Belleville comes back on Lewistown, stays in hunt

BELLEVILLE — The sun was starting to set in Belleville Monday night, and as the light was fading so were Belleville’s chances for the Mifflin County Babe Ruth 2018 pennant.

The Big Valley club trailed Lewistown 10-7 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. Belleville needed four runs to stay in the hunt as it trailed league-leading McVeytown by a half game.

Belleville rallied for four runs with two outs to win 11-10. McVeytown and Belleville are now tied for first place with 14-2 recorcds heading into the last two weeks of the season.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Matt Kauffman kept Belleville’s hopes alive with a base hit. Casey Conner was hit by a pitch and Ethan Eichhorn was given an intentional pass. Brady Handy then reached on an error and two Belleville runs scored. Josh Ross was sent into pinch run for Handy.

Marshall Maidens lashed a single scoring Eichhorn — the tying run — and Kaden Milliron hit a base hit to left field and and when it got by the Lewistown left fielder, Ross scored the game winner.

Milliron was the winning pitcher. He came in relief of Maidens in the third inning and kept the Lewistown bats quiet until the seventh. Lewistown had built an 8-1 lead before Belleville made a ptiching change.

At one point in the game, Milliron retired 11 men in a row before Lewistown exploded for two runs in the top of the seventh. Jimmy Kenepp reached on error and then Efrain Oliveras-Perez and Kelly Ferguson had back to back doubles.

Lewistown finished with 11 hits with Gage Schaeffer getting three. Oliveras-Perez had two and Ben Yingling had an RBI double in the third.

Belleville had 13 hits and had four players with two each: Conner, Eichhorn, Handy and Milliron. Eichhorn closed the gap to 8-7 in the sixth as he hit his first home run of the year, a two-run shot to left field.

Ferguson had a great defensive play in left field in the first inning on a fly ball hit deep by Conner. Conner, who was in center field for Belleville, also came up with a defensive gem. Drake Schaeffer hit a ball to center in the second inning with no outs and Gage Schaeffer on third. When Gage Schaeffer tried to tag up from third, Conner’s throw to home plate was right on time for a double play.

Legion baseball

Bellefonte 8, Mifflin County 2

BELLEFONTE — Bellefonte American Legion Post 33 outgunned Mifflin County Post 287, 8-2, in a Central Penn League game Monday at Governor’s Park.

Matt Shawley went six innings for the win. He was backed by a 12-hit attack by the Bandits.

Mifflin County scored a pair of runs in the sixth inning but it was too little, too late.

Nick Hostetler and Hudson First had back-to-back hits to knock in the two runs. Max Oburn and Jared King had two hits apiece for Post 287; Oburn had a double.

Mifflin County (1-1) is back in action today when it hosts the defending league champion Beech Creek Crickets. Game time is 6 p.m. at the Mifflin County High School field.

Mifflin County Post 287 000 002 0 — 2-7-1

Bellefonte Post 33 202 040 x — 8-12-2

WP: Shawley. LP: Connor Yoder. SO: Shawley 6, Helms 3 (B); Yoder 1, Tyreen Smalley 2, Holden Yocum 3 (M). BB: Shawley 1 (B); Smalley 1 (M). 2B: Helms, Funk (B); Max Oburn (M). RBI: Helms 2, Funk 2, March 2 (B); Nick Hostetler, Hudson First (M).