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Babe Ruth Baseball to honor its athletes

MILROY — The Mifflin County Babe Ruth regular season ended in June, but there is one more piece of unfinished business that needs to take place.

The regular season awards.

On Tuesday at 7 p.m., at Armagh Memorial Field, the league will present the awards for the 2019 season. If the ceremony is rained out it will take place on Wednesday.

The big story for the regular season was the outstanding play of Burnham, which captured its first league title in 19 years as it finished with an 18-4 record.

Also receiving recognition will be Beaver Springs, which was second with a 14-7 mark.

The Burnham team was managed by Mike Souders and was assisted by Dan Plank, Shawn Terry and Andy Westover.

The team consisted of Rylan Bailey, Landon Black, Garrett Davis, Reagan Ettinger, Kyle Hampton, Gavin Knode, Tye Plank, Daniel Ritter, Xavier Smith, Farrell Souders, Levi Terry and Jacob Yeager.

One of the league champion players, Rylan Bailey, won two of the three individual awards.

Bailey, a 15-year-old, was named the league’s Most Valuable Player and he also won the league’s batting title.

Bailey led the league with a .547 batting average going 35-for-64. He had 13 extra-base hits including five doubles, four triples, four home runs and 34 RBI’s.

On the mound, he made 11 appearances with a 5-2 record and two saves.

In 39 innings, he struck out 56 men, walked 34 and gave up 26 hits. He had a WHIP of 1.54.

This marks the 50th year for the batting title and he is just the third Burnham player to win the title in the last half century. The last Burnham player to win the batting award was Brett Leister in 1997. The only other Burnham player to accomplish that feat was Shawn Crosson in 1988.

Burnham has done much better in the MVP category winning eight with the last one coming in 2000 from Ryan Britt. The MVP award was started in 1973.

Named the league’s Outstanding Pitcher was Milroy’s Anson Wagner, also a 15-year-old.

Wagner had a 4-2 record for Milroy, which finished in seventh place with an 8-13 record.

Wagner pitched in 11 games and worked 42 2/3 innings. He struck out 82, walked 26 and gave up 35 hits. He only allowed 19 runs and had a WHIP of 1.43.

Three times, he had double digit strike outs with his best outing coming against McVeytown with a league high of 14 strike outs on May 1. Milroy jumped off to a 3-1 start and he had two of those wins in the early part of the season.

Wagner is just the fifth pitcher from Milroy to win the award since it was established in 1974. The last man to do it was Stephen Alexander in 2000.

The league named co-winners of the John Howe Sportsmanship award and they both were from McVeytown: Josh Bomberger, a 14-year-old, and Ben Fry, a 15-year-old.

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