Belltown falls short of upset

BEAVER SPRINGS — Belltown has played havoc with teams ahead of them in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League standings.

The teams that Belltown has beaten include second place, Reedsville; fourth place McVeytown twice; fifth place Belleville twice and Milroy (which is tied for fifth) once.

Beaver Springs was in need of a victory to continue its pennant run this season and made sure that they wouldn’t be added to Belltown recent list of conquests.

The Springs came in on a three-game losing streak and a loss would mean more trouble, especially with Reedsville and McVeytown on this week’s schedule.

But there was no uspet for Belltown on Sunday afternoon as Beaver Springs won, 7-2. The win moved Beaver Springs into third place.

The Springs used three pitchers to secure the win. Jullian Krainak started and went two innings. Kevin Bender pitched the middle innings and Preston Arbogast finished the game in the sixth and seventh.

Bender got the win as he allowed no runs on two hits. He struck out six and gave up one walk.

Arbogast had three of the Springs’ eight hits. The 14-year-old scored two runs and hit a double in the fourth inning. Brayden Swineford also had two hits.

Beaver Springs scored three times in the third to snap a 2-2 tie. Trevor Sheaffer led off with a double. Swineford knocked Sheaffer home with a single. Swineford later scored on a fielder’s choice from Bender.

It took a ground out from Easton Erb to get Bender home.

The winners wrapped up the scoring with single runs in the fourth and sixth.

Belltown only had three hits and they came from the top of the lineup. Rylie Bilger singled in the fifth and Darion Molek had base hits in the third and sixth.

Belltown scored both of its runs in the second as Caden Brumbaugh walked, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch. JP Pannizzo walked and later scored on a Beaver Springs error.