Belltown improves with sweep

BELLTOWN — Belltown swept a doubleheader from Strodes Mills on Sunday and in the process moved into sixth place in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League with a 9-12 record.

Belltown is just a game and half behind fifth place Belleville (9-9). It marked the second doubleheader sweep for Belltown this season as it beat Belleville twice on May18.

Belltown won the first game, 16-9 and took the second game, 12-1.

Belltown 12, Strodes Mills 1

BELLTOWN — Belltown’s Darion Molek tossed a three-hitter and his team scored 12 times in a 12-1 win over Strodes Mills that ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Molek had five strikeouts, no walks and hit one batter. At one point (between the first and third innings) in the game, he retired eight men in a row.

Strodes’ Tyler Hunter had two of the three hits. He doubled in the first and later singled, scoring in the fourth. After his base hit in the furth, he stole second and came home on a Belltown overthrow.

Chistopher Moon had Strodes Mills’ only other hit, a single in the fifth.

Belltown scored a run in the first, but broke the game wide open in the fourth with 11 runs. It sent 15 men to the plate and had five hits in the inning.

Zach Bodley had two hits, while Dylan Zellers and Parker Kearns each had doubles. Zellers drove in two runs while Kearns knocked in one. The other hit in the inning came Jack Benner, a single.

Strodes Mills used three pitchers in the fourth and they gave up six walks and hit a batter.

Belltown 16, Strodes Mills 9

BELLTOWN — Belltown used an 11-hit attack to score 16 runs in a 16-9 win over Strodes Mills.

Darion Molek had three hits while Dylan Zellers and J.P. Pannizzo each had two. Zach Bodley had Belltown’s only extra-base hit, a double.

Strodes Mills jumped off to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but Belltown responded with five in the bottom of the first and never trailed again.

Two Belltown pitchers limited Strodes to five hits. Zane Smith had two hits including a double.

Zellers went the first three innings and recorded the win. Andrew Cherry finished the game for Belltown.