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Eichhorn delivers in Belleville’s win over Lewistown, 4-3

BELLEVILLE–It’s still early in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth season, but Thursday’s game between Lewistown and Belleville was a key match-up for both teams. Belleville pulled out the 4-3 win behind the pitching of Landen Eichhorn.

Eichhorn tossed a complete game as he allowed three first-inning runs and then blanked Lewistown for the rest of the game.

The 15-year-old struck out 12, walked two and gave up five hits.

Lewistown’s Ryan Hine kept pace with Eichhorn for five innings. He struck out five, walked five and gave up three hits.

Belleville, now 3-0 and in first place, scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth. Eichhorn led off the inning with a double that landed just got over the infield and landed on the outfield grass. Eichhorn then used his speed and turned the single into a double when no one for Lewistown was covering second.

Eichhorn moved to third on a passed ball and scored Belleville’s fourth run as Trace Brought hit a grounder to first base.

Lewistown got off to a fast start as Deakon Schaeffer led off with triple. Trevor Miles singled Schaeffer home and when Hine smashed a ball to left field that the Belleville left fielder misplayed, it was 2-0. Hine then scored on a base hit from Doug Weaver.

Eichhorn played a role in three of the four Belleville runs. In the first, he walked and scored when Brought’s base hit to left field turned into an error that allowed Eichhorn to score.

In the fourth, Eichhorn walked and came home on a Brought triple. Braden Peachey walked and when he stole second, Brought raced home on a double steal.

Eichhorn and Brought each had two hits. Brett Zook had Belleville’s other hit–a single in the sixth.

Jaylen Bowersox picked up a base hit in the fourth for Lewistown, whose last hit came in the seventh as Bo Reeder led off with a base hit. A pinch runner was sent into run, but he was picked off to end any hopes for a Lewistown rally.

Belltown 11, Burnham 3

BURNHAM – Belltown scored eight times in the first three innings as it crusied to its first win of the season by beating Burnham, 11-3. The game was called after six innings due to darkness.

Evan Hosterman picked up the win for Belltown as he threw five strong innings. He struck out four, walked six and gave up four hits. JohnPaul Pannizzo threw a scoreless sixth.

Belltown had eight hits with Parker Kearns, Logan Ruth and Cole Zellers each getting two.

Ruth, a rookie, smashed two doubles, and Kearns had a two run triple in the third. Belltown scored five times in the third as it led 9-1 after three innings.

Burnham finished with five hits as Preston Ettinger had a double in the fourth.

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