MILROY - Beaver Springs squared off against Reedsville on Sunday afternoon in a game between two of the three top teams in the preseason. The game was suppose to be the featured game of the weekend in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League.
Sometimes, however, games don't live up to those expectations. This one didn't.
Beaver Springs knocked Reedsville from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 10-4 win.
The only teams left without a loss are Lewistown and Strodes Mills. Lewistown defeated Belleville on Sunday to move to 5-0, while Strodes Mills downed Mcveytown, 16-7, and is now 4-0.
In the Beaver Springs game, Reedsville had a nightmare in the third inning. Leading 2-0 going into the top of the third, Beaver Springs scored eight runs on four hits and was aided by five Reedsville errors and a passed ball that let another run cross the plate.
Hunter Shuff was the winning pitcher for the Springs as he tossed a complete game one-hitter. He struck out eight and walked three.
Reedsville's only hit came from Nate Koller in the third inning when he doubled and later scored on a wild pitch.
Adrian Martin had two of the eight hits for Beaver Springs including an RBI single in the third and an RBI double in the fifth.
The three other hits for Beaver Springs in the third also produced runs as Alex Sharp started the rally with an RBI double and Aaron Sharp followed with run producing single. Alex Hackenberg also had an RBI single in the big inning.
Lewistown 14, Belleville 4
BELLEVILLE - Lewistown remained undefeated with a 14-4 win over Belleville Sunday in a five-inning game.
The win tied the third-longest winning streak in league history; it was the West's 26th consecutive win.
On Sunday, Lewistown used a six-run first inning to take control of the game. Belleville aided the West's cause with five errors in the first inning.
Peyton Reesman picked up the win for Lewistown with four innings of work. He struck out four, walked four and gave up three hits. Isaiah Kearns closed out the game in the fifth inning with a shutout inning.
Belleville's four hits came from two players, Dylan Billett and Isaac Maclay. Billett had Belleville's only extra-base hit, a triple.
Lewistown had 11 hits with Lucas McKay and Blaise Roush each had three hits for the West. Three of the 11 hits went for extra-bases as Roush and Kearns each had doubles and McKay had a triple.
Strodes Mills 16, McVeytown 7
LEWISTOWN - Strodes Mills won its fourth straight game as it downed McVeytown 16-7 on Sunday.
Andrew Larson worked the middle innings for Strodes Mills and picked up the victory. Andrew Bernstein started the game and Derrick Kepner finished.
McVeytown led 5-3 after two innings, but Strodes Mills took control of the game with seven runs in the fourth.
Strodes Mills finished the slugfest with 13 hits. Nate Fortson had four hits, while Bernstein, Kevin Cahill and Dylan Pandel each had two. Bernstein and Fortson each had doubles.
McVeytown out hit the winners with Drew Harshbarger and Avory Yoder leading the way with three hits. Carter Spade, Dylan Fleisher and Caleb Smith each had two. One of Yoder's hits was a double.
Milroy 9, Burnham 6
BURNHAM - Milroy scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to clinch its first win of the season on Sunday against Burnham, 9-6.
With the score 7-6 in favor of Milroy, Burnham's defense fell apart as it committed three errors and gave up a walk.
Graham Rhoades picked up the win for Milroy with four innings of work. He struck out three, walked four and gave up four hits. Jacob Walters closed out the game with three scoreless innings as he struck out two, walked one and gave up two hits.
Tyler Powell and Jordan Wolfkill each had two hits for Burnham. Powell had a double in the second inning when Burnham took a 5-4 lead. Wolfkill finished with two RBIs.
Milroy had two players, Drew Hannon and Jake Smith, with two hits each. Hannon hit a solo home run in the fourth.
Yeagertown 15, Belltown 2
BELLTOWN - Yeagertown's Chase Fredericks went the distance against Belltown in a game that lasted just five innings. Yeagertown won 15-2.
Fredericks struck out six, walked three and gave up six hits.
Yeagertown took control of the game with six runs in the third inning as it took a 9-1 lead.
Nate Earnest had two hits for Yeagertown, while Fredericks and Ty Bodtorf each had doubles.
Belltown's Tyler Lefevre and Alec Smith each had doubles. Zach Hostetler was the only multiple hitter with two.
Strodes Mills 5, Milroy 4
LEWISTOWN - Derrick Kepner picked up his second straight save and also had half of Strodes Mills hits' in a 5-4 win over Milroy.
Kepner retired the last six men he faced. He struck out two and gave up a walk. The Strodes Mills catcher, Andrew Bernstein, threw out the only Milroy base runner trying to steal.
Strodes Mills scored all of its runs in the fourth inning. Kepner had a two run single and the other three runs scored on two Milroy errors.
Milroy out hit Strodes Mills, 9-4, as Jacob Walters and Jared Soles each had two hits. Walters and Drew Hannon each had RBI singles. The other two Milroy runs came on a balk and an error.
Lewistown 13, Belltown 2
LEWISTOWN - Lewistown scored 11 runs with two outs in the bottom of fourth inning to open up a working margin against Belltown on Saturday as it won 13-2 in five innings.
Ross Underhill, a rookie, had the West bats in check for three and two third innings.
Three West players got hits in a row that broke the game open. Aaron Snook, Teague Miller and Peyton Reesman each had RBI singles. Snook and Teague each had two RBIs with their singles. Isaiah Kearns was the only multiple hitter for the West with two hits.
Max Remy picked up the win for Lewistown as he struck out four, walked one and gave up just three hits.
Belltown jumped out in front 2-0 in the first inning as Keith Corson had a two-run triple. Belltown's other two hits came from Zach Hostetler.
Beaver Springs 6, Yeagertown 2
BEAVER SPRINGS - Beaver Springs scored three runs in the first inning and made it hold up in a 6-2 victory over Yeagertown Saturday.
The Springs scored three runs as Ty Ross doubled in Tyler Arbogast, who had reached on an error. Hunter Shuff then tripled home Ross and Alex Hackenberg hit a sacrifice fly scoring Shuff.
Beaver Springs finished with eight hits as Tyson Troutman and Hackenberg each had two. Troutman had a double and Hackenberg knocked in three runs.
Adrian Martin picked up the win for Beaver Springs as he worked into the sixth inning. Josh Zechman finished for the Springs. Martin struck out five, walked one and gave up five hits.
Nate Earnest not only was Yeagertown's only multiple hitter (with two hits), he also had Yeagertown's only extra-base hit, a double.
Belleville 12, McVeytown 6
MCVEYTOWN - Belleville's Ross Torquato had it all together on Saturday afternoon.
The 15-year-old was the winning pitcher in a 12-6 win over McVeytown and he also had a big day with the bat going 4-for-4.
Torquato pitched the first five innings as he struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter. David Walker finished for Belleville and he only walked one batter and also helped his own cause by starting a double play.
Belleville finished with 10 hits; Walker and Isaac Maclay each had two.
A trio of McVeytown pitchers gave up 10 walks.
McVeytown only had six hits, but four of them went for extra-bases as Dylan Fleisher, Christian Hagans, Carter Spade and Lucas Harshbarger each had doubles.
Reedsville 22, Burnham 2
MILROY - Reedsville pounded out 17 hits as it beat Burnham, 22-2, on Saturday in five innings.
Dalton Sinkus was the Reedsville pitcher who benefited from his team's offensive outburst.
Sinkus went four innings striking out six, giving up one hit and walking seven. Andrew Kline finished the game for Reedsville as he gave up one hit.
Dakotah Schlegel led the Reedsville hit parade with four hits including a double and a triple.
Jared Michaels also had a big night with three hits including a triple and an inside the park home run in the first inning.
Matt Wagoner, Jacob Spickler, a rookie, and Sinkus each had two hits for Reedsville. Keenan Walker had his team's only other extra-base hit, a double.
Burnham's two hits came from Matt Short and Javian Kauffman.