Yetter wins two top league honors

MCVEYTOWN — It was a magical season for the McVeytown Babe Ruth team and one of its players also had a season to remember.

McVeytown’s Brian Yetter was named the league’s Most Valuable Player and he also picked up the league batting title.

Yetter, a 14-year-old, is just the fourth player from McVeytown to win the MVP award. Evan Mock won the award last season and Ryan Kauffman was the MVP in 1999. Mike Rishel tied for the honor in 1991.

Yetter is just the fourth 14-year-old to achieve MVP status since the award was started in 1973. The other 14-year-old winners were Gavin Swineford from Beaver Springs in 2015; Strodes Mills’ Craig Weston in 1990 and Yeagertown’s Chris Lutz in 1982.

Yetter hit .595 and broke the league record for home runs in the regular season. Yetter smashed 14 home runs, eclipsing the old mark of 12 set by Strodes Mills’ Kalen Gearhart in 2001. He hit four leadoff homers and seven of his 14 were solo shots.

On the mound Yetter went 4-1 for the league champs. He pitched in 35 innings, had 61 strike outs and walked 20.

With the bat he went 47 for 79. The 14-year-old knocked in 33 runs, scored 41 times, had 13 doubles, one triple and only struck out four times.

Brian’s father, Denny, won the batting title for McVeytown in 1978 with a .468 mark. Brian and Denny become the first father-son team to caputre batting titles.

McVeytown has only had four previous winners. Kauffman won the title in 1999 and Steve Cavanaugh won back to back titles in 1990 and 1991.

Yetter becomes just the ninth 14-year-old to win a batting title since the award was established in 1970. It is the oldest award (48 years) given out by the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League.

The last 14-year-old to win the batting crown was Gearhart in 2000.

A 14-year-old also was named the Outstanding Pitcher: Connor Cherry of Strodes Mills.

Cherry was 5-1 for the second place Strodes Mills team. He pitched 39 2/3 innings. He struck out 67, walked 30 and gave up 26 hits.

Cherry got off to a fantastic start as he didn’t give up a hit until his third outing of the year. He tossed a no-hitter against Beaver Springs (five innings) and came back and threw five hitless innings against Belleville. He finally gave up a hit against McVeytown in relief after going 13 1/3 innings. The league’s MVP and top hitter, Yetter, got a single off Cherry to snap the hitless streak. Cherry’s WHIP was 1.41.

Cherry becomes just fourth pitcher from Strodes Mills to win the pitching award. Tyson Searer won in 2009, Brian Fisher in 1989 and Dean Reynolds (tied) in 1975.

He is only the eighth 14-year-old to win the Outstanding Pitching award since it was established in 1974. The last 14-year-old to win the award was Belltown’s Cody Heane in 2007.

This is the first time since 1982 that the MVP, Outstanding Pitcher and the Batting Title were won by 14-year-olds in the league.

Named winner of the John Howe Sportsmanship Award was Burnham’s Eli Hannon, a 15-year-old.

The awards will be given out at the Mifflin County 15-year-old all-star game in Belleville on July 13 at the Pennsylvania Babe Ruth state tournament. The ceremony will take place after the preceding game, which begins at 2 p.m.