Peachey leads Belleville

BELLEVILLE – The way Belleville’s Kyle Peachey is hitting maybe he should get the nickname of ‘Cal’ Peachey.

That is ‘Cal’ in California because everything he hits seems to be traveling a long ways.

On Saturday, Peachey had six hits, including four triples in a doubleheader sweep of Lewistown where he drove in five runs.

And that performance came on top of a triple and a home run against Reedsville on Friday night.

Peachey and his Belleville teammates swept past the West, 15-5 and 23-13 and moved into first place in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League. Both games were ended early because of the 10-run rule. The first contest went five innings and the second went six.

The win gives the Big Valley club a 14-2 record and a half-game lead over Reedsville (13-2).

The double loss for Lewistown was the first since June 14, 2000 when Belltown beat the West 10-5 and 12-10 in nine innings.

The six-time defending champions are now 9-7 in fifth place and are five games off the pace.

The West led in the first game for a half inning as it jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Peachey started for Belleville, but didn’t get out of the first inning.

Hunter Armhein had the key hit for Lewistown with a run producing single. The West had the bases loaded, but Isaac Maclay came in relief and stopped the damage. He only pitched into the second inning, before Joey Taptich came into close out the game.

Taptich only allowed two runs over the course of the final three innings. He gave up five hits, struck out three and walked two.

The trio of Belleville pitchers gave up seven hits and the West’s Kenny Cavanaugh had two of the seven.

Meanwhile on offense Belleville was off and running. In the first inning it sent 13 men to the plate and scored seven runs.

Belleville rapped out 16 hits with Garrette Fultz leading the with a 4-for-4 effort. Peachey and Maclay were close behind with three hits. One of Fultz’s hits went for a double and Jake Yoder also smashed a double.

Fultz opened the second game on the mound and had a no-hitter through three innings. He struck out four and walked three. Belleville led after three innings, 11-0.

Belleville went to Tyler Bedelyon on the mound and he didn’t survive the fourth inning. He only gave up two hits, but walked five and his defense behind him had five miscues.

Finally, Taptich was called upon to stop the bleeding, but not before Lewistown had close the gap to three runs, 11-8.

The Belleville bats just kept on hitting gap after gap and by the end of the fourth, it was 17-8.

Ten Belleville players had hits and four came up with three. Taptich, Maclay, Peachey and Eddie Hamman all had three and drove in 16 runs. Maclay and Hamman each had five RBIs, while Taptich and Peachey each had three.

Jared King, a 13-year-old, got into the act too with a two-run double in the second inning.

Lewistown finished with five hits in the second game and Trent Hidlay was the only multiple hitter with two.

One bright spot for Lewistown was play of its centerfielder, Cavanaugh. He seemed to be covering all three outfield spots and in the second game made an outstanding grab of a ball headed to the gap to rob Caleb Yoder.

Beaver Springs 16, Burnham 6

BEAVER SPRINGS – Beaver Springs and Burnham put on a hitting clinic as the two teams combined for 31 hits. It was the Springs that scored the most runs in a 16-6 win. The game ended after six innings due to the mercy rule on Saturday.

Hunter Jordan, who has won three games all on Saturdays, was the winning pitcher.

He pitched into the fifth and then Jeremy Kratzer closed for the Springs.

Burnham out hit Beaver Springs, 17-14. Rylan Bohn had a big night with the bat with four hits. Alex White was close behind with three hits and a double, while Jared Hannon, Max Oburn, Javian Kauffman and Gavin Vega each had two.

Ashton Martin led the Beaver Springs attack with three hits and a double. Colby Kreider, Kratzer and Dylan Loss each had two hits. Loss and Kreider each had doubles.

Sunday’s game

Beaver Springs 12, Strodes Mills 1

BEAVER SPRINGS – Beaver Springs won its fifth game in a row and moved into fourth place with a 12-1 win over Strodes Mills. The game was ended in the fifth inning due to the 10-run rule.

Beaver Springs now sit at 8-5 and four and half games behind first place Belleville.

Ethan Richards started for Beaver Springs and Strodes Mills nicked him for a run in the first inning. Richards went two innings before he was forced to leave the mound due to seven innings per week Babe Ruth pitching rule.

Richards gave up two hits as Tyler Rhodes doubled, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a Nick Smith single.

Ashton Martin finished for the Springs as he threw three shutout innings. He only allowed three hits, struck out three and walked no one.

Beaver Springs finished with 13 hits with six players getting at least two.

The Springs scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning as Ashton Martin singled, Tyler Martin reached on an error and Gavin Swineford, Bailey Hetrick and Dylan Loss connected on three straight hits.

Swineford, a rookie, and Hetrick pounded balls to the left-field fence for run producing doubles.

Colby Kreider, the two Martins, Swineford, Hetrick and Loss each had two hits.

Beaver Springs wrapped up the game in the bottom of the fourth as it scored six times with Kreider, Hetrick and Loss each getting doubles.