LEWISTOWN - Well, it took three days this week, but a home team finally won a game in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League.
On Monday and Tuesday, all eight visiting teams won, five on Monday and three on Tuesday. In the four games on Wednesday, two of the home teams made their home town fans proud.
Belleville beat Beaver Springs, 7-4, and Strodes Mills held off McVeytown, 16-13.
Lewistown, which has been on the road all week, beat Burnham, 23-0 and Yeagertown was not a very good visitor in Belltown, winning 5-2.
Strodes Mills 16,
LEWISTOWN - Nothing has come easy lately for Strodes Mills.
In its last three games coming into Wednesday night's battle with McVeytown, Strodes had lost to Lewistown, 17-12, and Milroy, 13-1, while beating Belleville, 15-12.
On Wednesday, it was another tough game as Strodes Mills beat McVeytown, 16-13.
Both teams scored early and often. Strodes Mills led 4-1 after the first inning. Jonah Kile had the key hit, a two-run single.
In the second inning, Strodes Mills must have thought Santa Claus was in the area as it was giving runs away like it was Christmas morning. The Mills boys packaged five runs around four walks and two errors. McVeytown's only hit was an RBI single from Drew Harshbarger.
But, Strodes Mills came right back and regained the lead with five runs on five hits. The inning started as Strodes played base to base as six straight batters reached first.
Drew Williams, Andrew Larson, Nick Poche, Andrew Bernstein and Nick Smith all singled and Austin Haubrick walked to open the second.
Finally, McVeytown went to Jonathan Boozel to settle things down. Boozel finished the game as he gave up six runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked five.
Strodes Mills also went the way of its bullpen as Nick Smith came in with the bases loaded and no outs in the second and pitched into the seventh. The 14-year-old gave up nine runs on eight hits. Smith walked three and struck out four. Williams picked up the save as he finished the game. The rookie came in the seventh with one on and no outs and gave up a walk and then finished with three-straight outs.
Bernstein had a big night for Strodes Mills as he had four hits, drove in three runs and had a triple and a double. Larson, Poche, Williams and Mason Snyder each had two hits.
Drew Harshbarger carried the McVeytown bats as he had three of the eight hits, drove in three runs and doubled in the fourth. McVeytown's only other extra-base hit was a double from Boozel.
Lewistown 23, Burnham 0
BURNHAM - Damon Jasper and Manny Eby combined for a no-hitter as the West beat Burnham, 23-0, Wednesday night. The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
The win moved Lewistown to 19-1 and it still has a four and half game lead over Yeagertown, which beat Belltown, 5-2.
Jasper went the first two innings striking out three and didn't walk a batter. Eby finished the no-hitter with four strike outs and two walks.
Isaiah Kearns continued his intense hitting pace as he went 4-for-4 with four RBIs, two doubles and his sixth home run. Kearns led off the fourth with a solo shot.
But, not to be out done, Jasper followed suit by leading off the fifth with a solo shot. Jasper finished with three hits including a double and a home run.
Lewistown finished with 11 extra base hits. The other West player with two extra-base hits was Peyton Reesman with two doubles.
Trent Hidlay finished with three hits and a double, while Thomas Remy, a rookie, had two hits including a triple. Jonah Schultz had a triple and Eby smashed a double.
Yeagertown 5, Belltown 2
BELLTOWN - Yeagertown's Nate Earnest pitched a complete game as he stopped Belltown on five hits as second place Yeagertown kept pace with league leading Lewistown with a 5-2 victory.
Earnest only walked one and gave up five singles.
Yeagertown backed Earnest with eight hits. Ty Hunter had three hits with two doubles and Jordan Marshall had two hits with a double.
The game was tied, 1-1, going into the third inning when Yeagertown scored three times.
Hunter opened the inning with a single and Ernest knocked him home with a base hit. The other two RBI base hits came from Devon Ammerman and Marshall.
Zach Hostetler, Tyler Lefevre, Hunter Goss, Tre Fleck and Nic Copenhaver had the five singles for Belltown.
Beaver Springs 4
BELLEVILLE - Belleville rode a big second inning, six runs, to a 9-4 win over Beaver Springs on Wednesday.
It was 6-0 after the second inning and the Belleville pitchers took care of business from that point on.
Kyle Peachey, a rookie, picked up his second win over the Springs in the last five days. Peachey was the winning pitcher last Saturday in Belleville's 7-4 win in Beaver Springs.
Peachey went four innings on Wednesday as he gave up one run on three hits and struck out five. Isaac Maclay went the next two innings as he struck out five, walked one and gave up two hits. Eddie Hamman closed for Belleville with two strike outs, one walk and gave up two hits.
Belleville scored four times in the second with two outs with six straight hits. Philip Yoder, Joe Taptich, Tyler Bedelyon, Trent Yoder, Dylan Billett and Maclay all had singles. Bedelyon's hit was the only one that went for extra-bases, a double.
The Big Valley boys finished with 10 hits as Maclay and Philip Yoder each had two hits.
Beaver Springs got seven hits form the trio of Belleville pitchers. Alex Hackenberg had two doubles, while Tyler Martin smashed a double and Aaron Sharp, a triple.
The Springs lost two runners on the bases in the first inning on a Belleville double play.
For Bill Corbin, the Belleville manager, the game was another milestone in his 31-year career. The game was his 900th as a manager in Babe Ruth baseball. He now has a 509-285 mark as the Belleville manager and as a Mifflin County all-star manager he is 79-27.
Corbin is the all-time leader for Mifflin County, while second on the list is Yeagertown's Fred Zook with 791 games managed.