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Yeagertown wins on walk off double

YEAGERTOWN – They saved the best for last.
After trailing by as many as six runs going into the middle innings, Yeagertown turned its offense up a notch and started a comeback that wouldn’t be completed to the bottom of the seventh.
With two outs, all eyes were on Kelly Ferguson as he stepped to the plate with teammate Brooks Burdick standing as the winning run on second.
He was up for the challenge as he blasted a double, scoring Burdick and ending the game to complete the comeback, winning 10-9 in a nail biter Monday evening at Yeagertown’s home field and fans.
Belltown had it going early on though, posting nine runs in the five innings before Yeagertown hurler Austin Wagner shut them down in their final two at bats, picking up the victory for his team and going the distance.
In the first, Belltown took a 1-0 lead.
With one out, Levi Wise singled and moved up to second and third on two different wild pitches.
He then scored on an infield single by Nick Goss.
After holding Yeagertown at bay in the bottom of the inning, Belltown was at it again offensively in the second.
Canton Jones singled up the middle to lead things off.
He stole second and advanced and scored on consecutive fielders choices, upping it to 2-0.
Wise, in his second at bat, kept the rally going hustling out an error and then stole two bases to set the stage for Cam Shawver.
Shawver did not disappoint as singled in Wise.
Yeagertown got on the board in the bottom of the inning.
Burdock led things off with a walk and moved all the way around the bases and even home via three wild pitches, closing if to 3-1.
The momentum early on seemed to go to Belltown as it notched three more runs in the third. In the inning, the visitors pounded out hits from Josh Snook,Dylan Zellers, Isiah Alters and a 2RBI single by Canton Jones.
Belltown extended its lead by scoring two more in the fourth, highlighted by a triple by Dylan Zellers, bringing home himself and when the dust settled, Belltown led 8-1.
However, Yeagertown was not about to let this game go away without a fight.
In the bottom of the inning, the home team got three back and started to change the face of the game.
Scoring crucial runs in the fourth was Austin Wagner, Holden Yocum and Trevor Packerd, cutting the Belltown lead 8-4.
After allowing just one run in the top of the fifth, Yeagertown brought the bats out in full Bo Baker singled to start things off.
Lead off man Bruno Ballotti followed with a walk.
Cade Penepacker ground rule double scored Baker and sent Ballotti to third.
Both moved up a base as Wagner bounced into a fielders choice, cutting it to 9-6.
Yocum loaded the bases with a walk.
Burdick singled home Penepacker to get it even closer at 9-7.
Yocum and Penepacker would both later score, tying things up at nine.
Both teams’ defenses stiffened in the sixth and going into the seventh, Yeagertown did once more.
It looked as if Belltown would also hold off Yeagertown in its last at bats and settle for the tie but that all changed on Ferguson’s double as they went home celebrating the victory.

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