Strodes Mills ends Burnham win streak
LEWISTOWN — Something had to give. Burnham came into Thursday night’s game in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League with Strodes Mills on a seven-game winning streak.
On the other side of the field, Strodes had dropped three of its last four games. Both teams were going in different directions.
Strodes pulled out an 9-8 victory in a game that went eight innings. The game was tied 7-7 after seven innings.
Burnham took an 8-7 lead in the seventh on three walks, a hit batter and a base hit from Calin McKnight. The go-ahead run came home on a fielder’s choice from Logan Alexander.
Jesus Guerrero led off the eighth for Strodes with a double, but seemed like he might be stranded there as the next two batters made outs. Chris Moon kept the hopes alive with an RBI double. Moon then stole third and when Burnham had a throwing error, Moon scored the winning run.
Strodes Mills jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings. In the first, Dupree Reed singled and later scored on a wild pitch. Evan Strohecker had an RBI base hit in the second and Reed made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly.
Burnham tied the game with three in the third on four hits from Tye Plank, McKnight, Alexander and a double off the bat of Xavier Smith, Smith. McKnight and Alexander each had RBIs.
It looked like Strodes took control of the game in the bottom of the sixth as it scored four times. The only hit in the inning was an RBI single from Strohecker. Aidan Arnold had an RBI on a ground out and the other two runs came home on two Burnhan miscues.
But, Burnham fought back in the top of the seventh with four runs to tie the game. Chase Leister had a two-run single, while Fletcher Wilson added an RBI base hit. McKnight drove in a run when he was hit by pitch with the bases loaded.
Strodes’ Arnold finished the third and threw scoreless innings until the bottom of the sixth, but had to come out becaue he was out of innings due to the Babe Ruth rule of seven innings per week.
Strohecker, the Strodes’center fielder in the third inning, turned a double play with a catch and throw to first base.
Bunrham finished with 10 hits as Plank, McKnight and Alexander each had two. Strodes had seven hits with Strohecker and Moon each getting two.
Belleville 8, Milroy 5
BELLEVILLE –Belleville used three pitchers to hold down the Milroy bats and pull out an 8-5 victory.
Dekker Pielsch got the start and the win as he went three innings. Belleville led 4-2 after the third.
Brett Zook threw the next three and Hayden Yoder worked the seventh.
The trio held Milroy to five hits. Two of the hits for Milroy went for extra-bases, Riley Winkelblech smashed a triple and Cameron Guss had a double.
Belleville had 12 hits with four players getting two, Trace Brought, Braden Peachey, Dreyson Weaver and Zook. Both of Brought’s hits went for extra-bases, a double and a triple. Zook also had a double for Belleville.