BELLEVILLE - One thing is for sure, the 2014 edition of the Belleville Babe Ruth team can hit. On Friday, Belleville pounded out nine hits, with five of them going for extra bases as it downed Reedsville, 6-1.
Reedsville is still in first place in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League with a 13-2 record, but only by the smallest of margins. Belleville is now just a half game out with a 12-2 mark.
Today, Belleville could move into first place as it takes on Lewistown in a home doubleheader that starts at 2:30 p.m. The second game is scheduled for 5:30.
As good as the bats were for Belleville on Friday, the hosts' pitcher, Eddie Hamman, was just as effective.
Hamman pitched a complete game and limited Reedsville to six hits. He struck out five and walked two. The only extra-base hit for Reedsville came from Aaron Kanagy, who doubled to lead off the seventh, but was stranded there.
Reedsville scored its lone run in the fourth as Cade Attick reached on a fielder's choice and back to back singles by Jake Spickler and Kanagy scored Attick with Kanagy getting the RBI.
Belleville went ahead in the third (1-0) as Tyler Bedelyon led off with a double, moved to third on a ground out from Joey Taptich and scored on a sacrifice fly from Isaac Maclay.
In the bottom of the fourth Belleville went ahead for good as Kyle Peachey led off with a triple and scored on a Jake Yoder base hit.
Then in the fifth, the Big Valley boys got out the lumber and put the game away.
Bedelyon led off with his second double of the night. Taptich moved him to second on a sacrifice bunt and Bedelyon later scored on a wild pitch.
Maclay kept the inning going by drawing a walk. Hamman followed with a single and then Kyle Peachey, a 14-year-old, ripped a three run homer to left field.
Bedelyon, Hamman and Peachey each had two hits. Belleville's other extra-base hit came from Garrette Fultz.
There was only one error in the game, by Reedsville, and both teams turned two double plays. Belleville turned one in the first inning as Taptich, the Belleville shortstop, started one as he erased Reedsville's lead off man, Davis Wagner. Wagner was Reedsville's only other multiple hitter with two.
Peachey turned in a double play from right field as he caught ball going to his left, turned and nailed the Reedsville runner who gone too far off of first base.
Reedsville got a double dip in the second as Carson King caught a line drive and threw to second to stop a Belleville threat.
In the fourth, the Reedsville pitcher, Attick, caught a line drive, flipped it to Carson at second base for a double dip that killed another Belleville rally.
Lewistown 13, Strodes Mills 0
LEWISTOWN - Lewistown's Josh Nichols and Trent Hidlay combined for a shutout against cross-town rival Strodes Mills in 13-0 whitewash in five innings.
The win kept the six-time defending champions in the race; the West now has a 9-5 record and is just three and half games out. Lewistown holds down fourth place.
Nichols went the first two innings as the game was scoreless. Hidlay then came in and completed the shutout.
The duo combined for a two hitter. Strodes Mills' only hits came from Eddie Runkle and Nick Smith.
Lewistown broke the game wide open with 12 runs in the third inning and added one in the fourth.
Damon Jasper was the big blaster for the West as he had three hits including a two doubles and a triple.
Ty Ferencz also had a big night with three hits, while Hidlay, Marcus Donahey and Kenny Cavanaugh each had two.
Belltown 13, McVeytown 2
BELLTOWN - Belltown got a strong pitching performance from Austin Erb as it beat McVeytown, 13-2 in five innings.
Erb went the distance as he struck out five, walked three and gave up four hits.
McVeytown scored its only runs in the second as Derick Cross accounted for one of them with a solo home run.
Belltown scored in every inning except the third. Leading 3-2 going into the bottom of the second, Belltown put the game away with seven runs.
Austin Erb also helped his own cause with three hits, while Gavin Erb, Levi Sherwood and Nick Hostetler each had two. Both of Hostetler's went for extra-bases, a double and a triple. Ross Underhill also smashed a double for Belltown.
The win for Belltown (11-6) keeps them in the third place.
Burnham 12, Milroy 4
MILROY - Burnham scored seven runs in the last three innings to down Milroy 12-4.
It marked the second win a row for Burnham as it now has a 3-5 record on its three-week road swing.
Burnham came up with a 10-hit effort as Gavin Vega, a rookie, had a three hits including a double. Max Oburn and Javian Kauffman each had two hits with one of Oburn's going for a double.
Kauffman nailed down the win with a five-inning effort. He struck out nine, walked two and only gave up two hits. Oburn finished and threw two scoreless innings.
Milroy's only two hits were singles from Gage Boreman in the first and Caleb Vega in the fifth.