LEWISTOWN - Only four games separate third and eighth places in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League.
Strodes Mills, the third place team, won a big game on Sunday beating Belleville 10-0.
The win gives Strodes Mills a 12-8 record and a two game lead over Reedsville (9-9) and Belltown (10-10). Bunched right behind those two teams are Milroy, 8-9; Belleville, 10-12 and Beaver Springs, 7-11.
Drew Williams, the rookie hurler for Strodes Mills, tossed a one-hitter at Belleville and was backed by a 10-hit attack. Strodes Mills won in a five-inning game, 10-0. It was stopped early due to the 10-run rule.
Williams allowed only a two-out single to Tyler Bedelyon in the fifth inning. He struck out one and walked three.
Strodes Mills scored twice in the second inning thanks to a Jonah Kile single and a Belleville error that allowed Austin Haubrick to reach first.
In the third inning, the Mills boys put together a five hit inning and scored three more times.
Nick Poche opened with an infield single and Andrew Bernstein followed with a run producing triple. Nick Smith knocked Bernstein home with a base hit. Smith got picked off third, but Strodes Mills wasn't done.
Mason Synder singled and stole second. Kile followed with another single moving Snyder to third. Then Strodes Mills executed a double steal with Snyder scoring from third base.
In the fourth, Andrew Larson reached on an error and Bernstein drove him home with his second consecutive triple.
Strodes Mills finished off the game with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Belleville aided the cause with four walks, one intentional, an error and a wild pitch. Smith knocked home the 10th run with a single with one out in the inning.
Bernstein, Smith, Snyder and Kile each had two hits for Strodes Mills.
Belleville turned a double play in the first inning and Dylan Billett, the Belleville left fielder, had a diving catch of a Smith drive that opened the second inning.
Notes: Strodes Mills coach Butch Larson became the fourth Strodes Mills manager and the 23rd in the Mifflin County League to manage in at least 100 games.
Beaver Springs 9, Milroy 1
BEAVER SPRINGS - Andrew Bishop and Zane Leister combined for a four hitter on Saturday as Beaver Springs downed Milroy, 9-1.
The two not only limited Milroy to just four hits, but struck out 13 and walked only two.
Bishop went the first three innings and picked up the win. He struck out four and gave up two hits, both to Graham Rhoades.
Leister finished with four innings as he struck out nine and gave up two hits, both to Jared Soles. Each Springs pitcher had a walk.
Milroy scored its lone run in the seventh as Soles tripled and came home on a Gage Boreman ground out.
It didn't take long for Beaver Spring to score as it pushed across three runs in the first inning.
Leister knocked in a run with a base hit and Tyler Martin drove in two with a double.
The Springs used two infield singles to add to its 3-0 lead in the second. Joe Mattern opened the inning with an infield single and later in the second came on an infield hit by Aaron Sharp.
In the fourth, Beaver Springs put together a four hit inning around two Milroy errors as it scored five times.
Ashton Martin started the Springs big uprising with a lead-off double. After two outs, it looked like he was going to be stranded on second, but then the Beaver Springs bats came to life.
Bailey Hetrick reached on an error and Zach Strawser singled him home. Strawser moved up to third on a passed ball and after Sharp walked, Bishop drilled a single scoring Strawser. Alex Hackenberg rapped a single knocking in Sharp and then a Milroy throwing miscue allowed another run to score.
Bishop and Ashton Martin each had two hits for the Springs, which finished with 10.