MILROY - Through the years in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League, Belleville and Reedsville have been going at each other for top spot in the league.
In 2001, the two teams tied for the top spot with Belleville winning in a playoff game. In 1992 and 1993 the two franchies dominated the league with Belleville winning in 1992 and Reedsville gaining the championship in 1993.
In 1978, the two teams again tied for first place with Reedsville winning in a playoff and in the late 1960's and early 1970's, the two teams just took turns winning the title. Reedsville won 1969 and 1971, while Belleville won in 1970 and 1972.
This year looks like another battle between the two long time rivals.
On Sunday, Reedsville bested Belleville, 9-4, to take a one game lead over Belleville as the season nears the half way point. Reedsville is now 10-1, while Belleville fell to 9-2. The two teams meet one more time in Belleville at 6 p.m. on Friday (May 30).
The difference in the game on Sunday was base on balls. As the old saying goes, "Walks will kill you."
Reedsville's Cade Attick gave up only one base on balls in a complete game.
Meanwhile three Belleville pitchers gave up eight walks and six of those scored.
Belleville out-hit Reedsville, 11-6. Reedsville committed only two errors and turned a double play. Belleville had four miscues.
The boys from Big Valley jumped out on top early with a run as Eddie Hamman had an RBI-single.
But, Reedsville responded with two as Aaron Kanagy drove a ball to the base of the left field fence that made it 2-1.
Belleville came right back in the second as Tyler Bedelyon laced a two-run single giving Belleville the lead, 3-2.
But, that was it for Belleville until the sixth inning when it picked up another run on a Joey Taptich, two out single.
Reedsville took the lead (5-3) for good in the third as Logan Peachey had a sacrifice fly and Nate Bargo smashed a two out double for two runs.
Reedsville came right back with three more in the fourth. Attick knocked home a run with a single, while the other two scored on an error and a wild pitch.
Reedsville added an insurance run in the sixth as Attick got his second single of the game and later scored on a Belleville error.
Kanagy joined Attick with two hits. Bedelyon, the Belleville lead off hitter, had three. Kyle Peachey and Jared King each had two hits for Belleville.
Attick finished with five strike outs.
Reedsville's 10th win extends their league-record 39th straight year with 10 wins or more.
Belltown 12, Burnham 0
BELLTOWN - Belltown's Austin Erb tossed a three-hitter and a complete game shutout in a 12-0 win over Burnham. The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
The Belltown hurler struck out four and walked one. The only hits Erb allowed were two singles to Max Oburn and a base hit to Alex White.
Belltown had 10 hits with Ross Underhill leading the way with three. Underhill opened the game with a double and later scored on a ground out by Erb.
Belltown only led 4-0 going into the fourth, but exploded for eight runs on six hits.
Tre Fleck and Nick Hostetler each had two run singles in the big inning. Underhill had two hits in the fourth and also drove in two runs.
Belltown finished with three extra-base hits with Gavin Erb and Andrew Willard each getting doubles.
During this current home stand of six games, Belltown has won five with its only loss coming at the hands of Reedsville, 8-6. Strodes Mills will invade Belltown today (6 p.m.) to close out the string of seven home games.
Beaver Springs 10, Burnham 0
BEAVER SPRINGS - Beaver Springs' Hunter Jordan must like pitching on Saturday night.
It was on Saturday, May 3, that Jordan beat Milroy 12-2 under the lights at the Armagh Memorial Field. On Saturday, the game wasn't under the lights (it was played at Beaver Springs), but the result was just the same as the Springs downed Burnham, 10-0.
The game ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Jordan gave up four hits, struck out four and walked one. Beaver Springs played one of its best defensive games of the year making only two errors and turning a 6-4-3 double play.
Burnham had the bases loaded in the first inning with no outs, but failed to score. Jared Hannon, Max Oburn and Alex White all singled, but a fielder's choice, a strike out and runner getting picked off third base cost Burnham a chance to score.
The Springs scored a run in the first inning on a Tyler Martin RBI-single.
But, in the second Beaver Springs erupted for seven runs on three hits and three Burnham errors. Gavin Swineford, a rookie, had a two-run double and Trevor Bishop added an RBI single.
Beaver Springs finished with seven hits with Bishop and Swineford each getting two. Bailey Hetrick had Beaver Springs only other extra-base hit, a double in the third inning.
Milroy 9, Burnham 2
MILROY - Milroy scored five runs in the second inning as it defeated Burnham 9-2 for its third win of the season.
The big inning for Milroy included singles from Caleb Vega, Braden Kibe, Collin Stuck and Gage Boreman. Those five singles wrapped around four walks helped Milroy jump out to a 6-0 lead after two innings.
Vega was the only multiple hitter for Milroy with two.
Stuck was the winning pitcher as he gave up four hits, struck out five and walked four.