Beaver Springs remains unbeaten

LEWISTOWN–On the evening of June 17, 1996, Strodes Mills beat Burnham 5-3 to end Burnham’s 26-game winning streak–the fourth longest in Mifflin County Babe Ruth League history.

Strodes Mills almost played spoiler again.

In an ironic twist of fate, Strodes Mills was playing Beaver Springs on Friday, with the Springs not losing a game since 2019. On Friday, the streak was at 25.

Strodes just missed pulling off the stunning victory, losing by a run, 5-4. It was the closest game Beaver Springs has had this season.

The Springs (10-0) jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on four hits. Aidan Everly, Ben Gearhart, Birch Harvey and Dylan Miller each had singles. Miller’s base hit knocked in two runs, while Cole Keister walked with the bases loaded.

Strodes Mills came right back with two in the bottom of the first. Aidan Arnold scored on a wild pitch and Joel Beamer walked with the bases full.

The game was tied, 3-3, after three innings. In the third, Grady Hoppel singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild bunt by Beamer and scored on a wild pitch.

Beaver Springs went a head, 4-3 in the fifth thanks to an RBI double from Garrett Leitzel that went down the into the right field corner.

In the seventh, Trevor Sheaffer scored what turned out be the winning run. He got hit by a pitch, stole second, moved to third on a long fly out from Gearhart and came home on a wild pitch.

Dupree Reed singled to open the seventh for Strodes. He stole second and third and scored when Hoppel reached on an error. Hoppel made it to third, but was stranded as Leitzel got a strike out to end the game.

Strodes finished with five hits and Hoppel had two of the five. Beaver Springs used three pitcheres with Cole Keister pitching the second through fifth and getting the win. Leitzel got the save with his work in the sixth and seventh.

Chris Moon went the distance for Strodes. He gave up five hits, struck out five and walked three.

In the second iinning, the Springs leftfielder, Trevor Sheaffer, made an outstanding catch of a foul ball up against the fence.

Lewistown 9, Belleville 4

BELLEVILLE–Lewistown snapped a three-game losing streak by going into Big Valley and beating Belleville 9-4.

Lewistown scored seven runs in the fitth inning to go ahead 9-1. The winners had five hits in the inning, all singles, along with three walks and two Belleville errors.

Jaylen Bowersox had two hits in the fifth and Trevor Miles, Doug Weaver and Jayden King also contributed to the rally with singles.

Chase Hartung, a rookie, was the winning pitcher, as he threw the first four innings. He struck out three, walked one and gave up four hits. Ryan Hine closed out the win for Lewistown.

The winners had seven hits with Deakon Schaeffer and Bowersox each getting two.

Belleville also had seven hits with three players getting two, each, Trace Brought, Dreyson Weaver and Brett Zook.

Lewistown finished with three double plays with Schaeffer, the Lewistown shortstop, playing a big part in two of them.

Burnham 15, Belltown 12

BURNHAM–Burnham won its sixth game in a row downing Belltown, 15-12.

Xavier Smith picked up the win by pitching the middle three innings. He gave up one run, struck out four, walked five and gave up one hit.

Burnham used three other pitchers; Logan Alexander, Gavin Knode and Preston Ettinger, who got the save.

In the fourth, Burnham scored 10 runs to go ahead, 12-7. Bunrham had five walks, a hit batter, a single from Tye Plank and the big hit, a two run double from Farrell Souders.

Plank and Chase Leister each had two hits and Plank added a double to the Burnham cause.

Belltown, which led 6-2 after two innings, finished with 10 hits, Caden Brumbaugh and Evan Hosterman each had two singles.

Belltown made the game close by scoring five runs over the last two innings.

Reedsville 11, Milroy 1 (Game One)

MILROY–Reedsville used a rookie pitcher, Austin McKnight, who tossed a one-hitter at Milroy in an 11-1 win. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

McKnight walked only one and struck out five. Milroy’s only hit came from Cameron Guss, who broke up the no-hitter with a single in the fifth.

Reedsville finished with 10 hits. Aiden Reed led the Reedsville bats with three hits including a double. Derek Swanger also was a multiple hitter for Reedsville with two.

Reedsville 9, Milroy 4 (Game Two)

MILROY–Reedsville had to score five runs in the top of the sixth inning to clinch a 9-5 win over Milroy in the second game of the double header.

The big hit in the sixth for Reedsville came from a first year player, Madden Weaver, who had a two-run triple.

Reedsville finished with 11 hits. Aiden Reed and Ryan Kanagy each had two, while Bryson Bubb had three. Reed and Bubb each had doubles, while Kanagy smashed a triple.

Milroy and Reedsville were tied after five innings, 4-4, but the sixth did Milroy in.

Milroy had three hits with Nick Gilespie getting a double, while Hunter Marks and Riley Winkelblech each had singles.

It was the first doubleheader sweep for Reedsville since June 6, 2019 against Beaver Springs.


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