Belltown’s latest upset a thriller
MILROY — Belltown has pulled off some major upsets this season in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League — none bigger than Wednesday’s thriller at Armagh Memorial Field.
Belltown, the seventh-place team, edged Reedsville, 10-9, Reedsville’s sixth loss of the season. Burnham kept on winning as it beat Stodes Mills, 18-5, and the league leaders now have a three-game lead in the loss column over its three closest rivals, McVeytown, Reedsville and Beaver Springs.
Reedsville, which was stunned on Tuesday night by Belleville, came out slow and fell behind 10-0.
Dylan Zellers picked up the win for Belltown as he went the first four innings and Caden Brumbaugh threw the final three.
Reedsville made a gallant comeback with three runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh. Reedsville had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but a ground ball to second ended the game.
Reedsville finished with eight hits and Brody Schnell had two of them including a two-run single in the seventh.
Belltown scored six in the second inning as it drew six walks around singles from Zellers and Brumbaugh. Brumbaugh finished with two hits.
Burnham 16, Strodes Mills 5
LEWISTOWN — Burnham’s Garrett Davis pitched a complete game as league-leading Burnham beat Strodes Mills, 18-5 in six innings.
Davis struck out two, walked only one and gace up six hits. Zane Smith had a single and a double for Strodes and Aaron Grassmyer also had a double.
Burnham, which now has won eight in a row, had 13 hits. Three rookies helped Burnham to the victory. Farrell Souders led the winners with three hits, while Tye Plank and Gavin Knode each had two.
A veteran, Rylan Bailey, gave his team a big lift with five RBIs including a three-run double in the second.
McVeytown 15, Strodes Mills 4
LEWISTOWN — For the past two nights the sixth inning has been very good to McVeytown.
On Wednesday, McVeytown came up with seven runs as it pulled away from Strodes Mills, 15-4, ending the game in six innings.
Strodes Mills was in the game for the first two innings. The Mills boys led 1-0 after the first inning and 3-1 after the second.
But from that point on McVeytown’s pitcher Eli Pennebaker was in control. Pennebaker gave up five hits in the first two innings and then didn’t allow another hit the rest of the time he was on the mound. Hunter Bailey worked the sixth and gave up one hit and one run.
In the sixth, McVeytown sent 12 players to the plate. Three of them got hits, Brody Rishel, Josh Bomberger and Bailey. Strodes Mills gave up seven walks in the inning.
McVeytown finished with 10 hits with Ben Fry, Bomberger and Daron Beaston each getting two. Bomberger’s hit in the sixth was a run producing double.
Strodes Mills had six players get hits, all singles. Isaiah Alters and Tyler each had singles in the first inning that helped score Strodes’ first run. In the second, Dupree Reed, Doug Weaver and Colin Fisher had base hits that helped put Strodes in front, 3-1.
Beaver Springs 14, Lewistown 3
BEAVER SPRINGS — It was a much different first inning for Beaver Springs on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Springs’ gave up 11 runs in the first to Burnham in a 13-5 loss.
It was just the opposite on Wednesday as Beaver Springs scored 10 times in a 14-3 win over Lewistown in five innings.
Lewistown gave up five walks in the first and hit two batters. Cole Shutt had a single, but the big blast came from Brayden Swineford, who belted his second home run of the season, a three-run shot.
The Springs finished with eight hits. Easton Erb was the only other Beaver Springs player with two hits.
Kevin Bender went the distance for the winners. He struck out seven, walked six and gave up three hits.
Lewistown’s Braden Sheaffer had two hits and Jared Lyons had the other single for Lewistown.