Springs improves to 4-0 with win
BELLEVILLE — The Beaver Springs’ pitching staff had only allowed four runs in the first three Mifflin County Babe Ruth games this year.
On Wednesday, it was no different. The Springs shutout Belleville, 4-0, to remain undefeated (4-0) and in sole possession of first place.
Belleville was 3-0 going into the game on Wednesday. After a two-game road swing, the Springs will now go home for two games. Today it will meet Milroy at 6 p.m. and on Monday it hosts Belltown.
For the second-straight game, Beaver Springs used three pitchers. Matthew Weimer started and went two innings. Caden Wolfley pitched the third and Griffen Paige picked up the win, pitching the last four innings.
The game was scoreless until the fifth inning. Nate Chambers led off with a single. One out later, Trevor Sheaffer singled up the middle. Chambers moved to third, but when Sheaffer tried to go to second, he was gunned out by the Belleville center fielder, Hayden Yoder.
Then things started to fall apart for Belleville. Wolfley reached first on an error that scored Chambers. Preston Arbogast smashed a triple that brought Wolfley home. Paige then doubled Arbogast home for a 3-0 lead.
Beaver Springs added another run in the seventh as Arbogast reached on an error and when the ball went beyond the Belleville first baseman and rolled down the right field line and stayed in play allowing Arbogast to round the bases for an insurance run.
Josh Bryson, the Belleville pitcher, went six strong innings. He gave up seven hits, struck out six and walked one. Landen Eichhorn finished the seventh for Belleville.
Paige struck out six in his four innings. He gave up three hits and one walk. Wolfley gave one hit and had two strikeouts. Weimer had a perfect two innings to start the game with one strikeout.
Belleville left seven men on base and twice had runners on third base, but couldn’t score.
Paige had three hits for Beaver Springs and Arbogast added a triple and a double.
Belleville’s four hits came from Eichhorn–a double in third–and singles from Bryson, Zach Snook and Noah Sharp.
Burnham 14, Belltown 0
BURNHAM — Burnham’s Gavin Knode tossed a one-hitter at Belltown as his team won 14-0. The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Knode threw a complete-game as he struck out 10 batters, walked one and gave up just one hit.
Burnham backed Knode with seven hits. Reagan Ettinger was Burnham’s only multiple hitter with two. Ettinger smashed a triple and Xavier Smith added a double for Burnham.
Belltown’s only hit came from Cole Zellers, a single in the second inning.
McVeytown 11, Strodes Mills 0
MCVEYTOWN — McVeytown scored eight runs in the first inning and never looked back as it downed Strodes Mills, 11-0. The game was over after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Jaron Yoder benefitted from the big offensive night for McVeytown.
Yoder pitched a complete game as he struck out eight, walked one and gave up one hit, a double off the bat of rookie Grady Hoppel in the third inning.
McVeytown pounded out 10 hits with Josh Bomberger, Danon Beaston and Yoder each getting two. Bomberger and Logan Parks each had triples.
Lewistown 21, Milroy 14
LEWISTOWN — Lewistown only led Milroy by two runs at the end of the second inning, 12-10.
But, then things got worse for Lewistown as Milroy scored one in the third and three in the fourth for a 14-12 lead after four.
Lewistown, however, exploded for nine runs in the fifth inning and ran away with the game, 21-14.
Ryan Hine was the star for Lewistown as he picked up the win. Hine put a stop to the Milroy bats. Hine went the last four innings, struck out six, walked four and gave up four hits.
Doug Weaver had three hits for Lewistown, which won its first game of the year. Deakon Schaeffer had two hits including a bases-clearing double.
Hine finished with two hits and Aaden Earnest also had two hits with one of them going for two bases. Lewistown had 12 hits.
Milroy also finished with 12 hits with rookie Brayden Sunderland getting three with one going for extra bases.
Cole Chilson, Ryan Kanagy, Derek Swanger, and Tucker Crum each had two hits for Milroy.