BELLEVILLE - Since May 28, Reedsville has had its troubles in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League.
Since that date, Reedsville has played six games and won three of them, all of them by a close margin. Friday, Reedsville had to score five runs in the sixth inning to beat arch rival Belleville, 11-8.
The win keeps Reedsville (15-5) five games back of league-leading Lewistown (20-0) and two and half games behind Beaver Springs (15-2).
Also on Friday, Milroy moved into a fourth place tie with Belleville as it beat Yeagertown, 11-7; McVeytown won its second game of the year with a 13-11 win over Belltown; and Strodes Mills got by Burnham, 8-3.
Reedsville 11, Belleville 8
BELLEVILLE - The sixth inning was a big one for both Belleville and Reedsville Friday night.
Belleville led 8-6 going into the sixth inning, but Reedsville scored five runs and won the game 11-8.
Will Fox led off the sixth for Reedsville with a base hit. Keenan Walker reached on a fielder's choice. Dakotah Schlegel and Nate Koller followed by reaching on errors. Jared Michaels then came up with a clutch two run single and Cade Attick followed with an RBI base hit. Matt Wagoner finished off the rally with a run scoring double.
For Belleville, the game started to turn in the fifth inning. With one out and the bases loaded, Reedsville went to Schlegel and he struck out the next five men in a row including the side in the sixth.
Reedsville had 13 hits with Hunter Walker and Wagoner leading the way with three each. Walker had one double and Wagoner chipped in with two. Koller and Schlegel were also multiple hitters for Reedsville with two each.
Belleville had 11 hits led by David Walker, who had three including two triples. Ross Torquato, Isaac Maclay and Tyler Bedelyon each had two hits and Kyle Harshbarger smashed a double.
Milroy 11, Yeagertown 7
YEAGERTOWN - Milroy used its bigs and littles to beat Yeagertown on Friday night.
The tallest player, Drew Hannon, a 15-year-old, went 3-for-4 and hit his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to left center, in the sixth inning.
One of the smallest players on the team, Gage Boreman, a 13-year-old, made a diving catch of a ball hit by Ty Bodtorf in the sixth. Yeagertown had two players on and the score was 10-4 when Bodtorf hit a line drive that was sinking and would have scored two runs.
Milroy's Graham Rhoades, a 14-year-old, was in control most of the game. He pitched five innings striking out seven, walking five and giving up five hits.
Jake Smith finished for Milroy. He gave up three runs on two hits.
Milroy pounded out 10 hits in the win with Hannon leading the way. Jacob Walters, the Milroy leadoff hitter, had two doubles and each one knocked in a run.
In fact, Milroy had five doubles for the game and they all played a part in scoring. In the fifth, Barron Vogt led off with a walk and Matt Lutz doubled him home. One batter later Jared Soles smashed another two base hit and Lutz scored.
In the seventh, Trevor Bulick had a one-out double and then Walters knocked him home.
Yeagertown had seven hits and two rookies, Bodtorf and Jordon Marshall, each had two. Each of the 13-year-olds had doubles and Marshall's in the fifth inning knocked in two runs. With two out in the bottom of the seventh, Zach Knepp hit a ball to the deepest part of the field that helped Yeagertown rally for three runs.
BELLTOWN - McVeytown had a big first inning as it scored seven runs for a 13-11 win over Belltown Friday night. It was McVeytown's second win of the season and its second in a row.
McVeytown sent 13 batters to the plate in the first inning. Harlee Harshbarger and Carter Spade both had hits. McVeytown was helped by four walks and a hit batter. Belltown also committed three errors in the first.
McVeytown finished with four hits as Drew Harshbarger had a single in the third and Caleb Smith singled in the sixth.
Belltown out hit McVeytown, 6-4, and two of those hits left the park. Blayz Shartzer had a two-run homer in the second and a grand slam in the sixth as Belltown scored six times, cutting the lead 10-8.
Tyler Lefevre had Belltown's other extra-base hit, a double in the fifth.
McVeytown used four pitchers to gain the win. Harshbarger picked up the win as he went the first three innings. Dylan Fleisher and Gage Capouillez worked the middle innings and Lucas Harshbarger closed out the game.
Strodes Mills 8, Burnham 3
LEWISTOWN - Strodes Mills scored in five straight innings on Friday as it downed Burnham, 8-3, for its second straight win.
Kevin Cahill went the first three innings and picked up the win. He gave up four hits, struck out three and walked one. Derrick Kepner pitched the middle innings and Jonah Kile, a 13-year-old, pitched the seventh. Kepner and Kile only allowed two base runners over the last four innings. The trio combined for a five-hitter.
Strodes Mills had 11 hits in the win with Luke Amspacker, Andrew Larson, Andrew Bernstein and Kepner each getting two hits. Amspacker and Dylan Pandel each had doubles for the Mills boys.
Burnham's only extra-base came off the bat of Jaden Boyer, who tripled in the sixth. In the third, Burnham scored all of its runs on four singles from Jarrett Stull, Jordan Wolfkill, Tyler Powell and Matt Short.
Mifflin County 11,
Spring Mills 5
MILROY - Cameron Rhoades hit a double and a three-run home run, and Kalen Gearhart added a two-run homer as the Mifflin County Stars won their second game of the season, 11-5, over the Spring Mills Braves in Centre County League action Friday.
The Stars, trailing by a run, took the lead for good with four runs in the second. Casey Zimmerman reached on an error and Nick Pupo, who also picked up the win on the hill, started a string of doubles. Isaac Strohecker drove two in with his two-bagger, and Rhoades doubled to plate Strohecker. After Colton Spade and Brian Billett walked, Gearhart was hit by a pitch to get the fourth run across.
An inning later, the Stars nearly doubled their total as Strohecker doubled, Travis McConnell and Rhoades bashed his homer. Gearhart had his in the bottom of the sixth, where Mifflin County scored the final two runs of the game.
The Stars (2-5) travel to Lemont Sunday.