McVeytown uses insurance runs to finish in second place
MCVEYTOWN — In a battle for second place in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League, McVeytown got the best of Belleville, 7-1, Thursday night.
McVeytown is now 10-3, while Belleville fell to 9-4. Both teams have one game remaining, but McVeytown has the tiebreaker for second as it beat Belleville twice during the regular season.
In fact, McVeytown has now won five in a row and nine of its last 10 games..
Isaac Wilson pitched a complete game on Thursday. The 15-year-old only gave up two hits, struck out eight and walked two.
Belleville scored its lone run in the third inning. With one out, Brett Zook walked and moved up to second on a throwing error from the outfield. Zook scored on a base hit by Hayden Yoder. One of the big plays in the inning was the McVeytown center fielder, Logan Parks, throwing out a runner out at home plate.
Belleville’s only other hit came from Zach Snook, who had a two-out single in the fourth.
McVeytown led, 4-1, going into the sixth inning, but it put the game away with three runs.
Tucker Gill led off by getting a base hit that fell right behind third base. Borody Rishel bunted for a single. Jaron Yoder then laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced the runners to second and third.
Clayton Ammon had an infield single that scored Gill and Parks followed with another infield base hit that brought home Rishel.
Wilson was hit by a pitch and then Josh Bomberger hit a sacrifice fly to left field that scored McVeytown’s seventh run.
Bomberger was McVeytown’s only multiple hitter with two.
Wilson started a double play from the mound on a ground ball to end the fifth inning.
Belleville did have one highlight in the field as Bomberger had a single to right field in the fifth inning that scored a run, but when he tried to stretch it into double, he was thrown out by Trace Brought, the Belleville catcher who got the ball from the outfield and made a perfect throw to second.
Beaver Springs 17, Strodes Mills 2
BEAVER SPRINGS — Beaver Springs used five different pitchers in beating Strodes Mills, 17-2. The game ended after five innings due the 10-run rule.
The league champs (13-0) jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back as it won its 13th straight game this year.
Matthew Weimer got the start and the win. The Springs also used Easton Erb, Cole Keister, Aidan Everley and Julian Krainak. Krainak pitched the fifth and had three strike outs.
Beaver Springs finished with 10 hits. Weimer, Trevor Sheaffer and Erb each had two. Cole Shutt had the winner’s only extra-base hit, a double.
Strodes Mills only had one hit, a single from rookie Grady Hoppel.
Burnham 16, Milroy 2
MILROY — Burnham scored all of its runs in four innings as it coasted to a 16-2 win over Milroy. The game only went five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Ty Plank pitched the last three innings and got the win as he threw three shutout innings. He gave up no hits, walked two and struck out three.
Milroy only had three hits, all singles, from Ryan Kanagy, Tucker Crum and Brayden Sunderland.
Burnham, which wrapped up the regular season on a two-game winning streak, picked up eight hits. Farrell Souders and Calin McKnight each had two hits. McKnight and Xavier Smith each had doubles.
Lewistown 15, Belltown 5
LEWISTOWN — Lewistown pounded out 12 hits as it beat Belltown, 15-5, in five innings as the game was halted for the 10-run rule.
Aaden Earnest led the Lewistown team with three hits including the last one in the bottom of the fifth inning that drove in the run that ended the game.
Ryan Hine, Doug Weaver and Deakon Schaeffer each had hits for Lewistown. Schaeffer had a double and he also scored Lewistown’s first run of the game by stealing home.
Belltown finished with five hits. Max Weader had a double, while Parker Kearns, Andrew Cherry, Evan Hosterman and Derek Cavanaugh each had singles.