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Late rally in opener propels Burnham

BURNHAM — There were plenty of veterans playing on Wednesday night in the season-opener between Burnham and McVeytown in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth league. Only two 13-year-olds played in the game, but it was a rookie that stole the show.

Burnham’s Calin McKnight had three hits and he came in to pitch in the fourth inning with his team trailing, 7-1, and turned out to be the winning pitcher. Burnham pulled out the win with a 10-7 victory on opening night.

McKnight held McVeytown to no runs and didn’t give up a hit in three and two third innings of work.

The rookie hurler came into the game in the fourth with two McVeytown runners on and only one out and proceeded to keep the visitors off the board the rest of the game. Logan Stimely hit a ground ball to the shortstop for the second out of the inning that scored a run, but that was the end of the line for McVeytown.

McKnight walked three and struck out three. Xavier Smith, the Burnham shortstop, helped McKnight out with a leaping catch off the bat of Jaron Yoder in the seventh that aided Burnham to preserve the come from behind win.

The game was tied at seven going into sixth, but the defending league champions scored three times to put the game away.

The big hits for Burnham came from Farrell Souders, an RBI triple; Garrett Davis, an RBI single and Smith and RBI double.

Davis started for Burnham and only gave up four hits. The big smash for McVeytown came from Kaden Mitchell, who had an RBI double in the first inning. The other hits were all singles from Brody Rishel, Isaac Wilson and Danon Beaston.

McKnight led the Burnham hitting parade with three, including two triples. He smashed the triple in the fourth and later scored on a wild pitch making it 7-2, McVeytown. Then in the fifth when Burnham tied the game, the rookie smashed another triple scoring two more runs.

Burnham finished with 10 hits.

Strodes Mills 13, Belltown 8

LEWISTOWN – Strodes Mills scored in every inning except the second as it beat Belltown, 13-8 on opening night.

Strodes Mills finished with 10 hits as Chris Moon and Dupree Reed each had two. Cason Kepner had Strodes’ only extra-base hit with a double,

Aiden Arnold, a 13-year-old, nailed down the victory for Strodes with five strong innings of work. He gave up seven hits, struck out six and walked only one.

Belltown finished with nine hits. Andrew Cherry and Evan Hosterman each had two hits. Cherry, John Paul Pannizzo and JoJo Sechler had extra-base hits for Belltown. Pannizzo and Sechler each had triples and Cherry had a double.

Evan Hosterman also had two hits for Belltown.

It was Jason Hunter’s first win as the Strodes Mills manager.

Beaver Springs 11, Lewistown 0

BEAVER SPRINGS –Beaver Springs got strong pitching performances out of Matthew Weimer and Easton Erb as the two combined for a shutout of Lewistown, 11-0. The game ended after six innings due to the 10-run rule.

Weimer pitched into the fifth inning as he allowed two hits, walked one and struck out four. Erb finished the game with three strikeouts, one walk and one hit.

The Springs finished with 10 hits as Caden Wolfley, Jullian Krainak and Birch Harvey each had two. Krainak had Beaver Springs’ only extra- base hit with a double.

Lewistown’s Jayden King was the only multiple hitter for his team with two.

For Beaver Springs’ manager, Mike Wolfley, it was his first win as a Babe Ruth manager.

Belleville 16, Milroy 2

MILROY — Belleville got off to good start in the 2020 season with a 16-2 win over Milroy.

Josh Bryson was the star on the mound as he went five innings, struck out 10, walked two and gave up just four hits.

Ryan Kanagy was the lone multiple hitter for Milroy as he had three hits including a double.

The Big Valley club pounded out 17 hits with Bryson leading the way with three and a double. Zach Snook also had a big day with the bat, collecting three hits.

Trace Brought and Hayden Yoder each had two hits for Belleville. Noah Sharp added a double for Belleville.

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