Pitching powers Springs to victory
MCVEYTOWN — Beaver Springs has a two-game road swing this week against some of the top teams in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League.
Consider the first stop a success. On Monday night, Beaver Springs remained undefeated (3-0) with a 5-1 win over McVeytown.
On Wednesday, the Springs will go into Belleville (3-0) to play the league’s only other undefeated team. Belleville defeated Strodes Mills, 9-6, on Monday night.
Beaver Springs used three pitchers to stop McVeytown — Jullian Krainak, Caden Wolfley and Preston Arbogast. Krainak picked up the win as he went the first three innings. Krainak gave up no runs on two hits, struck out three batters and walked two.
Wolfley pitched the middle innings and struck out six and walked three. Arbogast closed out the win with two innings of work. He gave up one run on one hit. He struck out five and didn’t surrender a walk.
Arbogast’s second pitch to Kaden Mitchell landed in the McVeytown Little League field for a solo home run. Mitchell had two of the three McVeytown hits.
Mitchell singled in the second ahead of a base hit from Logan Stimely. McVeytown had two runners on second and third and before the inning was over, had the bases were loaded. Krainak worked out of the jam with a fly ball to center field, a pop-up to the shortstop and a strikeout.
With two out in the second, the Springs scored its first run of the night. Matthew Weimer, who finished with three hits, singled and scored on a Birch Harvey double.
Beaver Springs broke the game wide open in the fourth, scoring four times.
Weimer opened with a single and stole second. It looked like he was going to be stranded there as McVeytown got the next two outs, before Trevor Sheaffer reached on an error and Wolfley, a 14-year-old, made it 4-0 with a three-run homer to right field.
Right after the home run, Arbogast was hit by a pitch and came around when Griffin Paige singled him home.
McVeytown did retire the last seven men including an unassisted double play from Josh Bomberger at shortstop.
Belleville 9, Strodes Mills 6
BELLEVILLE — Belleville scored three times in the third inning on Monday night to take the lead and went on to beat Strodes Mills, 9-6.
Zach Snook got the win for Belleville as he went three innings and left with the lead. The 15-year-old gave up three hits, walked two and struck out one. Caden Bell finished for Belleville, striking out four and walking three. Bell allowed seven hits.
Strodes Mills out-hit Belleville, 9-6, with three players getting multiple hits. Carson Kepner had three, while Owen Atherton and Colin Fisher each had two. Atherton smashed a triple.
Belleville had two players with multiple hits. Landen Eichhorn, the 14-year-old, smashed two triples to lead off the third and fifth innings. Hayden Yoder chipped in with two hits.
Burnham 19, Lewistown 5
LEWISTOWN — Burnham scored 16 runs over the last three innings to pull away from Lewistown, 19-5.
The score was tied 3-3 after four innings, but the defending league champions scored eight times in the fifth and added eight more in the seventh.
Calin McKnight, the rookie, got the win in relief. He went four innings, struck out eight, walked three and gave up no hits. Garrett Davis started and Xavier Smith closed out the win for Burnham.
Burnham finished with 13 hits. Farrell Souders and Smith each had three, while Ty Plank, Reagan Ettinger and Davis each had two. Souders had Burnham’s only extra-base hit, a double.
Lewistown finished with four hits. Ryan Hine had two, while Deakon Schaeffer and Trevor Miles each had one.
Milroy 7, Belltown 6
MILROY — Milroy scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge Belltown, 7-6.
Cole Chilson picked up the win in relief as he went the final four and two third innings. He struck out seven,walked two and gave up no hits.
Belltown finished with only one hit, a a two-run triple by John Paul Pannizzo in the second inning helping Belltown to a 3-1 lead.
Milroy had five hits with Ryan Kanagy getting two, a double in the first and a triple in second. He finished with four RBI’s. Tucker Crum had the winning RBI for Milroy in the bottom of the sixth.
Pannizzo had eight strikeouts for Belltown on the mound.