Underhill, a 15-year-old. Underhill was a giant killer at the end of the year. It was Underhill who had a walk-off home run against Belleville, the eventual league champion, on June 17. Belltown won 8-7.
Then on June 20, he turned a double play in the sixth inning against Reedsville that snapped the momentum out of the second-place team in a 6-2 win. In that game he had two hits, three stolen bases and came into pitch the final inning to get the save.
He hit .421 with 43 hits, with 10 doubles, two triples and one home run. He drove in 17 runs and only struck out once.
On the mound, he had a 6-2 record with two saves with a WHIP of 1.99. He gave up 20 walks and struck out 44.
Underhill becomes just the fourth Belltown player to win an MVP. The last one was the late Jason Cavanaugh in 1996. The award was established in 1973.
Two players tied for the Outstanding Pitching award, Belleville’s Isaac Maclay and Reedsville’s Logan Peachey.
Peachey had a perfect record for second-place Reedsville. The 15-year-old was 6-0 as he pitched in 13 games. In 37 innings, he gave up 29 hits, walked 31 and struck out 34. His WHIP was 1.62. Maclay, a 15-year-old, had a 10-2 record as he won 43 percent of Belleville’s 23 victories. He pitched in 42 innings, gave up 29 hits, struck out 53 and gave up 34 walks. His WHIP was 1.50.
Reedsville has had four other pitchers win the award, the last being Bill Bodtorf in 1993. Belleville has had nine other pitchers gain the award and the last one was Ross Torquato in 2012.
The award was started in 1974.
Maclay was a double winner as he also won the league batting title. Maclay batted .543 as he went 44-for-81. Nine of his hits went for extra bases as he had three doubles, four triples and two home runs. He drove in 23 runs.
The last Belleville player to win a batting title was Jesse Yoder in 2006. Maclay becomes the seventh player to win the award from Belleville.
The batting title is the oldest award Mifflin County gives out as it was established in 1970.
Maclay also won the John Howe Sportsmanship award. The award is named after Howe, who had an untimely death in 1984. Howe was a member of the 1983 13-year-old Mifflin County state championship team.