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Belltown on verge of history

June 11, 2008
Ray Wilde
Here is some Mifflin County Babe Ruth regular season trivia for a rainy day in the schedule:

¯ Belltown now has 16 wins, and needs four more wins out of its next five games to get to 20 wins. The last time Belltown won 20 games was in 1987. It is the only team not to win 20 games in the 1990s or 2000s (thus far).

¯ Burnham needs two more wins to get 500 for its franchise. In 1963, Burnham entered the league with two teams (Red and Green), but in 1970 Burnham went to one team. In that time span, Burnham has a 498-372 record and has won eight league titles. The only other two franchises with a better record during that time span (39 years) are Reedsville (607-283) and Belleville (605-284).

¯ Belleville manager Bill Corbin, who on Monday managed or coached in his 900th game, has had some ironic coaching statistics this season.

When Belleville lost to Reedsville on May 25, it gave Corbin the record for most losses in a career. The old record was held by the late Bob Reigle of Reedsville. Then, on May 28, Belleville lost to Strodes Mills and Corbin became the record-holder for the most losses in the regular season. That record was held by Dale Pollock, who managed Strodes Mills and Lewistown East.

¯ Mathematically speaking, there are only three teams remaining in the race for the 2008 regular season title. Lewistown West (18-2) is in front by a game and a half over Belltown (16-3). The West has four games remaining and Belltown has five games left on its schedule. Reedsville (14-5), the

defending league champion, is three and a half games out with five games remaining.

¯ When Lewistown West won its opening game on April 19 against Belleville, it marked West manager Bernie Howard’s 200th win. With that win, Howard became the fourth-fastest manager to get to 200 wins, with a 200-72 record. The fastest to 200 wins was Yeagertown’s Fred Zook, who reached the mark with just 57 losses in 1986.

¯ It pays to have long winning streaks. The top three streaks all belong to the top three teams in the league. Lewistown West, the top team in the league, has a current winning streak of 11 games. Belltown, the second-place team, had a streak of 12 before losing to the West by a 6-5 score on May 26. Reedsville, the third-place team, won eight games in a row from April 27 to May 19 when its streak was stopped by Strodes Mills, 2-1.

¯ On June 2, it paid to be the visiting team. On that day, Reedsville was at Rec Park and beat Strodes Mills, 19-3; Belltown was in Belleville for a 20-7 win; Lewistown West was at Armagh Memorial Field and beat Milroy, 13-8; and Burnham was on the road at rival Yeagertown and

won 6-4.

¯ On May 2, it was a bad day to be on a losing end of a score. In the four games, the losing teams managed just one run, and it was scored by Strodes Mills in a 9-1 defeat at the hands of Lewistown West. Other scores that day were Reedsville 13, Yeagertown 0; Milroy 11, Belleville 0; and Belltown 13, McVeytown 0.

¯ Mifflin County has had three players drafted or signed by professional baseball teams: Milroy’s Brian O’Donnell, Strodes Mills’ Kalen Gearhart and Belltown’s Matt Wright. Those three Babe Ruth teams have won just five league titles combined.


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