Rally in sixth too much for Burnham
BELLEVILLE — With two out in the top of the sixth inning on Monday, Belleville manager Bill Corbin made a defensive move at second base. He put in Braden Peachey.
The score was tied with Burnham, 3-3, in a key Mifflin County Babe Ruth League game. The winner of the contest would move to 5-1 and would only be a game behind league leading Beaver Springs (6-0).
The move seemed so innocent.
But it wasn’t.
Peachey led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk. He moved to second on a wild pitch and eventually landed at third thanks to two more walks drawn by Jake Ross and Landen Eichhorn.
With the bases full, Peachey came home with the winning run on a wild pitch for a 4-3 Belleville victory.
Eichhorn was the winning pitcher for Belleville as he held the Burnham bats to just six hits. The 14-year-old had a no-hitter entering the fourth inning. He struck out seven and walked six.
Josh Bryson got the save for Belleville as he pitched the seventh and gave up a double to Xavier Smith with two outs. Smith got to third on a wild pitch, but stayed there as Bryson got the last batter to fly out to right field.
Belleville scored early as it pushed across two runs in the first on RBI singles from Trace Brought and Zach Snook.
Gavin Knode started for Burnham, but he was relived in the second by Logan Alexander. The 13-year-old held Belleville scoreless for three innings and only gave up one run in the fifth.
Again for Belleville it was the Brought-Snook combination that scored the run, making it 3-2. Brought walked, went to third when Alexander’s pick-off to first base went wild. Snook then drove Brought home with a single.
Eichhorn had a rough fifth inning as Burnham scored two runs on three hits and three walks. Ty Plank and Reagan Ettinger each had RBI singles. The inning could have been a lot worse for Belleville, but Bryson, the Belleville shortstop, recorded an unassisted double play.
Burnham tied the game (3-3) in the sixth as Knode, who picked up his second hit of the night, came home on a Myka Simmons triple.
Smith was Burnham’s only other multiple hitter with two. Smith also saw action on the mound. Calen Mcknight started the sixth, but after two batters, Smith was called on to finish the inning. He walked one and struck out three.
Beaver Springs 10, Belltown 0
BEAVER SPRINGS — Beaver Springs used a trio of pitchers to spin a no-hitter at Belltown, 10-0. The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Matthew Weimer picked up the win for the Springs with three innings of work. He struck out seven and walked one. Caden Wolfley pitched the fourth as he struck out three and walked one.
Jullian Krainak closed out the game with two strikeouts and no walks.
Parker Kearns drew both base on balls for Belltown.
Beaver Springs finished with 10 hits as Preston Arbogast went 3-for-4 with a triple. Griffen Paige also had a triple for the winners.
McVeytown 11, Milroy 0
Milroy — Tucker Gill had an outstanding night for McVeytown on the mound as he went five innings in an 11-0 win over Milroy. The game was called after six innings because of the 10-run rule.
Gill struck out six, walked only one and gave up two hits. A rookie, Clay Ammon, closed out the game for McVeytown with a scoreless sixth.
McVeytown wrapped up the game with six runs in the sixth. McVeytown finished with six hits and Isaac Wilson had two including a double.
Milroy’s two hits came from Cole Chilson and Ryan Kanagy. Both hits were singles. The win moved McVeytown into a tie with Burnham (4-2).