Springs stays in hunt with victory

LEWISTOWN – Thursday at Rec Park was dreary, cloudy and there was a chill in the air – not a very nice night for baseball.

But as far as Beaver Springs was concerned it was sunny and 80 degrees.

Beaver Springs (13-3) was in a must-win situation as it trailed Belltown (16-2) by two and half games in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League.

Make that two games now. Beaver Springs beat Lewistown, 15-5, in the only game played Thursday. Tonight Belltown travels to play third place Belleville (13-6), while Beaver Springs has the night off. On Saturday at 1 p.m., Belltown will travel to the Springs in a battle of the top two teams in the league.

Ben Kratzer turned out be the hero for the Springs as he came in relief in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and no outs with his team ahead, 9-4. He gave up just one run on one hit and retired the last eight men he faced. The 14-year-old gave up two walks and struck out three.

The only hit came from Noah Bowen, a two-out single down the third base line that knocked in Lewistown’s last run of the night.

Beaver Springs finished with nine hits. Brendon Hood was the big man in the line-up for Beaver Springs as he had three hits from his lead-off spot. He scored four times and his double in the fourth produced a run.

Chris Elliott also had a big day for Beaver Springs as he batted right behind Hood and had two hits including an RBI single in the fourth.

Dylan Loss had a key hit in the first inning as Beaver Springs jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Loss had a two-run single.

The other big hit came from Ben Ktratzer when as he collected two RBIs with a single in the third giving the Springs a 7-4 margin.

Kross Tadro was Lewistown’s only multiple hitter with two. Tadro knocked in Shane Dippery in the first with a single as he doubled with two outs. The other extra-base hit came from Tadro in the fourth inning, a double.

The loss dropped Lewistown to 9-10; the West is now tied with Milroy for fifth place.