Belltown rallies, wins 10-9 thriller
BELLTOWN — On Monday night, Belltown came from behind late in the game to edge McVeytown, 10-9.
Tuesday, it looked like the baseball cleats were on the other foot. Belleville scored two runs in the top of the 7th to take a 6-5 lead, but the baseball gods were looking down favorably on Belltown as it scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Belleville,7-6.
Belltown now has won six of its last seven games, while Belleville now has only won once in its last five games. Belltown and Reedsville are now tied for second place with 9-5 records. Beaver Springs is in first with a 9-0 record.
The heroes for Belltown in the seventh were Cole Zellers, Max Weader and Parker Kearns.
Zellers led off the seventh by getting hit by a pitch. He advanced to second on a stolen base. Max Weader singled to left field putting Zellers at third base. Kearns then hit a ball to third and a throwing error scored Zellers. Weader raced home on the same play and when the throw from the Belleville first baseman was high, Weader scored the winning run.
JohnPaul Pannizzo was the wining pitcher for Belltown. He went the distance giving up eight hits. He struck out six and walked four.
Belleville scored twice in the seventh as Trace Brought and Brett Zook each had hits. Belltown committed two errors and issued a walk.
Belltown scored four times in the first inning. Pannizzo, Evan Hosterman, Aidan Attivo and Kearns each had hits. Kearns led off with a double. Belleville committed two errors and had a wild pitch.
Kearns and Hosterman each had two hits for Belltown. Hosterman had a double in the third as Belltown went a head, 6-1.
Landen Eichhorn had three of the eight hits for Belleville including a lead-off double to open the game. Dekker Pietsch also was a multiple hittter for Belleville with two.
Strodes Mills 12, McVeytown 4
MCVEYTOWN — Strodes Mills’ Evan Strohecker, a rookie, had a big day against McVeytown.
Strohecker batted and pitched Strodes to a 12-4 win. Strohecker pitched into the fifth inning. He struck out two, walked six and gave up five hits. Aidan Arnold closed for Strodes and he didn’t give up a run or a hit.
Strohecker led the Strodes Mills offense with four hits. Two of those were doubles. Dupree Reed had three hits including a triple. Arnold also had an extra-base hit, a double.
McVeytown’s Nazae Traxler smashed two doubles and Clay Ammon also had a two-base hit. Zack Diehl and Jack Porch rounded out the McVeytown offense with singles.
Burnham 17, Milroy 2
BURNHAM –Burnham’s Calin McKnight hit a grand slam in the third inning helping Burnham to a 17-2 win over Milroy. The game ended after five innings duo to the 10 run rule.
The win was Burnham’s fourth in a row, which is its longest winning streak of the year.
McKnight was not the only Burnham player to go yard as Xavier Smith hit a two-run blast in the second inning.
Gavin Knode, Preston Ettinger, Smith and McKnight each had two hits. Tye Plank also chipped in with a double for Burnham.
Chase Leister, a rookie, gained the victory as he went four innings. He gave up five hits, walked three and struck out two. Smith pitched a scoreless fifth.
Milroy had a one multiple hitter, Riley Winkelblech, who had two hits. Alex Saylor had Milroy’s only extra-base hit a double.
Reedsville 7, Lewistown 3
MILROY — Reedsville’s Bryson Bubb pitched five strong innings and got help late in the game from rookie Madden Weaver as Reedsville beat Lewistown, 7-3.
Bubb struck out seven, gave up eight hits and walked only two. He pitched four scoreless innings before giving up three runs in the fifth. Weaver only gave up two hits and no runs in his two innings of relief.
Lewistown finished with 10 hits as three players each had two– Deakon Schaeffer, Doug Weaver and Jeremiah Partchey. Schaeffer had Lewistown’s only extra-base hit, a triple.
Reedsville had six hits as Ryan Kanagy had two doubles and Bubb also was a multiple hitter with two.