Lady Pioneers Return to District Semifinals May 25, 2018
After dropping their opening round L-L League playoff game on May 12, the L-S girls' softball team had plenty of time to prepare for their District Three 5A opener against Mechanicsburg last Wednesday. And they wasted little time in getting down to business. The Pioneers batted around in the first inning, pushing five runs across and plated three more in the second for an 8-0 first round win.
"And Brynn Baker threw a no-hitter," pointed out head coach Gene Charles. "That was her first one this year. And in seven innings. It was legit. She struck out nine batters and helped herself at the plate, going 2-4 with two RBIs and a double," he added. "She was lights out. This was one of her best games this year.
"And Jocelyn Branco's diving catch of a blooper to right field saved that no hitter," Charles said.
Base hits by six straight batters (Summer Peters, Hanna Garber, Baker, Chloe Blantz, Cam Beiler and Gabby Drumm) quickly put L-S in front 4-0. A two out single by Julz Garber plated the final run of the inning.
"Eight of our starters had a hit," said Charles. "And our 6-7-8 hitters had three RBI's."
With their bats already warmed up, L-S headed to Millersville University Thursday afternoon for their quarterfinal matchup against a familiar Donegal squad. The Pioneers dropped a 4-2 result to the Indians on April 5 but have since beaten them 9-3 and then 14-3 for the Section Three title. This time a 10-5 win knocked the Indians to the consolation bracket.
"I still wouldn't be surprised if we see them again," said Charles.
One run at a time, L-S built a 3-0 lead after four-and-a-half innings. Then, just like that, it was gone. Donegal loaded the bags and took advantage of an infield error to push across two runs. A sac fly made it 3-3.
Funny thing about momentum, though, it comes and goes without warning.
Undaunted, L-S roared back with five runs in the top of the sixth. Kylie Weaver opened with a walk and Summer Peters followed with a one out infield hit. Hanna Garber was intentionally walked. With the bases loaded, Baker's popup behind short was misplayed and one run scored. Chloe Blantz added a second straight hit to short that was also misplayed, allowing two more runs to score. Freshman Cam Beiler followed that up with a two run double, pushing Lampeter's lead to 8-3.
"We put the pressure on them," Charles stated.
Beiler was the big hitter of the day, going 3-4 with a double and three RBI.
"Cam had a breakout day," said Charles. "She's starting to come into her own. And Brynn's pitching was effective. She moved the ball pretty well and didn't walk anyone.
Peters' triple in the seventh plated J. Garber, who reached on a walk. Peter's then scored on a pickoff error.
Donegal threatened in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs on an outfield error. But Baker stopped that momentum with a strikeout of cleanup hitter Sierra Neiss and a pop out to third base.
The Pioneers will face Spring Grove in the semifinals this week.
"They knocked us out last year," noted Charles. "It's payback time."
The Section Two runner up Pioneers faced the Manheim Central Barons back on April 14 and won handily, 17-5. Fast-forward to last Monday evening where the Pioneers hosted the Barons (15-6) in the District Three Class 5A opener and advanced with a much closer 5-0 result.
"They are a tough team and we knew that we would have a tougher battle on our hands this time around," said head coach Keith Martin.
Fresh off a disappointing L-L League finals loss to Ephrata, the Pioneers, who have qualified for districts 31 times since 1980 including each of the last five years, jumped out early and never looked back. After a double by Kris Pirozzi, a pair of errors played a key role in Todd Shelley's three run double. L-S batted around in that first inning and posted a 5-0 advantage.
The hitting continued in the second inning with Pirrozzi and Dylan Byler cracking singles and Luke Weigel working a walk to load the bags. The Barons made a pitching change at that point, moving first baseman Bryce Eberly to the hill. And for the bulk of the rest of the game, the lefty kept the Pioneers off balance, giving up just two runs over five innings while striking out three and walking two.
"He worked very quickly," said Martin of Eberly. "He was able to keep us from stringing the necessary hits together to put more runs up."
The Barons, on the other hand, knocked on the door a couple of times. They left runners on in each of the next four innings, including loading the bags in the sixth before starting pitcher Dylan Byler, who helped his own cause with two hits, fanned the last two batters of the inning. He finished with ten strikeouts on the day and did not give up a single walk.
Thursday's outing at Ephrata's War Memorial Field featured another familiar L-L League opponent, Ephrata. The Pioneers just faced the Mounts a week ago in the L-L League Championships which Ephrata won 9-6.
Hoping for a different result this time around, L-S battled back from a 2-0 deficit to score three runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead. Pirozzi opened a string of four straight hits. Byler and Luke Weigel, who pushed in Pirozzi, followed while Thomas Shockey's single plated Byler to knot the score at 2-2.
With one out and two on, Cunningham singled in Weigel with the go ahead run.
That momentum, however, was short-lived as Ephrata came back to score two runs in the bottom half to steal the victory. A walk and a hit batter came home when a bunt was misplayed at first and the wild throw was ruled to have gone out of play, pushing in the game-winning run.
With two hits each from Pirozzi, Byler, Cunningham and Blantz, the Pioneers out hit the Mounts 11-5. They finished with five walks and two errors and gave up two earned runs.
Barons Battle Pioneers in District Opener May 25, 2018
Take away the first inning and Manheim Central played well in its District Three Class 5A first round baseball game Monday at Lampeter-Strasburg High School.
Unfortunately, the first inning counts and the Barons had three uncharacteristic errors, yielding five runs in a 5-0 loss to No. 6 seed L-S (17-5).
The Barons' defense failed them in the first, leading to miscues on two double play balls and a groundball. All five runs were unearned.
Central head coach Matt Huber doesn't believe it was playoff jitters; the team has played in the district semifinals two of the last three years and they've been in the league playoffs the past four seasons, so the guys have experience.
"The ball didn't just didn't bounce our way for whatever reason," Huber said. "Again, this loss can't define us. They've had a good run, and I'll be forever grateful for their effort and what they mean to our program."
Pioneer pitcher Dylan Byler pitched a complete game, yielding seven hits and striking out 10 batters.
Huber said Byler did a nice job keeping the Barons off balance. Taylor Rohrer had two of the Barons seven hits. Bryce Eberly relieved Tyler Simon and pitched six scoreless innings, striking out three.
Eberly, who entered the game with the bases loaded in the second inning, got out of the jam by shutting down the 4, 5 and 6 hitters in the Pioneers' order. Central loaded the bases in the sixth inning, but struck out twice, ending the threat.
"Unfortunately, at this level of play, you can't make errors unless you score runs," said Huber about his 11th seeded Barons. "We didn't score a run in 14 innings dating back to our Warwick loss (in the first round of the league playoffs). That's baffling."
Huber said the nine seniors on the squad poured everything they had into the program the past several years. The Barons also had several underclassmen that were a big part the team's success this year, so the future is bright.
Huber said the impact of the seniors on the program will be felt for years to come.
"While they had accomplishments on the field, they are even better young men off the field," said Huber about the seniors who won the section title this year, as well as two of the last three years. "They have left a lot of memories."
The coach said he is excited to watch and hear about the accomplishments that his seniors will have next year when Nate Loser attends Barton College in North Carolina; Jack Novak, Bryson Morton and Ryan Phillips, Kutztown; Eberly, Lebanon Valley College; Simon, Shippensburg; Dawson Good, Stevens Trade; David Cruz, Penn State and Rohrer, Pasco Hermando in Florida.
The Barons bounced back from losing in the league finals to sweep three games from Cocalico in the District Three Class 2A quarterfinals Monday in Manheim.
After getting a bye in the first round, Central earned a 25-22, 25-11, 25-15 victory against the Eagles (11-9).
"I am very pleased," said head coach Craig Dietrich about his second-seeded Barons. "It would be easy to have a carry over from the league match, but I didn't see any indication that there was in Game Two and Game Three. Cocalico just played at a high level in the first game."
The Eagles led 5-4 in the first set and only trailed 20-19 later on. Central won the set on a kill by junior Mason Nissley, who finished with a team-high 13 kills.
In the next two games, Dietrich said his squad, led by Brandyn Musser, served better and played even more aggressive. Senior setter Ben Burkhart finished the game with 39 assists. It was a team effort.
"I thought our whole team played solid and our serve was really on all night and that kept us a couple steps ahead of Cocalico," Dietrich said. "The guys know what's at stake and they are focused on the next opportunity in front of them."
The next opportunity was a semifinal meeting Wednesday against No. 3 seed Palmyra at Dallastown High School, where the Barons rallied from a first set loss to beat the Cougars 24-26, 25-22, 25-23 and 27-25.
Next up for the Barons is a date with Northeastern in the District Three Class 2A championship. Results were unavailable before press time.
Northeastern knocked the Barons out of the state semifinals last year and beat them in the district championship.
To say the Barons had marked this date on the calendar is an understatement.
"Both Northeastern and us had this match circled," Dietrich said. "Now we get to clash and hopefully let loose like last year in the state semifinal match."
To get to the rematch, Central had to overcome sloppy play early on offense and a strong serving game by Palmyra Wednesday. The Cougars (16-5) used a strong service game to jump out to a 6-0 lead.
The Barons righted the ship and settled in on offense, tying the first set at 17-17 and 24-24, but let the first set slip away.
They made sure to jump out to an early lead in the second set and never looked back. Consecutive blocks by Isaac Shenk and Tanner Stauffer put Central ahead 4-0.
Blocking at the net was key to the victory, Dietrich said.
"We spent half of practice (Tuesday) working on blocking before the match," he said. "The whole team stood out to me, with everyone contributing at different times."
The softball team beat Shippensburg 2-0 Wednesday in the first round of the District Three Class 5A playoffs behind the stellar pitching performance by Madison Walter, who only gave up three hits, while getting 10 strikeouts with no walks.
The Barons had 10 hits and stranded nine batters on base, but came away with the round one win against a very good fifth-seeded Greyhounds team.
Central head coach Gary Lefever said the Barons' defense was very good and the team got timely hitting.
The Barons scored in the top of the first with two outs when Maddy Barbush hit a long single to score Jade Trovinger from second base. Trovinger was a courtesy runner for Walter, who hit a two-out single.
Reagan Rohrer singled in the fifth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Barbush to make it 2-0, more than enough runs behind the pitching of Walter.
Because of rain Tuesday, the Barons were forced to play back-to-back days, meaning they faced Twin Valley Thursday afternoon at Messiah College.
Central ran into a strong pitcher in Grace Marsalo, who scattered seven hits and only gave up one earned run in a 6-2 victory over the Barons. Marsalo struck out 13 batters to lead the No. 4 Raiders (18-4) past the Barons in the quarterfinals.
Central scored both of its runs during a sixth inning rally, but could get no closer.
"We have a very good team," Lefever said. "Our goal back in November was to make it to the state tournament somehow, someway. I am very proud of this team and my staff."
Lefever's team finished one win short of that goal, but that does not take away from a strong team with a 15-7 record overall.
"We can honestly say that we worked very hard for where we are," said Lefever. "Proud to be a Baron!"
Knights Advance to District Title Game May 25, 2018
It's always a good idea to hit your stride in the district playoffs, winning matches that are going to help you reach the state playoffs.
That happened with the Hempfield boys' volleyball team which, after a first-round bye, defeated Mechanicsburg on Monday night in the quarterfinals of the District Three Class-AAA playoffs by a 3-0 score. They followed that with a 3-0 defeat of Lower Dauphin in Wednesday's semifinal match at Red Lion.
"The kids understand the significance of every match," said head coach Mike Vogel. "We're playing quality opponents."
Vogel spoke of the Mechanicsburg match and the Knights' holding off the Wildcats who clawed back into the second game.
"We weren't quite as sharp as we were on Wednesday," Vogel said. "We had a 17-10 lead in the second game and it evaporated. They outscored us 14-5 and had game point. You can't have a breakdown like that."
Hempfield battled back and won that game 26-24 after having won the first one 25-17. The Knights put away the match with a 25-16 victory in the third game.
"Our blocking was good," Vogel said. "Elliott De La Torre, with four blocks, definitely blocked well."
Ian Flood and Gavin Hanzelman registered 12 and 10 kills, respectively, with Hanzelman also serving an ace.
"Gavin couldn't be stopped," said Vogel. "He played an intelligent game and with finesse.
"Zach Wilson's serving was phenomenal," continued the coach. "Colson Hunt came off the bench and had some clutch swings in the second game."
Hunt had a team-high five digs while Cayden Musso led the way with 37 assists.
The Knights won 25-16, 25-21 and 25-17 against Lower Dauphin on Wednesday, improving to 17-0 on the year and earning a trip to the district championship.
It was a win that Vogel described as a great team effort.
"Our guys, especially Zach, Elliott and Gavin blocked very well," he said. "The defense was phenomenal across the board. It was one of the best matches we've played this year.
"I can't tell you about someone who played outstanding because we played that way as a team," emphasized the coach. "We only made a handful of errors. We dominated. We had a .461 percentage for hitting as a team."
Scott tied Lower Dauphin's Ben Baker for a match high 19 digs. Wilson chipped in with 11 digs and two blocks.
Musso was spectacular with 45 assists on the night. He also registered two blocks. Hanzelman and De La Torre each had 11 kills while Flood poured in with 10 more blocks as well as a pair of aces.
Ian Willig chipped in with nine kills.
"We played much better than we played on Monday and did so against a far better team," said Vogel.
In the District Three brackets, only Hempfield and Cumberland Valley remained - a match between the top-seeded Eagles and the Knights, who entered district play as the second seed.
Interestingly enough, the district boasts the top teams in the state as well.
"According to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association, they're the number one team and we're ranked second," Vogel noted. "I'm hoping we flip that."
Hempfield fell behind at Governor Mifflin in Monday's opening-round game of the District Three Class 6A baseball payoffs. In fact, the Mustangs took a 5-0 lead over the Black Knights.
Hempfield came back to close the gap to 5-4 before the seventh-seeded Mustangs managed to finally close the door, thus ending the Knights' season at 10-11.
"We had the bases loaded in the seventh inning," said head coach Jeremy Morisson. "Their third baseman stepped on the base for a force out to end the game. We just ran out of outs."
The tough loss went to Justin Lichtenwalner, who yielded three unearned runs early in the game.
An infield error helped the Mustangs' first-inning rally, which gave the home team a 3-0 lead. They added a run in the fourth and one in the fifth on Justin DelVecchio's home run.
The Knights, who entered the district playoffs as the No. 10 seed, left too many runners on base early on.
"We had some scoring opportunities early in the game, but couldn't get the runs across," Morrison pointed out.
The Knights' comeback included an RBI double by Lichtenwalner himself. Luke Fiore added an RBI hit as did Nick Fiore.
In the final at-bat, before the bases-loaded sharp grounder by Luke Fiore found a Mifflin mitt instead of outfield grass, the Knights scored their fourth run of the game. Ty Vaughn drew a two-out walk and Lichtenwalner took one for the team as he was hit by a pitch. Nick Fiore's single drove in Vaughn before the Knights loaded the bases on another hit batsman - Christian LaBarbera.
The tough, heartbreaking loss showed their skipper the Knights are ready to battle for and achieve greater accomplishments in the near future.
"I think we are on the cusp of being a complete team," said Morrison. "So many of our losses were by one run - this included.
"We're very close to where we want to be," continued the coach. "We were coming up a little bit short this year for a variety of reasons. But we're on the brink.
"We only have two seniors graduating this year," Morrison noted. "And we have nine juniors - a lot of them with experience as sophomores as well on the varsity team. They've continued to develop and mature."
The Knights manufactured a run in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game at Waynesboro, breaking a 7-7 tie and claiming the District Three Class 6A playoff game.
The ninth-seeded Knights edged the eighth-seeded Indians 8-7 in the first-round game thanks to senior co-captain Brandy Troutman coming through with a RBI single in the seventh inning. The base hit drove in the other co-captain, Cara Mahoney, making a winner out of Gabi Turner who went the distance with five strikeouts and only one walk. Turner herself had an RBI double in the game.
"Brandy has been delivering two-out hits all season long," said head coach Terry Shreiner. "She came through twice in this game."
The game started with a manufactured run in the first inning. Skylar Constable singled to lead off. While stealing second base, she took advantage of an errant throw and dashed to third base, scoring later on Asaysha Raihl's RBI grounder.
"I felt that we ran the bases pretty aggressively," Shreiner added.
The Indians scored four runs only to see Hempfield come back and score six unanswered runs.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Knights' rally started with Raihl's solo home run.
"Asaysha Raihl hit a home run to kick start that inning," Shreiner said.
Kendall Fruchtl and Anastasia Berardi both singled. Troutman's RBI single drove in designated runner Mataya Chap, cutting the deficit to 4-3.
Lexi Harelson singled to drive in Fructl to tie it at 4-4. Two more runs scored in the fifth inning - one on a passed ball and the other on Turner's double. Hempfield made it 7-4 on Berardi's RBI double only to see the Indians tie it, heading into the final frame.
"We bunched hits together in a couple of innings and in the seventh, we got a runner on base and Brandy delivered the two-out hit," Shreiner summed up.
The Knights' next game was against top-seeded Central York on Thursday afternoon. The Panthers had earned a bye in the first round.
The Panthers stopped the Knights' rallies in this game, however, winning 9-1 to end Hempfield's season at 13-8.
"We faced Courtney Coppersmith, who's a [NCAA] Division I recruit," Shreiner remarked. "She throws a nasty rise ball, which we tried to lay off.
"We had nine base runners in the game, but she would either get a strikeout or we just couldn't come through with the big hits when we needed them.
"Normally we will bunch a couple of innings together where we score two or three," he added.
The Knights' coach was asked about the journey of the team, which included a regular season in which Hempfield scored 10 or more runs in eight of its games.
"Reaching the second round of districts was an accomplishment for us," he said. "We started out slow and had a nice six- or seven-game winning streak that helped us qualify for districts."
Warwick Vollebyall Advances to States May 25, 2018
After winning a first round match against Daniel Boone in Districts, the sixth seeded Warwick boys' volleyball team squared off against the number three seed Lower Dauphin last Monday in the early half of a double header held at Hempfield High School.
Despite battling to a 24-24 tie in the first game, Warwick couldn't get over the hump and went down 1-0 when the Falcons scored the final two points of the set (26-4) and then lost the next two games by scores of 25-17 and 25-20.
Noah Miller and Chad Meeder each recorded nine kills and Meeder also had 11 digs to go with Adam Kurtz's two blocks in the loss which sent them into the consolation round versus Mechanicsburg where the Warriors still had an opportunity to advance into the PIAA Championship but needed two wins to do it.
They got the first win via a crazy come from behind win over the Wildcats in which the Warriors rallied from two games down to win 3-2 and move into the fifth-place game against Governor Mifflin in which the final PIAA berth is at stake.
After losing a marathon of a first game against Mechanicsburg, 36-34, that's not a misprint, Warwick dropped the second 25-20, but led by strong defensive play by Adam Kurtz who had seven blocks and Foster Lobb's 19 digs they were able to claw their way back.
Winning the next three games 25-21, 25-17 and 15-9, Warwick extended the season by at least one more match thanks in part to Meeder's 17 kills and three aces by Mateo Chacon as well.
Ten days after losing to eventual League Co-Champion Solanco in the L-L semifinal game, the lady Warriors took to the field in the quarterfinal round of the District Three tournament.
Entering as the number four seed, Warwick hosted fifth seeded Dallastown Thursday night and jumped out to a quick start scoring six runs in the first two innings while starting pitcher Amanda Herr was able to contain the Wildcats in an 11-6 victory.
Things got going early for Warwick in the first when two walks and a single by Katelyn Seibert (3-4) loaded the bases for Danielle Jones (1-4, 3RBI) whose fielder's choice ground ball to second brought home both Leann Runkle (3-3, 2RBI) and Seibert for a 2-0 lead.
With one out after Herr was thrown out, advancing to third on the hit by Jones, Julia Forsythe (1-4, RBI) doubled to center and was then thrown out trying to extend into a triple, but not before Jones scored to make it 3-0.
Warwick scored three more runs in the second after Kate Minney (1-2) tripled and then crossed the plate on a single by Runkle who then scored when Seibert's line drive into left was mishandled by Kyndall Hopkins bringing the score to 5-0 before Jones brought Seibert home on a single to center.
Helping herself in the fourth, Herr (1-2, 2RBI) drove a 2-1 pitch by Dallastown's starting pitcher Kelsie Merriman deep into center field and out of the park scoring Runkle, who reached first on a line drive into center, and widened the gap to 8-1.
A three-run fifth briefly gave the Wildcats some hope, but the Warriors scored three of their own in the bottom half of the inning which included two errors and a passed ball, as well as a successful double steal by Runkle and Minney to make it 11-4.
Dallastown continued to fight, however, putting up two more in the seventh before stranding two runners when Ashton Crump sent the first pitch she saw into right field where Minney snagged it for the final out of the game.
Warwick tallied 11 hits off Merriman while Herr surrendered six to the Wildcats and recorded six strikeouts while walking two.
Likewise, the baseball team began their District Three adventure Thursday on the road at Cumberland Valley but suffered a different fate when the Eagles scored ten runs on seven hits and held the Warriors to only two hits in a 10-1 defeat.
Justin Byler got the start for Warwick, but gave up five runs, three of which were earned, on three hits over two innings before handing the ball to Dagen Young who was treated just as poorly by the Eagles as they got to him for five runs on four hits.
Three errors in the first inning by Warwick led to Cumberland Valley scoring four runs before adding one more in the second for a 5-0 lead.
The Warriors found some success in the third when C Beech doubled to begin the inning and then scored on a two-out triple by C Martin into right field, but that turned out to be the only offense Warwick was able to manufacture on the day.
Mares Advance to District Semifinals May 25, 2018
Solanco's softball team had plenty of time to prepare for the District Three 5A tournament which got underway last Wednesday afternoon with a home game against Northern York. Their last game, a 5-2 L-L League semifinal win over Warwick, took place May 14. It took the Mares a little bit of time to settle in but once they did they made short work of the visitors, blanking them 10-0 in five innings.
"With the time off, we needed to figure what level of intensity we needed to be at," said head coach Brett Miller.
Northern threatened right from the get go. They opened with a base hit, moved the runner with a sac bunt and then stole third. Freshman catcher Jade Eshleman was heads up on a wild pitch that quickly bounced off the backstop and back toward the plate. She collected the ball and put the tag on the runner stealing home for the second out of the inning. After a second walk by Hanna Phillips, Skyla Townsley snagged a pop out to get out of the inning unscathed.
Solanco went in front for good in the second inning, scoring five runs with two outs. Phillips started the rally with a one out double. Alyssa Henretty worked a two out walk and Phillips scored on Ally McDowell's liner to left. Kara McClune followed with a two RBI blooper to center and Skyla Townsley's grounder to short was misplayed. Liz Mower and Jade Eshleman followed with back-to-back run scoring base hits that pushed the lead to 5-0.
They tacked on three more runs in the third inning on four hits, including McClune's triple, and capped the scoring with a two-run fourth.
"After we scored those five runs we came back and retired them in order, with Hanna getting two strikeouts," recalled Miller. "Then we scored three more runs.
"I thought we responded well for being off for so long and for rearranging the lineup," he added.
The rearranging including Skyla Townsley leaving the outfield and stepping into the shortstop slot.
"She's played short before," noted Miller.
"Our hitting was the big key," he added. "We finished with 11 hits and a couple key hits came with two outs. We've been pretty good with that all year. Hanna has been hitting well and I believe Ally McDowell has a hit in every playoff game."
Phillips finished with five strikeouts against four walks and gave up just three hits.
One night later, in the quarterfinals at Millersville University, the Mares faced the team that handed them their only loss of the season, Garden Spot.
After suffering a 16-7 loss to the Spartans on May 1, the Mares were looking for revenge but they couldn't get the bats going. Instead of a slugfest (Garden Spot pounded out 14 hits in their earlier meeting with Solanco), this one turned into a pitcher's duel. Phillips and Garden Spot's Elizabeth King kept the bats quiet for the most part. Solanco managed just two hits through eight innings, singles by McClune and Sierra Dean, while the No. 9 Spartans collected four, two of them in the first inning.
It wasn't until the bottom of the ninth inning that Solanco finally broke through. Dean collected a one out single and Phillips followed with a base hit to right field. Both moved up on a passed ball. With two outs, Henretty, out of the No. 8 slot, smacked a grounder down the third base line. The ball spun off Emma Stoltzfus' glove, pinch runner Noelle Schneider raced home with the game-winning run and Solanco punched its ticket to the PIAA tournament.
"We hit a lot of fly balls," said Miller. "We needed to put the ball on the ground and make them make plays. I think we only hit two ground balls in the first six innings."
Garden Spot was poised to jump in front early. A one out bunt, a double to the fence and an intentionally walked batter loaded the bags. Phillips buckled down and got two infield popups to get out of the inning unscathed.
She fought back from a 3-0 count to the first batter of the fifth inning and recorded her fourth strikeout of the game. Then, in the seventh, with two runners on and two outs, Phillips worked another key strikeout. In all, the junior fanned 11 batters.
"Hanna showed a lot of maturity," said Miller. "She made the pitches she needed to make."
Garden Spot's King was just as impressive, striking out ten, walking two and giving up four hits.
Township Lacrosse Teams Claim District Titles May 25, 2018
That is what you can call the Manheim Township lacrosse teams - District Three champions.
On Thursday night, the Township girls' team battled past Wilson for a 13-9 triumph to claim its first district crown since 2014. In doing so, the Blue Streaks exacted revenge against the team that had beaten them 10-9 in overtime a year ago for the district trophy.
Township now takes its 22-1 record into the PIAA Class-AAA state playoffs. Wilson will do so with a 21-2 mark.
What was also remarkable in the Township championship run was their 16-4 defeat of Cumberland Valley in the semifinal match at Hershey on Tuesday. The defense stopped one of the most potent offensive units in the district.
"We have players on defense who are very fast and athletic," stated head coach Mark Pinkerton. "This allows us to play an aggressive zone that is hard for teams to drive against.
"We anticipate well and work together as a unit, which is a key to playing our aggressive scheme."
As she has done throughout the season, Township senior goalie Haley McCullough anchored the defense in both the CV game and the win over Wilson.
"Haley runs the defense and is playing at a high level in the post-season," said Pinkerton. "There are very few goalies at any level who can do what Haley does with the ball in her stick. She does a great job of getting us out and running on breaks. She's the complete goalie."
She had eight saves in the Cumberland Valley match while the offense was led by Maris Large, Lizzie McBride and Taylor Kopan.
Large had four goals and an assist. McBride also scored four times while Kopan had two assists to go along with a hat trick.
Single goals were scored by Liz Musser (2a), Lucy Svetec, Megan Rice, Ashlyn Campagna (2a) and Shannon Elias.
In the title game, the Streaks took a slim one-goal lead into the second half then reeled off five goals to open things up.
Kopan scored four times while Large (3 goals, 2 assists) contributed to five scores. Svetec and McBride each scored twice and dished out an assist.
"It's a truly balanced team throughout with no weak links," Pinkerton said. "The offense knows how to move the ball quickly in motion with excellent stick work. All seven are a threat as feeder or finisher. I can't mention a standout player or two because everyone on the field is a significant talent."
As for the boys' team, after having missed the opportunity to hoist the District Three Class-AAA championship trophy for two consecutive years, the Blue Streaks reclaimed the district title.
Their last one came on May 21, 2015 with a defeat of Cumberland Valley. Two years and two days later, on the turf at Central Dauphin Middle School, the Streaks defeated the same opponent - this time by an 11-5 margin.
Wednesday night's victory improved Township's record to 22-1 on the year - a season where the second victory of the year was a 12-4 defeat of Cumberland Valley in a non-league battle.
Township struck early and carried a 4-1 lead into the second quarter of Wednesday's finale. The two teams exchanged goals before halftime, but the Blue Streaks increased the lead to 7-3 by the end of the third.
Zach Diamond, with six goals, was the leading scorer in the match. Sean Curcio dished out four assists and added one goal. Also contributing: Eddie Newman (2g, 2a), Grayson Sallade (1g, 1a) and Solen Layser (1g).
Though the Eagles out-shot the Streaks, it was goalie Caton Johnson (11 saves) anchoring the defense for Township.
The Streaks were coming off a semi-final round victory over the Wilson Bulldogs on Monday. The game was played at Penn Manor's Comet Field while Penn Manor was facing Cumberland Valley in the other semifinal game at Hershey High School.
For Township, beating the Bulldogs was payback for Wilson winning the district title each of the past two seasons, beating the Blue Streaks in the championship match.
The Streaks broke out of a 2-2 tie and carried a 4-2 lead into the second half. They poured on five more goals in the second half, registering a 9-3 win. In fact, it was only 5-2 Township heading into the fourth quarter.
Defending against Township was not easy for the Bulldogs as Diamond recorded a hat trick while Sallade (2a) and Tre Freeman added two goals each. Curcio (1g, 3a), Tommy Mann (1g), and Newman (1a) also contributed.
Cameron Magalotti's hat trick accounted for Wilson's three goals.
Johnson made five saves for Township.
Boys' Track Finishes Second in District Meet May 24, 2018
Lancaster-Lebanon League athletes grabbed eight gold medals at the District Three Track and Field Championships held May 18-19 at Shippensburg University. Penn Manor was responsible for three of those golds which led to a second place team finish.
With silver medals as both a sophomore and junior, Taraje Whitfield was ready to make a statement. Seeded first in both the 110 high hurdles and the 300's, Whitfield kicked it up a notch and cruised to victory. The senior clocked a 14.13 in the high hurdles, a lifetime best, pulling away from second place finisher Richard Gilchrist of Harrisburg (14.36).
It was more of the same in the 300's where improved his 38.61 seed time with a winning 37.57 to finish ahead of Wilson's Alex Cluff (38.29).
In addition to the hurdles, Whitfield teamed with Theoren McElheny, David Kramer, and Chad Mowbray in the 4x400 baton exchange. The foursome broke their own school record and settled for fourth place finish with a season PR of 3:24.28 (with Daimir Wesley and Josh Gibson as alternates).
The Comets also found success in the field where Alex Scheivert threw his way past Chris Barrett of Northern (192-03) to win the javelin with a 193-01. Josiah Edwards finished in 11th place (156-02).
Also in the throws, Jayln Clow grabbed a fifth place medal in the discus. Her 116-01 improved her seed throw of 112-08. She set a new Comet freshman record and was the only freshman in the 18 person field.
In the shot put, Casey McCollum settled for ninth place with a 48-3.75.
The Comets were also represented in the jumps. Sarah Harthan was the top place-winner in that category, scoring a fifth place medal after clearing 11-06. Brooke Gilbert tied for eighth place in the high jump (4-10) while Matt Julian settled for a tie for ninth place in the pole vault. Four athletes cleared 13-3 to force the tie.
Back on the track the Comets kept adding to their second place team finish with juniors Chad Mowbray and David Kramer earning medals. Mowbray raced to a fifth place finish in the open 400 (50.93) and Kramer finished sixth in the 800 (1.58.47). McElheny also competed in the 100 and 200 meter sprints but did not advance to the finals.
Also representing the boys' was Nick Fafal who finished 13th in the 3200 with a 10:02.57.
On the girls' side was Alyssa Schriver with a fourth place effort in the open 400 (58.58) and Fionna Haines who settled in at 12th place (1:01.12).
While most of the spring sports teams are winding down, the boys' lacrosse team seemed to be gaining momentum. Upset victories over Governor Mifflin (11-7) and top seed Central York (9-8) put the Comets in the District Three Class AAA semifinals, for the first time in school history, opposite No. 4 CV at Hershey High School last Monday. The result was much closer than the 10-4 final sounds.
Down 3-0 in the first quarter, Manor cut the lead to one with two minutes left in the half but CV, making its fourth straight semifinals appearance, scored not once, but twice in the last 42 ticks to stay in front and gain momentum.
"We talked all week about having high energy and being active," said head coach Zack Charles, "but we came out slow. We got into a hole but still stuck around. Those last two goals of the half hurt."
The Comets, who were outshot 46-17, were held scoreless in the third quarter, while giving up two goals and were outscored in the final frame 2-1.
"I thought Billy Briegel had an excellent game," praised Charles. "He slowed down their best offensive threat and also scored two goals."
That threat was Delaware Valley commit Clayton Miller who did not score a single goal.
Manor scored three of their four goals in that second quarter. Other than Briegel, Josh Heckman and Aidan Mahoney each scored once.
In goal, Seth Wilton came away with 16 saves.
The Comets are the first No. 9 seed to reach the district semifinals in the 10 year lacrosse history.
Thursday the boys traveled to Warwick for a chance to qualify for the PIAA tournament. They battled a Wilson squad (No. 3 seed, 18-3) that poured in five first quarter goals en route to an 11-4 victory and finished in third place in District Three.
Another slow start hounded the Comets. They fell behind 6-2 at the half and never got on track.
Penn Manor wraps up the season with a 13-8 record. No further details were available at press time.
Eastern Girls' Track Ties for 2nd at District Meet May 24, 2018
As it has all spring, the weather played a big part of a high school athletic event. This time the never say die rain and cold impacted the two-day District 3-2A Track and Field Championship Meet that was held at Shippensburg University on May 11th and 12th. The result left most everyone wet and a bit chilly but as they have all season long, the Eastern York girls' track and field team did not let the weather stop them or even really slow them down all that much.
Eastern sent 12 individuals and all three relay teams to Shippensburg and together they did well enough to finish in a second-place tie in the 2A team standings. The Lady Golden Knights tallied 84 team points, the same as Greenwood and well behind Delone Catholic's 138.33 points but well ahead of Trinity's 58.33 points.
Taylor Currier led the way with two gold medal winning jumps that ensured a return trip to Shippensburg for the PIAA championship meet. Currier nipped her closest competitor by 1.25" with her winning long jump of 16-7 and by nearly a foot with her winning triple jump of 35-2. Maya Stump joined Currier in both events, finishing 12th in the long jump and 14th in the triple jump.
Maddie McLain also qualified for the PIAA meet in two events thanks to silver medal runs in both the 1600m and the 3200m. McLain crossed the finish line a few seconds after Oley Valley's Rebecca Snyder in both events, settling for second place in the 1600m with a time of 5:19.79 and the 3200m with a time of 11:13.42.
As she has most of the season, Olivia McLain was not too far behind her older sister, putting together podium runs in the 1600m and the 3200m. Her fifth place run in the 3200m was by far the toughest to swallow as her 11:35.31 ended up a mere 0.31 seconds short of the PIAA qualifying time. She also added a seventh place run in the 1600m with a 5:35.32.
Eastern York's two remaining state qualifiers did so in one event each. Hannah Myers did participate in two events at the District 3 meet but only managed one state qualifying performance. Her 27.10 in the 200m finals was good enough for fifth place at the district meet but it fell nearly a second short of a return trip to Shippensburg. Myers had no such trouble in the 400m, clocking a 60.63 to finish second and earn a berth in the state meet.
Madison Nalls picked up Eastern's final PIAA berth for her work in the 800m. The senior came into the event with the top seeded time and while she fell short of that time her 2:22.70 was good enough for a bronze medal.
The Lady Golden Knights had one final participant make multiple trips to the medal stand in Maura DeRemer. The senior thrower picked up three medals highlighted by her bronze medal winning throw of 32-4.75 in the shotput. She added a fourth-place toss of 103-6 in the discus as well as a sixth-place throw of 109 in the javelin. Emily Smith joined DeRemer in the discus competition, finishing 10th with a top throw of 87-3.
Senior Christin Solon picked up one final medal for Eastern, clearing 4-8 to finish sixth in the high jump.
The Lady Golden Knights picked up their final team points in the three relay races. Actually, only two of the three squads made the podium as the 4:26.05 turned in by Cassidy Shetter, Myers, Currier and Sara Peter in the 1600m relay was only the 12th best time of the day. Nalls, Myers and both Maddie and Olivia McLain collected the best relay finish, taking fourth in the 3200m relay with a time of 10:08.96. Eastern York's third relay team finished seventh with Currier, Shetter, Emily Hoyer and Kaitlyn Case turning in a 53.55 in the 400m relay.
Hoyer, Peters and Shetter also competed in Shippensburg but did not make it to the finals. Hoyer and Shetter both saw their time in the 100m come to an end in the preliminary round while Peters met the same fate in the 100H and Hoyer in the 200m.
The Lady Golden Knights were not alone in their trip to Shippensburg for the District 3 meet. They were joined by one member of the boy's squad, Demonte Martin. Martin participated in two events with his best being a 14th place finish in the 300H thanks to a time of 41.17. He also competed in the 110 high hurdles and after clocking a blazing 14.80 in the preliminary round, bowed out in the semifinals after running a 15.36.
Comets Battle Black Knights in Season Ender May 24, 2018
The baseball team traveled to Landisville last Monday for the last game of the regular season but struggled against the third place team in Section One, Hempfield. The 10-10 Black Knights scored three runs in the third inning and broke the game open with a six spot in the sixth. They held the Comets to three hits and finished on top, 9-0.
The hosts, with eight hits on the day, opened the scoring with a pair of back-to-back two out doubles in the third. A pair of errors, two walks and three singles contributed to their six run fifth inning rally.
Dylan Crook struck out three, walked four and gave up three earned runs in four innings of work. Ty Erisman (2K, 2W) and Ryan Glenn (1K) saw action in relief.
Glenn, who finished the season as Manor's top offensive performer (.352 batting average), Dalton Landis and Ty Erisman were credited with Manor's hits.
"Ty Erisman was used only as a pitcher in the first half of the year, but we gave him a chance to be in the lineup over the last eight games and he responded by getting a hit in each of those games and ended up with a .375 batting average," noted head coach Streeter Stuart.
"Obviously the season did not go as well as we had hoped. We had started to turn a corner, winning four of six games, and held a 6-3 lead over McCaskey going into the seventh inning," he continued. "But when we lost that lead and the game, it seemed to deflate the team, and our last two games we really struggled."
The Comets finished 4-12 in Section One and 5-14 overall.
"Our real struggle this year was on the hill," Stuart stated. "But walks and errors were really not our problem. We just got hit around too much. Our team ERA last year was 1.29. This year it was 5.10. Last year we allowed 91 hits in the regular season and this year we allowed 162. That stat tells the difference between a section championship team and a 5-14 team," he continued. "Despite our struggles, Dylan Crook gave us a strong effort almost every time out and Erisman really started to develop as a solid starter as the season progressed."
Brady Hinkle and Cade Thourot joined Glenn and Erisman with solid seasons at the plate, finishing with .292 batting averages. Josiah Snyder finished at .288.
The track teams had a bye last Monday as they prepared for the L-L League Championships. They competed in the Blue Streak Relays on May 5 where Alex Scheivert improved on his school record with a throw of 206-8. He and Josh Gibson, with a 146-4 throw, combined for first place.
"That throw by Alex is number one in PA and in the top ten nationally," noted head coach Dani Myers.
In their last home game of the regular season, the Comets, still fighting for a section title, opened another busy week against third place Hempfield on Monday. In their first meeting on April 11, Manor earned a 6-3 win. This time around it wasn't as close. Seniors Julia Tappany, Brittany Hook and Syndey Duplissey combined for 7 hits in 12 at bats and six RBIs to spark a 10-0 shutout, their third straight. Hook and Duplissey each cracked two run homers, Duplissey's wrapping up a three run third inning while Hook's capped a five run fifth.
The seniors, however, got plenty of support. Freshmen Sophia Rineer (3-4 with one RBI), Madison Trout (1-2, 2 runs scored) and Kaelin Gable (2-3, 1RBI) were solid contributors to Manor's 13 hit effort.
Defensively Hook was perfect going into the fifth inning but the second batter up blooped a single behind third. Hempfield left a runner stranded on third that frame and added a one out single in the fifth.
"We hit the ball with authority," said head coach Dave Stokes. "It was a great effort by our kids."
Playing again Tuesday, Manor needed another win if they were to capture their third straight Section One title. And win they did. The Comets, behind Trout's 4-5 effort at the plate, toppled Manheim Township 12-5 to clinch that section title.
Trout led the way with five RBI while Duplissey pushed in two runs and scored twice in her 2-5 effort at the plate. Also recording two hits were Tappany (3 runs scored), Gable (1RBI) and Kate Green.
"After struggling to score against Warwick and Solanco, the kids went 9-0 to wrap up the regular season," said Stokes. "The freshmen are coming along. It's been a great atmosphere on the team," he added. "The kids have been very focused and Brittany (Hook) seems to be peaking at the right time. She threw her best game against Hempfield. And we're hitting the ball well. Hopefully it will all continue through the post-season."
Hook struck out 12 and gave up one walk in keeping Manheim Township at bay.
On the road again Wednesday in a crossover makeup game, the Comets made short work of Ephrata, plating eight runs in the top of the third and wrapping up the day with an 11-0 win. Hook grabbed the no-hitter with nine strikeouts and zero walks. And she helped her cause at the plate, going 2-3 with 2RBI.
Gable (1-2), Tappany (1-3) and Duplissey (1-3) combined for seven RBI's on the day.
The Comets cap the league season with a 14-2 record.
After a four-year absence, the Comets returned to the League Playoffs, which got underway last Tuesday night at Warwick where Manor drew the top team in the league, Manheim Township (11-0). The Comets battled the Streaks back on April 24 and dropped a 13-3 result. Tuesday night was almost a mirror-image as Township finished on top 12-3.
"I thought defensively we played well," said head coach Zack Charles. "I believe 12 goals was Township's lowest output of the year. Offensively we shot ourselves in the foot with unforced errors giving away possessions."
The Streaks tallied three goals in all four quarters and held the Comets to one in all but the second frame. They held a 19-10 advantage in shots on goal with Seth Wilton recording seven saves in the loss.
Aidan Mahoney netted two goals and Clayton Hollinger one.
The Comets open District play this week.
The Comets capped the regular season with a 3-0 sweep of Cedar Crest last Wednesday night in Millersville but the bigger win was Manheim Township's upset of CV.
"Township beating CV settled us into fourth place (6-6) in Leagues," said head coach Chris Telesco, "and qualified us for the league playoffs. That might give us a better chance of making Districts. We're still on the bubble."
Manor pulled away from Crest for a 25-22 first set win, took the second set more comfortably, 25-17 and took control with a dominating 25-12 match ender.
"I thought we played down a level," said Telesco. "We thought we'd walk in and stomp them because they have won a section match, we were at home, and it was our senior night. It doesn't work like that. We'd go up six points and then give away six points," he continued. "It was us at our sloppiest, but we got the job done."
Hunter Long spread the ball well, putting up 25 assists to Hunter Davis (7 kills), Dylan Zimmerman (6K, Trent Schlemmer (5K) and Matt Schaefer (4K). Hunter Enck defended the back court with nine digs behind Hunter Davis's four blocks.
"Dylan's five aces and overall strong serving kept Cedar Crest off balance," noted Telesco. "It was good to be able to pull our seniors (Josiah Hine, Hunter Long, Hunter Davis) in the last set to honor them."
While the girls' lacrosse team finished the season with a 4-14 record overall, the Comets did have one Lancaster-Lebanon League all-star. Senior Anna Katherine Kirk was voted as an honorable mention all-star. Kirk finished the season with 38 goals and six assists. She had 25 ground balls, 23 caused turnovers and 51 draw controls.
"Anna Katherine had a great season," praised first year head coach Caroline Lovett. "She was a leader on and off the field as a captain and dominated the midfield for us. Her presence will be greatly missed next season.
"As a team, I think we hit our stride late in the season," she continued. "We had big wins over E-town and Warwick to end the season. The girls connected on a level I hadn't seen all year.
"I loved being back at Penn Manor. We had a lot of growing pains, but that was to be expected. I'm excited for the team to continue to grow and improve each season," said Lovett. "We plan to work hard in the off season and come back better and stronger."
Spartans Win Again, Top LD in District Playoffs May 24, 2018
The Garden Spot Spartans visited Lower Dauphin for a first-round game in the District Three Class 5A softball playoffs on Wednesday afternoon.
Garden Spot entered the playoffs as the ninth-seeded team while Lower Dauphin edged them in the district power rankings.
In a game that was rescheduled from the previous day, the Spartans defeated the Falcons 6-3 on the road. Garden Spot scored its six runs by plating two each in the second, third and fourth innings.
"We came out with our bats a little flat in the first inning," said head coach Kim King, who admitted utilizing the batters in the first inning for scouting Falcons pitcher Paige Hollinger.
"Our first couple of batters were just told to go out and let the teammates know what she had," King explained. "We had not seen them at all and we don't have any common opponents."
Meanwhile, Elizabeth King did the job as the Spartans' starting pitcher. She worked her way out of trouble and finished strong, recording 10 strikeouts on the day.
"Elizabeth pitched a great game and we played well as a team," said King. "We had a couple of errors in the infield, which never helps."
Those errors helped the Falcons put together a three-run rally in the home half of the fifth inning, cutting the 6-0 deficit in half.
Sandwiched between the errors was a strikeout by King. A play at the plate went for naught and resulted in one of the LD runs.
"They singled in another run but we got out of the inning on a great defensive play at second base," King said. "Though we didn't score any in the next inning, Elizabeth came out and struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth. She finished strong.
"The maturity of a pitcher to shut things down came through for us," continued the coach. "The girls took control of the game and finished it out."
King's complete game effort yielded only six singles and one base walk.
On offense, Megan Fisher and Camryn Foulk combined for five hits.
Garden Spot assured itself at least two more playoff games with this win. Top-seeded Solanco won its first-round game against Northern York.
The losing teams in the second round start a consolation round to determine the top five teams in Class 5A. Those five teams qualify for states.
Foulk, King and Brandi Clark were named first team all-stars. Fisher and Desiree High were honorable mention while Clark was named all-league for Section Two and Three.
Indians Hold Off New Oxford in District Opener May 24, 2018
Following an odd finish to the League Championship in which Donegal wound up sharing the title with Solanco despite the fact they never even played, the Indians had to prepare for the first round of District play and a matchup with number 14 seed New Oxford.
Postponed a day later than scheduled, due once again to weather conditions, Donegal hosted the Colonials last Wednesday and despite some struggles with hitting, came away with a 3-1 victory. "Yeah, we're just plugging away," said head coach Wayne Emenheiser. "You're definitely getting into better competition now, you know, you're in the playoffs but you've got to keep plugging away. We had some opportunistic hitting today but we're working at it, we're working at it every day."
Collecting six hits, Donegal scored its first run on a single by Grace Miller (1-3, RBI) in the first inning but did not plate another runner until the sixth. They did survive two bases loaded situations, including in the seventh when New Oxford scored its lone run and threatened more before starting pitcher Sierra Neiss worked a pop up to catcher Morgan Biesecker followed by a ground out to Savannah Kolenda at short to end the game.
Neiss surrendered five hits and struck out five in her complete game win but found herself in a bit of a jam in the fifth where a walk and wild pitch followed by single and another walk gave the Colonials runners on all three bags with no outs.
A heads up play by the pitcher, however, on a sharply hit ground ball in which she fired home to Biesecker who in turn threw to first to complete the double play saved the day as she then retired the side.
"She's been throwing well. She's getting healthy again," added Emenheiser when asked about his starter. "She struggled with some injuries throughout the season and now that she is getting a little healthier I think she's getting stronger, she's getting a little more consistent."
Donegal responded with two runs in the sixth. Rachel Overlander (1-3, 2RBI) doubled in Peighton Hornick (1-3), who doubled to open the inning, and courtesy runner Morgan Creek who replaced Neiss at first when she walked and then reached second on a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt from Biesecker that also placed Hornick on third.
With a 3-0 lead heading in the seventh, Donegal worked into another jam when a single followed by an error and another walk loaded the bases with one out before a wild pitch from Neiss gave the visitors their only run of the game. The win sets up another meeting with Lampeter-Strasburg in the quarterfinals.
Two straight losses to the Pioneers to end the regular season resulted in Donegal losing the Section Crown, a fact that is not lost on the Indians. "I think we're looking forward to the next round. We owe them so let's see if we can show up and play. It gives us an opportunity anyway, so we'll see what happens."
Results of the Donegal-LS game were unavailable due to holiday deadlines.
Two weekends ago the District Three track and field championships were held over a period of two days at Shippensburg University under weather conditions more fit to early spring rather than early summer.
Despite the cold, wind driven rain showers that actually forced at least one event inside, the Donegal teams performed well taking home a total of six medals including two silver and advancing three individuals and one relay team to the PIAA championship.
Brooks Bear and Avery Walker each earned their return trip to Shippensburg during the first day of field events in the shot put and triple jump, respectively and represented the only boys for Donegal to do so.
Walker's leap of 44-01 placed him fifth overall while Bear nabbed second in the shot put with a toss of 51-5.75. Also competing in the discus on Saturday, Bear placed 11th with a 138-10.
While the two seniors were the highest placing boys for the Indians they were not the only ones to medal. Keeryen Stevens recorded a time of 40.28 in the 300 hurdles to place seventh while Nick Ketner's throw of 163-08 was enough to give him eighth place in the javelin.
Stevens also took part in the 110 hurdles where he recorded a 15.1 in the preliminary heat which placed him in the semifinals later in the day. Unfortunately, his time of 15.16 in that heat was just short of the final qualifying time of 15.14 posted by Brendan Gates of Warwick.
Rounding out the place winners: Silas Buckwalter finished tenth in the 1600, and was 15th in the 800 with respective times of 4:32.26 and 2:05.09. Jarred Ford cleared 12-9 in the pole vault for 13th place and the second highest vault in Donegal history, and the team of Jared Collazo, Stevens, Tyler Rupp, and Walker placed 16th in the 400 relay with a time of 444.71.
On the girl's side, the 1600 relay team of Hailey Fry, Ashley Maxwell, Taylor Nissly, and Alice Fernald posted a 3:59.28 to finish fourth. They not only advanced to the state meet but set a new Donegal record in the process.
Fernald was also the final representative of Donegal to advance in the post season when she posted a 57.7 in the 400 earlier in the day to claim second place overall. She also ran the 200 on Friday where she posted a 26.35 in the prelims and missed the cut.
Nissly's preliminary time of 12.67 in the 100 moved her into the semifinals where she also came up short of qualifying with a sixth place finish in the second heat in a time of 12.58.
Bears Cap Season With District Playoff Loss May 24, 2018
There are two main lines of thinking regarding the time off as teams transition from regular season to postseason; the time off is good for the players or the time off breaks momentum and ends seasons. Count the E-town Lady Bear softball team among those that believe the latter as a 6-3 loss in the opening round of district playoffs closed the book on the 2018 season for Elizabethtown.
The Lady Bears, as the 10 seed, traveled to Spring Grove to battle the seventh seeded Lady Rockets on their turf. Spring Grove wasted little time taking control of the contest. A scoreless top half of the first for E-town led into a two-run bottom half of the frame, giving the home team a quick lead. That lead was short lived as E-town countered in the top of the second with two runs of their own only to see Spring Grove answer right back to regain control.
Sadie Seaman's two run homer to center for her only hit of the game accounted for E-town's scoring. Seaman's blast came one batter after Hayden Calaman picked up the first of her two singles in the game.
The Lady Rockets put single runs on the board in the second and third innings, making it a 4-2 game, and never looked back. Spring Grove's final two runs came in the fifth, stretching the lead to 6-2 in the process. Elizabethtown's final run came in the top of the sixth. Kristin Geesey, who took the loss for E-town, started the frame with a leadoff single. Grace Eckert subbed in as a courtesy runner and promptly moved to second on a wild pitch. Calaman moved Eckert and Marana Lonardi, a courtesy runner for Haylee Calaman, into scoring position with her second single of the day. That chased Spring Grove Starter and game winner, Bailey Rapson, from the hill. Her replacement, Sara Jones, offered up the inning's second wild pitch which allowed Eckert to score from third to make it a 6-3 game. Jones settled down after that wild pitch, recording six straight outs to end the game.
Geesey pitched all six innings for E-town and was on the hook for all six Lady Rocket runs that came on eight hits and two walks. Geesey did add four strikeouts to her pitching line and accounted for two of the Lady Bears' five hits at the plate.
Mother Nature had another trick up her sleeve for the Elizabethtown track and field athletes that converged on Shippensburg University for the District 3 Championship Meet that was held May 11th and 12th. After dealing with rainy and cold weather for most of the regular season the Bears were unable to get a reprieve for the district meet as temperatures remained cool while intermittent showers had athletes and spectators looking for cover and hoping to stay dry.
While the weather did affect the E-town participants with most of the nine athletes falling short of their seeded times, distances or heights, two of the Lady Bears that made the trip managed to shake off the external factors and better their times. Katie Locker and Cat Shontz were those two athletes.
Locker came into the 800m competition seeded first with a time of 2:14.07. The sophomore maintained her top billing, taking home gold, while her 2:13.52 came in 0.55 seconds below that seeded time and only a bit off the District 3-3A record time set in 2014 by Manheim Township's Meredith Newman. Shontz's success came in the 1600m where her 12th place time of 5:13.76 checked in nearly a second faster than her seeded time of 5:14.64.
The pair also took part in a second event but neither was able to post a faster time then they had coming into the weekend. That fact did not stop Locker from earning a return trip to Shippensburg for the PIAA Championships thanks to a fourth place run in the 1600m. Locker clocked a 5:01.83, nearly a second slower than her best time and 15 seconds off the record setting pace turned in by event winner Marlee Starliper of Northern York. Shontz's second event was the 3200m where she entered with the 12th fastest time (11:15.83) and finished 14th with a time of 11:24.13.
Madeline Quinn joined Shontz in the 3200m race and finished 16th. The freshman turned in a time of 11:31.31 at which was 0.81 seconds slower than her seed time. Alicia Underkoffler was the final Lady Bear to take part in track activities. She qualified 16th in the 300H with a time of 47.91 and finished 15th with a time of 48.07. Elizabethtown's final competitor on the girl's side was Audrey Schlosser. She finished the pole vault competition with a top height of 10-0 which put her in a five-way tie for 11th with four others.
E-town did send a small group from the boy's team to compete in the 3200m relay with one of those members, Christopher Scharf, branching off to take part in the solo version of the 3200m. The quartet of Jason Trimble, Jesse Myers, Charles Scharf and Christopher Scharf came into the 3200m seeded 15th with a time of 8:13.08. The less than ideal conditions kept the Bears from equaling their seed time but E-town did finish 14th thanks to their 8:34.95. The result for Christopher's solo run mirrored the other Elizabethtown athletes in Shippensburg. He came into the weekend seeded 11th with a time of 9:49.48 but the weather slowed him down to a 10:01.79, good enough for 12th place in the 20-person field.
Braves Fall in District Three Opener Against A-C May 24, 2018
The Pequea Valley softball team managed to start the District Three Class 3A playoffs on Wednesday afternoon at home - one day following the originally scheduled date for the match against Annville-Cleona.
The Little Dutchmen, whom the Braves had played twice during the regular season, took advantage of walks, fielding errors and timely hitting to post a 5-0 victory, ending Pequea Valley's 2018 campaign at 13-8.
"It was a disappointing loss," said head coach Doug High. "I feel bad for the girls because they wanted to win. They only had four hits, but we gave them a lot of base runners on walks, hit batters and a couple of errors."
Singles by Sophia Weaver and Katelyn Smoker were all the offense the Braves could muster. Smoker also stole a base.
"Kate Smoker, in her first year, had a tremendous season in the outfield," said High. "Our whole outfield was very talented."
"Statistically this was probably the most talented unit I've been associated with in 16 years at Pequea Valley," continued the coach. "Best defensive unit and one of the top offensive groups I've coached."
The Dutchmen scored twice in the first three innings off PV starter Sarah Moore. She only gave up four earned runs on the day, striking out three batters.
Annville leadoff hitter Lauren Schrader was on base all three times she batted. Desiree Loy had a big triple in the Dutchmen's three-run seventh inning.
The Braves were coming off a Lancaster-Lebanon League playoff loss the previous week where the Garden Spot Spartans won a bizarre 12-9 ballgame in the opening round of leagues.
"We had 12 base runners and scored nine runs," High recalled. "I was proud of them. They didn't give up. We were down 6-0, got two runs and battled back to 8-7. They just kept battling."
Garden Spot had 18 hits. However, Pequea Valley pitcher Olivia Ammon and her teammates in the field made the Spartans earn their runs
"We didn't have any errors," High noted. "Olivia struck out three."
The Braves took advantage of some sloppy play by the Spartans to plate a few of its runs. The Braves only had five hits in the game.
Caroline Bragg was a big spark in Pequea's offense. She had two hits, two walks, three stolen bases and scored four times.
"She was on fire," said High. "She also drove in two runs. She did a great job."
Claudia Schaubach had two hits and three runs batted in.
As the league's post-season play started, the all-star selections came out. Schaubach, Moore, third baseman Maggie Johnson and shortstop Makenzi Dienner were named first-team all-stars. Smoker was named Honorable Mention.
Mt. Calvary Baseball Falls in District Opener May 23, 2018
Mount Calvary baseball battled to the final inning of their 2018 season but bowed out of PIAA District III playoffs after a high-scoring, 9-7 showdown against Millersburg High School in round one.
The loss ended the Charger's playoff run and capped their season, giving them an overall record of 8-9.
"Finishing the season at 8-9 might not seem like a great accomplishment. However, for a team that only collected four wins in the previous season, it was a marked improvement," noted head coach Jim Sintic. "Our players developed and progressed nicely throughout the season. There were highs and lows but as a team we continued to communicate and focus on getting better," he continued.
Millersburg jumped out to an early lead in the final contest, racking up six unanswered runs by the end of the third inning, but the Chargers weren't done yet, and fired back with a five-run frame of their own in the fourth.
"In the fourth inning we were able to get things going, taking advantage of a Millersburg error and collecting three hits," pointed out Sintic.
Millersburg responded in kind, crossing three more to give them nine, and while the Chargers continued to churn momentum to gather another two runs, they ended up just short.
Hunter Stewart led the Charger attack at the plate with three hits, and defensively also picked up two strikeouts during his time pitching in relief.
Aidan Masters was tagged with the loss after two innings pitched but continued to contribute with his work on offense gathering two hits and an RBI.
"We battled as a team and hit the ball extremely well," praised Sintic.
David Ellis and Tyler Masters each supplied a pair of hits, and Dakota Lamb and Scott Lane each drove in two RBIs apiece.
Continuing to connect, Damian Rutt, Lamb, Lane, and Evan Barnes each supplied an additional hit to bring the Chargers to a season-high total of 13 hits in the loss.
"We know we need to improve defensively next season," noted Sintic. "We believe that as a team we can be successful if we continue to grow and improve."
The young team was comprised solely of underclassmen this year and have the advantage of returning and adding to their numbers next season.
"Our focus this season was building our knowledge of baseball and our relationship with the Lord," elaborated Sintic. "It is wonderful as a coach to see your team encouraging each other and building each other up spiritually. John the Baptist explained 'He [Christ] must increase, and I must decrease", and we are learning how that pertains both in life and being a part of a team."
Livingston Grabs Gold at Districts May 23, 2018
Conestoga Valley junior, Jane Livingston, propelled her way to the top of the podium at the District Three Championships, May 18-19, claiming top honors in the 100 hurdles.
After advancing to the final round by winning her heat with the second fastest preliminary time of 14.27, Livingston upped her game to beat all competitors in the final with her gold-medal time of 14.26.
Joining Livingston on the final day of competition was fellow junior and medalist, Aviona Saunders, who took second-place in the long jump with a distance of 17-5.25 and third place in the triple jump with a 36-10.5.
Jordyn Hock represented the Buckskins in the 200m, with an eighth-place finish.
Livingstone and Hock were joined by Sarah Castronova and Dana Wentz to complete the 4x100 relay which ran a 50.48 to finish in seventh place.
"This was easily the most successful district meet for the girls' team since I've been at CV," celebrated girls coach Nick Loreto. "Everyone performed well this weekend and I am happy with all of the results. For the girls whose season has ended, it's a nice stepping stone going into next year."
For Saunders and Livingston though, this season hasn't reached its conclusion, as their impressive performances have qualified them to compete at the PIAA State Championships.
The boy's team will also send two representatives to states, senior Jose Barbon and junior Nate Grucelski.
Barbon's efforts in long jump earned him a second-place finish at districts with a distance of 22-6.25 to extend his competition to the state level.
Grucelski will represent in the mile run, after finishing fifth with a time of 4:24.69.
The volleyball team came to the end of their post-season in the first round of district playoffs in a 3-0 loss to number four seeded Central York (25-20, 25-21, 25-18).
Junior Tanner Shertzer was named to the first team all-stars for his role as a setter this season, and Avery Barton received second team honors for his contributions as middle hitter.
The team finished with a 5-7 record in Section One and were 8-8 overall.
Middletown Teams Cap Spring Seasons May 21, 2018
Everyone knows that April showers bring May flowers but what do May showers bring?? For mid-state high school sports teams both types of showers bring headaches that come with shuffling and re-shuffling a carefully crafted schedule. For the Middletown softball team that meant a total of seven games having to be moved around including what was scheduled to be an April 16th game opposite Susquehanna Township. The teams finally ended up getting the game in, a month later, on May 14th where Middletown used a strong outing from Madison Gipe coupled with three hit games from Jordyn Dupes and Hayli Akakpo-Martin to enjoy an 8-5 victory.
Gipe ended up on the winning end of things but the game stared in a much different fashion. The freshman issued her only two walks of the game to the first two batters she faced, leading to an early 2-0 hole. Middletown responded with the first of two, three-run frames, taking the lead and never looking back. The Lady Raiders stretched their lead to 4-2 with a single run in the second before adding another lone run in the bottom of the fourth for a 5-2 cushion. Middletown enjoyed their second three run burst in the sixth to make it an 8-2 game. Those final three runs would become necessary after the Indians plated their final three in the top of the seventh to set the 8-5 final.
Gipe tossed all seven innings and earned the win and despite being on the hook for all five Township runs, only three were earned. She added four strikeouts and seven hits allowed to go with those two first inning free passes.
Dupes paced the offense, picking up her team leading fifth triple as part of her three hit, one RBI game. All three of Akakpo-Martin's hits were of the single base variety with the junior managing to turn each hit into a Middletown run. Maddie Sweigert enjoyed the final multi-hit game, rapping out two singles in four trips to the plate. With six Susquehanna Township errors aiding the Lady Raider cause Noelle Zimmerman picked up the final Middletown RBI with her lone hit of the contest.
With the win over Township and the suspended game with Trinity officially going in the books as a 5-5 tie the Lady Raiders finished with a 5-14-1 overall mark and a 3-8-1 record in Mid-Penn play.
Head coach Mike Thomas offered a look back on a season that saw his club miss the District 3-3A cut. "I hate to beat a dead horse about our injuries this year, but I can honestly say since game one we were without 3-4 starters every game, and at least once we were without 5," said Thomas. "I had a ton of confidence in our bench, but a lot of times the problems were kids were not playing their normal positions and it took them a time to adjust, and as soon as they got used to that position if was off to another."
Despite enough injuries to fill an ER and the less than desirable win-loss results, Thomas is already looking forward to next year. "We have a young squad and I'm optimistic and excited for what the future holds," commented the coach. "Most of our team consists of sophomores and freshman and some good talent is coming up from our local U-14 teams."
The wet weather also got to the baseball team, forcing the Blue Raiders to cancel their season finale with Hershey. The contest was actually slated to be the season opener back on March 23rd but snow pushed the game to May 11th before rain delayed the game to May 16th. More rain on the 16th caused the two sides to scrap the contest with both Middletown and Hershey already set in their postseason fate. For the Blue Raiders and their 10-9 overall record, that meant a walk into the offseason courtesy of their 12th place finish in the final District 3-4A power rankings.
With all the rain and wet weather popping up throughout the spring it was fitting that the 2018 edition of the District 3 Championship meet was held in less than ideal conditions. Middletown sent just two representatives to Shippensburg University for the championship meet on May 18th and 19th, both from the Lady Raider side of things. Lily Fager got in all her work on Friday, competing in the 2A discus competition. The senior thrower fell short of her seeded distance but maintained her seed place to finish in sixth position with a best throw of 95-7.
Jocilyn Koser was the second Lady Raider to make the trip to Shippensburg. The junior sprinter started her two-day affair with 100m and 200m trials on Friday. Despite finishing fifth in her heat she advanced out of the 100m prelims based on her time of 13.36. The good fortunate would stop there as her 13.51 in the semifinals left her short of a spot in the finals.
She found a little more success in the 200, finishing second in both her prelim and semifinal heat to earn a spot in Saturday's finals. She ran nearly identical times of 26.84 and 26.86 on Friday but was a step slower in the finals with her 27.56 placing her seventh. Koser had one final event on Saturday, using her spot in the faster of the two 300H heats to turn in an eighth-place finish thanks to a time of 50.42.
Solanco, Donegal Declared Softball Co-Champs May 21, 2018
Solanco had a little bit of extra motivation as they headed into the Lancaster-Lebanon League semifinals last Monday night where they faced Section One runner-up Warwick. After league officials decided not to continue to use the Garrett Park fields in Willow Street, Warwick was the hosting site. Need we say more?
The Mares came in focused and, for the second time this season, came away with a win. The Section Two champs blanked the Warriors 11-0 back on April 26. This time a 5-2 result pushed them into the League finals for the second straight season, opposite Section Three runner-up Donegal, who pulled out a hard-fought 2-1 win over Garden Spot.
"The girls played with a mature confidence," said head coach Brett Miller, "and that's what you need in the playoffs."
Both teams traded runs early. Warwick jumped in front with a two out walk and a RBI double by Danielle Jones in the first inning. Solanco countered when Kara McClune singled and moved up on a wild pitch. Randi Rambo followed with a four ball walk and Liz Mower collected a two strike, run scoring single. The Warriors, however, turned a double play, throwing Rambo out at home and Mower out at third and regained some momentum.
Warwick loaded the bases in the top of the third as Hanna Phillips, uncharacteristically, struggled from the circle, walking three. She did pick up two of her 12 strikeouts, including the final out of the inning with the bags loaded.
"It took Hanna a little bit to settle in," said Miller. "But she came up big when she had to and when we needed her to. She keeps stepping up big."
The Warriors took their second lead of the game in the top of the third inning on Katie Brubaker's two out single. Solanco returned the favor in the bottom half. Rambo blooped a two out shot over first base and scored on Mower's base knock to left.
Both teams came up empty in the fourth and Warwick left two on in the fifth before Solanco took their first lead of the night. McClune (3-4) lined a shot to center field and moved up when Rambo reached on an error at short. After a groundout by Mowrer, McClune raced home on a wild pitch. With two outs, freshman catcher Jade Eshleman responded with a run scoring single that padded the lead, 4-2.
Warwick left one on in the sixth and Solanco extended their lead in the bottom half when McClune doubled in Ally McDowell who crushed a two out triple to the center field fence.
"Our top four hitters combined for nine hits," Miller noted. "That keeps constant pressure on. And those insurance runs are always big," he added of McDowell and McClune collecting those extra base hits in the sixth."
The Mares (19-1) collected 13 hits on the day and Phillips scattered six against five walks.
Unfortunately, the weather, which has caused numerous play date changes this spring, reared its ugly head once again. The League Championship game against Donegal slated for Wednesday was postponed twice and eventually cancelled. And so, for the first time in the history of the tournament, two teams will share the title as Solanco and Donegal were declared co-champs.
"They played all season to put themselves in the position to receive this recognition," said Miller of his team. "I'm proud of them. And while we would certainly rather play the game, the safety of the players is the top priority. Now we start a new season," the coach added of this week's District Three playoffs. "We have to win the first one. There isn't a second if we don't win the first."
The Mares (19-1) enter district play this week as the top seed and take on Northern York. "We have been the top seed before," Miller stated. "But it's been awhile."
Four student-athletes represented Solanco at the District Three Track and Field Championships this past weekend at Shippensburg University. Two came home with medals. One qualified for states.
Anna Cooney, seeded second with a career best 43-0.5 toss of the shot put, settled for a bronze medal with a 38-0.5 on Friday afternoon. The senior was fourth in districts last year.
"Anna threw well but still has more in her," said head coach Ivan Haines. "She is determined to do well at states. She wants to follow in her brothers footsteps."
Alana Yoder settled for seventh place in the 800 meter run, beating her seeding time of 2:19.84 with a 2:18.61. She was the second sophomore to place, following E-town's Katie Locker who clocked the winning time of 2:13.52.
"Alana ran well but fell short in the last 100 meters," Haines said. "Her time off when she was injured came at the wrong time in her training."
Also competing was Dylan Sheaffer and Logan Yaletchko, both in the shot put. "Dylan would have needed a PR to place in the top eight," said Haines. "He finished 10th (47-07.25).
"Logan had an off-day," he continued. "He fouled on all of his throws. Inexperience and first year jitters came into play. But Alana and Logan both have next year to look forward to and learned a lot from their experience this past weekend.
"These four athletes gave a lot to the team and accomplished a great deal," he added. "We are proud of them."
Record-Setting Season for LS Girls' Lacrosse May 21, 2018
Just because the season ends with a loss doesn't mean it wasn't a successful season. While the Lady Pioneer's girls' lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought 13-10 result against Wyomissing last Thursday night in the District Three 2A quarterfinals, the girls were more than successful this year.
Their 23-13 district opening win over Trinity Wednesday night at Penn Manor was the first district playoff win in program history. Adding to that was a 12 goal effort by Kelsey Kimmel, the highest single-game total by any L-L League girl's lacrosse player this season. Their 24-goal total matched a single-game program record and is tied for the second-most goals in the 10-year history of the District Three girls' lax tournament. In 2010 the Pioneers scored 24 goals in a regular season game.
Playing under constant rains, and sometimes downpours, the Pioneers fought of a two-goal deficit right from the start. They regrouped, scored four straight goals and avenged last year's 15-14 first round district playoffs loss to Trinity.
Kimmel poured in eight first half goals, sparking Lampeter's 11-7 first half lead. She also finished with 14 draw controls.
"Kelsey played a phenomenal game," praised head coach Claudia Ovchinnikoff. "She has been a leader this entire season and continues to impress me with her scoring ability, even when she is being double and triple teamed. She and Brittney Zameroski combined for 25 of our 31 draw controls.
"Even though the score doesn't show it, Trinity played well," she added. "I was proud of my team for not allowing their scoring runs to affect their determination to win our first district game in school history."
Trinity tallied three straight goals midway through the second half, cutting the lead to 16-11 but the Pioneers answered with a four-goal run of their own and eventually, with under four minutes left, had a running clock and a commanding lead.
The No. 5 seed Pioneers got a hat trick of goals and assists from Brittany Zameroski and two goals each from four other players. Hannah Dawson (2g), Savannah Edwards (2g, 1a), Kendal ream (2g, 2a) and Katelyn Smith (1g) all contributed.
In Thursday's outing against No. 4 Wyomissing, the Pioneers again fell behind early but this time failed to rally. The hosts jumped out to an 8-3 lead at the half which proved to be enough despite Lampeter's 7-5 second half advantage.
"The game came down to draw controls, making defensive stops and shot selection in our offensive end," Ovchinnikoff stated. "We made some unforced errors at times and they capitalized. Our goalie, Mary Peticca, was an integral part of keeping us in the game, making 17 saves."
Kimmel's five goal one assist effort led all scorers. Zameroski added one goal and one assist with Hannah Dawson, Smith, Ream and Krebs all finding the back of the net once.
"The team accomplished a lot this year," said Ovchinnikoff. "We set a program record with 13 wins and 4 losses. We beat Hempfield for the first time in school history and it was the first time we won a district game. I am looking forward to building on that success next year."
L-S had ten athletes qualify for the District Three Track and Field Championships this past weekend at Shippensburg, four of them medaled and will compete in the State Meet this weekend back at Shippensburg.
Ezra Mellinger came home with a gold medal after out jumping CV's Jose Barbon (22-6.25) in the long jump with a winning leap of 22-9.5. He also competed in the 100m dash, finishing sixth in his heat but not advancing.
"Ezra medaled last year in districts but missed going to states by half an inch," noted head coach Cal Esh.
Josh Eidemiller was the next highest medal winner, grabbing the bronze medal in the javelin with a 189-03 while Kristen Herr finished in fourth place in the discus with a 119-01.
"It was a cool and wet Saturday with less than optimal throwing conditions," Esh remarked.
Also finishing in fourth place was Gabe Frederick. Seeded seventh, the junior tossed the shot 50-8.5 to not only earn his first district medal but first his first trip to states.
Also competing for the girls was Lilian Hoke and Sydnie Smith who both finished in tenth place. Hoke cleared 4-10 in the high jump and found herself in 10th place on misses as four athletes cleared the same height. Smith posted a 35-6.75 in the triple jump.
Madison Whitaker competed in the 100 hurdles on Friday. She clocked a 16.82, finished seventh in her heat but did not advance.
For the boys, who finished 11th overall, Josiah Zehr finished 17th in the 300 hurdles, Alex Stoeffler was 18th in the javelin and Michael Kuhns was 20th in the 400.
After getting rained out on Saturday, the Pioneers opened the L-L League playoffs on Monday at Ephrata and advanced with a 2-0 win over Lancaster Catholic. Against Cedar Crest on Tuesday, L-S worked a second shutout, 5-0 and advanced to the finals opposite Section Two Champs Ephrata.
Unfortunately, their quest for the trophy was denied by the hosts 9-6.
This game was back-and-forth. Tied at 2-2 in the first inning, L-S went in front with a single run in the second only to see Ephrata tie the score in the bottom of the third. The Mounts, however, outscored the Pioneers 6-3 over the final 3.5 innings to win the championship.
Ephrata's three run fourth posed the biggest lead of the game. L-S came back with two in the top of the fifth only to see the Mounts forge ahead 9-5 with a 3-2 fifth inning advantage.
L-S got one back in the sixth when a Connor Blantz single to left was misplayed, scoring Kris Pirozzi who opened the inning with a base hit to center.
The Mounts committed four errors in the game and only out hit L-S 7-6. The Pioneers, however, failed to capitalize on those miscues.
Pirozzi and Blantz both went 2-3 on the day with Pirozzi getting a RBI. Aaron Snyder (1RBI) and Eckman also collected hits while Joseph Meck knocked in a run.
On the hill, Todd Shelley, Josh Howells and Doug Schneider combined for four strikeouts, seven walks and gave up nine earned runs.
Tuesday, Luke Weigel went 2-3 with two RBI and a walk as the Pioneers blanked Cedar Crest 5-0. Joseph Meck also went 2-3.
L-S scored lone runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings and pushed two across in the fifth to take control. They finished with eight hits and took advantage of five errors and four walks to advance to the championship game.
The Pioneers opened their league playoff run on Monday, May 14 and prevailed 2-0 over Lancaster Catholic. After a scoreless first, L-S put together all the offense they needed in a two-run second frame. Hunter Cunningham worked a one out walk, moved up on a Blantz single and scored on Meck's double with Blantz coming home on the throw.
Dylan Byler struck out seven, walked two and gave up one hit in six innings of work. Josh Howells pitched one inning and got the save.
At the plate, Pirozzi, Blantz and Meck all connected for one hit with Meck pushing in two runs.
Up next for the Pioneers is the District Three playoffs which get underway this week.
Haberstroh, Wakefield Qualify for States May 21, 2018
The 2017-18 sports season at Columbia High School wraps up this weekend with two Crimson Tide athletes competing at the state track and field championships.
Heading back to Shippensburg for a shot at state gold are seniors Jordan Haberstroh and Joleen Wakefield following their performances at the District Three Class AA championships also at Shippensburg.
Haberstroh, who will be making her fourth trip to states, qualified with a fourth place finish in the 3,200-meter run on Friday. Wakefield, a District Three champion a year ago, qualified with a second place finish in the javelin. It will be her second trip to the state finals.
Haberstroh finished the eight lap 3200 meter event in a time of 11:32.58, well behind eventual champ Rebecca Snyder of Oley Valley, who finished in 11:13.02. Second place went to Maddie McLain of Eastern, while Elaina Clancy of Boiling Springs was third, 14 seconds ahead of Haberstroh.
Haberstroh last year was 12th in the state meet in the 3,200 and as a freshman, she was 10th. Her sophomore year she was 23rd in the 1,600-meter run.
Wakefield, who was 27th in the javelin last year at states, placed second at district's with a toss of 114-8, behind Lauren Seubert of Trinity, who won the event with a throw of 119-4.
Haberstroh was also on the medal stand with a fourth place finish in the 1,600, but her finish time of 5:26.34 did not meet state meet qualifying standards. The 1,600 finish was the same as the 3,200 with Snyder taking gold, McClain, silver and Clancy, bronze.
Wakefield also qualified for districts in the two hurdle events. After placing fifth in the qualifying heat of the 100 hurdles, Wakefield placed sixth in the semifinals and did not qualify for the finals. In the 300-meter hurdles, Wakefield made the medal stand with a fifth place finish in 51:14, five seconds behind district champion Mia Kilroy of Trinity.
The busiest Crimson Tide athlete at the district championships was Ishmel Wright. The senior ran the 100, 200 and 400 and anchored the Tide's 400-meter relay team. Despite a huge effort, Wright did not qualify for states.
In the 100, he advanced through the qualifying races with ease to move into the finals. There the Tide speedster settled for third with a time of 11:34, behind champion Brandon Sparr of Schuylkill Valley and Annville-Cleona's Stanley Miller. Also in that event, teammate and freshman Justin Elliott advanced to the semi-finals before placing seventh in his heat.
In the 200, like the 100, Wright advanced through two qualifying runs to get to the finals, where he settled for sixth place.
In the 400, Wright was also sixth with a time of 52:40.
The Tide's 400-meter relay team that also included Elliot, Evan Osborne and Ahmad Kamara, just missed the medal stand, following a ninth place finish.
Knights Claim 22nd L-L League VB Crown May 21, 2018
On Monday night, the Knights claimed their seventh Lancaster-Lebanon League boys' volleyball crown in the last 10 years and 22nd overall as they defeated Manheim Central 3-0.
In a championship match played at Manheim Township, the Knights topped the Barons 25-18, 25-18 and 25-21 on what head coach Mike Vogel called, "A total team effort."
Elliott De La Torre registering seven blocks was a big part of that team effort, according to Vogel.
"Elliott put up a wall with his blocking," said Vogel. "Our blocking was the difference. We shut them down. We had three big blocks late in the third game and more sprinkled through the other games."
The Barons were led by Mason Nissley, who had a match-high 20 kills. Tanner Stauffer poured in seven more.
"That's a lot of kills," said Vogel. "Nissley is their main gun. He and Tanner Stauffer usually score most of their points. We really didn't hold them in check until the tail end of the third game."
Ian Flood had 12 kills and two service aces for the Knights. Ian Willig added seven kills. Mason Scott served a pair of aces and hustled for 16 digs.
"Mason Scott covered the court," said Vogel. "He was digging everything.
"Ian Flood was jumping as high as I've ever seen him jump," added the coach.
Cayden Musso had 12 digs and 30 assists. Gavin Hanzelman added seven more digs.
"Cayden set a good game," said Vogel. "Gavin just gets the job done night in and night out.
"Central is a good team," continued the coach. "It was just our night. At one point it was 21-20 in the third game."
Hempfield prepares itself for the District Three Class-AAA playoffs where the top five teams will qualify for the PIAA, Class-AAA state playoffs.
In fact, being the second seed in districts, the Knights had a bye in Thursday's opening round while Mechanicsburg, Warwick and Lower Dauphin advanced along with Chambersburg, Governor Mifflin and Central York.
"The kids are confident," said Vogel.
The girls' lacrosse season came to a close following a difficult loss at Central Dauphin on Tuesday. It was a match between the eighth-ranked Rams and the ninth-ranked Black Knights in the opening round of the District Three Class-AAA playoffs with the Rams pulling out a 13-11 victory.
The home team came back with eight goals in the second half to overcome a 7-5 Hempfield halftime advantage.
"It was a really close game. It was back and forth," said head coach Elizabeth Erb. "We definitely played a stronger first half. They tightened up their defense in the second half and their goalie made some nice saves while we didn't maximize our opportunities.
"At one point we had a three-goal lead," she added. "We played hard and wanted to win. But we just weren't capitalizing and executing. We got nervous and did not do what we needed to do to succeed."
Lindsey Durkota led the Knights in scoring, finishing the match with five goals. Lauren Dague had a hand in seven goals, assisting on five and scoring two of her own. Lizzie Yurchak scored twice and dished out two assists. Livia Jackson and Laura Morrison each netted one goal.
"Lindsay was named MVP attacker of the league," Erb noted. "Liz Jackson and Lauren Dague were on the second team. People recognized them for the work they did."
Hempfield finished its season at 10-9. Erb feels quite confident for the 2019 campaign.
"This is my 13th year coaching here and I have never had a team that has the potential to come back entirely the next year," she explained. "I don't have a single senior on this team. Everybody could come back.
"There is a lot of experience here," she added. "We will have incoming freshmen of course. We had success with the leadership on this team."
Following an opening-round match in which the Knights' offense unleashed 27 goals against Exeter Township, the boys' lacrosse season came to a heartbreaking loss with a 16-12 loss to fourth-seeded Cumberland Valley in Wednesday's second-round match.
Hempfield played host to Exeter in the opening round, putting up eight goals in each of the first two quarters on the way to a 27-14 win. The Knights launched 51 shots on goal.
Kohl Wessner was unstoppable, scoring 11 times on the Eagles. He also shared the scoring, handing out two assists.
Speaking of sharing, with 27 goals there was plenty of that. Matt Heuston found the net six times, adding to the two assists he recorded. Cameron Aksu chipped in with four goals and gave out three assists. Bryce Witmer and Bobby Griffith each scored twice while Witmer and Tyler Blew each recorded two assists. Griffith and Grayson Dague each had one.
In goal, Collin Kaiser recorded seven saves.
Playing the second round at Eagle View Middle School, the Knights came up short on Wednesday.
The District Three Class-AAA championships were held at Shippensburg University on Friday and Saturday, May 18-19.
Hempfield highlights included Carena Nottoli with a silver medal in the pole vault with a 12-6 effort. She qualified for states.
Ava Hostetter's 16-foot-9 long jump earned her sixth place.
The boys' team, which earned 14.50 team points to finish 19th, also had top finishers in the field events as Tyler Graham pole vaulted 13-3 for seventh place and Darien Ressler's 21-3 earned him fourth in the long jump.
Ressler also had a 10th-place triple jump of 43-4.5 while David Martin's 6-4 high jump was a three-way tie for ninth place.
In the girls' 4x100-meter relay, Nottoli, Kara Benedict, Alexa Pitts and Cahsia Page claimed third place with a time of 49.37 seconds.
On the track, the boys' 4x800-m relay team earned a silver medal with Christian Groff, Bailey Titter, Jack Mieszkalski and Colin Gallagher clocking an 8:00.27.
Groff, Mieszkalski, Gallagher and Tanner Hess ran the 4x400 in 3:30.19 for 13th place. Groff's time of 4:37.18 was good for 14th place in the 1,600.