Volleyball Caps Season With Playoff Appearance October 23, 2017
The volleyball team wrapped up the regular season last week with losses against the top two teams in Section Two and opened the post-season opposite Section One champ Hempfield. They finish the 2017 schedule with a 6-8 overall record.
The action got underway last Monday night when the team traveled to Section Two champ Elizabethtown (10-0). The Bears got off to a strong start, topping the visitors 25-10 in the opening set. L-S regrouped in the second set but fell short of the win, 25-20, only to see the home team finish strong, 25-16.
Bri Eberly was a force at the net for the hosts, putting down 13 kills. Betsy Brenneman was tops in that department for L-S with 5 and collected a team-high 4 blocks. Hailey Hildenbrand anchored the defense with 12 digs and was one of three Pioneers to serve one ace, joining Becca Cohen and Emma Cohen, who dished out 13 assists.
Wednesday night the Pioneers hosted the second place team in Section Two, Garden Spot (14-3 overall) and were dealt a 3-0 loss (25-16, 25-22, 25-19). Abbie Powell served up a game-high six aces and Haley Hoover added a match-high seven blocks but it wasn't enough. E. Cohen finished with 18 assists, five of which Brenneman converted into kills. B. Cohen settled for six digs.
The going did not get any easier as the Pioneers, the third place team in Section Two (5-5) opened the L-L League Championships against Hempfield (12-0) on Friday and suffered a third straight defeat, 25-10, 25-8, 25-13.
Hildenbrand and B. Cohen finished with four kills each, Brenneman served one ace and E. Cohen recorded 13 assists to highlight the offense. Hoover's two blocks were the defensive highlights as the Pioneers failed to record a single dig.
"Our injuries caused us to constantly work on new lineups," said head coach Zach Smith. "And we struggled to get in synch. It's disappointing because we finished 20th in the Class 3A power rankings, missing the 16 team field. There are a lot of teams in districts that we could beat."
After scooting past Annville-Cleona in the opening round of the Lancaster-Lebanon League championships, the field hockey team went up against Manheim Township in last Tuesday's semifinal clash at Warwick High School. The second place team out of Section One advanced with a 5-1 win over Elco.
With the Streaks earning just one more win in their overall record (14-6) than the Pioneers (13-6), a close matchup was expected. But Township plays the bulk of their games on turf while L-S is at home on the grass. The difference was evident as Township's speed and ball carrying ability played a role in a 7-0 victory that vaulted them into the finals for the first time in over 28 years.
"We have struggled to secure turf this season," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "Plus most of our second half of the season games were on grass. I think that showed."
Asia Weaver and Lindsey Koser each scored twice for the Streaks who built a 5-0 lead by halftime. Overall, the Streaks registered 29 shots on goal and earned 13 penalty corners while limiting the Pioneers to three shots and zero corners.
"I was hoping we could stay a little closer," said Swarr. "Our defense worked the whole game and did a nice job."
Highlighting that defense was a combined 17 saves by keepers Delaney McCormick and Alexis Garrett and a combined five defensive saves by Emily Jones and Jocelyn Branco.
"It's a love hate relationship with those defensive saves," stated Swarr. "Emily stepped up and played hard. She will throw her body in front of anything to keep the ball out of the cage. We needed that. And Jocelyn has been a solid defender and post player all season.
"Our backs work very well together," she continued. "Katelyn Smith does a fantastic job with communication and organizing the marking and Amelia Cope is a master block-tackler."
This week the Pioneers open District Three Class AA play as the No. 8 seed. They take on No. 9 seed Susquehannock at Milton Hershey High School, Wednesday, October 25 at 7 pm.
The lady harriers, fresh off their undefeated run through Section Two competition, competed in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships last Tuesday afternoon at Ephrata Middle School where they settled for a ninth place finish in a pool of 18 teams.
Sophomore Colleen Gilbert earned the top finish for the girls', placing 27th in 20:16. She was 1.7 seconds away from a top 25 medal. Kelsey Kimmel, a junior, ran second for the Pioneers, clocking a 20:56 for 33rd place. Newcomer to cross country, Sarah Capoferri settled in at 54th place with a 21:47 with Olivia Gard (60th, 22:05) close behind. Kyla Drouillard rounded out the top five with a 72nd place finish in 23:39. Also competing was Micah Gordley (81st, 22:57), Olivia Honert (105th, 23:56) and Marissa Denlinger (111th, 24:12).
The girls' were again the top Section Two team to place. In fact, they finished ahead of Section One's Solanco, CV and Lebanon.
The boys' team had a tougher challenge but continued to put their best foot forward. Jansen Miller again led the Pioneers with a 25th place medal clinching 17:05.
Everett Honert followed in 66th place with a 17:58 while Michael Kuhns (71st, 18:00), Noah Pritchard (74th, 18:03) and Josiah McCarthy (81st, 18:07) rounded out the top five.
Also finishing the race was David Helms (18:24), Josh Eidemiller (18:46) and Thomas Sellers (19:06).
The teams will compete this weekend in the District Three Championships at Big Springs High School.
For two straight seasons the Pioneers pulled out last seconds victories over Cocalico. This past Friday night in Lampeter, however, the Eagles needed a win if their contest against Manheim Central was going to mean anything. And a win they got. The visitors pushed out to a 17-0 advantage and pulled away with a convincing 52-21 result that was determined well before the finals seconds.
"We got beat by a better team," stated head coach John Manion. "They outplayed us all around."
The visitors used a 35-yard field goal by Daniel Engle to get on the board and picked up an impressive 87-yard punt return by Owen Zimmerman for a 10-0 first quarter advantage. They added to that when Noah Palm scored from 33-yards out early in the second quarter.
L-S, managing just 92 rushing yards, finally got on board when Cam Neimeyer caught a 71-yard touchdown pass and Peyton Denlinger added the PAT kick. With a bit of momentum, the Pioneers were poised to close the gap when they recovered a fumble on the Cocalico 21 but couldn't convert.
The Eagles, who exploded for 441 rushing yards, took advantage, marching 80-yards on eight plays and pushing the lead to 24-7 on Brandon Brubaker's 6-yard run.
The Pioneers responded when Neimeyer snagged a 15-yard toss from QB Todd Shelley but it wasn't enough. Cocalico answered with four straight touchdowns and set the mercy rule in motion with seven minutes left in the game.
Shelley finished with 244 yards, completing 11 of 25 attempts with one interception.
"Cam played well and gave a strong effort," said Manion. "He finished with three catches for 106 y ards and two touchdowns and ran for 19 yards on six carries. He also blocked well.
"We got the JV's in late in that fourth quarter and they did a nice job as a unit," he added.
Alex Knapp's 3-yard run late in the fourth quarter, along with Denlinger's third PAT kick, capped the scoring.
Cody Reiff highlighted the defensive efforts with a season-high 13 tackles, including one for a loss. Gabe Frederick chipped in with nine tackles.
The loss drops the Pioneers to 2-3 in Section Two and 5-3 overall. They take on a 1-4, 2-6 Garden Spot squad this week.
"We have similar scores against similar opponents," said Manion. "It will be a better matchup than Cocalico."
Pioneer Booters Finish Third in Section Two October 16, 2017
With just the top two teams in Section Two qualifying for the L-L League playoffs this year, the boys' soccer team will have to wait until districts to get their post-season underway. Last week, with wins over Cocalico and Solanco, the Pioneers improved to 11-6 overall and sit in sixth place in the District Three Class AAA bracket.
The Pioneers, who finished third in Section Two, traveled to fifth place Cocalico Monday night and split the series with the Eagles, who nipped L-S 1-0 on September 20.
A first half goal by Logan Heister proved to be the difference as both teams scored second half goals. Derek Eckman's tally in the 68th minute was the insurance L-S needed as the Eagles cut into the 2-0 lead with a goal four minutes later.
On a soggy Wednesday afternoon, the Pioneers used a balanced attack to top visiting Solanco 5-1.
L-S gained all the momentum they needed in the first half, scoring three goals in a span of nine minutes. Patrick McClain, Heister and Nate Erb put the home team in front after 12 minutes. Solanco cut the lead to 3-1 late in the first half but that momentum did not carry into the second half as Eckman and Ramon Estevez put the game out of reach.
The girl's soccer team had a lot at stake last week. In a battle to secure second place in the Section Two standings and an opening round game in the L-L League playoffs, the team needed to win out and they did just that.
Tuesday night they held off fourth place Cocalico and Wednesday night outlasted Solanco for a pair of road wins.
"We finished sixth in the section last year so we did not qualify for leagues but we did compete in districts," said head coach Emily Lebo. "I don't think we've qualified for the league playoffs for the last four years."
Tuesday night's game in Denver was a thriller. Despite dominating field play, the Pioneers did not record the game-winner until the final seconds of the match. With 27 seconds remaining, Lizzie Adams inserted a low corner kick through ball to the center of the 18 where Toby Harnish connected.
"It was an awesome goal," lauded Lebo. "We should have scored in the first half. Kendal Ream, Maddy Stabinger and Hannah Adams all had opportunities by either hitting the crossbar or going 1-on-1 with the keeper. You have to credit their goalie (8 saves). We just could not get by her."
Pioneer keeper Olivia Vranich saved four shots to preserve the shutout.
Back on the road Wednesday night, the Pioneers piled up 20 shots on goal but only came away with a 3-0 final as Solanco's keeper, Gabi Dolan, was up to the challenge.
"I thought Solanco played a great game," said Lebo. "They wanted to send their seniors off with a win but we knew we needed to win to seal the deal for playoffs. Their keeper was aggressive and confident and did a nice job against our offense."
Stabinger broke the ice with a goal midway through the first half while Kendal Ream, taking a cross from Sarah Doutrich in the corner, made it 2-zip with eight minutes left in the half. McKenna Conklin added the finishing touches with a lofted shot that sailed over the keeper in the second half.
Bella DiCamilla picked up the shutout with five saves.
"Since it was the final game of the regular season, and because of back-to-back night games, we were subbing often," Lebo noted. "Everyone got playing time.
"We're thrilled to end the regular season at 11-3," she continued. "It's certainly an improvement for the program. The girls play for each other and I think that helps them get the results they want."
Lampeter's three game winning streak came to a close on Saturday afternoon as the Pioneers were dealt a 2-1 setback against Section One's third place team, Hempfield, in the opening round of the League playoffs in Millersville.
This was a battle from start to finish. After a scoreless first half, Hempfield went in front just four minutes after the break. It took L-S a bit longer to get going but they rose to the occasion and knotted the score when Adams, on a leading pass from Ansley Yost, found the back of the cage with ten minutes left in the game. That lasted just five minutes as Hempfield's Val Zawrotuk notched the game-winner.
Faced with a 'must win' situation last week, the field hockey team took care of business, handling Solanco 7-1 on Monday and Elizabethtown 4-2 on Wednesday to qualify for the L-L League playoffs for the first time in four years.
Despite the lopsided result against Solanco, the game was tied at 1-1 in the first half with both squads connecting with penalty stroke goals.
"This was our third stroke of the season but the first one we scored on," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "Makayla Malcolm tied the game on her attempt."
That tight play, however, did not continue after the break as L-S, fueled by Laura Horner's four goals, two in a span of about four minutes, exploded for six goals. Julia Smecker and Hanna Garber each added one goal and two assists.
"All of Laura's goals required her to drive, pull past, tip etc.," noted Swarr. "She is our finisher, for sure. And while Hanna Garber isn't logging a ton of goals, we could not do without her. She has set up so many of our goals these last couple of games."
The action continued on Wednesday with another high scoring affair. This time L-S got going early, jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the first half and matching E-town's effort after the break as each team scored once. Garber dished out three assists on the day with Smecker and Abby Thorius each scoring twice.
"Abby makes things happen," said Swarr. "Her first goal was off a sweet corner shot, designed just for her. And Julia finished two big runs. Her speed is incredible.
"And our defensive unit keeps us in games," she continued. "Anchored by Jenna Lapp and Kate Smith and added onto by Amelia Cope and Jocelyn Branco. They do a fantastic job marking and adjusting as needed."
The Pioneers opened the L-L League playoffs on Saturday opposite Section Three champ Annville-Cleona and came away with a solid 2-0 victory. Holding a 12-4 advantage in shots, the Pioneers scored once in each half but needed some solid defense, including a defensive save by Branco and three saves by keeper Delaney McCormick to preserve the shutout.
Horner and Chloe Blantz recorded the goals while Smecker and Daisy Frank were credited with assists.
With only one game last week, the girls' volleyball team improved to 5-3 in Section Two with a 3-1 road win over Solanco Tuesday night. The Pioneers sit behind Elizabethtown (8-0 LL) and Garden Spot (6-2 LL) in the standings and face both teams this week.
The Pioneers, who got a nine kill effort from Haley Hoover and seven aces from Marissa Petersheim, got off to a slow start but managed to pull out a 25-23 first set win over the hosts.
Solanco buckled down a bit in the second set and pulled away for a 25-18 final but that momentum was short-lived. L-S responded with back-to-back wins, 25-14, 25-13.
Emma Cohen directed the offense with 34 assists while Sarah Stoltzfuz (15 digs) and Hoover (3 blocks) anchored the defense.
In their last regular meet of the season and their only home meet of the year, the lady Pioneer harriers capped an undefeated Section Two record with dominating wins over Annville-Cleona (15-49) and Columbia (15-55).
With 15 of the 23 runners wearing blue and white jerseys, it was a red shirt that crossed the line first. Columbia's Jordan Haberstroh ran the course in 19:42 but with only one teammate, a team victory was not in the cards. L-S ran the table after that, securing 11 of the next 13 places.
Colleen Gilbert led the way. Her 20:19 was 37 seconds behind Haberstroh. Kelsey Kimmel (3rd, 20:52), Sarah Capoferri (4th, 21:24), Olivia Gard (5th, 22:06), and Kyla Drouillard (6th, 22:47) rounded out the top five with Marissa Denlinger (9th, 23:31), Micah Gordley (10th, 24:14), Olivia Honert (11th, 24:35), Hannah Shultheis (12th, 25:09), Paige Weidman (13th, 25:15) and Danae Ranck (14th, 25:33) slamming the door.
The girls are 7-0 in Section Two and 9-0 overall.
In their last meet of the season and their only home meet of the year, Jansen Miller raced to a first place finish with a 17:29 with teammates Noah Pritchard (17:48) and Everett Honert (17:48) close behind in second and third place respectively. The trio led the Pioneers to a 17-43 victory over Annville-Cleona and a 15-55 result against Columbia who has just one runner.
L-S capped the scoring with Michael Kuhns taking fifth (18:12) and David Helms (18:19) sixth.
Adding top 20 finishes were Josiah McCarthy (8th, 18:37), Andrew Pritchard (10th, 19:00), Thomas Sellers (14th, 19:25), Josiah Zehr (19:33), Colton Morris (18th, 19:41) and Josh Eidemiller (20th, 19:46).
The Pioneers accounted for 28 of the 44 runners competing. With a 6-3 record, they finished the season in fourth place in Section Two.
For their efforts through the regular season, a handful of Pioneers earned all-star recognition. Jansen Miller, Colleen Gilbert and Kelsey Kimmel received First Team recognition while Noah Pritchard, Olivia Gard and Kyla Drouillard were Second Team all-stars.
Friday the 13th proved to be a bit unlucky for the football team. Hosting Elizabethtown for their homecoming game, the Pioneers battled the Bears for just over three hours but fell short 44-38 in overtime.
"The kids played hard," said head coach John Manion. "I can't question their effort. E-town just made one more play than we did."
Tied at 38-38, Peyton Denlinger's 38-yard field goal attempt with three seconds left was just off the mark and sent the game into overtime. E-town jumped ahead with QB Cole Patrick's rushing TD. But Cody Reiff blocked the extra point, giving L-S momentum. That, however, was short-lived as the Pioneers fumbled on their second play.
"We had a chance but fell short," said Manion. "Now we bounce back."
This one was as back-and-forth as a ping pong game. L-S went in front on a Kris Pirozzi (9 catches for 145 yards) one yard run but the PAT was no good. E-town answered with a 54-yard passing TD and a successful PAT and a 7-6 first quarter lead.
The visitors extended the lead in the second quarter with a five-yard run and L-S matched that effort when Cam Neimeyer recovered a fumble and raced 22-yards to the end zone. Denlinger added a 20 yard field goal just before the half to put LS in front 16-14.
The second half was more of the same. E-town opened with a 53-yard rushing TD and Neimeyer countered with an 80-yard run that kept L-S in front, 23-21.
The Bears, unfazed, came back with a 26-yard field goal and then scored again, taking advantage of a high snap and a blocked punt to go up 30-23.
L-S opened the fourth with a Drew Smith two-yard TD and Todd Shelley, who threw for 168 yards, hit Neimeyer for the two point conversion that knotted the score and set the stage for the extra period.
"Todd threw a nice game with over 300 yards in tough conditions," noted Manion. "Marc Wilson ran hard and had 143-yards receiving on 10 catches."
This week the Pioneers are "Playing for Hope" as their game against Cocalico is in support of A Week Away, a non-profit organization founded by former L-S grad Caleb Walker who battled brain cancer.
Lady Booters Tally 14 goals in Three Games October 9, 2017
Eight games ago the Lady Pioneer booters dropped a 2-1 thriller to the Section Two leader Ephrata. But the Pioneers had won seven games since that loss and were ready to give a go at an upset last Wednesday in Lampeter. All that seemed to be in the works as Lizzie Deardorff's goal in the 29th minute put L-S on top.
The 14-1 Mounts however regained their mojo in the second half and notched a pair of goals to steal the win over the second place Pioneers.
"While the result was disappointing, we were the underdogs and a win would have been an upset," stated head coach Emily Lebo. "We challenged Ephrata and continued to show growth on the field."
The girls were coming off another dominating performance against Lebanon on Monday. Kendal Ream's first half hat-trick, in addition to Danielle Dipace scoring twice, highlighted a 7-1 first half that rolled to a 9-1 final.
McKenna Conklin and Lily Stoltzfus notched their first goals of the season while Toby Harnish and Lizzie Adams accounted for the second half scoring. Hannah Adams was tops with two assists.
One day after the Ephrata loss, the Pioneers took care of business. With two first half goals from Tara Wehibe and Ream's three assists, L-S blanked Garden Spot 4-0. Maddy Stabinger and Adams notched second half goals and Bella DiCamilla made three saves to preserve the shutout.
"I was proud of how we rallied after the Ephrata loss," said Lebo. "They proved they will not end the season quietly. While we would love nothing more than to make the League Playoffs, we are focused on each 40 minute half at a time and hope our commitment to improve each half propels us forward."
The field hockey team collected three wins in five days last week and improved to 7-5 in Section Two, tying Elizabethtown for third place.
Monday, looking for an upset against the Barons, L-S scored twice in the opening half but it wasn't enough as the visitors doubled that effort for a 4-2 win.
"We lost to them 6-1 on their turf," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "I felt like we won the game on paper. I have trouble getting my team to believe they can beat certain teams. We could have won this one."
Manheim jumped in front less than two minutes in but the home team responded eight minutes later, knotting the game on a goal by Laura Horner. Unfortunately, the next 15 minutes belonged to the Barons who exploded for three goals to take control. Hannah Garber, assisted by Horner, slowed their momentum with a goal in the 26th minute of the half, ending the scoring for the game. That's correct. Zero goals were scored in the second half.
"The defense was definitely tested," said Swarr. "We had three backs, Jocelyn Branco, Emily Jones and Amelia Cope combine for four defensive saves! Branco (2) uses her softball bunting skills to keep that ball out of the cage. She consistently has defensive saves and keeps us in many games."
Wednesday the Pioneers hit the road to New Holland and came away with a 2-1 overtime thriller.
The visitors piled up 34 shots and forced 27 corners but struggled to finish. The Spartans had one of each and sent the game to overtime.
L-S broke through in the 10th minute of the first half when Makayla Malcolm found Abby Thorius who eluded the defense and sent a shot to the back of the cage.
The Spartans returned the favor on a second half breakaway.
"We threatened but just could not finish," said Swarr. "Jenna Lapp scored the game-winner off a scramble in the circle. This was our first OT game of the year."
Friday the Pioneers broke a scoreless first half with three second half goals and blanked visiting Ephrata. H. Garber's goal midway through the half was sandwiched around a pair of goal by Thorius.
Looking to move up in the district seeding, the boys' soccer team improved to 9-6 overall (7-5 LL) with three wins in four days last week. They dominated Cedar Crest 3-0, upset section leader Ephrata 1-0 and held off Garden Spot 3-1.
"It was nice to rebound from the Central loss and take care of Cedar Crest," said head coach Gino DiSomma.
Derek Eckman, assisted by Mason Knarr, opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Eight minutes later, Caden Wise, on a setup by Logan Heister, made it 2-0. Chase Petersheim's second half through ball allowed Noah Patterson to cap the scoring in the 72nd minute.
"Our issue all season has been our inability to put together a full 80 minutes," said DiSomma. "Some mental mistakes have been costly."
Wednesday night in Ephrata the boys put it all together and avenged their first half double overtime loss to Ephrata with a hard-fought 1-0 decision. Eckman, taking a dish from Heister, scored what proved to be the game-winner. Paul Keller collected seven saves to preserve the shutout.
"The boys were really excited for the game," said DiSomma. "They were ready to take care of business."
One night later, they fought off a 1-0 deficit with three straight goals, all by Eckman, to pull out a 3-1 home win over Garden Spot. Knarr and Nate Erb were credited with assists.
In a battle for the Milk Jug Trophy Friday night in Quarryville, behind a total team effort in all phases of the game, the Pioneers set the tone early and often, and coasted to a dominating 45-0 Section Two victory over a 2-0 Solanco squad.
"This is certainly the best we've played all year," lauded head coach John Manion. "Penalties and turnovers against good teams have haunted us but not tonight. We had a total team effort."
Joey Underwood scooped up Solanco's first fumble and dashed 27-yards to the end zone with 8:12 left in the first quarter. Two minutes later Peyton Denlinger nailed a 31-yard field goal and the Pioneers were off and running.
Cam Neimeyer (106 yards on 7 carries, 4 catches for 53 yards) highlighted the next three quarters, scoring four times, including a 60-yarder with 4:33 left in the first half. Marc Wilson's two point conversion followed that score and the Pioneers led 25-0 at the half.
Finding Neimeyer for three of those TD's was Todd Shelly. The senior quarterback went 16-for-17 for 196-yards on the night. "Todd completed 17 straight passes," noted Manion. "That's pretty impressive."
While the offense was having its way, the defense was busy shutting down Solanco's running game, holding the top rushing team in the section to 209 yards on 53 carries while recording two sacks and forcing three fumbles, all via Tim DeWalt.
"Gabe Frederick led the way with 15 tackles but Joey Underwood, Kris Pirozzi (4 catches 73 yards) and Cody Reiff each had 12," stated Manion. "And Peyton booted five touchbacks. Plus our offensive line did a great job," he continued. "Jack Eckman has really been a force there."
Drew Smith capped the scoring with a 15-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
This is the sixth time in eight years that the Pioneers have won the Milk Jug Trophy.
The harrier teams swept the competition, and first place finishes, last Tuesday at Northern Lebanon with wins over the hosts and Manheim Central. The girls improved to 7-0 overall while the boys sit at 4-3.
Colleen Gilbert (20:33) and Kelsey Kimmel (20:37) finished 38 seconds ahead of Manheim's top runner, Mallory Sunderland, and Sarah Capoferri slid in for fourth place at 21:25. The Barons grabbed fifth place but it wasn't enough as Olivia Gard (21:50) and Kyla Drouillard (22:17) rounded out the top five with sixth and seventh places respectively.
Lampeter's Micah Gordley, Marissa Denlinger, Danae Ranck and Emma Bender, placing 10th through 13th respectively, all finished ahead of Manheim's fifth runner to help seal the win.
"Colleen and Kelsey took the lead early on and never let up," said head coach Mari Cunningham. "The girls knew this was an important meet for their season record and they all rose to the occasion."
Matching Gilbert, Jansen Miller won the race, placing 14 seconds ahead of N. Lebanon's Gage Krall who was second in 17:28. Everett Honert (6th, 17:39), David Helms (8th, 17:59), Michael Kuhns (9th, 18:03) and Josiah McCarthy (11th, 18:25) left the Pioneers with five of the top 11 places while Thomas Sellers (18:42), Josh Eidemiller (18:45) and Noah Pritchard (18:52) finished in the top 15.
"Jansen was focused from the start and ran a great race," lauded Cunningham."
In the District Three Class 3A Tournament at Briarwood West Golf Club this past weekend, senior Shannon Campbell opened with an 87 and freshman Katherine Lapinski carded a 94, both missing the 84 cut to advance.
With the playoffs looming ahead, every game is a big game. Last Tuesday the Pioneers were looking to right the ship against Ephrata, the team just below them in the standings. L-S topped the Mounts on the road 3-1 on September 12. At home, however, the Pioneers, coming in with a three game losing streak, couldn't quite get it done, bowing 25-22, 25-19, 25-23.
"We're battling injuries right now," said head coach Zach Smith. "We have a six rotation player out injured, one of our defensive specialists is out and another on restricted play duty. This has been constantly changing things for us and we are working hard on a new lineup."
Ephrata's stingy defense accounted for 20 digs on the night. Lampeter's Sarah Stoltzfus finished with 11 and Haley Hoover added two blocks. Hailey Hildenbrand collected a dozen kills due in part to Emma Cohen's 31 assists. Abbie Powell added five aces.
Thursday they hosted the Barons. Both teams came in tied at 3-3 in Section Two and the Barons looked to take charge, taking the first two sets 25-17-, 25-20. But the Pioneers rallied down the stretch, winning 25-23, 25-16, 15-9 to move into third place in the standings.
"All it took was one set win for our team to regain their confidence and come together as a team," Smith stated. "When we play with confidence and stay aggressive throughout the whole match, we have too many weapons to stop on the front line as well as a quick, scrappy defense."
With a 12-2 advantage in aces, serving was key for the Pioneers. Betsy Breneman, Powell, E. Cohen and Sofie Campbell all connected for three aces. Brenneman was also tops in kills with a match-high 12. Stoltzfus was credited with 20 digs, E. Cohen added three assists and Hoover put up a game-high six blocks.
The tennis team competed in the L-L League Flight Tournament at various sites on Friday but didn't finish as strongly as they had hoped.
Isabelle Brown, in Flight Four, turned in the strongest effort of the day, advancing to the finals with wins over Lyla Naqvi, of Donegal, 6-2, 6-2, and Ashley Risser, of Garden Spot, 6-4, 6-2.
Playing at CV in Flight One, Larson Kessler suffered a 6-0, 6-1 loss to No. 8 seed Emily Garvin of Manheim Township while Erin Harnish, in Flight Two at Manheim Central, dropped to Ephrata's Kandice Liebl 6-4, 6-2.
Rachel Marcroft advanced by default in the opening round of Flight Three at Warwick then dropped a tight one, 7-6 (10-4), 6-0 to Donegal's Mariah Forrey.
In doubles play, Kessler and Marcroft teamed for a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Cedar Crest's Clare Aitken and Cheng in Flight One while Harnish and Brown were dealt an 8-5 loss at Flight Two against Ephrata's Liebl and Karissa Lapp.
Sami Williams and Nora Holmes opened with a win in Flight Three topping Cocalico's Savannah Buscavage and Kylie Armstrong 9-8 (10-6).
Pioneer Hockey Team Slips Past Cocalico October 2, 2017
Looking to sweep the series against the visiting Eagles last Tuesday, the Pioneer field hockey team did just that, netting a pair of first half goals to slip by Cocalico 2-1.
The home team jumped in front nine minutes into the contest on a penalty corner. Makayla Malcolm inserted to Julz Garber who fired a shot at goal that Malcolm redirected to the back of the cage.
Not to be outdone, the Eagles knotted the score 14 minutes later. Both squads battled in the midfield and through a variety of corners before the Pioneers broke the tie with 40 seconds left in the first half. Laura Horner cracked a hard shot just outside the circle, crossing it to the left side where Julia Smecker, after the ball took a decent bounce, smacked it into the cage.
"I felt we dominated the game," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "We did have a run of about four corners in a row before Makayla scored. That is always sweet!
"Cocalico did have some scary breakaways that the defensive unit denied," she continued. "We had to move Jocelyn Branco to the midfield and drop Jenna Lapp to center back because Kate Smith broke her finger at practice on Monday. Both Branco and Lapp, in combination with Emily Jones, had successful 1 v 1 bouts that eliminated scoring threats," the coach explained.
Both Cocalico and L-S combined to raise funds for ALS research. "Through selling t-shirts and collecting donations at the game, over $700 was raised," lauded Swarr. "We had a player lose an aunt to this horrible disease."
The Pioneers faced their biggest challenge of the week on Thursday opposite Section Two leader, the undefeated Indians of Donegal. The hosts, with a five-goal effort from Mackenzie Allessie (43 goals to date), scored six goals in each half, pushing their season total to 118.
"They are clearly a cut above the rest," said Swarr. "Delaney McCormick played one of her best games in goal and finished with 23 saves."
The football team, opposite a winless Ephrata squad, took care of business Friday night and improved to 4-1 overall, 1-1 in Section Two with a powerful 61-6 victory. And they did it with a balanced attack. Drew Smith (73 yards rushing), Todd Shelley, and Cam Niemeyer (105 yards) each scored two touchdowns with Marc Wilson (76 yards), Joey Underwood (46 yards) and Sebz Hazboun chipping in with one.
"It was the result we expected," said head coach John Manion. "And it was nice to have a game where we could get everyone playing time.
"What we didn't expect was getting nine rushing touchdowns," he added. "We typically throw the football but the ground game was working. We rushed 392 yards on 52 carries."
The Pioneers jumped out to a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter before the Mounts got on the board. After that, however, L-S ran off six straight touchdowns with Hazboun's 20-yard sprint to the end zone in the fourth quarter being the longest.
"Defensively, Cam D'Imperio played well with eight tackles," said Manion. "He's been like a super sub all year for us and does a great job. Gabe Frederick was also solid on defense and on special teams and Johnny Franklin is giving us more depth on defense."
Mixed results last week left the Pioneer booters with a 4-5 Section Two record and a 6-6 overall mark.
They played a tough first half Tuesday afternoon against second place Elizabethtown (7-2) going scoreless through the first half. But the hosts, with an 8-2 advantage in shots and a 6-1 lead in corners, found the back of the net twice after the break.
Two days later, under the lights in Manheim, L-S fell behind 2-0 in the first half, giving up an own goal in the 39th minute. Both teams scored after the break with Logan Heister putting the visitors on the board.
The game was closer, statistically, than the final score indicates. The Barons (5-4 in Section Two) managed just one more shot and one more corner than the fifth place Pioneers.
In their last regular match of the season, the Pioneer racket team collected its fifth shutout of the season, pushing their overall mark to 8-3.
L-S dominated from start to finish with Larson Kessler and Rachel Marcroft, at No. 1 and Nora Holmes and Hanna Dawson, at No. 3 both recording 8-0 results with Erin Harnish and Isabelle Brown chipping in with an 8-2 win.
Singles play followed suit. Kessler posted a second shutout at No. 1 with Marcroft and Brown, playing No. 3 and 4 respectively, both winning 6-0, 6-1. At No. 2, Harnish was a 6-1, 6-1 winner.
In dual meet action last Tuesday at Brubaker Park in New Holland, the Lady Pioneer harriers ran away from the short-handed Spartans, winning easily 15-55, and pushing their league record to 5-0.
Colleen Gilbert (23:18), Kelsey Kimmel (23:20), Olivia Gard (24:52), Kyla Drouillard (25:03) and Danae Ranck (26:13) earned the first five places with Marissa Denlinger (26:24), Micah Gordley (26:35), and Emma Bender (26:37) placing 7th through 9th respectively.
The boys' squad also picked up an easy 15-55 victory and improved to 2-3.
Jansen Miller ran away from the field, clocking an 18:23 and finishing 37 seconds ahead of second place Michael Kuhns. Everett Honert (3rd, 19:07), Noah Pritchard (4th, 19:12) and Josiah McCarthy (5th, 19:16) rounded out the top five counters with David Helms (6th, 19:21) placing 16 seconds ahead of Garden Spot's top runner, Jeremy Risser (7th, 19:37).
Thomas Sellers (19:54), Andrew Pritchard (20:07), Josh Eidemiller (20:14), Colten Morris (20:26), and Nathan Eberly (20:36) rounded out the top 12, placing 8th through 12 respectively.
Having opened the season with five straight matches and after capturing the Ephrata Invitational, the volleyball team was cruising along. Last Tuesday's 3-0 loss to Garden Spot, however, was the third of three straight losses for the Pioneers. They suffered a 3-0 setback against Section Two leader Elizabethtown, dropped a 3-1 result against Section Three leader Lancaster Mennonite (8-1 overall) and last week fell 25-21, 25-11, 25-12 to the second place Spartans (4-1 league, 8-1 overall).
The Spartans were strong at the net with Shawna Zeiset and Taylor Dickson each putting down a dozen kills. Haley Hildenbrand was tops for the Pioneers with 8. She also led with 14 digs. Sami Seador, Emma Cohen, who directed the offense with 21 assists, and Alexa Troiano all recorded one ace and Haley Hoover finished with four blocks.
With home wins over Elizabethtown and Manheim Central, the girls' soccer team ran their winning streak to six straight last week as the second half of the season got underway.
"It was another exciting week for sure," said head coach Emily Lebo. "I think the key to our success has been the leadership of our upper classmen and each girls' commitment to improving their game at the start of each whistle."
Tuesday afternoon the Pioneers swept the series against visiting Elizabethtown in another one goal thriller, 4-3. Having defeated the Bears 3-2 just one week prior, L-S knew this wouldn't be a walk in the park.
In a first half dominated by L-S, the visitors, with just two shots in the first half, actually scored first. A Rachel Wood header got past Bella DiCamilla for the first goal of the game five minutes in. Twelve minutes later, Kendal Ream, with the first of her two goals, evened the score when she collected the rebound of Tobi Harnish's shot that clanked off the right post.
In the 37th minute, L-S finally took the lead when Ream sent a diagonal pass to Hanna Adams who gained control then beat the keeper.
That lead, however, was short-lived as the Bears, just 2-6 in league play, made good on a handball foul in the box with under two minutes left in the half.
The second half was more of the same. E-town again went in front, finding the back of the net in the 61st minute but L-S countered with not one, but two goals to pull away for good. Ream tied the game with less than three minutes remaining and Sarah Doutrich recorded the game-winner, collecting Tara Wehibe's rebound that hit the crossbar.
The win pushed the Pioneer record to 6-2 and in second place behind section leader Ephrata.
Thursday they battled the third place Barons and again delivered, this time notching a 2-1 final that kept them in front of Manheim in the standings.
With both teams notching second half tallies, it was Ream's goal in the 11th minute that proved to be the difference. Up 1-0 at the half, Ream scored again in the 47th minute for a two-goal cushion. Not to be denied, Manheim prevented the shutout when Olivia Kuster scored with 11 minutes left. That was the closest they would get as the Pioneers, with an 8-4 edge in shots, denied the visitors down the stretch.
"The girls want to win and come each game with the mentality that they absolutely can as long as they play as a team and for the team," Lebo stated.
Six members of the golf team traveled to Honeybrook Golf Club last Monday to compete in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships with hopes of qualifying for the District Three tournament. Two of them met the qualifying standard and extended their season.
Freshman Katherine Lapinski carded the fifth lowest score of the day, an 87 on the par 70 course, and met the qualifying target of 14. Senior teammate Shannon Campbell also turned in a solid outing, finishing in the four-way tie with the sixth lowest tally of the day, an 89.
The boys' needed an 81 to advance and the closest L-S got was Andrew Fink, who finished as the second AAA alternate with an 82.
Patrick Holmes, a junior, finished with 83 while seniors Eric Buck and Ryan Smith finished at 87 and 88 respectively.
Pioneer Booters Score Six Goals, Have 2-1 Week September 25, 2017
With a total of 6 goals scored last week the Pioneer booters (3-3-0) moved into a tie for fourth place in the Section Two standings with two wins and one loss.
Despite being outshot 15-11, but with a balanced attack, they opened the week with a dominating 4-1 result at Garden Spot. Mason Knarr tallied his first goal of the season and put the Pioneers on the board in the third minute. Three minutes later it was a 2-0 advantage as Derek Eckman found the back of the net. The hosts cut that lead in half with a goal in the 39th minute.
The Pioneer defense buckled down in the second half and the offense got goals from Parker Owens and Nate Erb to pull away. Willem Krantz and Logan Heister contributed assists and keeper Paul Keller racked up 14 saves.
At home on Wednesday the Pioneers suffered their fourth shutout of the season in a 1-0 final against Cocalico. The Eagles have given up just four goals to date and denied the L-S offense who has generated 13 goals.
In Quarryville Saturday morning the booters outshot the hosting Mules 15-5, held a 9-3 advantage in corners and posted a shutout. Chase Petersheim scored in the 29th minute and Knarr added the insurance goal just nine minutes into the second half.
Paul Keller recorded his third shutout of the season with five saves.
They tennis team improved to 3-2 in league play last week, working a solid 6-1 win over Manheim Central and a 5-2 nod over Elco before dropping a tough 3-2 loss to Donegal Thursday.
"I credit the girls and their positive attitudes," said head coach Susan Rettew. "They showed great resilience after the Catholic loss and returned to the courts the next day with determination.
"Not having Sarah Capoferri (injury) this year was a disappointment, but the girls worked diligently and I could not be more proud of what they've accomplished so far.
"We had many hard-fought battles against Elco," she added. "Three of the four singles games went into tie-break."
The going was a bit tougher against Donegal. L-S got off to a strong start when Erin Harnish and Isabelle Brown defeated Mariah Forrey and Lyla Naqvi 8-3 at No. 2 doubles and Rachel Marcroft teamed with K Mast for a tight 8-6 win over Grace Wheeler and M Murphy at No.3.
In singles play, however, the Indians held the upper hand, winning three of four. Marcroft pulled out the only win, defeating Forrey 6-6 (7-1), 6-0 while Sami Williams, at No. 4, dropped a heart-breaker 7-6 (4), 6-7 (8), 10-8.
In non-league play Friday, the locals topped Ephrata 5-2 with a sweep in doubles and singles wins by Marcroft and Brown.
The gridiron team took a 3-0 record to Manheim Friday night to face another 3-0 squad in the league opener. Despite taking a 13-7 halftime lead, the Pioneers struggled after the break, giving up 28 third quarter points and suffering an eventual 41-20 loss to the Barons.
"We took care of the ball in the first half and played good defense," said head coach John Manion. "But second half turnovers and offensive penalties were the difference in the second half. Plus their size wore us down."
After outgaining the Barons 215-55 and turning the ball over once in the first half, L-S had five turnovers in the second half, including four interceptions and were flagged for 97 yards in penalties.
A fumble on the third play of the game led to a quick 7-0 Baron advantage. After that, L-S dominated. A 5-yard TD pass from Todd Shelly to Marc Wilson tied the game and Peyton Denlinger added two field goals in the second quarter for a 13-7 Pioneer lead.
"Peyton was 2-2 in field goals and 2-2 in extra points," said Manion. "He's a weapon."
Just 13 ticks into the second half Tyler Flick raced 80-yard for a touchdown and two plays later the Barons returned an interception for another TD, extending the lead to 21-13.
L-S scored its only TD of the half with a 69-yard strike from Shelley to Cam Niemeyer (7 carries, 185-yards), cutting the lead to 21-20. The Barons, however, finished with three unanswered scores and the win.
"For the second week in a row, Drew Smith was our leading rusher with 48 yards on 14 carries," noted Manion. "Gabe Frederick, in his first start, finished with 8 tackles and did a great job. Damian Rosa followed with 7."
Kris Pirozzi added 95-yards on eight carries.
Playing three games in five days, the hockey team racked up ten goals, two wins and improved to 4-3 in Section Two and 7-3 overall.
Against a three-win Ephrata squad on Monday, the Pioneers took a 1-0 lead on a Laura Horner goal with 1:45 left in the half and Julia Smecker tallied what proved to be the game-winner with 24:15 left in regulation. The Mountaineers cut that lead in half about four minutes later but couldn't break through the Pioneer defense after that.
"Ephrata is always a battle for us," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "And sometimes the turf can work against us. We put Hanna Garber on their leading scorer (Megan Mahlandt, 9 goals) to try to limit her ball contact. Her basketball skills proved to be helpful as we were able to keep her away from the ball."
Julz Garber and Jocelyn Branco were credited with assists.
Horner's hat trick Wednesday afternoon sparked a 4-0 shutout over hosting Solanco. Horner and Chloe Blantz, who blasted a beautiful goal off a corner insert from Makayla Malcolm, both scored first half goals. Horner handled the second half scoring, finding the back of the cage in less than a minute and again with 9:57 left.
"Horner is a strong forward who will stop at nothing," said Swarr. "That was our first hat trick of the season."
The biggest game of the week was in Elizabethtown on Friday. The Bears (5-2-0) solidified third place in the standings with a high scoring 6-4 final.
The Bears took charge in the first half, jumping out to a 3-1 advantage and both teams traded goals after the break. "Every time we scored, they answered with another goal," Swarr stated.
Literally. L-S cut the lead to 3-2 on a goal by Horner at 11:09. Just over 2:30 later E-town answered. Horner scored again at 16:57 and E-town followed 2:33 later. Blantz tallied Lampeter's final goal at the 22:02 mark and the Bears had the final say at 25:11.
Malcolm, Daisy Frank, Jenna Lapp and Smucker contributed with assists.
"Daisy and Hanna had several beautiful give and go combos and Julia and Laura moved the ball down the field with speed," Swarr pointed out. "I was thrilled with the number of our corners (13 to ET's 8), but, for the first time this season, they didn't work for us."
In makeup action last Wednesday the harrier teams went a combined 3-1 in tri-meet action at Donegal. The girls' squad ran their record to 5-0 with wins over Cocalico (20-43) and Donegal (18-37) while the boys' split, notching a 24-36 result against Donegal before bowing out 19-36 to the Eagles. The boys are currently 2-3.
The girls earned five of the top seven places to pull away from the competition. Kelsey Kimmel and Colleen Gilbert ran second (22:08) and third (22:12) respectively while Sarah Capoferri (5th, 22:58), Olivia Gard (6th, 23:29) and Kyla Drouillard (7th, 24:36) rounded out the top five.
Jansen Miller earned the top finish for the boys, placing 3rd overall in 17:57. The rest of the team pretty much ran in a pack but they did so behind four Cocalico runners. David Helms (18:53), Michael Kuhns (18:59), Noah Pritchard (19:10), Josiah McCarthy (19:11) and Everett Honert (19:18) placed 9th through 13th respectively.
The teams were coming off the Ben Blouser Invitational held at Big Springs HS, the site of the District Three championships.
"It was hot and a hard course," said head coach Mari Cunningham. "But we did have a medal-winner. That's a big accomplishment in a hard race against good competition."
Pritchard earned the highest finish for the locals, placing in the medal round (28th, 17:28). Miller also cracked the top 50, finishing 32nd in 17:34. Kuhns (90th, 18:38), McCarthy (116th, 18:58) and Helms (121th, 19:04) rounded out the top five in a field of 387.
Gilbert pushed to the front of the pack for the girls, placing 37th in 21:17 with Kimmel (21:51) and Capoferri (21:54) taking 50th and 51st respectively. Gard (89th, 23:19) and Drouillard (24:34) rounded out the top five. A total of 327 runners competed.
Faced with must-win games as the league playoffs loom ahead, the girls' soccer team piled up four wins and improved to 5-2 in Section Two behind Central (5-1) and Ephrata (7-0).
"It was a great week," said head coach Emily Lebo. "Garden Spot was low on players because of injuries which helped us find playing time for many of our girls."
The Pioneers used second half goals by Toby Harnish and Maddy Stabinger with assists from Hannah Adams and Sarah Doutrich to secure a 2-0 shutout.
Cocalico was a battle that the Pioneers survived 2-1 on Wednesday. Danielle DiPace scored midway through the first half but the Eagles tied the game a quick three minutes into the second half. Kendal Ream, with six minutes left, provided the win with a sweet header.
"And we finally finished our game against Elizabethtown," said Lebo. "We were up 2-0 with 14 minutes left to play in the first half. They opened with a PK but we showed real grit and heart to rise above with a 3-2 win."
Hannah Adams, with a rocket from the top of the 18, provided the game-winner.
Saturday morning, behind a hat trick by Adams, the Pioneers handled visiting Solanco 6-1. Ream (1a), Doutrich and Emma Houck also provided goals while DiPace, Adams and Tara Wehibe were credited with assists.
The volleyball team had a rough go last week, working just one win in three attempts, all at home, and falling into a tie for second place at 3-1 with Garden Spot.
The action opened on Monday when the Pioneers topped Penn Manor 3-2 (25-21, 25-15, 20-25, 23-15, 15-8).
"We gave up too many points, missing five serves, hitting four balls out of bounds and giving up two points on passing errors, in that fourth set," noted head coach Zach Smith. "We need to continue to work hard at putting teams out when we have them down. We have a tendency to let teams stick around when we're up 2-0."
Sami Seador served up a match-high six aces and Emily Cohen's 40 assists were also match-high. Hailey Hildenbrand put down 10 kills and added one block and Alex Troiano finished with 13 digs.
"The serve receive passing from Sami and Hailey was excellent," lauded Smith.
Home again on Tuesday, the Pioneers fell 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-22) to Elizabethtown (4-0).
"E-town made very few errors," Smith stated. "We did have flashes of great play but just did not execute running our offense to the best of our ability."
Troiano was solid at the net with 10 kills and steady on defense with 15 digs. E. Cohen recorded 26 assists and, along with Seador, Abbie Powell and Becca Cohen, served one assist. Haley Hoover chipped in with 5 blocks.
Lancaster Mennonite, 4-0 in Section Three, took a two set advantage before L-S pulled out a 25-22 set 3 win. The momentum, however, wasn't enough and the Blazers finished out with a 25-14 effort.
Troiano again led with kills, putting down 11 while Hoover finished with three blocks. Seador's 18 digs were a match-high as were E. Cohen's 33 assists. B. Cohen added two assists.
L-S Harrier Teams Race To 3-0 Start September 18, 2017
The harrier teams opened their season last Tuesday on the campus of Franklin and Marshall College. The girls' squad cruised to 3-0 with solid wins over the hosts, Lancaster Catholic 17-50, as well as Lancaster Mennonite 18-46 and Elco 20-46.
In what was a three girl race for the bulk of the competition, Elco's Lily Brubaker pulled away at the end, winning in 20:28. Colleen Gilbert (20:31) and Kelsey Kimmel (20:37) settled for second and third respectively. Former tennis standout Sarah Capoferri finished fourth overall in 21:21 and Olivia Gard (22:17) rounded out the top five in seventh place.
"Sarah is recovering from a shoulder injury," said head coach Mari Cunningham. "I feel badly that she isn't able to play tennis but super happy that she has something to fill that spot and at which to be successful."
The boys' squad had a rougher go of it, coming away with just one win, a 21-40 result against Catholic High. Their two losses, however, were nail-biters, falling short 29-30 to LMH and 25-30 to Elco.
"The boys ran hard and were hoping for better results but Elco and LMH are strong teams," stated Cunningham.
Jansen Miller and Noah Pritchard finished 5th (17:10) and 6th (17:12) respectively with Josiah McCarthy (12th, 17:38) and Everett Honert (13th, 17:41) following. David Helms clocked an 18 flat and placed 15th overall as Lampeter's final counter.
"We had a good number of athletes train a lot over the summer and that hard work has paid off with times that were much faster this year than the beginning of the season last year," noted Cunningham.
"The team has chosen STRIDE as their theme (sportsmanship, teamwork, respect, integrity, determination and encouragement," she added. "We have discussed how to put those words into practice and positive action have occurred as a result. Also, we are "running for Gunner" again this year. Gunner is a 4-year old little boy with multiple disabilities due to a brain injury at birth."
After a hard-fought 1-0 loss to Central and a lopsided defeat by Donegal, the lady booters gained a little momentum and confidence with shutout wins over Section Three's Lancaster Mennonite and a winless Lebanon squad last week.
"I was happy with our 4-0 win over LMH," said head coach Emily Lebo of the Monday game. "They're a pretty talented squad. That win was not given to us and it was nice to have after that loss to Donegal."
Maddy Stabinger led the charge with two goals and one assist while both Hannah Adams and Kendal Ream added one goal and one assist.
One day later the Pioneers were back on the pitch. They scored nine goals on 31 shots and kept the Cedars pinned in the backfield.
"A game like this is a good opportunity to get everyone time on the field," Lebo said.
Ream and Adams collected two goals and dished out one assist each while Lizzie Adams also notched a pair of goals to pace the attack. Emma Gochenaur, Danielle Dipace, and Sarah Doutrich (1a) also found the back of the net while Morgan Wilson and Jackie Schultz added single assists.
Thursday night's game in Ephrata was the biggest challenge of the week. And while the Pioneers hung with the Mounts, the final outcome was a 2-1 nod in the home team's favor.
A goal by Adams, assisted by Stabinger, knotted the score in the first half. The Mounts tallied the game-winner midway through the second half.
"Ephrata is undefeated in the league and they're a fast team," Lebo said. "Speed is not our strength. The ball just didn't bounce our way," she added.
"We have the talent but we need to get the results. I don't think anyone can count us out as long as we keep improving."
With one match left in the regular season, the Pioneer golfers sit comfortably in second place in the Section Two standings (24-8) behind undefeated Cocalico (36-0) and four games ahead of Manheim Central.
At Tanglewood last Tuesday afternoon, the locals, with four in the top 12, went 4-2 on the day, suffering only their second loss of the season to the Barons (350-354). Cocalico carded a 336. Solanco followed with a 359.
Andrew Fink carded the third lowest score of the day, an 84, and was Lampeter's top finisher. Eric Buck followed with an 88 and both Ryan Smith and Pat Holmes checked in with 91's.
The tennis team earned its third straight shutout, fourth overall, against Columbia last Monday. Larson Kessler and Rachel Marcroft got things going with an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles. Erin Harnish and Isabelle Brown earned a shutout at No. 2 and Columbia forfeited the third doubles.
In singles play, Kessler collected a 6-2, 6-1 win over Brooke Haldeman and Erin Harnish won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 while Marcroft and Brown secured shutouts at No. 3 and 4 respectively.
Friday afternoon the Pioneers went up against undefeated Lancaster Catholic and were dealt their first shutout loss of the season, and second overall.
After winning each of their first four games, the Pioneers were dealt their first loss of the season at the hands of Donegal last Monday afternoon.
"They were definitely the better team," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "Mackenzie Allessie, their leading scorer (18 goals), is tough to defend on corners. She scored four times. We actually had more opportunities to score than I expected."
The Indians piled up 26 shots and 17 corners and scored four times in each half.
"Makayla Malcom was a definite standout," Swarr pointed out. "She was up and down the field with speed and determination.
"My team played with heart and determination," she added. "I was impressed that we were able to stick with their tempo - they are a powerhouse."
Things didn't get any easier on Wednesday as the Pioneers traveled to Manheim and came home with a 6-1 loss.
"This was a tough one," said Swarr. "I did not expect that big of a spread. The turf was on their side as we had trouble adjusting to their constant cutting to the ball. But it was great to score off a corner when we were down," she continued. "I'm all about playing to the end."
Hannah Garber, assisted by Abby Thorius, prevented the shutout midway through the second half.
"While we did get scored on these past two games our defense prevented many other possible scores," Swarr pointed out. "Our corner defense (Jocelyn Branco, Kate Smith, Amelia Cope, Daisy Frank and Abby Thorius and Julz Garber on the fly) is solid.
"I am pleased with the leadership of centerback Kate Smith. She has patience and timing. And Abby Thorius is on fire," she continued. "She can play anywhere."
The Pioneers got back on track Friday afternoon, improving to 2-2 in Section Two and 5-2 overall with a 4-0 shutout over winless Garden Spot.
"It was nice to see a lot of offensive play," said Swarr. "Our corners are coming together."
Thorius sparked the offense with a pair of goals. J. Garber added one goal and two assists, H. Garber scored once and Laura Horner dished out two assists.
Delaney McCormick earned her first varsity shutout with five saves.
"We were without Jenna Lapp (injured) this week," Swarr commented. "It will be fabulous to have her back. She is the core member of our midfield."
Last week's three game schedule, including games against a pair of section leaders, resulted in one win and two losses for the boys soccer team.
They opened the week against Section Three leader Lancaster Mennonite on Monday. The Blazers rode a pair of first half goals to victory.
On the road again Tuesday, the Pioneers survived Cedar Crest, 2-1 under the lights in Cornwall.
Nate Erb's unassisted goal in the 29th minute knotted the score at 1-1 while Jordan Sweger's effort 17 minutes later provided the edge the visitors needed.
Paul Keller recorded five saves to earn the victory.
At home on Thursday the Pioneers went toe-to-toe with section leader and undefeated Ephrata for 92 minutes but fell short in the upset, 2-1.
The Mounts, with a slight 12-10 edge in shots, took the early lead but the Pioneers, winning the corner battle 10-5, knotted the score on a goal by Logan Heister, assisted by Erb, in the 48th minute. Neither squad, however, gained the advantage through the remainder of regulation or the first overtime. Then, just two minutes into the second extra period, Ephrata's Andrey Patrushev scored the game-winner, leaving the Pioneers tied for third place in Section Two at 2-2.
A pair of 3-1 victories last week leave the girls' volleyball team tied with Elizabethtown at the top of the section standings at 3-0.
The Pioneers opened the week at Ephrata on Tuesday night and rode a 16 kill, 19 dig effort by Alex Troiano to a four game victory. The girls, with 16 kills against just two errors in the first set, took an early 25-22 lead.
"We hit almost .400 as a team in that first set but struggled to pick up the easy dumps and rolls," said head coach Zach Smith. "We made some adjustments and won the second set 25-14."
The Mounts rallied in the third set while the Pioneers relaxed and the 25-23 final went to Ephrata.
"They were swinging hard in that third set so we changed our defense a bit to accommodate where they were scoring," said Smith. "We came out with more energy and the defensive adjustment worked. We led from start to finish, gave up just four errors and won 25-15.
"Alex, Becca Cohen, Betsy Brenneman and Haley Hoover all hit over .400 which is off the charts," lauded Smith. "And Abby Powell has been coming off the bench with consistent serving, keeping teams out of system."
Cohen directed the offense with 52 assists and added five blocks along with Brenneman and Hoover. Sarah Stoltzfus, Sami Seador and Powell each served four aces.
Thursday the Pioneers hosted Solanco and rallied from a 25-9 first set loss with three straight (25-15, 25-13, 25-17).
"I take responsibility for that first loss," said Smith. "We went with a new lineup to start some girls that are not usually starters and we did not prepare for that in practice.
"Individually, Emma Cohen (20 assists) rallied off 11 aces and kept their offense tamed," Smith noted. "Betsy hit over .800 with 11 kills. This could only be done with the help of our excellent serve receive and defensive play. We took care of the ball and were in complete control."
B. Cohen chipped in with two blocks and Stoltzfus added 18 digs.
Peyton Denlinger's 31-yard field goal with no time on the clock, tied Friday night's game with Conestoga Valley at 44-44 and gave the Pioneers momentum heading into overtime.
That advantage led to a 57-54 double-OT win over the Bucks and secured for the Pioneers their seventh straight Lampeter Bowl victory.
L-S scored first in the OT period with Todd Shelley's 13-yard strike to Kris Pirozzi. CV countered with a 10-yard TD run and then pushed ahead with a 22 yard field goal. The visitors, however, had the final say when Shelly connected for his sixth TD of the night, a 10-yarder to Marc Wilson (120 yards rushing) for the win.
Shelly finished with 411 passing yards while CV's Tanner Schwilk netted 455. Cam Niemeyer finished with 213 yards receiving for L-S.
Up 7-0 in the first quarter, the Pioneers gave up three straight TD's and fell behind 23-17 at the break. After a 7-7 third quarter, L-S found its groove and worked its way back to knot the score with a 20-14 fourth quarter advantage.
In addition to the 31-yard game-tying field goal, Denlinger connected on a 42-yarder and successfully booted five PATs.
L-S Golfers Go 5-1, Remain in Second Place September 11, 2017
Thursday afternoon at Fox Chase Golf Course the Pioneer golfers earned four of the top 12 places and finished 5-1 on the day, pushing their overall record to 24-6. Their 349 team score finished second behind section leader Cocalico (29-1).
"Last year we beat Cocalico by one game to win the section title," recalled head coach Mike Chiodo. "This year they're just a little better than us. We have two matches left and even if we beat them in both, we still won't catch them because no one else will beat them."
Playing No. 1, Andrew Fink finished in a four-way tie for second place with an 81. Ryan Smith (85), Eric Buck (90) and Pat Holmes (93) rounded out the scoring.
"Andrew has improved over last year," said Chiodo. "He's been steady for us. The rest of the guys just haven't been quite as consistent. We've been getting two solid scores a match and we need four to beat Cocalico this year."
Rounding out Lampeter's top eight are freshman Katie Lapinski and seniors Shannon Campbell, Ryan Floyd and Josh Howells.
"They're a great group of kids and they're working at it," Chiodo said.
Despite turning the ball over five times, the Pioneer defense put enough pressure on Penn Manor's quarterback to help pull out a 25-21 thriller this past Friday night in Lampeter.
"You don't typically win a game when you turn the ball over as much as we did," said Pioneer boss John Manion. "Our defense did a nice job. It was a rough week with weather and shortened practices and injuries. But when things weren't going our way, we rebounded. We were resilient."
It was actually the Pioneer defense that put the Pioneers up early. A Cam D'Imperio sack of Comets QB Josiah Edwards in the end zone with 2:59 left in the first quarter gave L-S an early 2-0 advantage.
That and a 23-yard field goal by Peyton Denlinger in the third quarter proved to be the difference as both teams managed three touchdowns through the final three quarters.
The hosts pushed out to a 9-0 advantage early in the second quarter on Todd Shelley's five yard strike to Kris Pirozzi. Denlinger's PAT was good.
Manor closed the gap in the final seconds of the opening half. Michael Brown's interception with 4:44 on the clock set up a nine-yard keeper by Edwards, cutting the lead to 9-7 at the break.
The Comets got off to a good start in the second half. Jacob Hollinger fell on yet another L-S fumble, setting up a 19-yard touchdown pass from Edwards to Michael Morris.
That lead, however, was short-lived. L-S answered back when Shelley found a wide open Connor Blantz in the corner of the end zone, putting the home team in front 15-14. A 23-yard field goal by Denlinger with 16 seconds left in the quarter extended the lead to 18-14.
Both teams turned the ball over to start the fourth quarter. Manor capitalized on Ben Wright's fumble recovery when Edwards hit Taraje Whitfield with a 38-yard strike and Liam Hart cashed in on the PAT kick with 10:27 left.
Lampeter quickly countered. Marc Wilson's 54-yard run up the middle put the home team on the one-yard line and Shelley followed with a two-yard toss over the top to Alex Knapp.
"Offensively, we're not close to where we want to be but we're moving in the right direction," said Manion. "Marc Wilson did a nice job, rushing 121 yards on 13 carries, Connor Blantz added four catches for 77 yards and Kris Pirozzi had six catches for 48 yards.
"Defensively, our linebacking core played quick," he added. "Cody Reiff (9 tackles), Christian Garver (4 tackles), Tim Dewalt (6 tackles) and Damian Rosa (6 tackles and a sack) put a lot of pressure on their quarterback. And Shawn Thomas stepped in for his first start at guard and did a great job."
With a pair of convincing wins under their belt, the field hockey team opened Section Two play last Thursday night in Denver where they continued their dominating play with a solid 3-1 win over Cocalico.
The Pioneers (3-1) were coming off a crushing 8-0 result against Pequea Valley Tuesday where seven different players contributed at the offensive end. Newcomer Julia Smecker sparked a 6-0 first half with a pair of goals. Lexi Glass, Jocelyn Branco, Hanna Garber, Megan Brenneman, Laura Horner and freshman Chloe Blantz added one goal each. Daisy Frank, also a freshman, chipped in with two assists.
The Pioneer defense denied the Braves in both shots and corners and the keepers, Delaney McCormick and Alexis Garrett did not need to make a single save.
"We got off to a slow start as the grass was awful," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "But our goals came from all over, from freshmen and seniors! We finished with 32 shots and 14 corners."
Efficiency at the offensive end proved to be the difference Thursday night. The visitors held a 10-8 edge in shots on goal, were outcornered 6-5 yet jumped out to a two goal lead in the first half. Julz Garber and Frank found the back of the cage within two minutes of each other for a quick advantage late in the half. Midway through the second half, Horner made it 3-0. Abby Thorius and Hanna Garber were credited with assists.
The Eagles scored in the 27th minute.
"Every year we lose talented players; last year was no exception," said Swarr. "Losing Autumn Peters (playing at Millersville) in goal will be our biggest hole to fill. However, we have filled those spots and I am pleased with our progress. We have changed our formation in hopes of being a more offensive threat and being able to transfer the ball more effectively," she continued. "Of course, we are still working on our timing and adjusting to the various surfaces we play on. I don't feel we have really capitalized on our corners and our scoring opportunities so far.
"Defensively, we really have to communicate and work together as we are inexperienced in the backfield," added Swarr.
Under first year head coach Zach Smith, the volleyball team, behind a match-high nine kills from Troiano, opened league play with a solid 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-23) victory at Manheim Central last Tuesday.
"Down two, Manheim came out determined in the third set and we were a little relaxed," said Smith. "Halfway through the second set we subbed a lot so the starters came out a little slower in that third set and we actually found ourselves down for the first time in the match, 15-14. Later in the match, sophomore Abby Powell came in to serve and ran off five straight points to help us pull out the win."
Highlighting defensive play at the net was Betsy Brenneman's six blocks.
On the road again Thursday, Emily Cohen dished out 37 assists, 15 of which Alexa Troiano converted into kills, but it wasn't quite enough as Lancaster Mennonite pulled out a 3-2 thriller.
After falling behind 25-22 in the first set, L-S rebounded with the most lopsided win of the night, a dominating 25-6 second set. The Blazers were unfazed and won 25-20 to go back in front. Determined, L-S put forth another solid effort and controlled the fourth set 25-14 to set up the finale. Unfortunately, the momentum failed to carry over as LMH regrouped for a 16-14 set win to secure the 'W'.
Becca Cohen recorded three aces and both Brenneman and Haley Hoover added two blocks.
"Overall we were plus 20 points for the match," noted Smith. "We just need to put everything together in each set and we will be a different team.
"We were down 10-5 in that fifth set but worked our way back to a 14-14 tie. Then our own errors were costly," he added. "We have a young team, with just three seniors, but the team dynamic has been great. The LMH loss was a humbling moment and will motivate us to continue to work hard at practice and grow as a team."
That hard work continued and paid off Saturday as the Pioneers captured the Ephrata Invitational. Ironically, the girls faced Lancaster Mennonite in the finals and avenged their five-set loss with a 25-19, 27-25 win to capture the tourney crown.
After opening the season with a 1-0 overtime victory over Penn Manor on September 1, the Pioneers found themselves playing three games last week and improved to 3-1 overall by winning two of those contests.
Tuesday's battle against visiting Elizabethtown was closer than the 2-0 loss would indicate. The Pioneers held a 6-2 advantage in corners and almost matched the Bears in shots on goal, 5-4. However, after 53 minutes the game was called due to weather.
At home again Thursday against Manheim Central, L-S took care of business early. Logan Heister scored in the 26th minute and Nate Erb cashed in 23 minutes into the second half with what proved to be the game winner as the Barons snuck one past Paul Keller (3 saves) to prevent the shutout. Derek Eckman provided an assist.
Saturday afternoon, Eckman's unassisted goal in the 72nd minute proved to be all the offense the Pioneers would need against the visiting Streaks of Manheim Township. Despite giving up seven corners and five shots, the Pioneer defense was up to the task and provided the shutout behind Keller's five saves.
Five matches into the season, the girls' tennis squad is 4-1 with three shutouts under first year head coach Susan Rettew. After blanking Solanco on August 31, the Pioneers worked a second straight shutout, dominating Northern Lebanon in a match that saw the Vikings take just two games.
"All the credit for our successes lies solely with the girls and the great coaching from Joe Miller and Madonna Hufnagle," said Rettew. "All of our varsity players were on the team last year but are in new positions this season. Larson Kessler has moved up to play No. 1 and Erin Harnish, Rachel Marcroft, Sami Williams and Izzy Brown have all moved forward and are proving to be a formidable lineup."
Kessler, Harnish, Marcroft and Williams all posted straight set shutouts against the Vikings and almost matched that effort in doubles.
Kessler and Williams, at No. 1, and Marcroft and Nora Holmes, playing No. 3, both won 8-1 while at No. 2 Harnish and Brown worked a shutout, 8-0.
"Sierra Stoltzfus went down with an ankle injury but Nora Holmes stepped up nicely," Rettew noted.
The girls soccer team held a 3-1 edge in corners but were outshot 13-4 by the Barons in last Thursday nights league opener. And after a scoreless first half, Manheim broke through with the game-winner in the 63rd minute.
Junior keeper Bella DiCamillo recorded ten saves.
In their first home game of the season, the girls fell behind 2-0 in the first half against Donegal on Saturday. Though they scored twice after the break, the Section Three Indians found the back of the net three more times in a 5-2 loss.
Kendal Ream's goal just two minutes into the second half cut the lead to 2-1 but it wasn't enough momentum. The Barons scored three unanswered goals to take control. Ream notched her second goal with four minutes left to play. Emma Gochnauer and Maddy Stabinger were credited with assists. DiCamillo and Olivia Vranich combined for five saves in the loss.
Lady Pioneers Advance to PIAA Semifinals June 12, 2017
For the second year in a row, the Lampeter-Strasburg girls' softball team finds itself in the PIAA Class 5A semifinals. They did it last week with wins over Archbishop Wood and Bishop Shanahan and with a juggled lineup.
"I wasn't sure we'd win two state games with our best hitter out with a concussion," said head coach Gene Charles. "The team really stepped up."
With third baseman Hanna Garber on the bench, centerfielder Jordan Kondras moved to the infield, Summer Peters stepped into the outfield and the Pioneers got back to their winning ways.
After suffering back-to-back losses to Spring Grove, 10-3 in the District Three Class 5A semifinals, and Donegal, 4-1 in the third place seeding game, the Pioneers broke out the bats and toppled District 12 champ Archbishop Wood 15-5. And they did it after a three hour delay.
Scheduled for a 5 pm start, the Pioneers never took the field at Arcadia University until 8 pm due to weather delays in the earlier games. They shook off a 1-1 tie, took the lead for good with a single run in the second inning and never looked back.
A full count RBI double by Caroline Braungard pushed in Natalie Carson, who led off with a single, for Lampeter's go-ahead run.
Both teams pushed in two third inning runs but the Pioneers started to pull away with a four spot in the top of the fourth. With two outs, and the bases loaded, Kylie Weaver crushed a bases clearing triple and raced home on an errant throw on the play, pushing the lead to 8-3.
The Vikings, who helped L-S along by committing eight errors, scored just two more runs over the final four innings. The Pioneers, on the other hand, plated two in the sixth and, after the Vikings left the bases loaded in the sixth, pushed across five more in the seventh to deny Archbishop Wood a shot at the quarterfinals.
Braungard started the seventh with a single to left. Julz Garber put down a sacrifice bunt that was thrown over first. With one out, Kondras cracked a two run base hit, pushing in Braungard and Garber. Brynn Baker came through with a single to left field and both scored on Delaney Groff's double. Natalie Carson's grounder to third was misplayed and pinch hitter Jordan Graybill pushed in the final run with a fielder's choice.
"It was good to get the bats going again," said Charles. "We knew they had a good pitcher. She struck out 18 in their district championship game but we showed some patience at the plate."
The Pioneers struck out seven times but their 15 hits, coupled with the Vikings' loose defense, more than made up for it.
The Vikings looked to threaten in the bottom of the seventh, connecting for three base hits, but a pop out, a strikeout and a pickoff at first base ended the game.
Groff struck out five, walked three and scattered 12 hits in picking up the win. She also helped her cause at the plate with two base hits, including a double, and two RBI.
Thursday's quarterfinals action found the Pioneers at Avon Grove High School where they found themselves in a back-and-fourth game with Bishop Shanahan and pulled out a 5-4 thriller with a sixth inning two-run double by J. Garber.
"To come from behind not once, but twice," said Charles, "tells me where the mentality of our team is right now. But I knew they had a dominating pitcher. She needed just one strikeout to hit 300 and she did that against our first batter. We didn't hit through the first three innings but then we finally got going and I think they got flustered a bit."
Shanahan opened the scoring with a manufactured run in the second inning. L-S batted around in the bottom of the fourth and took a 3-1 lead.
Delaney Baker doubled to right and scored on a close play at the plate on Groff's single past third. Carson's single to right field gave L-S the lead.
With two outs, Weaver walked and Braungard, batting ninth, hit a two strike dribbler that barely got out of the batter's box. It was ruled fair and loaded the bases.
J. Garber followed with a four pitch walk that extended Lampeter's advantage.
A pop out ended the inning with the bases loaded.
The Eagles went back in front with a three spot in the sixth, sending eight to the plate. They got to Groff for five hits, three earned runs and snatched the lead, 4-3.
L-S quickly answered. B. Baker singled with one out, Weaver doubled to the left field fence and Braungard worked a full count walk to load the bases.
"I was concerned when they grabbed the lead," said Charles. "But the girls responded with clutch hits. I thought about bunting Weaver but something told me to let her swing. That was a huge hit, especially since she's been struggling."
Garber, the freshman lefty, calmly stepped to the plate and stroked a two run double that gave L-S the lead, 5-4.
Groff (5K, 2W, 8H) gave up a two out single in the top of the seventh but a fly ball out to Kate Rohrer in right field pushed the Pioneers to the semifinals where they will meet Donegal for the fifth and final time this season.
"Groffie threw one of her better games," noted Charles. "She hit her spots and battled out there. I'm proud of the way she's been throwing.
"Now we face a team that's beaten us three straight times," he said of Donegal. "And there's a lot on the line. The girls need to believe that they can beat this team. They did it once. They can do it again."
Pioneer Softballers Finish 4th in Districts June 5, 2017
For just the second time this season, the Lampeter-Strasburg girls' softball dropped back-to-back games as they moved deeper into the post-season. Last Tuesday the top seeded Pioneers faced Spring Grove in the District Three Class 5A semifinals at Messiah College. The Rockets scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the second inning and never looked back in hanging a 10-3 loss on the top seeeded Pioneers.
"Those first two runs were a gift," said head coach Gene Charles. "The face of the matter is, we committed six errors which is very uncharacteristic of us. Things just snowballed and the game got away from us."
With two outs, and a runner on due to an error, Spring Grove's seventh batter cracked a high popup that dropped behind the pitcher. Then a full count hit to right field was misplayed, allowing two runs to score.
The fifth seed Rockets batted around in the fourth, scoring five runs on five hits, including two doubles, and another error, extending the lead to 7-0.
L-S countered with a solo run in the bottom half. Julz Garber doubled to the fence in left center. Hanna Garber bunted for a base hit and with one out, Delaney Groff's sac fly put the Pioneers on the board.
The Rockets went three up, three down in the fifth and L-S cut the lead to 7-3 with a pair in the bottom half. Kylie Weaver reached on a one out error. Caroline Braungard singled and Weaver scored on a Jordan Kondras base hit. J. Garber bunted to load the bags and H. Garber's sac fly to center field plated the second run.
The Pioneers turned their second double play of the game in the top of the sixth and looked to close the gap even further in the bottom half with two out singles by Brynn Baker and Weaver but both were left stranded.
Spring Grove jumped on the opportunity, taking advantage of a pair of errors and a base hit, and loaded the bases in the top of the seventh. A sac fly, a base hit and a passed ball gave them three more runs and capped the scoring.
"I thought we hit the ball well (9 hits) and we had baserunners so we did have chances to get back in it," noted Charles. "I don't think the score is indicative of the game. I don't believe they're seven runs better."
Groff started in the circle and worked the first four innings. Brynne Baker tossed the last three.
The loss left the Pioneers with a seeding game against a more than familiar foe in Donegal on Thursday at Garrett Park in Willow Street. L-S topped Donegal 3-1 on April 3 but the Indians came back to win the next two, 6-1 on April 28, and 10-2 on May 10. They made it three in a row last Thursday in the third place seeding game, winning 4-1.
"This had all the feelings of a spring training game," said Charles. "Win or lose, we knew we were getting a district champ in the opening round of states."
The Pioneers felt confident taking an early lead on Delaney Baker's two out bloop single over short. That lead, however, was short-lived as Donegal scored all the runs they would need in the second inning, cashing in on a two out, two RBI triple by McKenna Berg. They pushed in one more in the third and another in the seventh as added insurance.
L-S (20-6), on the other hand, finished with five hits, and just couldn't get one to fall in when they needed it. After the first inning they sent four batters to the plate in the second, third and fourth, left two runners on in the fifth and one in both the sixth and seventh.
Donegal connected for 12 hits and left the bases loaded in the third.
"I thought we were going to catch them with that early run," said Charles. "But they battled back, as they always do. We kept fighting to get back in it.
"It was a good tune-up game for states, for both teams," he continued. "I think we have a good shot to win some state games but we're going to have to put the ball in play and against some tough competition."
The Pioneers open against District 12 Champ Arch-Bishop Wood, winners of the Philadelphia Catholic League.
Three Pioneers made a second trip to Seth Grove Stadium in Shippensburg on May 26-27 but this time to compete in the PIAA Championships.
Kristin Herr came away with the best finish of the trio, settling for 13th place in the javelin with a throw of 127-8, well under her League Meet record of 142-1. She was the third sophomore to place and came in as a District Three third place finisher (133-3).
Josh Eidemiller also competed in the javelin and finished in 14th place with a 164-6 toss. He was also third in the District competition with a 182-7.
Joining Herr and Eidemiller was Josh Nolt who competed in the triple jump. His 41-11 left him in 21st place.
Pioneer Ball Teams Win District Openers May 26, 2017
Despite an early exit from the L-L League playoffs where the Pioneers pounded out 10 hits in a 7-5 loss to Solanco, L-S couldn't get the bats going in the District Three Class 5A opener last Tuesday afternoon at home. Delaney Baker collected Lampeter's only two hits of the game and the Pioneers survived No. 16 seed Northern York 1-0 on a first inning run.
"I was definitely surprised it was a 1-0 game," said head coach Gene Charles. "We did hit the ball hard, but right at people. Our hits just aren't dropping in right now. Their pitcher kept us off-balance with her changing speeds."
Hanna Garber worked a two out walk to spark that first inning run. She stole second and scored on Baker's shot to center that tipped off the outfielder's glove.
"That ball was almost caught," said Charles. "It was a great effort by their centerfielder. I thought that would be one of many runs for us."
Defensively, the Pioneers did what they needed to do to make that one run stand. Delaney Groff struck out one and scattered three hits. Northern York looked to knot the score in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of a pair of Pioneer miscues, but a fly out and a groundout ended the threat.
They collected all three of their hits in the fifth inning and loaded the bases in the sixth but came up empty.
"Julz Garber made a big throw, a strike to home plate that prevented a run," Charles said. "Delaney pitched a great game. She moved the ball in and out and changed speeds and retired them 1, 2, 3 in the seventh. The game went very quickly," he added.
The Pioneers will now face Shippensburg. Winner automatically qualifies for the PIAA tournament.
"Win or lose, we'll still have another game," noted Charles. "But we need to start hitting up and down the lineup again."
Lampeter-Strasburg's Kris Pirozzi struck out 15 batters and allowed two hits and two walks as the hosting Pioneers topped Greencastle-Antrim 3-0 in the opening round of the District Three 5A baseball playoffs last Tuesday night.
"Kris had great command, control and composure on the mound," said head coach Keith Martin. "He worked ahead of batters, keeping the pressure on, and kept them off balance by locating different pitches for strikes."
Pirozzi gave up a single in the first inning, struck out the side in the second, and gave up the second hit with a one-out single in the sixth. Josh Howells earned the save, pitching to the last two batters of the game.
Offensively, L-S left two on in the first and scored the only run they needed in the bottom of the second. Luke Weigel cracked a full count double, stole third base and scored on Aaron Snyder's fielder's choice groundout.
The fourth-seeded Pioneers, who did not qualify for districts last year, loaded the bases in the third inning with a two out error and back-to-back base hits by Connor Blantz and Patrick Holmes but couldn't get the key hit.
"As a coach, we don't like leaving guys on base but I felt that we kept the pressure on them all game," Martin stated. "Their pitcher is a good pitcher and demonstrated good command of his curveball in some key situations. The bottom line is we like to focus on the process more than the results. The process we control; the result we cannot."
Sending eight batters to the plate in the fifth inning, the Pioneers, who finished with six hits on the night, gained some breathing room with two runs on two hits. Caleb Danehower singled up the middle with one out and Hunter Cunningham reached on a dropped ball at first base. After a double steal and a second out, Holmes collected his second key hit of the game, pushing in Danehower and Cunningham.
"I liked the energy and focus each guy on the team brought to the game," Martin said. "We executed in all facets of the game. It was very exciting and I'm proud of our guys."
The Blue Devils, seeded 13th, end their season at 11-8.
SUMMER CAMPS AT L-S HS May 22, 2017
Marck Trach, a USPTA professional and L-S high school tennis coach, will run a Junior Tennis Camp from June 12 through July 18, 9-11 daily.
This program is available for all children ages 8 to 18 who are interested in learning and playing the sport of tennis. Players of all ability levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. The camp structure is flexible and sign ups can be done on a weekly and/or daily schedule.
For more information, or to register, call Mark Trach at 538-0381 or email email@example.com.
The Pioneer high school basketball coaches will hold a Summer Basketball Camp June 12-15 at the high school competition gym and auxiliary gym. Boys going into grades 3-10 are eligible to attend. Camp will run 8 am to 12 noon for grades 7-10 and 1 pm to 5 pm for grades 3-6.
There will be team and individual competitions, daily prizes, skill stations, a free t-shirt and more.
Registration deadline is May 31. For more information, or to register, call Coach Achille at 405-8057 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diamond Teams Fall in League Playoff Openers May 22, 2017
Two Pioneer teams opened post-season play while two other teams continued their trek through the post-season. Both the softball and baseball teams competed in the opening rounds of the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs while both the girls' lacrosse team and the track and field teams took part in the District Three tournaments.
The baseball team also opened the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs on Monday afternoon at Ephrata's War Memorial Field and were dealt a 6-2 loss by Section Three champ Garden Spot. The Spartan's battled from behind to grab the win as L-S scored the first two runs of the game.
The Pioneers, in the top of the first, quickly jumped in front. Kris Pirozzi collected a leadoff double, moved to third on a grounder by Hunter Cunningham and scored on a Connor Blantz (1-3) base hit.
Four innings later they made it 2-0. Pirozzi tripled with one out and scored on Caleb Danehower's (1-4) triple.
The Spartans, however, exploded for six runs in the bottom half to steal Lampeter's thunder.
Garden Spot loaded the bases on a single and a pair of hit batters. L-S recorded the first out on a fielder's choice out at home plate and appeared to get out of the jam when shortstop Todd Shelley (2-3) looked to turn a double play that was called safe at first.
The Spartans took advantage and the Pioneers, frustrated that they weren't out of the inning, committed an infield error, hit another batter and committed an outfield miscue that scored three more runs.
Pirozzi, who went 2-4 with a double, a triple and two runs scored, struck out ten in five innings of work.
Todd Shelley went 2-3 with a double and a base hit, Patrick Holmes was 1-2 with a sacrifice bunt and Aaron Snyder was 1-1 with a double as the Pioneers outhit the Spartans 8-7.
"I believe the week off and the loss will allow us to get back to what we practiced all year long...focusing on the details, playing as a team and refining both team and individual processes," stated head coach Keith Martin.
The Pioneers, seeded 4th in the District Three Class 5A bracket, will continue the post-season when they host No. 13 Greencastle-Antrim (11-7) this week.
Also on Monday, and though not technically home, the softball team ran into Section Two champ Solanco at Garrett Park in Willow Street in the opening round of the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs. Playing the second game of a doubleheader, the Section Three runners up dropped a back-and-forth slugfest, 7-5.
In a game that featured 22 total hits, Solanco (16-5) broke a 5-5 tie with two runs in the bottom of the sixth on back-to-back two out triples and then denied the Pioneers in the seventh.
"I really felt we should have beaten them," said head coach Gene Charles. "We didn't come out hitting like we normally do, going three innings with no scoring. And we took more called third strikes in that game than we have all year."
Solanco opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning and L-S countered with three in the top of the fourth.
Delaney Baker opened with a leadoff double, Lampeter's second hit of the game, and Delaney Groff followed with a blooper over second base. Natalie Carson singled in the first run and with one out, Caroline Braungard's sac fly knotted the score at 2-2. Batting ninth, Julz Garber lined a shot off the third baseman's glove, giving L-S a brief lead.
"I was happy to see us come back like that," Charles said. "Now I was thinking we're finally starting to get to Phillips, it's just going to be a matter of time. But then they come back with three runs and only hit one out of the infield."
Brief in the fact that Solanco responded with a three run bottom half. They loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a bunt. After a force out at home, a hit batter tied the game at 3-3. The Mares pulled ahead on a fielder's choice and an overthrow of third base.
Not to be out done, L-S tied the game in the top of the fifth.
Baker collected her second extra base hit, this one a one out triple that knocked in Hanna Garber, who walked. Groff's single knotted the score at 5-5 and set the stage for Solanco's sixth inning rally.
"Their left fielder came up with two big catches that definitely denied us runs," Charles noted. "And in that last inning we didn't want to give Mowrer anything and she came up with that key triple. You just can't give a team too many chances."
The Pioneers finished with 10 hits and committed two errors. Groff, with three strikeouts, took the loss in the circle. Solanco's Hanna Phillips worked for nine strikeouts and walked one.
Lampeter (18-4) continues post-season play this week when, as the top seed in District Three Class 5A, they host No. 16 Northern York (12-8).
The Pioneers had their end-of-the-season banquet on Friday, May 19 in Strasburg. The following award winners, as voted on equally by players and coaches, were announced: Hanna Garber - Most Valuable player, Brynne Baker - Most Improved Player, Julz Garber - Rookie of the Year, Delaney Groff - Scholar Athlete (second in her class), and Kate Rohrer - Pioneer Award for her willingness to do anything for the team both on and off the field.
The all-star players were also recently announced. Hanna Garber, Julz Garber, Delaney Baker, Brynne Baker, Jordan Kondras and Delaney Groff were voted as Section 3 First Team all-stars and Kylie Weaver received Honorable Mention recognition. Section 3 and 4 All-League players included H. Garber, J. Garber and Kondras.
The track teams took to a bigger stage this past weekend, competing in the District Three Class 3A championships at Shippensburg's Seth Grove Stadium where Kristin Herr garnered three medals and three athletes qualified for the PIAA Championships this weekend back at Shippensburg.
After setting the L-L League Meet record with a 142-1 in the javelin, Herr, a sophomore, was the top seed in the District Meet with a 146-4 while defending champ and record-holder Madison Smith, a New Oxford senior was second (139-7). Herr settled for third place, tossing a 133-3 while Smith grabbed second (139-7). She also finished fifth in the shot put with a 36-2. She was the tenth seed in that event (35-10). Herr also grabbed a seventh place medal in the discus with a 113-0 throw.
Also securing a bronze medal finish was Josh Eidemiller. The junior was seeded third with a 182-8 and settled for a 182-7.
Josh Nolt picked up a fifth place medal in the triple jump, improving his seventh place seeding position (43-10) with a 44-3.5.
Herr, in the javelin and shot, Eidemiller and Nolt all qualified for the state meet.
"Three medals for Kristin is remarkable," said head coach Calvin Esh. "Josh had a state berth and a new school record in the triple jump in one jump - also remarkable."
Competing in two events was Ezra Mellinger, who long jumped 21-1.5 for a sixth place medal and was 15th in the triple jump with a 41-0.25, and Levi Diehl who tossed the discus 143-8 for 11th place and was 16th in the shot put with a 42-8.75.
Also in the field, Drew Bell qualified in the high jump but did not clear the opening height.
On the track, Brady Stoner came away with a sixth place medal. The senior clocked a 40.03 in the 300 hurdles, besting his 12th place seeding time of 40.80.
"Brady PR'd and had the best FAT time in the 300 hurdles," Esh noted. "He and Ezra were so close to going on - Ezra by less than an inch and Brady was leading his heat but got nipped at the post and that guy moves on and Brady stays home."
Last Monday the 7th seeded lacrosse team hosted 13th seed Trinity. They battled to the end but bowed out in a 15-14 heartbreaker.
Despite being outshot 35-26, the Pioneers held an 8-7 lead at the half but couldn't keep up after the break as Trinity matched Lampeter's first half effort, held the home team to six and pulled out the squeaker.
"What a back-and-forth game," said head coach Maria Alexandrowicz. "It was a shot for shot score through the first half. And it was awesome to have Kelsey back in the lineup racking up goals but more importantly, she brought some confidence back on the field."
Leading scorer Kelsey Kimmel (1a) shared game-high honors with Trinity's Madi Tare (3a) with seven goals. Kendal Ream (1a) added four goals, Brittany Zameroski finished with a hat trick of assists and two goals and Paige Weidman recorded one goal.
Olivia Martin faced 35 shots and settled for 20 saves.
"When I think about this season I think about the leadership that Kelsey, Brittney and Olivia brought to the team," Alexandrowicz stated. "With the team looking to them for guidance, we came together to form a trusting bond.
"Even though we lost, we look at that last game as a positive because we conquered many, many goals throughout the season that brought us to that moment."
The loss leaves the Pioneers, who set a program record with 10 straight wins and made their first appearance in the L-L League tourney, at 11-7. Those 11 wins match last year's win total as well and are also single-season program records.
SUMMER CAMPS AT L-S HS May 19, 2017
Marck Trach, a USPTA professional and L-S high school tennis coach, will run a Junior Tennis Camp from June 12 through July 18, 9-11 daily.
This program is available for all children ages 8 to 18 who are interested in learning and playing the sport of tennis. Players of all ability levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. The camp structure is flexible and sign ups can be done on a weekly and/or daily schedule.
For more information, or to register, call Mark Trach at 538-0381 or email email@example.com.
The Pioneer high school basketball coaches will hold a Summer Basketball Camp June 12-15 at the high school competition gym and auxiliary gym. Boys going into grades 3-10 are eligible to attend. Camp will run 8 am to 12 noon for grades 7-10 and 1 pm to 5 pm for grades 3-6.
There will be team and individual competitions, daily prizes, skill stations, a free t-shirt and more.
Registration deadline is May 31. For more information, or to register, call Coach Achille at 405-8057 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herr Sets League Meet Record in Javelin May 15, 2017
After picking up a season-ending win over Garden Spot on Monday, May 8, the track and field teams competed in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships at Hempfield Friday and Saturday with positive results despite dismal weather. The biggest of those was Kristen Herr setting a new meet record in the javelin with her winning throw of 142-1. Herr, a sophomore, won the title last year. She was also fourth in the discus with a 108-6.
Also picking up a pair of medals was Brady Stoner with a fifth place finish in the 300 hurdles (40.80) and a sixth place effort in the 110 highs (15.79). He also anchored the eighth place 4x400 relay with Davide Raggazoni, Ezra Mellinger, and Michael Kuhns leading the way.
Mellinger added a fourth place finish in the long jump (22-0.75) while Ragazzoni finished seventh in the 400 at 52.18.
Fifth place finishers included Josh Eidemiller in the javelin (169-9), Sarah Gawne in the high jump (5-0), Josh Nolt in the triple jump (42-1) and the 4x800 team of Noah Pritchard, Kuhns, Everett Honert and Jansen Miller (8:18.11).
Pritchard also picked up a seventh place finish in the 3200 (9:54) as did Haley Welchans in the pole vault, clearing 9-6. Drew Bell cleared 6-0 to finish eighth in the high jump and Alex Stoeffler hit 156-9 in the javelin, also for eighth place.
For their efforts throughout the season, seven athletes qualified for the District Three Championships this weekend at Shippensburg. Herr qualified in the shot put, discus and javelin while Mellinger will compete in the long and triple jumps. Stoner in the 300 hurdles, Bell in the high jump, Nolt in the triple, Eidemiller in the javelin and Welchans in the pole vault will also compete in their respective event.
The teams capped the regular season with strong performances against Garden Spot,. The girls improved to 4-3 in Section Two with a 109-41 win while the boys, at 5-2, finished in a two-way tie for second place with a 111-40 result.
With a balanced effort, Herr was the only multiple winner, claiming the shot (35-10), the discus (108-10) and the javelin (126-0). Also in the field, Gawne and Emma Houck went 1-2 in the high, clearing 5-0 and 4-8 respectively while Hailey Welchans claimed the pole vault (9-0).
Highlighting the action on the track were sweeps in the 400 and 200 meter dashes. Colleen Gilbert (1:02.8), Tara Wehibe (1:06.9) and Jess Heisey (1:09.2) went 1-2-3 in the 400 while Sydnie Smith (27.0), Lindsay Szymanski (27.5) and Houck (28.3) did the same in the shorter sprint.
Jasmine McClintock (2:31) and Abby Gordley (2:40.1), who won the mile (5:43) finished first and second in the 800 while Madison Whitaker won the 100 hurdles (16.6) and Olivia Gard took the 300's (49.1).
The girls also won all three relays. Gordley, Gilbert, Drouillard and McClintock opened the meet with the top time in the 4x800 and Houck, Smith, Whitaker and Weaver took the 4x100. Claiming the 4x400 was the team of Wehibe, Gilbert, Heisey and McClintock.
The boys' team, scoring close to the same margin of victory as the girls, did a large part of the damage with sweeps in the 1600, 300 hurdles, and javelin. Noah Pritchard got the action rolling with a win in the mile (4:57.6) and was followed by Jansen Miller (5:02.6) and Josiah McCarthy (5:07.6). Miller led the 4x800 relay, which Pritchard anchored, with Everett Honert and Michael Kuhns running the middle legs. Honert also went on to win the 800 (2:10.6).
After Ragazzoni (52.6) and Kuhns (53.1) went 1-2 in the 400, the 300 hurdle team added another sweep. Brady Stoner (41.7), who also won the 110 highs (15.5), Josiah Zehr (44.2) and Ryan Fahnestock (46.6) secured the top three places.
Picking up a sweep in the javelin was the crew of Josh Eidemiller (180-8), Alex Stoeffler (158-8) and Gabe Frederick (145-1). Frederick was also third in the discus (103-3) behind Jacob Long's winning throw of 119-1 and won the shot put (43-11) with Will McClintock getting second (40).
Also in the field, Mellinger (20-8.5) and Caleb Bruner (18-4) went 1-2 in the long jump while Drew Bell (5-8) and Josh Nolt (5-6) did the same in the high jump.
Connor Penry added a win in the pole vault, clearing 10-3.
Also picking up wins were Jared Chin in the 3200 (11:35.5) and the 4x400 relay team of Pritchard, Kuhns, Ragazzoni and Stoner.
After finishing fourth in the Lancaster-Lebanon League standings with an 8-3 record (11-6 overall), the Lady Pioneers faced the undefeated (11-0) top team in the league, Manheim Township, in the opening round of the L-L playoffs last Tuesday at Ephrata. Though the Pioneers were dealt a 16-2 loss, it was an historic event for L-S who was making its first trip to the league dance.
"It was a memorable night," said head coach Maria Alexandrowicz. "Not because of the score, but because of the atmosphere and how far we've come. I know we all enjoyed ourselves."
Township ran out to a 10-0 lead before the Pioneers got on board with a goal from Kendal Ream in the second half. Ream was credited with Lampeter's second goal as well as the Pioneers were playing without leading scorer Kelsey Kimmel. Brittany Zameroski was credited with one assist and Olivia Martin recorded 15 saves in goal.
Kimmel, a sophomore who led the L-L League in scoring with 97 goals, 19 assists and 118 draw controls, was recently voted as a First Team all-star as was goalie Olivia Martin. Zameroski, with 27 goals and 22 assists, received Second team recognition.
"Our all-stars were a tremendous help this season," said Alexandrowicz. "Without their help, I'm not sure where our team would be.
"Olivia had a career high of roughly 670 saves in four years," she added.
The baseball team heads into this week's Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs on a high note, having nipped Section Two champ Elizabethtown 1-0 last Monday and then topped Section Three's second place Manheim Central 2-1 on Wednesday.
They settled for a second place finish in Section Two at 11-5 (15-5 overall).
After suffering a tight 5-4 loss to the Bears on April 12, the Pioneers exacted a bit of revenge when E-town came to Lampeter. Despite being out hit 6-3, L-S scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh courtesy of Caleb Danehower's RBI. Patrick Holmes, Joe Meck and Kris Pirozzi were credited with hits with Pirozzi going the distance for the win, striking out nine and walking two.
Wednesday's outing against Manheim Central was just as exciting.
Tied at 1-1 after six complete innings, L-S broke in front with a single run in the top of the seventh. Pinch hitter Matt Heiser singled up the middle. John Manion, pinch-running, advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Joseph Meck and Aaron Snyder's base hit to left plated Manion with what proved to be the winning run.
L-S opened the scoring in the top of the third. Meck singled, advanced on a wild pitch and two outs later scored on Danehower's base hit to right.
Manheim tied the game in the bottom half without a hit, taking advantage of an error and two walks, which loaded the bases, and a fielder's choice RBI.
On the hill, Connor Blantz and Josh Howell combined for a no-hitter with three strikeouts each.
The Pioneers (15-5) collected nine hits on the day and three came off the bat of Danehower, who went 3-4 with one RBI. Blantz, Aaron Snyder (1RBI), Luke Weigel, Meck and Heiser also connected for hits.
The Pioneers capped the regular season with a 9-1 win over Northern Lebanon last Monday and then quickly jumped into playoff mode as they faced the Indians of Donegal in a tiebreaker battle to determine the Section Three champion. Unfortunately, the Indians used a six run fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie and went on to hang a 10-2 loss on the Pioneers in Lititz.
L-S grabbed the momentum early as Jordyn Kondras crushed the second pitch of the game over the fence for a quick Pioneer lead. That didn't last long, however, as the Indians tied the game in the bottom half on a one out single and a base hit by winning pitcher Makyla Yoder.
Donegal went in front two innings later on a bunt base hit and a sac fly by Yoder.
Not to be out done, the Pioneers responded in the top of the fourth. Hanna Garber singled to left and went to third on an error. She scored on Delaney Groff's base hit to left. Trying to regain the lead, the Pioneers were thrown out at home trying to score on Brynne Baker's single to center field.
Then the Indians foiled Lampeter's plans, plating six runs in the fourth to take control.
"Going in the plan was to switch pitchers to keep them off-balance," said head coach Gene Charles. "We put Brynne in and it just didn't work out. Donegal is a good hitting team and they hit the ball. We wound up bringing Delaney back in but they scored two more in the sixth," he added.
"Hopefully the loss will motivate us a bit as we open the league playoffs against Solanco."
In the 9-1 win against N. Lebanon, L-S used just ten hits to score three runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Natalie Carson, with a triple, a double and a base hit, went 3-4 while Garber, with the only homer of the game, also went 3-4.
"That was Natalie's best game of the year," said Charles.
Groff picked up the win in the circle, striking out four and scattering eight hits.
Seventh Inning Rally Pushes L-S Past Manheim May 8, 2017
After suffering just their second loss of the season, and first in league play against Donegal on Friday, April 28, head coach Gene Charles was expecting his team to come out swinging last Monday night under the lights at Garrett Park in Willow Street. Instead, the Pioneers found themselves in a come-from-behind situation against Manheim Central, a team they defeated 12-1 in their first round meeting.
But when the final out was recorded, they found a way and settled for three runs in the bottom of the seventh and pulled out a 4-3 thriller.
L-S left two runners on in the first inning, went three up, three down in the second and third and got out of a bases loaded situation in the fourth. Neither team scored in the fifth inning either but the Barons broke in front with two runs in the sixth. A double to left, a blooper over short and a single up the middle pushed in the first run of the game. A liner off the second baseman loaded the bags with no outs. The Pioneers forced out a run at home, gave up a run on a groundout, and snagged a popup at third to get out of the inning.
Hannah Garber, who opened the bottom half of the sixth with a base hit, eventually cut the lead to 2-1, scoring on a passed ball.
The Barons plated another run in the seventh on two more hits, finishing the game with seven total.
L-S connected for half of their eight hits in the final inning. Brynn Baker, batting eighth, reached on an error and Julz Garber followed with one of four infield singles to deep short. Jordan Kondras, with another base hit, loaded the bags. Kylie Weaver worked a full count walk that cut the lead to 3-2 and Garber followed with a RBI grounder that knotted the score at 3-3 setting up Delany Baker, whose walk-off base hit won the game.
"I really didn't feel good going into that inning," said head coach Gene Charles. "Their pitcher, Maddie Walter, threw the best I've seen in four years. I'm not sure if we took them for granted or what," he added. "We were fortunate that inning and we're definitely a better team than what we showed."
Delaney Groff struck out five and walked just one to earn the win.
Wednesday the girls scored 25 runs on 20 hits in a four inning shutout over Elco. Baker tossed a one-hitter, fanning six batters and walking one.
"Jordan Kondras hit a home run on the second pitch of the day," recalled Charles, "but that was our only run that inning. We didn't start out strong but finished with 13 in the fourth inning to end early."
H. Garber was 4-4 with 6 RBI, D. Baker was 4-5 with 4 RBI and B. Baker went 3-4 with 3 RBI to lead the charge.
The team picked up 12 more runs, on 13 hits, on Thursday, topping Cocalico in five innings. L-S plated four runs in the first, third and fifth innings and took advantage of four errors and four walks to keep pace with Donegal for the section lead.
"Against both Elco and Cocalico we faced different pitchers than in our first meeting," noted Charles. "We have pitchers that keep us in games, our defense is solid and we can hit the ball."
H. Garber and D. Baker both went 3-4 with a combined 5 RBI. J. Garber, batting ninth, was 2-3 with 2 RBI. B. Baker scattered four hits and struck out six to earn the win.
The Pioneers have scored a section-high 206 runs to date, only second to Hempfield's league best 209.
The boys track team won 10 of 18 events, two of three relays and swept both the shot put and the javelin en route to a hard-fought 79-71 win over Lebanon last Monday. At 4-2, the Pioneers are currently in a four-way tie for second place along with Cocalico, Solanco and Lebanon. They host the winless Spartans in their final meet.
"The boys pulled out a squeaker," said head coach Calvin Esh. "It came down to the javelin, which we swept."
Josh Eidemiller led the javelin throwers with a winning toss of 168-2. Alex Stoeffler followed with a 146 and Gabe Frederick, who led the shot put sweep (42-11.25), was third (129-8). Will McClintock finished second in the shot with a 40-1.75 and Eidemiller claimed third (38-5.25).
In the two win department, Ezra Mellinger clocked an 11.4 to take the 110 hurdles and then posted the league's top mark in the long jump to date, 22-4.
Brady Stoner picked up a win in the 300 hurdles (41.8) and followed Josh Nolt (16.4) in the 100 dash with a 16.4. He also anchored the winning 4x100 relay with Andrew Fink, Mellinger and David Ragazzoni leading the way.
The Pioneers opened the meet when Jansen Miller, Michael Kuhns, Everett Honert and Noah Pritchard posted a winning time of 8:50 in the 4x800 relay. Pritchard also earned the top time in the mile (4:53.9) and was second in the 800 (2:06.1).
Lampeter also picked up a win in the high jump with Drew Bell clearing 5-10.
The Lady Pioneers won all but three events, gave up four second places and two thirds in a lopsided 120-30 victory over the Cedars. Lebanon scored 26 of their points in the field.
Sydnie Smith, Abby Gordley, and Megan Brenneman each won two individual events and L-S swept all three relays to pull away.
Smith was tops in the 100 hurdles (13.4) and 200m dash (27.8) while Gordley took charge in the mile (6:05.7) and the 800 meter runs (2:41.8). Doubling in the field was Brenneman with top jumps in the long (15-3) and triple (29-8).
In the relays, Kayla Drouillard, Sara Boyd, Lauren Gard and Olivia Gard opened the meet with a 12:48.08 win in the 4x800 relay. Emma Houck, Smith, Madison Whitaker and Josie Weaver claimed the 4x100 in 53.2 and Tara Wehibe, Keiran Rodriguez, Jess Heisey and Colleen Gilbert were winners in the 4x400.
Other individual winners included Weaver in the 100 (16.9), Gilbert in the 400 (1:03.5), Gard in the 300 hurdles (50.2), McClintock in the 3200 (12:33), Madison Eller in the discus (91-5) and Sarah Gawne in the high jump (5-1).
After stringing together ten straight wins, the Pioneers were tested late in the season, losing three of the last five. Two of those were without leading scorer Kelsey Kimmel (ankle sprain).
Last Monday the girls played a tough first half against LCD/LCHS, the second place team in the league, and were within two goals at the half, 5-3. After the break, however, the Pioneers were outscored 10-2 and suffered a 15-5 loss.
In Kimmel's absence, McKenna Conklin was the top scorer with two goals. Brittany Zameroski added one goal and two assists while Kendal Ream and Hannah Dawson scored one each as the Pioneers managed just seven shots on goal. Olivia Martin recorded ten saves in the loss.
In Landisville Wednesday night the Pioneers battled a Black Knight team that was right above them in the standings. After falling behind 9-1 at the half, the result was a second ten goal loss, 16-6.
"Hempfield is an extremely talented team," said head coach Maria Alexandrowicz. "And we're still adjusting to not having Kelsey on the field with us."
Zameroski's hat trick paced the Pioneers. Ream added two goals and Paige Weidman one. Lampeter put together 14 shots on goal in this one but Martin, who had 11 saves, faced 27.
The Pioneers (8-3) finished fourth in the section behind Township (11-0), LCD/LCHS (10-1), and Hempfield (9-2). They will take on Township in the first round of the League Playoffs this week.
After opening the season with four straight wins, the banged up boys lacrosse team struggled over the remaining ten games of the season, winning just one. They finish the year with a 3-8 league record and are 5-9 overall.
Last week the Pioneers got a game-high five goals from Patrick McClain in a 16-7 loss to LCD/LCHS (6-5. 13-5). They were outscored in all but the third quarter where they settled for a 3-3 tie.
Tyler Zameroski scored twice, Noah Patterson dished out two assists and Dawson Albright one. In goal, Tyler Phenegar (9 saves) and Dylan Sindorf both saw action.
Wednesday the team hosted Hempfield (10-1), the second place team in the section, and suffered an 18-8 loss in their last game of the season.
The Knights held a 4-1 lead in the first quarter and, after an even 3-3 second, were up 7-4 at the break. Hempfield, however, pulled away with a 6-2 third quarter and a 5-2 fourth.
McClain notched a hat trick and Zameroski (1a) scored twice. Caden Wise, Albright (1a) and Patterson (1a) also scored once as the Pioneers out-shot the Knights 31-25.
With the league playoffs starting Mother's Day weekend, the baseball team took care of business last week, winning three games and improving to 10-5 behind section leader Elizabethtown (12-2).
The Pioneers, swept the series and notched their third shutout of the season on Monday, blanking third place Ephrata 5-0 under the lights on the Mountaineers home field. Their seven-hit attack was led by Patrick Holmes' home run. They opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the fifth and picked up three more in the seventh.
Kris Pirozzi kept the home team at bay, striking out ten and walking two in the complete game win.
Wednesday's outing was a come-from-behind 7-4 result against visiting Donegal. They defeated the Indians by the exact same score in their first meeting but led from start to finish in that one.
L-S spotted the visitors two runs in the second inning but came back with one in the bottom half and gained momentum with a four-spot in the third. They added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth before yielding two in the sixth.
Todd Shelley picked up the win with three strikeouts and five walks. Josh Howells struck out two and walked one in relief.
The Pioneers pounded out 12 hits against CV on Thursday, scored in five innings and took advantage of four walks and three errors in a 7-2 win. L-S held a slim 3-2 lead after three innings but kept the last place team in the section at bay after that.
On the hill, Aaron Jacoby fanned six batters and walked one in six innings of work. Connor Blantz struck out two in the last inning.
Baseball Team Wraps Up Crossover Games May 1, 2017
After edging Hempfield 3-2, the Pioneers wrapped up crossover games against Section One opponents with losses to Manheim Township and Penn Manor last week.
The Streaks led from start to finish in a 5-2 result on their home field last Monday. Township scored three in the first and single runs in the third and fourth innings before the Pioneers got on board with two-runs in the top of the fifth. They could get no closer.
Connor Blantz went 2-3 and collected two of Lampeter's three hits with a single and a double. Luke Weigel was credited with two RBI and Kris Pirozzi added a pair of stolen bases.
Todd Shelley and Ioanni Kovack worked on the hill and combined for three strikeouts and three walks and surrendered six hits.
Wednesday's task was a bit taller as they hosted Penn Manor under the lights. The Comets are currently tied for first place in Section One but had to fight from behind to top the Pioneers 7-5.
L-S gave up two runs in the top of the third inning but rallied in the bottom half, scoring five runs with some solid hitting. Meck, Book and Pirozzi (2-4) connected for three straight one out base hits and Caleb Danehower's fielder's choice cut the lead to 2-1. Blantz (2-4) singled in the tying run with two outs and, after a walk to Weigel, a Patrick Holmes base hit put the home team in front, 3-2. Blantz scored the fourth run on a Comet error and Doug Schneider came home on a wild pitch.
All that momentum went for naught as the Comets used a four-run rally in the sixth and plated a single run in the seventh to secure the win.
Holmes was 1-3 with two RBI while Joseph Meck and Nevin Book were both 1-3 with one run scored.
Pirozzi pitched five innings. He struck out seven and gave up three hits. Kovack and Aaron Jacoby both pitched in relief.
"Section One teams are always tough games," said head coach Keith Martin. "We played well and were put in situations where we had to battle in tight games and that should benefit us as a team down the road."
Friday opened the second half of section play and the Pioneers gave up two runs in the top of the seventh and dropped a 2-0 result against visiting Solanco. They defeated the Mules 3-0 in their first half meeting on April 3.
For the fourth time in five meets, Kristin Herr anchored the throwers with wins in the shot, discus and javelin and propelled the Pioneers to a dominating 106-44 victory at Cocalico last Monday. Herr threw a personal best 35-9.5 to win the shot, added a 136-10 throw to take the javelin and commanded the discus with a 115-4 as L-S improved to 2-3 overall.
Also in the field, the girls swept the high jump with Sarah Gawne and Lillian Hoke both clearing 4-11 and Kate Knarr taking third (4-8). Both Gawne and Hoke qualified for the league meet with that jump.
Hailey Welchans rounded out the field winners with a 9-0 PR in the pole vault.
The girls won all but one event on the track and pulled away with three relay wins. Olivia Gard, Kayla Drouillard, Abbey Gordley and Colleen Gilbert opened the action with an 11:11.2 in the 4x800. Gilbert, who won the open 400 in 63.3, teamed with Gawne, Tara Wehibe and Jasmine McClintock for a 4x400 victory (4:26.8) while Lindsay Szymanski, Smith, Madison Whitaker and Josie Weaver ran a 48.0 flat to win the 4x100. Smith also won the 100 (13.5) and 200 (27.7 PR).
McClintock added a first in the 800 (2:25.3) and Gordley led a sweep in the mile with Sara Boyd and Drouillard. L-S also went 2-3 in the 300 hurdles with personal bests from Lauren Gard (50.0) and Madison Whitaker (50.8) respectively while Weaver was a winner in the 100 hurdles.
While the girls cruised to an easy victory, the boys' team pulled out a squeaker, holding off Cocalico 78-72. While the boys won 9 of the 18 events contested, they gained some distance with a sweep in the relays. Noah Pritchard, Everett Honert, Michael Kuhns and Jansen Miller got things started with an 8:29.2 to win the 4x800 relay while Fink, Ezra Mellinger, David Ragazzoni and Brady Stoner were tops in the 4x100 (46.1). Jansen Miller, Kuhns, Ragazzoni and Stoner capped the action with the top time in the 4x100 (3:43.7)
Individually, Mellinger added a win the 100 (11.6), took the long jump with a personal best 21-4, and was second in the triple. Stoner chipped in with the top time in the 300 hurdles (42.1) and was second in the 110 highs while Ragazzoni added seconds in both the 100 and 200 meter sprints.
Key wins in the field went to Josh Eidemiller with a 177-6 in the javelin, Josh Nolt with a 41-11 in the triple jump and Connor Penry who cleared 9-6 in the pole vault. L-S also went 2-3 in the shot with PR's by both Gabe Frederick (42-7) and Eidemiller (40-6) and Alex Stoeffler threw a 150-5 PR in the javelin for third.
Struggles continued for the boys' lacrosse team as they dropped both of their games last week and saw their league record fall to 3-6, 5-7 overall.
Monday against Cocalico the boys fought off a 5-2 first quarter deficit with a strong second frame that cut the lead to one, 7-6, at the break. The Eagles, sitting in third place, came out with an 8-3 third quarter that pretty much determined the outcome. L-S held a 1-0 advantage in the final quarter but it wasn't enough.
"We settled down in that second quarter and eliminated the unforced turnovers," said head coach Guy Hornig. "It's not easy getting back into a game, especially on the road."
Lampeter's top two scorers, Tyler Zameroski and Caden Wise both recorded hat tricks in the loss. Dawson Albright added two goals while Noah Patterson and Patrick McClain (1a) each added one score and Chad Gaudino one assist.
Tyler Phenegar faced 23 shots and recorded nine saves.
Under the lights in Lampeter Thursday night the Pioneers hosted Penn Manor but the hype of the "Whitey" night game didn't lend them an advantage. The Comets led 7-1 at the half and used a 7-2 third quarter run to help seal a 14-7 victory on the road.
"We struggled with on-field discipline from the start and found ourselves in a deep hole after six minutes," Hornig noted. "Losing big like that on our home field, on our special night honoring Ryan Weitzel's memory, was a tough but extremely valuable lesson."
McClain paced the home team with two goals and one assist. Albright (1a), Zameroski and Patterson also scored while Phenegar and Sindorf combined for 13 saves in goal.
The softball team wrapped up crossover action with a pair of easy wins last week. They sailed past Lancaster Catholic 19-1 in fourth innings on Monday and then crushed a winless Lebanon Catholic squad 21-zip Wednesday. They plated 17 runs in the first inning and benefitted from home runs by freshman Summer Peters and Brooke Strubel, who cleared the bases twice and pushed in five runs.
L-S pounded out 13 hits in defeating Catholic High and collected 15 hits and used four errors to defeat the Cedars. Delaney Groff struck out five and gave up three hits against the Crusaders while Julz Garber and Brynne Baker combined for eight strikeouts and one walk and did not give up a hit against Lebanon Catholic.
All that led to Donegal on Friday as the team returned to Section Three play. The Indians were coming off a 1-0 nipping of Pequea Valley and defeated Columbia 18-1. In their first meeting, the Pioneers earned a 3-1 victory and brought a 13 game winning streak, including six shutouts (four straight) into Friday's game. The Indians had 12 wins and nine shutouts under their belts. Needless to say, both teams were ready for the chance to extend their winning streaks. Unfortunately, the Pioneer bats were quieter than usual and the Indians, with runs in each of the first four innings, pulled off a 6-1 victory and ended Lampeter's 39-game league winning streak as well.
J. Garber was 1-3 with a RBI double in the seventh and Baker was 1-3 and scored.
Groff suffered the loss, yielding 12 hits to the Indians. The Pioneers were held to seven hits on the day.
"It just wasn't our day," said head coach Gene Charles. "It was one of those games where everything went their way and nothing went our way. They did make three spectacular defensive plays and doubled us off first base three times. You have to give them credit."
The Pioneers competed in the L-L League Flight Tournament which got underway last Thursday. Unfortunately only Evan King, at Flight Four, opened singles play with a win. He defeated McCaskey's Noah Speitel 7-5, 6-1 but suffered a 6-0, 6-1 semifinals loss to Central's Trent Martin.
In doubles action, Josh Beiler and Ari Vazari, playing in Flight Three, topped Penn Manor's Alex Mowery and Cole Shenk 8-2. They advanced with a hard-fought 9-8 (10-3) tiebreaker win over CV's Derek Thrush and Matt Hoy in the quarterfinals but lost 8-0 to Central's Trey Bury and Jared Groff in the semis.
The girls' lacrosse team played three games in four days last week. And while they suffered a loss to undefeated Manheim Township, they beat Cocalico and Penn Manor and sit in second place in the league standings at 8-1 behind the Streaks (9-0).
Monday's 13-12 road win at Cocalico was fueled by Kelsey Kimmel's six goal attack. Kendal Ream added three while Paige Weidman and Brittany Zameroski (2a) both scored twice as L-S rode the momentum of a 6-4 first half to survive the Eagles' 8-7 second half rally. The Eagles handed the Pioneers a 17-7 loss in their first game of the season.
"Possession was the key," said head coach Maria Alexandrowicz. "I wanted more and more possession just to keep the ball out of their sticks. A couple of times we failed to dodge the turnover rate but all in all we did our job and were able to win the game."
Olivia Martin recorded 12 saves to earn the 'W'.
The team hosted the Streaks on Wednesday, fell behind early, struggled to regroup and were dealt their second loss of the season, 16-4. Their ten game winning streak came to a screeching halt as Township bolted to a 10-3 lead at the half and finished with a 6-3 edge after the break.
Kimmel was held to three goals. Ream added one as the Pioneers managed just seven shots on goal. The visitors fired 27 shots at Martin who finished with 14 saves.
"The positive thing about this game was that now the girls can see that we can be stopped," said Alexandrowicz. "We are not unstoppable. Their hard work needs to continue to grow rather than stay the same."
One day later they righted the ship with a dominating 17-8 win over Penn Manor under the lights in Millersville. Lampeter poured in ten first half goals, held the Comets to three and maintained the lead through the second half, winning 7-5.
Kimmel (2a) was the top scorer with 11 goals. Zameroski notched a hat trick, Ream scored twice and Katelyn Smith added one as the Pioneers held a 25-22 advantage in shots on goal.
Martin needed 14 saves to secure the win.
In non-league play Saturday, the girls settled for a 12-12 tie against Eastern York. The Pioneers, behind a combined nine goals by Kimmel (2a) and Hannah Dawson (2a), led 6-3 in the first half but were outscored 9-6 after the break. Zameroski (2g, 2a) and Ream (1g) also contributed.
Tennis Team Wins Five Matches in Five Days April 24, 2017
In a busy week for the tennis team, the boys' picked up five straight wins, including a pair of shutouts.
They opened with an easy sweep over Annville-Cleona on Monday with Evan King and Ari Vaziri earning straight set shutouts at No. 3 and 4 respectively. Evan Winters (No. 1) and Matt Paich (No. 2) both won 6-0, 6-1.
The doubles teams were also dominating. Winters and Vazari teamed for an 8-1 win at No. 1 while Paich and King, playing No. 2, and Cameron Keeler and Alex Baker, at No. 3, both won 8-2.
Tuesday's victory was a 4-3 thriller over Lancaster Catholic. Vazari and King and Keeler and Baker gave the Pioneers a 2-1 lead after doubles play while Winters earned a 6-2, 6-0 win and King picked up a 6-2, 6-3 result to cap the scoring.
Matt O'Neil, playing No. 2 and Keeler, at No. 4, both battled before bowing out. O'Neil fell 4-6, 6-1, 10-7 while Keeler dropped a 2-6, 6-1, 10-6 result.
A 6-1 result against McCaskey looked easy but the scores were a bit closer. Winters and O'Neil pulled off an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles while Vazari and Baker earned an 8-5 result at No. 3. In between, Paich and King cruised to an 8-0 final.
In singles action, Winters won 6-2, 6-2, O'Neil pulled away for a 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 win, Paich added a 6-2, 6-3 result and King prevailed 6-3, 6-1.
The team handled Ephrata on Thursday, 7-0. Winters and O'Neil and Josh Beiler and Vazari both won 8-1 while King and Paich, at No. 2, were 8-2 winners.
Winters earned a shutout at No. 1, O'Neil outlasted Martin 5-7, 6-4, 10-7 at No. 2 and Paich won easily at No. 3, 6-0, 6-1.
A 6-1 win over Garden Spot rounded out the week. Winters, O'Neil, Paich and King all won in straight sets while the doubles teams of O'Neil and Winters and Paich and King won 8-0 and 8-1.
"We have just three losses, to Central, Cocalico and LHM," said head coach Mark Trach.
The girls' lacrosse team picked up a couple more wins last week and currently sit on top of the section standings at 6-0, along with LCD/LCHS. Township falls in at 5-0.
Kelsey Kimmel exploded for a season-high 13 goals in last Monday's 20-9 non-league win over visiting Trinity. In a back-and-fourth first half, the Pioneers extended a 6-5 edge with four straight goals and led 11-6 at the break. The hosts held a 9-3 advantage in the second half and cruised to the victory.
"I felt like we were still asleep from the holiday weekend at the start of the game," said head coach Maria Alexandrowicz, "but after I pulled them in and reminded them of how well we have been doing and to not let one sleepy attitude determine the score of the game we started putting points on the board.
"Kelsey did a phenomenal job," she added. "And Brittany Zameroski did a great job supporting on offense with three assists. She calms the offense down and lets them get set up. She's a great leader on the field and I admire how her teammates look to her for direction.
Hannah Dawson was the only other multiple goal scorer with three.
Thursday's victory over Elizabethtown was even better. The Pioneers jumped out to a 14-2 first half advantage, settled for a 5-4 edge after the break and scored 19 goals on 21 shots while holding the Bears to five.
Kimmel not only scored five times but dished out five assists to pace the offense. Dawson and Kendal Ream both settled for hat tricks with one assist each. Bella Beiler added two goals while McKenna Conklin, Pagie Weidman and Katelyn Smith rounded out the scoring.
Olivia Martin was steady in goal with a combined 14 saves in the two wins.
On Friday the team poured in another 20 goals and gave up nine, three in the first half, against Twin Valley. Kimmel, who leads the section in scoring with 72 total goals, did the heavy lifting with 11 goals. Ream pitched in with a hat trick while Zameroski, Smith and Conklin added two each.
The boys' track team evened its league record at 2-2 with a dominating road win over the winless Bears of Elizabethtown last Tuesday. The Pioneers collected all the available points in the 100 and 200 meter sprints and the shot, javelin and triple jumps. They also claimed all three relays in the 118-32 victory.
Jansen Miller, Everett Honert, Michael Kuhns and Noah Pritchard opened the meet with a winning 8:56.3 in the 4x800 relay while Andrew Fink, David Ragazzoni, Ezra Mellinger and Brady Stoner clocked a season best 45.3 to win the 4x100. The team of Miller, Ragazzoni, Kuhns and Stoner completed the sweep with a 40.8 in the 4x400.
Mellinger (11.3), Ragazzoni (12.0) and Josh Horst (12.1) claimed all three spots in the 100 dash while Ragazzoni (23.8), Horst (25.4) and Kuhns (25.6) did the same in the 200.
Dominating the throws were Gabe Frederick (40-1.5), Josh Eidemiller (37-5.5) and Alex Stoeffler (36-6.5) in the shot and Eidemiller (165-6), Frederick (127) and Dalton Kreider in the javelin while jumpers Josh Nolt, with a 43-10 PR, Mellinger (40-1.5) and Andrew Fink (35-10.5) commanded the triple. Nolt, a senior, also PR'd to win the 110 hurdles in 16.3 and cleared his best at 5-10 for second in the high jump behind winner Drew Bell (6-2).
Other winners included Noah Pritchard in the mile (4:37.3 PR), Kuhns in the 400 (54.9), Stoner in the 300 hurdles (42.1), Miller in the 800 (2:13.4), Jacob Long in the discus (110-6) and Mellinger with a PR in the long (20-8).
The girls' team had a tougher time, facing an undefeated Elizabethtown squad. They dropped a respectable 83-67 final despite winning just six events.
Kristen Herr again dominated the throws with another trifecta. She claimed the shot with a 35-9.75, tossed the discus 122-3 and hurled the javelin 136-3 to lead the Pioneer scoring. Madison Eller contributed with a second in the shot (29-2) and a third in the discus (87-11).
Also in the field, Sarah Gawne cleared 5-0 to win the high jump and Emma Houck and Katie Knarr tied for third clearing 4-8.
On the track, the girls' picked up a sweep in the mile with Abby Gordley (5:46.4), Sara Boyd (6:04.4) and Kyla Drouillard (6:12.9). Boyd also added a second in the 800.
Their final win was a 17.4 by Josie Weaver in the 100 hurdles. She was also second in the 300's (53.2).
The Pioneers also earned a couple PR's with Colleen Gilbert's second place 1:02.7 in the 400 and Sydnie Smith's second in the 200 (28.1). Smith was also second in the 100, finishing ahead of Lindsay Szymanski who was third in the 200.
As the boys' team continues to work to find their groove they dropped two more games last week, falling 18-5 at Trinity on Monday and 13-10 against E-town Wednesday.
"It really comes down to better team communication and learning to trust the system," said head coach Guy Hornig. "We just need to execute."
Trinity held the Pioneers to a single goal in each of the first three quarters while piling up 15 goals themselves. The fourth quarter was a hard-fought 3-2 effort in Trinity's favor.
"In that fourth quarter we focused on successful transitions," said Hornig. "Gage Barber did a nice job making sure the players were where they needed to be and they responded to his leadership. The guys could have folded but rather fought until the final horn. That's a step in the right direction."
The Pioneers are still banged up. "Chad Gaudino should be returning but we're still waiting on Nate Portrey and Seth Ferrel," stated Hornig. "Unfortunately, Hunter Hornig will not be returning to the lineup."
Dawson Albright was the only multiple goal scorer with two. Patrick McClain, Tyler Zameroski and Caden Wise also contributed.
Wednesday the team fought off a 4-2 first quarter deficit with a 4-4 second frame and knotted the score at 9-9 after three quarters. Unfortunately Elizabethtown finished strong, winning the fourth quarter 4-1 and the game.
Wise topped the scoring chart with four goals. Albright netted two and McClain, Noah Patterson (2a), Zameroski and Gaudino added one each.
Dylan Sindorf recorded four saves in goal.
Three straight tightly contested crossover games propelled the Pioneers to second place in the Section Two standings with a 7-2 mark behind undefeated Elizabethtown, 9-0.
The team hosted McCaskey last Monday, took an early 4-2 lead (helped along by a two run error), survived a three run rally and picked up an 8-6 win.
They tacked on one run in the third and looked to take control with some key hitting in the fourth inning. Caleb Danehower singled and stole second and Patrick Holmes (2-4, 2 runs, 1RBI) worked a two out RBI base hit. Connor Blantz singled in Holmes, Trent Petersheim (2-3 1RBI) was hit by a pitch and Joseph Meck singled in the third run, pushing the score to 8-3.
McCaskey rallied in the sixth with three straight two out hits to cut the lead to 8-6 which did not change over the last inning and a half.
In a game that featured 23 total hits, Blantz was the big hitter of the day, going 3-4 with 3RBI. Danehower was 2-3 with 2 runs and a double.
Todd Shelley picked up the win and Josh Howells earned the save with three strikeouts in 2.1 innings.
On the road Wednesday, Luke Weigel's sacrifice fly scored Hunter Cunningham, who reached with a leadoff triple and scored the game winner in a 4-3 final over Cedar Crest.
Down 3-1 after five complete innings, L-S loaded the bases in the sixth on base hits by Blantz, Petersheim and a bunt single by Meck and set the table for Nevin Book's two run double.
Book went 3-3 at the plate with two doubles, 2 RBI. Cunningham went 2-2 with a double, a triple, and 1RBI.
Aaron Jacoby, Kris Pirozzi and Iaonni Kovack all saw action on the hill and combined for seven strikeouts and one walk.
A 4-2 edge in hits and a two run rally in the sixth pushed the Pioneers past Hempfield, 3-2 on Friday. Pirozzi struck out eight and walked one in the complete game win.
Wednesday's 10-2 win over Pequea Valley ended a string of four straight shutouts by the Lady Pioneers but pushed their overall record to 11-1.
With both teams collecting 10 hits each, L-S was able to score in four different innings, taking advantage of a 3-run homer by Hannah Garber in the fourth and Brynne Baker's two run homer in the second, five walks and three errors despite striking out 13 times.
"It was only the second time all season we did not score in the first inning," said head coach Gene Charles. "Their Sabrina Ryan is without a doubt one of the top three pitchers in the league."
H. Garber (2-2, 3RBI), Jordan Kondras (2-5), Natalie Carson (2-4), and Julz Garber (3-3, 3 runs scored) fueled the hitting.
"Delaney Groff pitched another great game (5K, 0W)," said Charles. "And we turned a triple play in the fifth."
With runners on first and third, catcher Kylie Weaver grabbed a foul bunt attempt and fired to Carson at first base to double the runner. Carson immediately threw back to Weaver, nailing the runner trying to tag from third.
Monday and Friday's wins were of the abbreviated variety. They scored 10 runs in the second inning against Lancaster Mennonite on Monday and won 15-0 in three innings on seven hits. They ended the week with a five-inning, 10-0 shutout against Columbia, using a six run fourth inning to do the bulk of the damage.
"Against Columbia, Brynne Baker threw the first no-hitter of her varsity career, striking out nine and walking none," said Charles.