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Belleville takes win in extras

BURNHAM — Belleville scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning and then held on to beat Burnham, 10-8, in a key game in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League Tuesday night.

Belleville now has a 9-2 record and is two games out of first place, which is held by Beaver Springs (11-0).

The Springs looks for its first league title today at 6 p.m. as it hosts Belleville.

Burnham, which won the league in 2019, had a rough 72 hours. On Sunday, it had to forfeit a key match up to McVeytown because of a pitcher going over the limit of innings pitched per week.

Then on Monday, Belleville and Burnham played to a 7-7 tie in eight innings before the game was halted for darkness and had to be continued on Tuesday.

Belleville got on the board right away on Tuesday as Hayden Yoder led off with a single. Landen Eichhorn bunted him to second, but reached first himself as Burnham misplayed the ball.

Yoder advanced to third on the play and Eichhorn got to second on a stolen base. Bradon Peachey then grounded out to shortstop and Yoder scored.

Josh Bryson walked and stole second putting Belleville runners on second and third. Eichhorn came home on a ground ball by Trace Brought. Zach Snook then made it 10-7 with an RBI single that scored Bryson.

Burnham tried to come back in the ninth and got a lot of help from Belleville. The Big Valley club made four errors in the inning and Farrell Souders scored on one of them. With runners on first and second and one out, Caden Bell, the new Belleville pitcher, got the next two batters to pop up to second and ground out back to himself on the mound.

Bell pitched the ninth for Belleville to secure the win, earning a save. Josh Bryson threw shutout ball for Belleville from the sixth through the eighth on Monday, earning the win.

Burnham’s Garrett Davis did the same for his team on Monday. With two men on and no outs in the sixth, Davis struck out the side. Davis threw two more scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth, but had a tough time of it on Tuesday in the ninth. The only runner Belleville had after Davis came in on Monday was a hit batter in the seventh.

Belleville went ahead in the fifth, 7-5, as Brought walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and went to third on a ground ball. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Brock Bryson.

Burnham tied the game 7-7, in the bottom of the fifth. Souders walked and Reagan Ettinger reached on a single. Xavier Smith followed by getting on with a fielder’s choice as Ettinger was out at second base.

Calin McKnight then doubled Souders and Smith home to tie the game (7-7).

Burnham finished with 11 hits. Ettinger and McKnight each had three. Gavin Knode was the only other multiple hitter for Burnham with two. Davis had an RBI triple in the third inning.

Belleville had nine hits and the only multiple hitter was Josh Bryson, who had two. Bryson tripled in the first inning and drove in Belleville’s first run.

With the loss Burnham fell to 7-5 and is in fourth place.

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