Top of Babe Ruth remains close

MILROY-This winter when the winds are howling and there is a half a foot of snow on the ground, Burnham manager Stephen Alexander might be warm inside his house, but he will still get chills thinking about what happened to his team in the seventh innings against Reedsville.

On May 18, Burnham led 7-1 going into the bottom of the seventh and gave up seven runs to lose, 8-7.

On Sunday, Burnham, which was the home team at the Armaugh Memorial Field, trailed 9-6 going into the seventh. Burnham scored one run and had runners on second and third before Reedsville got the final out to win 9-7.

The win for Reedsville kept pace with Belleville for the top spot in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League. Reedsville is now 19-3 and trails Belleville by a half game. Belleville is 20-3. Reedsville has five games remaining, while Belleville has four.

Reedsville had to score four times in the top of the seventh to regain the lead as it trailed going into the last inning, 6-5.

The middle of the Reedsville line-up was coming up and it produced four hits and four runs. Cade Attick, Aaron Kanagy and Logan Peachey all came up with singles to open the seventh.

Nathan Bargo kept the rally alive by reaching on an error and Brock Sinkus squeezed home the ninth run.

But, that was not the first time in this game that the fans saw the squeeze play.

In the third, Burnham played “small ball” as it took advantage of the Reedsville’s staff wildness and created six runs. Reedsville gave up four walks, committed two errors and Drew Westover and Noah Hannon layed down perfect bunts that seem to rattle the Reedsville defense.

Reedsville used four pitchers with Thomas Remy getting the win. Remy finished the game and only allowed one run on two hits.

Westover showed his versatility as he opened the seventh with a double. Remy got Javian Kauffman to fly out to centerfield, but Rylan Bohn reached on an error and when Noah Hannon came up with his third hit of the game it was 9-7. Bohn’s hit to left field got by the Reedsville outfielder and Bohn was on third and Hannon on second. Remy then picked up a strike out and a ground out to end the game.

Kauffman was he only other Burnham player with two hits, while Attick, Kanagy, Peachey and Sinkus each had two hits for Reedsville.

Belleville 10, Beaver Springs 6

BEAVER SPRINGS-If your not smashing doubles and triples in the Belleville line-up, its pretty easy to be over looked.

Belleville has plenty of mashers like Isaac Maclay, Kyle Peachey, Tyler Bedelyon, Eddie Hamman and Jake Yoder.

So when Caleb Yoder got into the act on Saturday, it brought plenty of smiles to the Belleville bench.

Yoder was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs as he helped Belleville to a 10-6 victory over Beaver Springs.

A game Belleville had to have after its 10-game winning streak was snapped by Belltown on Friday.

For Belleville manager Bill Corbin it marked his 11th season with at least 20 wins tying him for with Yeagertowns Fred Zook and Leweistown’s Bernie Howard for most 20 win seasons in league history.

Belleville jumped on top early and then slowly pulled away. The Springs mounted a comeback in the sixth as it cut the lead to three runs, 9-6.

Hamman picked up an RBI in the first and then in the second Caleb Yoder had his first RBI, a run producing double.

Belleville scored three times the fourth with Bedelyon cracking an RBI double and Yoder picking up a sacrifice fly.

In the fifth, it was a Yoder RBI single that gave Belleville a 7-2 lead. Belleville had a big inning in the sixth scoring four times as Jared King and Garrette Fultz each had RBI singles. Two other runs came in on a passed ball and wild pitch.

Bedelyon scored an insurance run for Belleville in the seventh as he walked, stole second, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a passed ball.

Beaver Springs scrored four times in the sixth as Ethan Richards and Ashton Martin each had RBI singles and Cobly Kreider knocked in two runs with a base hit.

Belleville used four pitchers with Maclay, the starter, getting the win. Beaver Springs finished with five hits and Hunter Jordan had two.

Sunday’s games

Strodes Mills 18, Milroy 6

MILROY-What a weekend for Strodes Mills. On Friday, Strodes Mills had a 7-10 record. By Sunday, it had won four of five games and was at .500 (11-11).

The Strodes Mills express traveled to Milroy on Sunday and left with an 18-6 win.

Strodes Mills had 17 hits on its way to the win as the game was stopped after six innings due to the 10 run rule,

Garret Rhodes and Jonah Kile each had three hits for the Mills boys. One of Kiles went for two bases. Tyler Rhodes, Austin Haubrick and Nick Smith each had two hits for Strodes Mills. Rhodes had a double in the third inning when Strodes Mills took control of the game by scoring nine runs.

Rhodes was the winning pitcher as he pitched into the fourth inning. He didnt allow a run and only gave up a hit. He struck out three and walked two. Smith finished the game although Milroy ruffed him up for five runs in the fifth.

Milroy’s Gage Boreman and Jake Smith had back-to-back extra base hits. Boreman’s double drove in two runs and Smith’s two base blast drove Boreman home.

Lewistown 12, Yeagertown 1

YEAGERTOWN-Lewistown had all nine starters get at least one hit and in the process beat Yeagertown, 12-1. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Damon Jasper and Trent Hidlay had big days on offense and defense. Jasper was the wining pitcher as he threw the first three innings and Hilday closed out the game in the fourth and fifth.

Jasper gave up the lone run as he struck out four, walked one and gave up two hits. Hidlay struck out five and walked one.

Jasper had a perfect day at the plate going 3-for-3, with a double and drove in three runs. Hidlay only had one hit, but on defense he threw two runners out from behind the plate before he went to the mound.

Other multiple hitters for the West were Ty Ferencz and Tristian Bonilla each with two hits. One of Bonillas hits was a double in the fourth inning.

For Yeagertown Jordan Marshall had an RBI single in the first inning and Isaac Matthews had a double in the third.

Although the game was played in Yeagertown, Lewistown was the home team.

Saturday’s games

Strodes Mills 16, Burnham 6

LEWISTOWN-Strodes Mills scored early and late and in the process won its 10th game of the year with a 16-6 win over Burnham.

Strodes Mills scored four times in the first inning and never trailed. Nick Smith had the key hit in the first inning, a two run single.

Tyler Rhodes, who finished with three hits, picked up his first hit in the second inning with a two-run double. In the third, Strodes Mills added another run as Eric Shilling had a pinch hit RBI single.

It was in the sixth that Strodes Mills put the game away with seven runs. Wyatt Henry, a 13-year-old, sparked the rally with his second hit of the day an RBI single and Rhodes followed with a two run base hit.

Austin Haubrick ended the game with his second hit in the inning, an RBI single that made it 16-6.

Gavin Vega, a rookie, had a big day for Burnham with three hits including a triple and three RBIs. Noah Hannon also was a multiple hitter for Burnham with two and Drew Westover smashed a double.

Jonah Kile threw five strong innings as he got the win. He struck out three, walked three, gave up five hits. Smith closed out the win for Strodes Mills.

Yeagertown 6, Strodes Mills 4

YEAGERTOWN-Yeagertown’s Jordan Marshall had a big day on the mound and at the plate as he sparked his team to a 6-4 win over Strodes Mills.

Marshall went five innings struck out six and walked one. Ty Bodtorf threw two innings and had five strike outs.

Marshall also had a big day at the plate as he had two hits including a double and knocked in four runs. Hailee Weader was Yeagertown’s only other multiple hitter with two.

Strodes Mills only had five hits with Tyler Rhodes getting two inlcuding a two run single in the third inning that tied the game 2-2.

Nicholas Poche had Strodes Mills’ only extra-base hit, a double.

The win for Yeagertown manger was his 504th and he is now tied with the late Bob Reigle of Reedsville for second place on the all-time win list for Mifflin County managers.