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Belleville defeats Reedsville in early-season rivalry clash

BELLEVILLE–The two oldest rivals in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League, Belleville and Reedsville, faced off on Wednesday night.

Through the years the teams have locked up in some classic pennant races; 1970, 1971, 1972, 1978, 1992, 1993, 2001 and 2014.

Wednesday’s game was not for a league title, but it was for first place. Reedsville and Beaver Springs were tied for first with 2-0 records, while Belleville was close behind with a 3-1 mark.

Belleville pulled out the win by an 8-5 score and now sits in second place.

The Big Valley club was led on the mound by Landen Eichhorn. He pitched a complete game giving up seven hits, walking three and striking out 11.

Reedsville opened the game by striking first, scoring two runs. Bryson Bubb had the only hit in the inning as Belleville committed a two-run error.

But, in the bottom of the first, Reedsville gave back the lead as it committed four errors, letting Belleville take a 4-2 lead.

Belleville then pulled ahead with one run in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings each. Dekker Pietsch, a rookie, had two hits and two RBI’s, including a double in the third. Belleville’s other multiple hitter was Braden Peachey, with two.

Reedsville scored twice in the seventh cutting the Belleville margin to three. Bubb, who finished with three hits, had an RBI single. Aiden Reed and Jake Bowman each had two hits for Reedsville. Bowman had a double in the first.

Belleville made a key defensive play in the fifth. With two outs, Reed ripped a single to right field. When the ball was misplayed, Bubb took off towards third and when the ball was overthrown, it looked like Reed was going to score. But, Eichhorn was backing up the play at third and tossed Bubb out at home plate.

Belltown 18 McVeytown 8

BELLTOWN–After a rough start (0-2), Belltown has started to make some headway in the standings.

It knocked off Burnham, 11-2, before losing to Reedsville, 6-4. Belltown made it two out of the last three with an 18-8 win over McVeytown. The game was over after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Cole Zellers picked up the win for Belltown with three innings of work. He struck out two, gave up seven hits and walked no one. Logan Ruth, a rookie, finished the game for the winners with two innings of shutout ball. He struck out five, gave up one hit and walked one.

Belltown’s offense came up with 10 hits as Parker Kearns had three hits including a double. Reese Christine also had two hits with one of his going for two bases. Ruth also chipped in with two hits.

McVeytown finished with eight hits, as Tucker Gill and Mason Krepps each had two. Hunter Bailey led off the game with a double.

Lewistown 8, Burnham 7

BURNHAM–All the scoring of the Lewistown-Burnham game occured in the first three innings.

Lewistown scored a run in the first, two in the second and five in the third. Burnham came up with four in the first, two in the second and just one in the third.

Lewistown’s Doug Weaver was the winning pitcher, going five innnings, gave up three hits, walked four and struck out four. Chase Hartung, a rookie, got the save with two scoreless innings.

Three Lewistown players had multiple hits; Deakon Schaeffer, Jayden King and Ryan Hine. Schaeffer and King each had doubles.

Burnham had three singles from Farrell Souders, Gavin Knode and Jayden Smith.

Strodes Mills 18, Milroy 6

MILROY–The Strodes Mills’ offense pounded out 13 hits as it downed Milroy, 18-6. The game was over after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Evan Strochecker, Chris Moon and Grady Hoppel each had two hits for Strodes Mills. Moon and Cristian Guerrero each had doubles for the winners.

Hoppel went four innings and got the victory, striking out four, walking four and giving up six hits. Joel Beamer closed out the game for Strodes Mills.

Milroy had eight hits, as Riley Winkelblech and Hayden Feltenberger each had two.

*Of note* All four of the winning teams on Wednesday had the number eight in their final score.

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