Burnham snaps slide
BURHAM — Burnham snapped a four-game losing streak and in process broke the hearts of Lewistown, 3-2, in a game that the defending Mifflin County Babe Ruth Legue champions needed to keep in contetion for the 2022 title.
Burnham (2-4) got a strong pitching performance from Chase Leister as the 14-year-old threw a complete game, four hitter. The game was called after five and half innings due to darkness.
Lewistown (3-3) didn’t score until the top of the sixth. With one out, Jeremiah Partchey doubled and later scored when Max Yoder reached on an error. Zane Gramley closed the gap with a base hit to right field and when the ball got by the Burnham right fielder, Yoder scored.
Burnham picked up a run in the first inning as Jayden Smith led off with a single and scored on a base hit from Leister.
In the fourth, Burnham made it 2-0 as Landon Haigh singled, stole second and came home on a what looked like a Fletcher Wilson double. But, Wilson was later ruled out for missing first base as he got the RBI, but no hit.
Burnham scored what turned out to be the winning run in the bttom of the fifth on two base hits and an error. Leister and Preston Ettinger singled and Leister later scored what turned out be the winning run on a Lewistown throwing error.
Lewistown’s Trevor Miles made a diving catch in center field to end the fourth inning. Smith hit the ball as it looked like it was headed for a base hit.
Leister was the only multiple hitter in the game with two.
The game was stopped three times for rain.
Belleville 11, Strodes Mills 10
LEWISTOWN — Belleville scored a run in the top of the seventh inning to edge Strodes Mills, 11-10.
The win moved Belleville into fouth place with a 4-2 record.
Hayden Yoder picked up the win for the Big Valley club with two innings of work in relief of Jacob Ross, who worked the first five.
Belleville scored the winning run in the seventh as Braden Peachey was hit by a pitch and came home on a double down the left field line by Ross.
The winners finished with 11 hits as Noah Sharp led the way with four. Sharp had two doubles, while Ross had three hits. Elijah Kanagy also had two hits for Belleville.
Strodes Mills picked up eight hits off Yoder and Ross. Aidan Arnold and Michael McNitt each had two hit.
Belleville had its big inning in the third when it scored six times during a rain outburst. Strodes Mills tied the game 10-10 with three runs off Yoder in the sixth.