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Strodes fights for top spot; tops Belltown

LEWISTOWN -In the highly competitive top four of the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League, the Strodes Mills team continues to stay close to the top after taking care of a feisty Belltown team that is currently placed fifth.
After a nail biting loss the night before to Belleville, the kids from Strodes were ready to go.
The “Blue and Red” had its bats going as a strong pitching performance by pitcher Connor Cherry proved to be too much for the visiting team winning 12-2 in just five innings.
On the mound for Belltown was Evan Smith.
In the first inning, Belltown drew first blood picking up a run.
Levi Wise led things off with a one-out double.
Smith opened the offense for Belltown with an RBI single, making it 1-0 going into the bottom of the inning.
Strodes started their first inning posting two quick outs before getting things going.
Rodney Henry walked and then advanced to third on a seeing-eye single by Cole Schlegel.
Tristin Lockett brought home both Schlegel and Henry on a single, giving them the lead for the first time 2-1.
Lockett later scored on a Belltown miscue on a Cherry grounder.
On a pick off move to Cherry at second proved to hurt as the ball went into the outfield as Cherry motored around to score, giving the home team a 4-1 advantage going into the second inning.
Cherry and company kept the Belltown offense scoreless and then added yet another run in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-1 lead.
But Belltown would chip into the lead in the third when Smith doubled and later scored on a Shawver RBI single.
The game would remain the same until the bottom of the fourth when the flood gates would open up and when everything was said and done, Strodes Mills played seven runs and a total of 12 players went to the plate in the inning.
With the 12-2 advantage, Strodes’ Cherry was able to set down the Belltown squad all in strike outs to notch the victory.

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