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Burnham into fourth with 4-3 victory

BELLEVILLE–Burnham moved into fourth place with a 4-3 win over Belleville Wednesday night in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League.

The win for Burnham was its seventh in a row as the two teams were tied for fourth going into the game. Each team had 10-7 records.

Burnham, which was the home team in Belleville, scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. It marked the second time that Burnham has won a game in the bottom of the seventh in Belleville. The last win occured on May 31 and it was that 9-8 win that sparked Burnham en route to its seven-game winning streak.

Belleville opened the game with a run in the first inning. Hayden Yoder reached on a fielder’schoice, moved up to second on a stolen base, went to third on a ground out and scored on a passed ball.

Burnham tied the game in the fourth as Calin McKnight reached on an infield single, stole second and scored on a base hit from Chase Leister.

It looked like Belleville was going to pull out the win as it scored two runs in the top of the sixth. With one out, Brett Zook was hit by a pitch and Trace Brought advanced him to third on a double. Zook scored on a wild pitch and then Braden Peachey picked up his third hit of the day and drove home Brought.

But, in the bottom of the sixth, Burnham battled right back with two runs to tie the game. McKnight led off with an infield single. With one out, Leister and Logan Alexander drew walks to load the bases.

Cameron Moore was sent into pinch run for Leister. Fletcher Wilson, a pinch hitter, hit into a fielder’s choice scoring McKnight and when Belleville had a throwing error, Moore scored.

The winning rally for Burnham came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Xavier Smith doubled and McKnight was walked intentionally.

Gavin Knode was the hero of the day with a base hit to win the game.

Burnham finished with nine hits, with McKnight and Farrell Souders each getting two.

Belleville had six hits, as Peachey had half of them and Landen Eichhorn finished with two.

Plank went the first five for Burnham. He struck out six and walked one. Knode closed for Burnham and got the win.

Lewistown 15, Milroy 5

LEWISTOWN–Lewistown became the fifth team in the league to reach to the 10-win mark as it beat Milroy, 15-5. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Lewistown is now 10-5 and is in third place, one game behind second place Reedsville (12-5).

Doug Weaver picked up the win with four innings of work. He struck out three, gave up five hits and walked four. Jaylen Bowersox pitched the fifth and had two strikeouts.

Lewistown finished with nine hits. Jayden King was the only multiple hitter for the winners with two. Ryan Hine and Deakon Schaeffer each had doubles.

Milroy led 5-3 going into the bottom of the third when Lewistown scored 13 runs on six hits, five walks, two hit batters and an error.

Milroy had five hits with Riley Winkelblech and Cameron Guss each getting two.

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