Belltown wins Babe Ruth title
BELLTOWN — It was getting dark and the rain was coming. The Belltown Babe Ruth faithful were hoping for the best.
The best came after 41/2 innings as Belltown knocked off Belleville, 12-5, and in the process won the 2022 Mifflin County Babe Ruth championship.
It marked just the third time in team history that Belltown has won the title. The other two years came in 1974 and 2015.
Belltown finished the season with a 15-3 record and had to win the last three games in a row to clinch the title as it beat Milroy on Monday, second place Reedsville on Tuesday and Belleville on Wednesday.
“Our kids came to work every day,” said John Pannizzo, the Belltown manager. “I’m so proud of the team. Every man contributed for us to win. We set some goals and the kids worked hard to realize them.”
“Every night out was a tough game,” Pannizzo said. “I thought we had no easy games on the schedule. There are a lot of tough managers in the league. This wasn’t easy.”
Belltown jumped out in front early as it scored five runs in the first inning.
Reese Christine reached on an error and one out later the hit parade began.
Logan Ruth, Max Weader and Easton Lepley hit back-to-back-to-back doubles and when the doubles barage was over it was 3-0. Tristin Pent added an RBI single and Logan Bumgardner, who reached on an error, scored on a passed ball.
In the third, Belltown wrapped up its scoring with seven more runs and took a 12-0 lead into the fifth inning.
Belltown sent 11 men to the plate in the third. Christine, Weader, Aidan Attivo and Lepley each had hits. Christine’s single drove in a run, but it was the Belleville defense that aided the rally as it committed four errors along with a walk and a hit batter.
In the fifth, Belleville rallied for five runs on five hits. Braden Peachey had an RBI single and two batters later Noah Sharp had another RBI base hit. Elijah Kanagy reached on an error that netted another run. Dekker Pietzsch made it interesting by knocking in two more runs with a base hit. Finally, Ruth, the Belltown pitcher, got Conner Taylor to groundout to first to end the game.
Ruth gave up eight hits, five in the last inning, He struck out four and walked two.
The Belltown team is made up of Aidan Attivo, Kaden Baker, Kyler Baker, Logan Bumgardner, Reese Christine, Peyton Kearns, Easton Lepley, Jacob Parker-Fultz, Tristin Pent, Logan Ruth, Kyle Shirk, Anthony Siracusa and Max Weader.
The coaches are Marc Attivo, Keith Baker, Corey Hall and manager, John Pannizzo.
Strodes Mills 12, Milroy 2
LEWISTOWN — Strodes Mills’ Chase Moore picked up his first win of the season on the mound as Strodes Mills beat Milroy, 12-2. The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Moore went the first three innings. He struck out two, walked seven and gave up seven hits. Bryson Hughes threw the last two innings and didn’t allow a run or a hit.
Brayden Stitt continued to have a hot bat for Milroy as he had two hits, including a double. Tyler Williams also had two hits for Milroy.
Strodes Mills also had seven hits with three players getting two each, Grady Hoppel, Aiden Arnold and Kole Strawser. Arnold smashed a triple.