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Beaver Springs tosses Opening Day no-hitter, wins first two games of 2021

BEAVER SPRINGS–The calendar might have turned to 2021 back in January, but Beaver Springs opened the new Mifflin County Babe Ruth season the way it ended in 2020.

The defending league champions won its first two games of the young season by a combined score of 24-1.

On Saturday, Beaver Springs tossed a no-hitter at Belltown (13-0) and on Sunday, beat Burnham 11-1 in six innings. The Springs has now won 18 games in a row, dating back to the 2019 season.

Beaver Springs used its bats to take control of the Burnham game. The Springs scored five runs in the first inning and wrapped up the game in the sixth with two runs making it a 10-run rule.

The big bat for the defending league champiosn was Caden Wolfley, who had three hits, including two triples. He also, scored three times.

Trevor Sheaffer had two hits, with one of them going for an inside the park home run in the first inning. The 15-year-old finished with three RBI’s.

Birch Harvey opened the sixth with a triple and later scored making it 10-1.

Beaver Springs used three pitchers with Garrett Leitzel working the first inning, follwed by Aidan Everly and Tucker Teats.

Burnham only had for hits and it was a double by Chase Leister, a rookie, that knocked in Burnham’s only run in the fourth inning. Tye Plank, Farrell Souders and Logan Alexander had the three other hits for Burnham.

Belleville 19, McVeytown 2

MCVEYTOWN–Belleville scored in every inning on its way to a 19-2 win over McVeytown. The game was over after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Belleville pounded out 11 hits with Brett Zook, Dreyson Yoder each getting three. Braden Peachey and Hayden Yoder each had two.

Landon Eichhorn, who was the winning pitcher, had Belleville’s only extra-base hit–a double. Eichhorn went four innings, struck out six, Tucker Gill had two hits for McVeytown including a double.

Eichhorn struck out six, walked two and gave up three hits.

Strodes Mills 12, Milroy 1

MILROY–Strodes Mills picked up its first win of the season with a 12-1 victory over Milroy. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Strodes scored nine runs in the fifth inning to put the game away. Aidan Arnold, Grady Hoppel. Joel Beamer and Brayden Hunter each had key hits in the inning. Hunter had a double.

Arnold got the win with four innings of work. Chris Moon closed out the game with a scoreless fifth.

Milroy finished with three hits, singles from Nick Gilespie and Riley Winkelblech and a double from Tyler Wolfley.

Lewistown 13, Belltown 3

LEWISTOWN – Lewistown’s Doug Weaver went four innings, as he nailed down the win for Lewistown in its first game of the season, as it beat Belltown, 13-3 in six innings.

Weaver went the first four and Deakon Scheaffer finished the game for Lewistown.

Ryan Hine had three hits for the winners, while Trevor Miles added two more for Lewistown. Hine had a triple and Max Yoder smashed a double.

Belltown was limited to five hits and Andrew Cherry had his team’s first extra-base hit of the year with a double.

Saturday’s games

Beaver Springs 13, Belltown 0

BELLTOWN – Benjamin Gearhart and Tucker Teats combined for a no-hitter on Opening Day against Belltown in an 11-0 win in five innings. The game was called due to the 10-run rule.

Gearhart went four innings, struck out eight and walked one. Teats finished the gem with a perfect fifth.

The Springs had 12 hits with Gearhart and Garrett Leitzel each getting three. Trevor Sheaffer and Aiden Everly added two each. All four of the Springs players smashed doubles.

Belltown’s only base runner was JohnPaul Pannizzo, who drew a walk in the fouth inning.

Reedsville 7, McVeytown 4

MILROY – In Reedsville’s first game back from not playing in 2020, it got past McVeytown to win 7-4.

The game was tied 3-3 after one inning, but Reedsville added single runs in the second and fourth and wrapped the game up with two runs in the sixth.

Aiden Reed was the winning pitcher as he went four innings. He struck out six, walked three and gave up five hits. Madden Weaver went the fifth and sixth and Bryson Bubb picked up the save with work in the seventh.

Reedsville finished with eight hits as Bubb and Reed each had two.

McVeytown also finished with eight hits as Tucker Gill and Hunter Bailey each had two.

It was Jeff Kanagy’s first win as manager in the Mifflin County league.

Burnham 6, Strodes Mills 4

BURNHAM – Gavin Knode picked up his first win of the year, as he went five innings for Burnham in a 6-4 victory over Strodes Mills.

Knode struck out nine, walked four and gave up two hits. Calen McKnight worked the last two innings and got the save.

Burnham finished with seven hits as McKnight had two. Fletcher Wilson and Knode each had doubles.

Strodes Mills’ two hits came from Grady Hoppel and Chase Moon. Moon had a double.

Belleville 13, Milroy 3

BELLEVILLE – Belleville’s Drayson Weaver singled a run home in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game against Milroy, 13-3, in five innings. The game was ended due to the 10-run rule.

Belleville jumped out in front early by scoring six times in the first inning. Hayden Yoder had the big hit in the inning, a run-producing triple. Jacob Ross singled home two runs in the first, helping Belleville to its six-run lead.

The Big Valley club finished with seven hits. Landon Eichhorn was the only multiple hitter for Belleville with two. Eichhorn and Dekker Pietsch each doubled.

Trace Brought picked up the win with three innings of work. He struck out three walked one and gave up three hits. Pietsch, a rookie, finished the game for Belleville.

Milroy finished with five hits as Riley Winkelblech had two of the five.

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