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Baron Teams Fall in PIAA Playoffs June 12, 2017

A memorable season for the Manheim Central boys volleyball team is officially over following a PIAA Class AA State Championship Tournament semifinals round setback to Northeastern last Tuesday, June 6, at Red Lion High School.

The five-time reigning and York County perennial powerhouse state champion Bobcats won an exciting 3-2 (25-23, 22-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-11), thriller to drop the curtain on the Barons 2017 season. Central finished the year with an impressive overall record of 22-3.

Tanner Stauffer led the offense with a team high 18 kills. Teammate Mason Nissley was second best with 15. Brandyn Musser also chipped in offensively, serving up a pair of aces.

Stauffer put up a hat trick of blocks and tied Ben Burkhart, Musser, and Gabriel Stewart, who all finished with seven digs. Nissley chipped in with six digs.

The only senior player this season was Chase Fahnestock.

BASEBALL

The baseball team, with five seniors, was eliminated in the first round of the PIAA Class 5A State Championship Tournament by Greater Latrobe Area at White Township Park in Indiana (PA) last Tuesday.

The district seven champ Wildcats, with a total of six hits and a dramatic four run bottom of the seventh inning, defeated the Barons in a come-from-behind, 5-4 thriller.

"It was one out from moving onto state quarterfinals," said head coach Matt Huber. "We've been on the other end a few times this year and, unfortunately, we finished the season losing three one run ball games.

"I'm extremely proud of our team," Huber continued. "I was fortunate to coach an extraordinary group of young men. We played our cards exactly how we wanted to. In the end, Latrobe made more plays than we did."

In an evenly played game on offense by both teams, the Barons (2 errors), with a total of seven hits, scored the first run of the game on a Taylor Rohrer RBI single in the top of the second inning. Key hits from Brandon Fisher and Note Loser, in the third inning, led to three runs and raised the score to 4-0.

Greater Latrobe (4 errors) gained some confidence in the bottom of the sixth, crossing their first run of the game and trailed the Barons 4-1.

The Barons came up empty in the top of the seventh inning and Greater Latrobe responded with a four run bottom half to steal the one run triumph and put an end to the season for Manheim. They finished with an overall record of 15-10.

Taylor Rohrer (9K, 1BB), and Drew Mummau (0K, 2BB), both saw action on the hill for the Barons.

"At the beginning of every season, we have goals to win a section, league, district, and state title," stated Huber. "Those goals won't change. Every win that you can get in the game of baseball is a team accomplishment and I hope that there will be many more to come next season."

Senior players this season were Brandon Fisher, Trevor Hosler, Tyler Lutz, Tyler Lyons, and Robert Miller.

"This senior class was special," stated Huber. "For some, it was their second trip to states in three years. Tyler Lutz will always be remembered for his hard work and ethic. A perfect example is his hustle at E-Town in district playoffs. He was a wall behind home plate for us.

"Tyler Lyons will always be a big part of our program," Huber continued. "He contributed a lot with his bat this year and exhibited leadership skills.

"And Bobby Miller will always be remembered as one of the hardest workers in our program. It was great to see him get his first RBI at Lebanon Catholic," lauded Huber.

"Trevor Hosler was a welcomed addition to the program the past two seasons. He pitched against the number two seed in the districts this year and the number four seed in districts during the regular season and held them to minimal runs.

"Brandon Fisher was a great outfielder for us," ended Huber.

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Barons Finish 4th in Districts, Qualify for States June 5, 2017

The Baron baseball team traveled to Section Two runner-up Lampeter-Strasburg on Friday, May 26 for the District Three Class 5A quarterfinals.

Left hander Taylor Rohrer hurled an impressive seven inning no-hitter, striking out 15 batters while allowing two walks to guide the Barons past the No. 4 seed Pioneers (3 errors), 5-0.

The Barons, who outslugged the Pioneers 8-0 off key hits by Rohrer and Jake Novak, plated a hat trick of runs in the top of the third inning for the early lead.

Seven men batted that inning as Brandon Fisher doubled, Nate Loser stroked an RBI single, Novak singled, and Tyler Lutz cranked an RBI sac fly to lead the Barons offense in the three run inning.

After a scoreless fourth and fifth, Central, who committed one fielding error, added one run in both the top of the sixth and seventh innings to wrap-up the shutout victory.

Four days later, playing through a wet and soggy turf surface along with a partial blackout at War Memorial Field in Ephrata, the Barons battled top seeded Daniel Boone in a semifinals round collision.

"The game against Daniel Boone and Red Land were two tough losses," said head coach Matt Huber. "We could not generate enough offense. Our pitchers did a fabulous job against the number one and number two seeds in the district. Enough credit cannot be given to our pitchers for their effort and performance."

The Blazers used three hits and a crucial two run bottom of the sixth inning to edge Manheim in a 2-1 thriller.

It was anybody's game from the start as Central (5 hits, 1 error) got their offense rolling in the top of the first inning with a Novak leadoff infield single and a stolen base.

"Jake Novak has been one of our most improved players this season," said Huber. "He's always had a lot of heart, since he was a freshman. He is a well-respected leader on our baseball team and we continue to be impressed with his skill set."

Drew Mummau drew a one out walk and Lutz scored Novak on an RBI single for a slim 1-0 lead.

With both teams struggling to find a lot of offense, the game went scoreless through four straight innings but Daniel Boone (3 hits, 1 error) changed the momentum with their two run bottom of the sixth inning.

They began their pursuit with back-to-back one out line drives. An RBI fielder's choice on a ground out along with an error at third base pushed across two runs for a 2-1 advantage.

Lutz and Bryce Eberly worked two straight, two out infield base hits but were left stranded in the one run misfortune.

Mummau pitched a six inning game on the hill, whiffing three Daniel Boone batters and surrendering two walks.

With third place on the line, the team clashed with 2nd seeded Red Land in an early afternoon game on Thursday, June 1 at Penn Manor High School.

The third place Patriots nailed six hits while scoring a run in both the bottom of the third and fifth innings to slip past the fourth place Barons (15-9) 2-1.

Red Land (1 error) scored the first run of the day in the bottom of the third inning and tacked on an insurance run in the bottom half of the fifth inning for a 2-0 advantage.

Central, who played an error free game and finished with a set of hits, crossed their only run of the game in the top of the sixth inning to trail Red Land by a 2-1 deficit.

Not playing with enough offensive intensity, the Barons came up empty in the top of the seventh inning in the narrow one run setback to Red Land.

The Barons (15-9) will face Greater Latrobe (18-2) in the first round of the PIAA Class 5A State Championship Tournament at White Township Park in Indiana this week.

"The PIAA Tournament is always a lot of fun. You have 16 of the best teams left in the state, and it's a new tournament. You know what you will be facing. I can't wait," ended Huber.

VOLLEYBALL

The top seeded boys' volleyball team faced 3rd seeded Cocalico in the District Three Class AA third place matchup at Red Lion High School two weeks ago.

Mason Nissley, who pounded a game high 19 kills, helped the Barons win a come from behind 3-2 (17-25, 25-16, 19-25, 25-19, 15-11) victory to qualify for the PIAA State Championship Tournament.

Gabriel Stewart (2 aces), Ben Burkhart (51 assists), Brandyn Musser (3 digs), and Chase Fahnestock (3 blocks) made up the rest of the Manheim scoring leaders.

The team moved on to the PIAA Class AA State Championship Tournament with an opening round quarrel with Lansdale Catholic at High School Of The Future in Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 30.

Nissley had another stellar performance, leading the way with a match high 12 kills, and the Barons blanked the Crusaders 3-0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-13).

Tanner Stauffer contributed two serving aces and Burkhart dished out 27 assists to pace the offense. Stewart maneuvered around the back court for a total of six digs and Isaac Shenk had a set of blocks to support the defense.

The week ended in a quarterfinals pairing with Holy Redeemer at Schuylkill Valley High School in Leesport on Saturday, June 3.

Led by an all-round team performance, the Barons also shutout the Royals in a competitive match 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-21). The team now has a current overall record of 22-2.

Offensively Stauffer blasted 11 kills and Burkhart dished out 33 assists. Stewart also chipped in with eight kills as did Nissley who also added two serving aces. A tough defense was fueled by Stauffer, who hustled around the court for eight digs, and Fahnestock who blocked two hits.

Central will go head-to-head with Northeastern in the semifinals round this week.

TRACK

Two members of the track team participated in the PIAA Class AAA State Championship Meet at Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg University on May 26-27.

Ryan Carter, who shattered the boys' school record in the pole vault, finished the event with a four way tie for 9th place clearing a height of 14-0.

Billie Jo Bollinger, the most consistent runner from the girls' team who had won two medals in the district meet, was back running for the second time in states competing in the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles finishing among non-place winners.

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Baron Volleyball Advances in District Play May 26, 2017

The top seeded Baron volleyball team began their District Three Class AA Playoff Tournament trek by hosting 9th seeded Palmyra on Monday, May 22 in a quarterfinals round matchup and shut out an aggressive Cougars squad 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-22).

"I thought we battled but we know we let Palmyra play with us," said head coach Craig Dietrich. "Fortunately we are a lot more consistent than many more teams are. Palmyra made some crucial errors at crucial times. We made mistakes but it wasn't necessarily at a crucial time. It pretty much sealed every game."

In a first set that seesawed back-and-forth, Palmyra pulled out to an early 5-2 lead and upped the score to 9-5. The Cougars then led 10-7 following a Baron hit out of play but the home team battled back to tie the score 12-12 on an Isaac Shenk touch up front on an assist via Ben Burkhart.

Manheim took a 15-13 lead on a Mason Nissley (14 kills) blast at the twine. The score was tied on several occasions, including a 20-20 deadlock.

Central went on a 2-0 run to gain a 22-20 lead but Palmyra crawled from behind and knotted the score at 22-22. The Barons won the set 25-23 on another Shenk hit at the net assisted by Burkhart.

It was a motivating beginning for the Barons. They jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the second set after a Palmyra hit was ruled out of play. A Cougar block that bounced out of play put the Barons in front 10-6 and minutes later 15-12 on a Nissley bash up front.

A Palmyra swing that went out of play upped the score to 19-15 and the Barons wrapped up the set 25-21 on a Tanner Stauffer block at the net.

Palmyra took another early edge in the third set. Central responded, tying the score at 5-5. Palmyra regrouped and held a 10-8 advantage and then led 15-13.

Keeping their composure the Barons rallied from behind once again and evened the score 15-15 on a Gabriel Stewart one handed push at the net and then took a 20-17 lead on a Palmyra hit out of play.

A serving miscue on Palmyra set the score at 21-18 and the Barons had to use hustle and determination to break a 22-22 tie late in the set. Another Palmyra hit that was buried in the net helped Central secure the win 25-22.

On Wednesday, May 24 the team returned to action in a semifinals showdown with number five seeded York Suburban at Dallastown Area High School.

The Trojans, fueled by a team high 19 kill performance from Jack Schultz, conquered the Barons 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-23), for just their second setback of the season.

Nissley (20 kills), Stauffer (1 ace, 10 digs, 5 blocks), and Burkhart (39 assists), made up the Manheim scoring stat leaders.

Central will play for third place against 3rd seeded Cocalico along with a PIAA qualifying berth being on the line at Red Lion Area High School (to be reported in the June 7 copy of the Merchandiser).

"We wanted to get to the title game and then play our best volleyball. If we didn't win, great, there is still more advanced volleyball to be played," ended Dietrich.

BASEBALL

Under wet and overcast weather conditions the 12th seeded baseball team was on the road at 5th seed Elizabethtown in the opening round of the District Three Class 5A Playoff Tournament last Tuesday. The Barons used four hits, several passed balls, and a crucial three run top of the seventh inning to eliminate the Bears 4-2.

"The team never gave up," said head coach Matt Huber. "They fought hard against an excellent pitcher. Amazing things can happen when a team plays together. We're glad to be moving onto the second round."

For a game that was tight from the start, Elizabethtown, who finished with a total of five hits, scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning to hold a 1-0 lead through the next two innings.

The never say die Baron offense, highlighted by key hits from Bryce Eberly, Tyler Lutz, and Taylor Rohrer, then pushed across a run in the top half of the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-1. After a scoreless fifth inning, Elizabethtown, who played an error free contest, plated their final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning to establish a narrow 2-1 advantage.

It was a major turn of events offensively for the Barons who, despite a hat trick of errors in the top of the seventh inning, settled for a three run surge that led to the two run victory.

The duo of Rohrer (9K, 2BB), and Drew Mummau (0K, 0BB), split the action on the hill for Manheim.

"Taylor Rohrer was fabulous all day," stated Huber." I think if you look back, he had a runner on third base and no outs in the bottom of the first. He pitched out of it and worked our opponent the whole game."

The Barons move into the quarterfinals round where they will meet 4th seeded Lampeter-Strasburg (to be reported in the June 7 copy of the Merchandiser).

"We anticipate a competitive game against Lampeter-Strasburg. Obviously, we lost last time and we were no hit. It should be a fun one," ended Huber.

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Barons Bow to E-town in League Playoff Opener May 22, 2017

The Section Three runner-up Manheim Central baseball team started post season play last Monday, May 15 in the quarterfinals round of the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships against Section Two champion Elizabethtown at Manheim Township High School.

In a three hour meeting, the Bears cranked a total of 13 hits and used a key six run bottom of the fifth inning to eliminate the Barons (13-7) 13-9.

"I thought we played really tough against E-Town," said head coach Matt Huber. "We succeeded in scoring a run almost every inning. We didn't give up. At the end of the day, we didn't get the job done, but there were a lot of positives to pull from the game."

Central, finishing the game with nine hits, took an early edge in the top of the first inning when Jake Novak stroked a leadoff infield single and then stole both second and third base. Tyler Simon then drew a walk before Drew Mummau, who went 3-5 for the game, plated Novak with a base hit. Tyler Lutz then scored Simon on a RBI fielder's choice to set the score at 2-0.

"We needed Drew Mummau to have a big day and we're glad he did," stated Huber.

Elizabethtown responded in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back walks and an infield bunt single that loaded the bases. A one out single to deep left field crossed a pair of runs that knotted the score at 2-2.

Tyler Lyons began the top of the second inning with a leadoff single and swiped second base along with Taylor Rohrer who used some exceptional base running stole third and home plate for a run to regain the lead 3-2.

The Bears came from behind in the bottom half of the inning beginning with back-to-back walks. A two out double with bases loaded pushed across a hat trick of runs to capture the lead once again 5-3.

Simon smashed a double to right field and then stole third base to begin the top of the third inning. A Mummau infield single plated Simon to trail the Bears 5-4.

The Barons turned things up a notch in the top of the fourth inning. David Cruz worked a leadoff walk and an infield bunt by Dawson Good moved Cruz to second base. Cruz then stole third base and Novak reached on a one out walk. A walk to Simon loaded the bases. Mummau then slugged a double to center field, scoring both Cruz and Novak for a 6-5 lead.

A RBI sac fly to left field by Lutz pushed across Simon for their final run of the inning and a 7-5 advantage.

To start the bottom half of the inning a sliding leadoff triple to center field by Elizabethtown changed the momentum of the game. A RBI infield single on a Central mishap (3 errors), and a one out RBI single after a double to center field tied the game again 7-7.

The game blew wide open in the Bears favor with a six run bottom of the fifth inning outbreak starting with a one out single to center field and another to left field. A bunt loaded the bases and an error at home plate on a fielder's choice by the Barons pushed across a set of runs to take control 9-7. Two RBI singles to left field, and a standup RBI double made the score 13-7.

Down by six runs, the Barons started the top of the sixth inning with a walk to Novak. Mummau reached on an E-town misstep (2 errors) at third base. A Lutz single loaded the bases and a Bryce Eberly RBI fielder's choice crossed Novak to trail the Bears 13-8.

The Barons scored the final run of the game in the top of the seventh inning with Nate Loser smashing a one out triple to center field that scored Trevor Hosler who reached on a walk.

Rohrer (1K, 4BB), Mummau (3K, 2BB), Eberly (0K, 0BB), and Hosler (1K, 1BB), all saw action on the hill for Manheim.

The 12th seeded Barons will tangle in a rematch with 5th seed Elizabethtown in the first round of the District Three Class 5A Championship Playoff Tournament this week.

"In the district tournament, anything can happen. We're excited to face some familiar competition," stated Huber. "We feel confident. It's a privilege to make districts and we would love to make a splash for the next two weeks in the tournament."

VOLLEYBALL

The top seeded District Three Class AA boys volleyball team resumed play in the L-L League Playoff Tournament in a semifinals round collision with Section One runner-up and perennial powerhouse Hempfield at Lancaster Mennonite High School.

Central, led by Mason Nissley's game high 22 kills, knocked off the 21 time league champion Black Knights in a thrilling 3-2 (22-25, 25-13, 25-20, 21-25, 15-10), final score.

Ben Burkhart was a huge help to hitters at the net with an astounding 60 assist performance and aided the defense with four blocks. Isaac Shenk also contributed defensively with four blocks.

Two days later the team clashed with Section One third place Manheim Township in Neffsville on Wednesday, May 17 for the coveted league championship.

The Blue Streaks surprisingly dealt the Barons (18-1) their first loss of the season 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-22), to dramatically win the league title

Nissley smashed a game high 13 kills to guide the offense as Burkhart supported hitters up front with 29 assists. Brandyn Musser served up an ace and defended the back court with four digs with teammate Burkhart adding to the defense with four blocks.

Up next, the Barons will host 9th seeded Palmyra in the quarterfinals round of the District Three Class AA Championships.

TRACK

A handful of athletes from the track team participated in the District Three Championship Meet last Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University in cool and breezy spring like weather.

In Class AAA boys' action Ryan Carter, a league champion in the pole vault who shattered his own school record of 13-7 with an effort of 14-0, finished as the top performer of the team with a 5th place finish in the event clearing a height of 13-9.

Jay Barreto, Brock Hochstetler, Kody Kegarise, Gunnar Royer placed 10th in the 4x100 (44.17), Zach Reed was 11th (40.96), and Tyler Flick was 16th in the 300 hurdles (41.66), Cole Sunderland placed 8th in the 800 (1:57.87), Will Rivers finished 12th in both the long jump (20-00.50) and triple jump (41-08.50), and Barreto added a 14th place effort in the javelin (155-0) to make up the rest of the top results.

The team finished tied for 34th place.

In the girls AAA competition, Billie Jo Bollinger led the team with a fifth place finish in the 100 meter hurdles clocking a final time of 15.11 and placed sixth in the 300 meter hurdles with a 45.71.

Bollinger qualified for the PIAA State Championship Meet back at Shippensburg University on May 26-27.

Kiera Wells finished 8th (46.75) in the 300 hurdles and Carley Sheppard was ninth in the pole vault, clearing 10-6.

The team finished in a four way tie for 30th place.

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Baron Track Teams Sweep Solanco May 15, 2017

The regular season for the Manheim Central track team is now officially over as the Barons hosted Solanco on "Senior Day" for their final Section Two meet on Monday, May 8 and posted double wins against the Mules.

Cole Sunderland, Ian Lauver, Jay Barreto, Elliot Martin, and Will Rivers guided the section champion boys team (9-0) past the fifth place Mules 122-28.

Sunderland and Lauver both won two events to lead the team. Sunderland placed first in the 400 (52.7), and the 800 (2:09.0) and Lauver won the 1600 (4:47.8), and the 3200 (10:06.0).

Other winners on the track included Gunnar Royer 100 (11.4), Brock Hochstetler 200 (23.4), Jay Barreto high hurdles (15.2), and Zach Reed 300 hurdles (41.2).

Central also won three relay events in the 4x100 (44.1), Tyler Flick, Reed, Brandon Griest, Sunderland 4x400 (4:03.8), and Lauver, Griest, Carson Hepner, Sunderland 4x800 (8:39.5).

In the field events Martin took the shot put (45-3.75), and the discus (134-9). Rivers won the long jump (20-8), and the triple jump (43-0.75).

Barreto also snagged the javelin with a throw of 157-10 and Ryan Carter cleared 13-0 to win the pole vault.

Billie Jo Bollinger, Laura Good, and Carley Sheppard led the girls' team (8-1) to an 82-65 victory against Solanco.

Billie Jo Bollinger was the best performer on the track winning the high hurdles (14.7), and the 300 hurdles (45.2).

Kiera Wells 100 (12.7), Laura Good 200 (26.8), and Marianne Fitzkee 3200 (12:56.4) also picked up wins.

The team also won the 4x100 (51.4), and the 4x400 with Emily Kline, Alexis Hosler, Autumn Greiner, Billie Jo Bollinger.

In the field, Good and Sheppard both clinched double wins with Good taking the long jump (16-1.75), and the triple jump (33-10.5). Sheppard won the javelin (100-0) and cleared 10-0 to win the pole vault.

Over a drizzly weekend the team participated in the L-L League Championship Meet at Hempfield High School.

The boys relay team of Barreto, Hochstetler, Kody Kegarise, and Royer won a gold medal in the 4x100 (43.99) while Royer, with an 11.53 in the 100, Hochstetler with a 23.47 in the 200, and Sunderland with a 1:56.96 in the 800, all won bronze medals.

Other top ten finishers included Lauver 3200 (9th, 9:57.27), Barreto 110 hurdles (7th, 16.29), Reed 300 hurdles (7th, 41.22), Flick 300 hurdles (8th, 41.30), Hochstetler, Flick, Reed, Sunderland 4x400 (9th, 3:37.74), Rivers long jump (6th, 21-7.25), triple jump (4th, 42-3), Martin discus (5th, 130-10), and Barreto javelin (4th, 171-8).

The team finished sixth overall.

Billie Jo Bollinger led the girls with a pair of silver medals. She was second in the 100 hurdles (15.15), and the 300 hurdles (45.46). Sheppard snagged a bronze medal in the pole vault (10-6).

Other top ten place winners included Hosler 800 (8th, 2:25.34), Codi Bollinger, Billie Jo Bollinger, Isabella Wendler, Wells 4x100 (8th, 52.41), Good triple jump (9th, 32-6.25).

The team finished tied in 9th place.

SOFTBALL

The softball team won their final two Section Three games last week against Cocalico and Elco and finished in third place with a final overall record of 10-10.

"I was proud of the players on how they played in the last two games with both being shutouts, in fact the last five games we played to our potential," said head coach Steve Ginder.

In their final home game of the year, under the lights, the Lady Barons hosted fifth place Cocalico and used a six run bottom of the first inning to shutout the Eagles in five innings, 11-0.

Central, playing error free, outslugged Cocalico 7-1 and got their offense started in the bottom half of the first inning. Billie Jo Bollinger then cranked a RBI double to cross Reagan Rohrer, who stroked a leadoff double for the first run of the game and Maddie Walter's double scored Bollinger for a 2-0 lead.

Jordan Walter drilled a RBI double to left field that plated courtesy runner Kendra Jones before Walter swiped third and home plate for another run (4-0).Tayler Lauver then drew a walk as Codi Bollinger stole home plate and Sarah Good scored Lauver on a one out RBI single for the last run of the inning and a 6-0 lead.

The Lady Barons added five runs in the bottom of the third. Madelyn Barbush worked a leadoff walk, Good singled to left field and Rachel VanBlargan's infield single loaded the bases. Barbush came home on a wild pitch, and Rohrer smashed a two run single. Maddie Walter drew a one out walk and sister Jordan Walter drove in Rohrer with an infield single. Codi Bollinger plated courtesy runner Jones on a sac fly to centerfield for their final run of the game.

Maddie Walter hurled a five inning game giving up just one hit. She struck out nine and did not allow any walks.

On Tuesday, May 9 the team traveled to Elco and ended their season with a bang, scoring two runs in both the top of the third and fourth innings to blank the sixth place Raiders 7-0.

Maddie Walter led the offense with a triple and two RBI's. Rohrer chipped in with a double while Zyan Bennett and Good added one RBI each.

Maddie Walter (7K, 1BB), and Jordan Walter (4K, 1BB), both shared the pitching responsibilities.

"The Walter sisters certainly provided the pitching presence we needed this season," stated Ginder.

Senior players this year were Zyan Bennett, Erin Corrado, Sarah Good, Alyssa Groff, and Kendra Jones.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the seniors this season. They worked hard in practice and provided leadership," said Ginder. "I believe with continued hard work and focus we can win the section and districts next season."

VOLLEYBALL

The Section Two champion and state ranked boys volleyball team hosted Garden Spot for their last match of their regular season and defeated the fourth place Spartans for the second time this year 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-22).

Mason Nissley led the way with nine kills and served up a pair of aces. Ben Burkhart, the team leader in assists, finished the night with 26 as teammate Brandyn Musser added seven digs. Tanner Stauffer chalked up one block.

Post season play began on Friday, May 12 as the Barons (17-0) were on their home court in the quarterfinals round of the L-L League Tournament opposite Section One fourth place Conestoga Valley and ousted the Buckskins 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-21).

Nissley paced the offensive attack with 10 kills while Stauffer tallied a hat trick of serving aces. Burkhart had a big game with a 27 assists. Defensively, Gabriel Stewart (6 blocks), and Musser (6 digs) were standout.

TENNIS

The 2nd seeded boys tennis team opened the District Three Class AAA team playoff tournament on their home court in a clash with 10th seed Cedar Crest in the quarterfinals round and topped the Falcons in an exciting 4-1 victory.

Central (19-3) then met 3rd seeded league champion Hempfield (18-1) for the second time season on Tuesday, May 9 in the semifinals round at Hershey Racquet Club where they were defeated by the tournament first place finishing Black Knights, 3-0.

The team returned to Hershey on Wednesday, May 10 and, with a PIAA qualifying berth on the line, suffered a 3-2 result against 4th seeded Wilson (15-3), leaving the Barons in fourth place.

In singles play Galen Fitzkee outlasted Michael Brophy 6-3, 6-1 and for their final point of the match in doubles, the duo of Taylor Funk and Andrew Erk prevailed over Wilson 6-4, 6-4.

BASEBALL

The baseball team ended their regular season schedule with a win against Cocalico and losses to Elco and Lampeter-Strasburg last week.

At Cocalico, the Barons (8 hits) scored one run in the top of the first, third, and seventh innings to spark a 3-0 victory against the fourth place Eagles (6 hits, 1 error) 3-0.

Taylor Rohrer pitched a seven inning game, striking out 13 batters and not allowing a single walk.

With a chance to clinch the section championship, the Barons hosted Elco on "Senior Parents Day" in their next matchup at Baron Field and were dealt a 4-1 loss as the Raiders scored a run in all but three innings.

Elco (6 hits, 2 errors) scored the first run of the game in the top of the third inning but Central (4 hits, 3 errors) regrouped in the bottom half of the inning when Tyler Simon, who drew a leadoff walk advanced on Nate Loser's bunt and scored on a base hit by Tyler Lutz.

Elco went back to work in the top of the fourth, scoring once to regain a 2-1 advantage. They scored another run in the top of the fifth on a two out RBI triple, and another in the top of the seventh to secure the win.

Drew Mummau went the distance on the hill striking out one and did not give up a walk.

Lutz played a solid game at catcher with a key grab behind the plate on a pop up for the second out of the fifth, and had a tag out at home plate for the third out of the top of the seventh inning.

The team then returned to their home field for a rescheduled non-league encounter with Section Two second place Lampeter Strasburg. The Pioneers, who outhit Central 9-0, pushed across a run in the top of third and seventh innings to slip past the Barons 2-1 to force a tie breaker game for the Section Three crown.

, 0BB), and Trevor Hosler (3K, 0BB), both saw action on the hill.

On Thursday, May 11 at Ephrata's War Memorial Field, in the section tie breaking game, the Barons collided Bryce Eberly (0K with Garden Spot for the third time this season on a wet and damp evening.

The Spartans (7 hits) plated a four run top of the fourth inning while playing an error free game and shutout the Barons (6 hits, 1 error) 5-0 to clinch the section championship.

Simon (2K, 7BB), and Eberly (3K, 2BB), both handled the Barons pitching duties.

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MC Baseball Wins Three Straight, Now 12-3 May 8, 2017

The Manheim Central baseball team defeated Garden Spot, Lebanon Catholic, and Lebanon last week to regain the lead in the race to capture the Section Three championship. The team now has a current overall record of 12-3.

"We did what we needed to do to keep our post-season alive," said head coach Matt Huber. "We had three solid games that will give us momentum heading into this week."

The team hosted Garden Spot on Monday, May 1 for a crucial section matchup. The Barons, who played an error-free game, used a five run bottom of the third inning along with a two run blast by Bryce Eberly to beat the Spartans 6-3.

Garden Spot (5 hits, 4 errors) scored the first run of the game in the top half of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Central, with five hits for the game, scored a run in the bottom of the second inning that deadlocked the score, 1-1.

Offensively the Barons went on the move with a five run outbreak in the bottom of the third inning for a 6-1 advantage.

In the top of the fourth inning the Spartans plated a pair of runs to cut the Central lead to 6-3 but could not produce enough offense through three straight innings to get any closer.

Taylor Rohrer (6K, 2BB), and Drew Mummau (8K, 2BB), shared the Manheim pitching chores.

It was a Section Three and Four rain make-up game at Lebanon Catholic on Tuesday, May 2 as the Barons only needed three innings, sparked by a Nate Loser (5 RBI's) grand slam and multi-hit performances by Dawson Good, Trevor Hosler, and David Cruz to total six RBI's, to subdue the Beavers (2 errors) 19-0.

With a 2-0 lead in the first, the Barons, who out lumbered the Beavers 13-1, had a gigantic 14 run top of the second inning to seize a spacious 16-0 lead. With another error-free game, the Barons added an additional three runs in the top half of the third inning to end the game via the 10 run mercy rule.

Returning to section play at Lebanon on Wednesday, May 3, Tyler Simon striking out three batters while allowing three walks became the winningest pitcher for the team this season by toppling the Cedars 9-2.

Lebanon (4 hits, 1 error) took a short lived 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning but Central (5 hits, 1 error), led by Tyler Lyons three hits and two RBI's, crossed six runs in the top of the second to take over the lead 6-1.

Adding two runs in the top of the fourth inning stretched the Barons lead to 8-1. Lebanon responded with a run in the bottom of the inning and the Barons pushed across their final run in the top of the seventh inning to collect the win.

Hosler came on in relief in the fourth inning and whiffed four Cedars while only allowing just a single walk.

TRACK

Coming to the end of their regular season schedule, the track team posted double wins against both Elizabethtown and Lancaster Catholic in L-L League dual meetings last week.

At Elizabethtown Cole Sunderland, Jay Barreto, and Will Rivers fueled the boys' team (8-0) in a 117-33 victory against the sixth place Bears to repeat as Section Two champions.

Winning twice on the track, Sunderland secured the 800 (2:11.1), and the 1600 (4:41.0). Individual running winners included Gunnar Royer 100 (11.6), Brock Hochstetler 200 (23.8), Ian Lauver 3200 (10:24.6), and Zach Reed 300 hurdles (42.5).

Central also added the 4x100 (44.8), and the 4x400 (3:41.7).

Rivers paced the team with a double win performance in the field events. He won the long jump (20-2.25), and the triple jump (41-7.75). Also picking up two wins was Barreto in the high hurdles (16.0) and the javelin (152-8).

Four other winners included Elliot Martin shot put (45-3.5), Nick Brown discus (129-8), and Ryan Carter pole vault (12-6).

Kiera Wells, Billie Jo Bollinger, and Laura Good sparked the girls team (7-1) to a 100-50 victory in a tussle with third place Elizabethtown.

Wells and Bollinger were the leaders on the track, both winning two events. Wells won the 100 (13.5), and the 200 (27.2) while Bollinger captured the high hurdles (15.1), along with the 300 hurdles (47.2).

Stephanie Greiner won the 400 with a final time of 64.9 and the team also claimed wins in the 4x100 (52.7) and 4x400 (4:25.7) relays.

Good was the top performer in field events, taking the long jump (15-1.25), and the triple jump (32-4.75). Other winners included Emily Kline shot put (31-9), Madalyn Nelson javelin (106-5), and Carley Sheppard pole vault (10-0).

In a non-league encounter with Lancaster Catholic at home, the boys' team won all 18 events en route to a lopsided 135-16 victory.

Sunderland and Royer were tops on the track both hustling for two wins each. Royer won the 100 (11.2) and tied Sunderland, who claimed the 400 (52.9), in the 200 (23.7).

Other running event winners included Carson Hepner 1600 (4:50.4), Lauver 3200 (9:59.2), Tyler Flick high hurdles (15.6), and Reed 300 hurdles (41.2).

The team also placed first in the 4x100 (44.4), the 4x400 (3:40.8), and the 4x800 (9:48.1).

In the field, Martin, Rivers, and Carter collected two wins each. Martin won the shot put (43-8.25), and the discus (122-2), Rivers took the long (20-1.25), and the triple jumps (40-1.75), and Carter cleared 5-8 in the high jump and 12-0 in the pole vault.

Barreto added a first in the javelin with a throw of 151-9.

Mallory Sunderland, Billie Jo Bollinger, and Good assisted the second place girls team in a 108-42 rout of Lancaster Catholic.

Bollinger had an impressive hat trick of wins, posting top times in the 200 (27.3), high hurdles (14.9), and the 300 hurdles (45.9). Sunderland chalked up a two win finish, taking the 800 (2:42.7), and the 1600 (5:33.0).

Also winning on the track was Good 100 (13.0), Kline 400 (63.8), Marianne Fitzkee 3200 (12:25.6) and the 4x100 (51.4), and the 4x800 (12:25.8).

Good had a not too shabby finish in field events winning the long jump (15-9.5), along with the triple jump (34-0.5).

Emma Burkhart discus (93-7), Nelson javelin (101-1), and Sheppard pole vault (9-6), also picked up wins.

VOLLEYBALL

The state ranked, undefeated boys' volleyball team clinched the Section Two championship after defeating both Lebanon and Ephrata last week. They are 15-0 to date.

On Tuesday, May 2 the team hosted a stingy Lebanon squad on "Senior Parents Night" and blanked the Cedars for the second time this season 3-0 (25-6, 25-11, 25-13).

Chase Fahnestock, the only senior, managed the charge with 10 kills and five blocks. Ben Burkhart served up three aces and guided the hitters with 27 assists. Brandyn Musser also helped the defense with seven digs

In their second to last match of their regular season, the team traveled to sixth place Ephrata on Thursday, May 4 where Mason Nissley had an all-round performance to lead the Barons past the Mountaineers 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-13). Nissley put down 10 kills at the net, served up two aces, and had two blocks.

Tanner Stauffer (2 aces), Burkhart (29 assists, 2 blocks), Fahnestock (2 blocks), and Gabriel Stewart (3 digs), also contributed.

SOFTBALL

Striving for their goal of clinching a district playoff berth, the Section Three fourth place softball team went 1-2 last week with a victory against Lebanon Catholic along with setbacks to Lampeter-Strasburg and Donegal. The Barons stand at 8-10 overall.

On Monday, under the lights at Garrett Park Field in Willow Street, the Barons faced first place Lampeter-Strasburg who used a key three run bottom of the seventh inning to slip past the Lady Barons in a 4-3 narrow escape.

After five straight scoreless innings Central (7 hits, 2 errors) scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning for a 2-0 lead. LS (8 hits) responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to trail 2-1.

The Lady Barons plated their final run of the game in the top of the seventh inning to pull out to a 3-1 advantage until the errorless Pioneers rallied with four infield singles in the bottom half to seal the victory.

Maddie Walter pitched a stellar game from the circle striking out seven and surrendering four walks.

In a rescheduled crossover clash at home against Lebanon Catholic, the Lady Barons relied on a seven run bottom of the second inning and a home run via Mackenzie Martzall to shutout the Beavers 15-0 in just three innings.

Central (10 hits) opened the first inning with a Kendra Jones leadoff bunt single and another by Lily Wagner. Jones then stole third and home plate and Jade Trovinger ripped a RBI single that scored Wagner for a 2-0 lead.

The Barons then plated seven in the second inning. Brynne Wesner reached with a one out single and Jones followed with a bunt single. A Wagner walk loaded the bases for Martzall who cranked a RBI single

Trovinger added a three-run double and Paige Weaver collected a two out RBI triple that pushed the lead to 7-0. Alyssa Groff drove in Weaver with a RBI base hit and Jones drew a bases loaded walk to cross Groff and set the score at 9-0.

The Lady Barons also had a big bottom of the third inning with six more runs. Wagner collected a lead-off single and Martzall crushed a home run that upped the score to 11-0. Moments later Central pushed across four more runs to end the game after the 10 run mercy rule.

Martzall gave up just one hit, struck out six, and yielded only one walk in three innings.

Wednesday evening the team hosted second place Donegal. The Indians pounded 15 hits to overwhelm the Lady Barons (6 hits, 1 error) 7-3 in a Section Three collision.

Maddie Walter pitched seven innings, striking out two and allowing one walk opposite Donegal hurler Makyla Yoder who fanned eight batters and did not allow a single walk.

TENNIS

The Section Two champion boys tennis team returned to play in the L-L League Championship Tournament on Wednesday at Warwick High School in a finals showdown with Section One champ Hempfield.

The Black Knights (17-1) won their third straight league title and humbled the Barons (18-1) 3-2 for their first loss of the season.

Galen Fitzkee, at No. 1 singles, defeated Jake Curtin 7-5, 6-4, and Kyle Peters, at No. 3 outpointed Rishi Pandey 6-4, 6-3, for the Barons two points of the match.

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Central Volleyball Undefeated at 13-0 May 1, 2017

An undefeated season for the Manheim Central boys' volleyball team continued after defeating Cocalico and Lancaster Mennonite last week. They remain on top of the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two standings with an overall record of 13-0.

At second place Cocalico on Tuesday, April 25 the Barons, led by Tanner Stauffer's 13 kills, outlasted a stout Eagles squad 3-0 (25-11, 29-27, 25-15).

Ben Burkhart dished out 32 assists and added to the defense with one block. Brandyn Musser hustled around the back court, registering four digs.

The team hosted fourth place Lancaster Mennonite on Thursday, April 27 for "Dig Pink Night." Fueled by a 22 kill performance by Mason Nissley, the Barons defeated the Blazers for the second time this season 3-1 (25-23, 25-11, 23-25, 25-15).

In the first set Lancaster Mennonite took an early 9-4 lead but the Barons eventually knotted the score at 13-13 with a Nissley blast at the net.

Central took the lead at 18-17 via another Nissley kill and led 20-18 following a Blazers serve into the net. Mennonite, however, came from behind to tie things at 21-21 but the Barons won the set 25-23 with a Gabriel Stewart swing at the twine.

Getting off to a good start in the second set, the Barons led 4-1 after one of two Brad Myer serving aces and upped the score to 10-5 with a Stewart kill. Manheim raised the score to 12-6 and then 15-7. They kept up the intensity, leading 20-10 and clinched the set at 25-11 on a ball ruled out of play against the Blazers.

Mennonite battled from behind to tie the third set 6-6 and eventually pulled out to a 13-9 lead before the home team deadlocked the score at 15-15 on a Nissley serve. Mennonite went on to win the set 25-23.

Up 11-7 in the fourth set, the Barons put together a 9-3 run to seize a comfortable 20-10 advantage. They sealed the victory, 25-15, when Burkhart (45 assists) set Stauffer for a kill and Manheim's 13th win of the season.

Zach Hershberger (2 blocks), and Musser (14 digs), also contributed.

SOFTBALL

The Section Three, third place softball team defeated Annville-Cleona, Lancaster Mennonite, and Northern Lebanon last week to improve to 7-8 overall.

"I was very pleased with our performance in each of the games," said head coach Steve Ginder, "particularly with Annville-Cleona. We contributed as a team and played with intensity. Against Northern Lebanon we were able to overcome an early deficit against an up and coming team."

On the road at Annville-Cleona on Monday, April 24 in a Section Three and Four crossover affair, the Lady Barons had a total of 12 hits including Codi Bollinger's solo home run in the top of the fourth inning to defeat the Little Dutchmen 9-2.

Tied at 1-1 in the first, Annville, who finished the game with five hits, pushed across a run in the bottom of the third inning to take over a 2-1 lead.

The Lady Barons (1 error) reacted with a run in both the fourth and fifth innings to regain the lead 3-2 before a six run top of the sixth inning sparked the seven run triumph.

Maddie Walter (6K, 2BB), and Jordan Walter (4K, 0BB) handled pitching duties for the Barons.

Two days later the team hosted Lancaster Mennonite in a night cap for "Senior Parents Night" in another section crossover clash. The Lady Barons used a seven run bottom of the third inning and another home run by Codi Bollinger to overwhelm the Blazers 11-4.

"Codi Bollinger has continued to work hard in practice and improve and will be an integral part of the team the next two years," stated Ginder.

The Section Four Blazers (6 hits, 1 error) scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning with a leadoff triple and an infield RBI single for a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom half, the Lady Barons Sarah Good singled to centerfield and stole second base. Kendra Jones then reached on an infield bunt single and then swiped second base. Erin Corrado then drilled a RBI single that crossed both Good and Jones for a 2-1 lead.

Central (14 hits, 1 error) opened their seven run third inning with a Corrado single to centerfield. Zyan Bennett was then hit by a pitch and Alyssa Groff's bunt single loaded the bases for Maddie Walter crushed a three-run triple to centerfield. Codi Bollinger followed with a home run to deep left field. Tayler Lauver cranked a one out single, then stole second base and scored on Corrado's base hit with two outs (8-1). Pinch runner Reagan Rohrer scored the final run of the inning on an infield single by Bennett

Maddie Walter then added to the Blazers gloom in the bottom of the fourth inning with a leadoff triple and Carly Herr pushed across courtesy runner Madelyn Barbush on a fielder's choice for a 10-1 lead.

The Blazers scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning and another in the sixth to trail the Lady Barons 10-4.

Groff started the bottom of the sixth inning with a single and then scored the final run of the game when Jade Trovinger's hit was misplayed at first base.

Maddie Walter (8K, 0BB), and sister Jordan Walter (5K, 1BB) split the Manheim pitching duties.

"We have not had two quality pitchers for a few years," said Ginder. "It is a luxury to have two pitchers especially in a season when we have four or more games a week due to weather make-ups."

The team returned to Section Three play at Norther Lebanon and came from behind to edge the fourth place Vikings 4-2.

Northern Lebanon (3 errors) got off to a quick start and held a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Lady Barons, outslugging the Vikings 6-5, got one run back in the top of the fourth inning to set the score at 2-1.

Scoring two runs in the top of the fifth inning and another in the top of the seventh helped the Lady Barons, who played an error less game, hold on for the victory.

Maddie Walter pitched a magnificent seven inning game, striking out 11 Viking batters while not giving up a single walk.

TRACK

In Section Two action, the track team hosted Ephrata and split with the Mountaineers last Monday.

Winning 12 of the 18 events, the boys' team (6-0) defeated a pesky Mountaineers squad 99-51.

Gunnar Royer 100 (11.5), Kody Kegarise 200 (24.2), Cole Sunderland 1600 (4:41.5), Jay Barreto high hurdles (16.0), and Zach Reed 300 hurdles (42.2) highlighted the wins on the track. The team also won the 4x100 relay (44.7).

In the field, Will Rivers won both the long jump (20-2.5), and the triple jump (41-4.5). Other first place winners included Elliot Martin shot put (44-9.5), Nick Brown discus (136-5), Barreto javelin (145-11), and Ryan Carter pole vault (13-0).

Billie Jo Bollinger, Laura Good, and Carley Sheppard had successful individual efforts despite suffering their first setback of the season, 95-55.

Bollinger won the high hurdles (15.2), and the 300 hurdles (47.4) and anchored the winning 4x400 relay with Autumn Greiner, Laura Good, and Elsie Kline.

In the field, Laura Good won the long jump (15-8.75), and the triple jump (32-10.75) while Carley Sheppard added wins in the high jump with a leap of 4-6 and the pole vault, clearing a height of 10-0.

TENNIS

The boys' tennis team, having captured 10 section titles throughout the years, began the opening round of the L-L League Championship Tournament last week with Cedar Crest (10-3) and ousted the Falcons 3-2.

In doubles play the team of Trent Martin and Trey Bury outgunned Tim Cheng and Ryan Knapp 6-0, 6-0, and the duo of Taylor Funk and Andrew Erk outpointed Adam Brightbill and Enzo Emerich 6-1, 6-0.

Kyle Peters defeated Max Mesaros 6-0, 7-5 in No. 3 singles for Manheim's final team point.

Central (18-0) will face perennial powerhouse Hempfield (16-1), who shutout Cocalico 5-0, this week at Warwick High School for the league crown.

The team has won only one previous league championship since the league was first organized in 1972 that being 28 years ago in 1989. The Barons ended with a 16-3 overall record that spring.

BASEBALL

The baseball team dropped to second place in the Section Three standings with a victory against Lancaster Mennonite along with losses to both Annville-Cleona and Northern Lebanon last week. They are currently 9-3 overall.

In a Section Three and Four crossover showdown at Lancaster Mennonite, the Barons, despite being out hit 8-1, scored four runs through the top of sixth and seventh innings and blanked the third place Blazers 4-0.

Drew Mummau pitched a full seven inning game striking out seven while not giving up a walk.

At Baron Field, in a duel with fourth place Northern Lebanon (2 errors), the Vikings used nine hits and a three run top of the seventh inning for a come from behind, nine inning, 6-4 thriller over the Barons (5 hits, 2 errors).

Taylor Rohrer (11K, 1BB), Bryce Eberly (2K, 1BB), Trevor Hosler (2K, 0BB), and Tyler Simon (0K, 2BB), all handled the Manheim pitching.

At Section Four second place Annville Cleona (5 hits, 3 errors), the Little Dutchmen had a key four run bottom of the third inning to setup a 4-2 triumph against the visiting Barons (7 hits, 1 error).

Nathan Loser (0K, 0BB), and Simon (6K, 1BB) saw action on the mound.

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Lady Barons Topple Columbia 13-10 April 24, 2017

The Section Three third place softball team went 1-2 last week with a victory against Columbia and a pair of setbacks to both Warwick and Lancaster Catholic in L-L League action.

The teamhosted Columbia in a Section Three and Four crossover showdown early on as Jordan Walter homered for the Lady Barons to help clinch their fourth win of the season in a 13-10 victory.

Central (4-8), outslugging Columbia 10-7, plated three runs in the bottom half of the first inning for a 3-0 lead. After a scoreless second inning, the Lady Barons bats came alive in the bottom of the third and pushed across six runs to seize a commanding 9-0 advantage.

Columbia, who was charged with seven fielding errors, countered with a three run top of the fourth inning to cut the lead to 9-3.

The Lady Barons, with four fielding errors of their own, scored one run in the bottom of the inning until the Tide managed to score three runs in the top of the fifth to trail 10-6 and outscored the Lady Barons 4-2 through the sixth and seventh innings but fell a little short in the three run misfortune.

Under the lights on Tuesday, April 18, the team hosted Warwick in a rescheduled non-league encounter. Warriors ripped a total of nine hits, including three homers, to escape with a 6-3 victory over the Lady Barons.

Central (8 hits, 2 errors) opened the scoring in the first inning on a sac fly by Maddie Walter that plated Reagan Rohrer who reached with a leadoff triple.

Warwick (2 errors) went long ball with two home runs in the top of the third inning to take over the lead 2-1 but Manheim responded in the bottom half with a one out single by Rohrer, a two out walk to Maddie Walter and Jordan Walter's RBI base hit to center that tied the game.

The Warriors got their bats rolling in the top of the fifth with a leadoff single, a double to deep left field, and a two out triple to center that crossed two runs and put Warwick in front 4-2. They added to their lead in the top of the sixth with a one out single and a two out home run to left field.

Trying to come from behind in the bottom of the seventh, Mackenzie Martzall reached on a leadoff single. Billie Jo Bollinger added a RBI fielder choice that scored courtesy runner Kendra Jones for their last run of the game.

Maddie Walter (5K, 3BB), and Jordan Walter (2K, 1BB), both split the pitching duties for Manheim.

Back in crossover play against Lancaster Catholic at Stauffer Park, the Crusaders rallied from behind to knock off the Lady Barons in a 3-2 thriller.

The Lady Barons, who outdueled the Crusaders in hits, 7-4, got two runs early in the top of the first inning to gain a 2-0 lead.

The game went scoreless through four straight innings until Catholic, playing error free, had a key three run bottom of the sixth inning that setup the slim one run victory.

Jordan Walter pitched a full seven innings, whiffing five batters and did not surrender any walks.

BASEBALL

The Manheim Central baseball team split games last week with Columbia and Lancaster Catholic to remain in first place in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Three standings with a current overall record of 8-1.

In a Section Three and Four crossover clash at Columbia on Monday, April 17 Brandon Fisher drilled his third home run of the season to spark a 15-0 three inning rout of the Crimson Tide.

"The offense has been vastly improved," said head coach Matt Huber. "The amount of pressure that gets placed on teams by continual balls in play and hits have allowed us to open things up. One through nine have been doing a great job of this and each game it's been different players contributing."

Central, who outnumbered Columbia in hits 9-3, scored an impressive 12 runs in the opening inning and added to the Crimson Tide (3 errors) misery with another three runs in the top of the second that would quickly end the game via the 10 run mercy rule for their eighth victory of the season.

Trevor Hosler pitched the three inning game, striking out four and did not allow a single walk.

"Our pitchers have been on top of their game," said Huber. "Taylor Rohrer gave us his best performance of the year going back two weeks. Tyler Simon and Bryce Eberly have pitched big out of the bullpen and Drew Mummau has been a key cog starting on the mound."

On Wednesday, April 19, the team hosted Lancaster Catholic for another section crossover collision and the Crusaders' Kentucky bound pitcher Dillon Marsh gunned down 13 Manheim Central batters while yielding just one walk to hand the Barons their first loss of the season, a 2-1 nail biter.

The Section Four leading Crusaders (9-1), with a total of four hits in the game, scored the opening run in the top of the third. They pushed across their final run of the game in the top of the fifth inning to add to their lead, 2-0.

The home team, finishing the contest with a total of five hits, responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead in half. Through two more innings the Barons (1 error) could not produce enough offense to score any more runs in the one run setback.

Taylor Rohrer (3K, 3BB), and Drew Mummau (5K, 3BB), both saw action on the hill.

VOLLEYBALL

The second ranked District Three Class AA boys' volleyball team continued their pursuit of the Section Two championship by obtaining wins last week against York Suburban and Elizabethtown to remain with a perfect overall record of 11-0.

In a non-league tussle at York Suburban, the Barons battled past an impressive Trojans squad by a 3-2 (19-25, 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 15-8), final score.

Mason Nissley led the charge with 19 kills and Zach Hershberger tallied three aces. Ben Burkhart has continued his season with being a support to hitters and piled up 30 assists and also put up a total of six blocks. Brandyn Musser also chipped in with eight digs.

Resuming section play, the team traveled to fifth place Elizabethtown on Thursday, April 20. Nissley slammed nine kills to lead the Barons past the Bears for the second time this season 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-15).

Tanner Stauffer served up a hat trick of aces and maneuvered around the back court, recording five digs. Burkhart was credited with another 30 assist game and finished with four solo blocks.

TRACK

For their fifth meet of the season, the track team traveled to Lebanon and established double wins against the Cedars in Section Two competition.

Jay Barreto placed first in one event on the track and another in the field to lead the boys' team (5-0) in an 85-65 victory in a battle of unbeaten.

Barreto won the high hurdles with a 15.8 and captured the javelin with a throw of 149-1.

Other winners included: Gunnar Royer 100 (11.5), Brock Hochstetler 200 (23.1), Cole Sunderland 800 (2:02.5), Ian Lauver 3200 (10:13), and Zach Reed 300 hurdles (42.1). In the field, Ryan Carter also cleared 13-0 to win the pole vault.

Kiera Wells, Emily Kline, and Billie Jo Bollinger led the girls' team (5-0) to easily defeat Lebanon, 127-22.

Wells won the 100 (12.8), and the 200 (27.3) while Bollinger commanded the high hurdles (15.1), the 300 hurdles (47.2) and the long jump (15-6.75).

Kline added a win in the 400 clocking a final time of 65.6 and was tops in field, racking up wins in the shot put (30-11), and the discus (87-11).

Alexis Hosler in the 800 (2:35.1), Mallory Sunderland in the 1600 (5:58.0), and Marianne Fitzkee in the 3200 (38:24) added wins on the track while Madalyn Nelson in the javelin (96-5), Laura Good in the triple jump (31-6.5), and Carley Sheppard in the pole vault (10-0) led the way with field firsts.

TENNIS

At the conclusion of an 18 match regular season schedule, the boys' tennis team repeated as Section Two champions after winning matches last week against Annville-Cleona, Wilson, and Elizabethtown.

In a section matchup at Annville-Cleona, the Barons (18-0) shutout the eighth place Little Dutchmen 7-0.

In doubles play, Trey Bury and Andrew Erk outpointed Kay Alwine and Dan Tobias 8-3. The pair of Logan Sensenig and Silas Eldeen survived Andrew Speraw and Sam Mintz 8-4 and Jared Groff and Joe Martin defeated Liam Nyce and Scheubert 8-2.

In singles play Eldeen outdueled Nyce 6-1, 6-1. Erk dominated Mintz 6-0, 6-1. Groff escaped Speraw 7-5, 6-1, and Bury outlasted Alwine 6-3, 6-4.

On Wednesday, April 19 in a rescheduled non-league affair at Wilson, the Barons took a bite out of the Bulldogs by a 4-1 final result.

The team hosted Elizabethtown for their regular season finale on Friday, April 21 in a non-league encounter and blanked the Bears 4-0.

Trent Martin and Bury defeated Lucas Overmoyer and Conner Babinchak 8-2. Taylor Funk and Erk shutout Ethan Lown and Ben Erickson 8-0, and Groff and Sensenig defeated RJ Smith and Josh Dullinger 8-2 to sweep doubles play.

Galen Fitzkee blanked Overmoyer 6-0, 6-0, but the final three matches were not completed due to rain.

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Baron Tracksters Defeat Cocalico, Elco April 17, 2017

The Manheim Central track team posted double wins against both Cocalico and Elco in Lancaster-Lebanon League competition last week.

Central hosted Cocalico on Monday, April 10 in a Section Two collision as the boys team (4-0) led by Cole Sunderland, with two firsts on the track, and Ryan Carter, who claimed two wins in the field, soared past the Eagles 96-55.

Sunderland won the 800 (2:06), and the 1600 (4:45.1). Other track winners included Gunnar Royer 100 (11.0), and Brock Hochstetler 200 (23.0). The Barons also won the 4x100 (44.2) with the team of Hochstetler, Zach Reed, Caleb Weaver, and Sunderland and took the 4x400 (3:37.3) with Weaver, Ian Lauver, Brandon Griest, and Sunderland took first place in the 4x800.

In the field, Carter was tops in the high jump with a leap of 5-10 and pole vault with a height of 12-6. Jay Barreto - javelin (177-3), and Will Rivers - triple jump (40-11.75), also picked up firsts.

Billie Jo Bollinger fueled the girls' team (4-0) with three wins on the day, sparking a 103-46 victory against Cocalico.

Bollinger was tops in the high hurdles (15.1), and the 300 hurdles (48.5), and Kiera Wells won the 100 (12.6), and the 200 (27.0). Mallory Sunderland sprinted to a pair of first place performances in the 1600 (5:37.9), and the 3200 (12:59). Emily Kline was first place in the 400 (60.04), and teammate Alexis Hosler took the 800 (2:37.1).

They tacked on the 4x400 with the team of Autumn Greiner, Hosler, Kline, Billie Jo Bollinger while Hosler, Marianne Fitzkee, Taylor Noll, and Sunderland snagged the 4x800.

Bollinger collected her field event triumph in the high jump with a leap of 4-8 and her sister Codi Bollinger seized one win in the long jump with a distance of 15-4.75. Kline contributed with a first place heave of 31-5 in the shot.

The team traveled to Elco in a non-league clash on Wednesday, April 12 as the boys' team won all but one event in a 130-20 rout of the Raiders that featured Carter breaking a school record in the pole vault with a height of 13-7. The record of 13-6 stood since 2011.

Sunderland won the 400 (56.0), 800 (2:15.7), and the 1600 (4:50.2) to pace the win. Royer 100 (11.7), Hochstetler 200 (23.5), Carson Hepner 3200 (10:39.5), Barreto high hurdles (15.8), and Reed 300 hurdles (43.0), also obtained wins.

The team secured the 4x100 (45.0), Ryan Santiago, Weaver, Reed, Sunderland 4x400 (3:51.3), to go along with Lauver, Weaver, Griest, Sunderland 4x800 (9:43.1).

Barreto javelin (162-9), long jump (19-5.25), Elliot Martin shot put (43-10), and Rivers triple jump (41-6.5), were other winners in the field events. Carter also added the high jump (5-6).

Good paced the girls' to a 99-47 win with three wins on the day. She claimed the 200 and was tops in the long and triple jumps.

Bollinger followed with two wins, taking the 100 hurdles (15.7), and the 300 hurdles (48.9). Other winners were Wells -100 (13.5), Kline -400 (60.49), Hosler -800 (2:39.9), Sunderland -1600 (5:59.5), and Fitzkee -3200 (12:59.5), Greiner, Sunderland, Noll, Kline - 4x400, and Hosler, Noll, Aspen Bollinger, Sunderland 4x800.

In the field, the team won three more events as Madalyn Nelson took the javelin with a throw of 94-2, Aspen Bollinger placed first in the high jump (4-8), and Carley Sheppard cleared a height of 9-6 in the pole vault.

BASEBALL

Playing a total of 28 innings, the baseball team collected 38 hits, 31 runs, and 9 errors and remained unbeaten with wins against Elco, Lebanon, Cocalico, and Pequea Valley last week. They lead Section Three with a 7-0 overall record.

They opened the week at Elco and used a three run top of the third inning and a home run by Brandon Fisher to overwhelm the Raiders 9-5.

Central, who outhit Elco 11-9, crossed two runs in the top of the second inning and added a three run third to take a 5-0 lead. The Raiders responded in the bottom of the inning and trailed the Barons 5-3.

Another run by the Barons in the top of the fourth stretched the score to 6-3 and then 8-3 after a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Manheim scored their last run of the game in the top of the seventh. Elco tallied two runs in the bottom of the inning but could get no closer.

Bryce Eberly (4K, 0BB), and Drew Mummau (4K, 1BB) split the Barons pitching duties.

On Tuesday, April 11 the Barons hosted Lebanon in a rescheduled game. Fisher's grand slam in the bottom of the first inning sparked an 11 hit attack and set up a 12-5 victory over the Cedars.

The home team plated four runs in the first inning. Mummau led off with an infield single and then stole second base. Tyler Lutz followed with a one out single to centerfield and Eberly drew a walk that loaded the bases. Fisher then cleared the bases for an early 4-0 lead.

Key hits sparked a five run second inning. Jake Novak reached on a Lebanon fielding error and moved up on a Mummau single. Tyler Simon worked a walk that loaded the bases. Lutz then cranked a RBI single down the third base line that plated Novak and Mummau (6-0). Eberly slugged a RBI double to push across Lutz and Simon (8-0), and Taylor Rohrer scored Eberly on an RBI single to hold a 9-0 advantage.

Lebanon (3 hits) scored two runs in the top of the third and one in the fourth but the Barons countered with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth with RBI's by Rohrer and Tyler Lyons (11-3).

After a two out RBI double to center field in the top of the fifth, the Cedars were down 11-5 before Central scored one more in the bottom of the sixth to claim their fifth win this season.

Simon (2K, 3BB), and Trevor Hosler (0K, 2BB), both pitched for Manheim.

At home on Wednesday, the Barons outslugged Cocalico 8-1, took advantage of five errors and scored runs in all but two innings to blank the Eagles 7-0.

Rohrer pitched a full seven innings, striking out 10 and allowing two walks.

In a Section Three and Four crossover clash at home against Pequea Valley on Thursday, April 13 the Barons came from behind to edge the Braves 3-2.

Manheim scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first but PV (4hits) plated two runs in the top of the second for a 2-1 lead.

After three scoreless innings, Loser stroked an RBI sac fly to right field to bring home Lutz in the bottom of the sixth that knotted the score 2-2.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and two runners on base, Lutz bounced an infield single to third base that crossed Novak for the game winning run.

Eberly (3K, 2BB) and Simon (0K, 1BB), shared the pitching for Manheim. Lutz played a strong game at catcher having a tag out at the plate for the third out of the fourth assisted by centerfielder Novak.

VOLLEYBALL

A successful season has continued for the state ranked boys' volleyball team as the Barons put two more matches into their win column last week.

Central (9-0) hosted a resilient Ephrata squad and easily defeated the Mountaineers 3-0 (25-11, 25-6, 25-10).

Mason Nissley provided the offense with 10 kills and served up four aces. Ben Burkhart was a help up front with 15 assists and Tanner Stauffer guarded the back court with a pair of digs. Chase Fahnestock contributed with five blocks.

In a key showdown at third place Garden Spot, the Barons Brandyn Musser smashed a game high 16 kills and rolled past the Spartans 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-18).

Stauffer (4 aces, 4 digs, 2 blocks), and Burkhart (35 assists) also contributed to the win.

SOFTBALL

The softball team defeated Elco and Cocalico and suffered a setback to Pequea Valley last week, improving their current Section Three record at 3-6.

In a nightcap hosting Elco, the Lady Barons ripped 13 hits and scored nine runs between the second and third innings en route to a 14-2, five inning win.

Freshmen Jordan Walter struck out 11 Elco batters and surrendered 5 walks.

At Cocalico, Central outhit the Eagles 7-1 and used a four run third inning for their third victory of the season 8-1.

Jordan Walter tossed a full seven inning game, striking out five Eagles batters and allowing only one walk.

The team traveled to Pequea Valley at Paradise Park under the lights in a Section Three and Four crossover contest on Thursday. The Braves used five hits and three runs after the first and fourth innings to slip past Central (3 hits, 2 errors) in a dramatic 3-1 finish.

Maddie Walter hurled a complete seven inning game, gunning down 10 PV batters and did not allow a single walk.

TENNIS

The undefeated boys' tennis team (11-0), with a talented and experienced roster, should be able to repeat as Section Two champs this year. They placed four more matches into their win column against Downingtown West (5-2), Lancaster Catholic (7-0), Pequea Valley (7-0), and Central York (5-0).

Manheim Central and Dallastown are the only undefeated teams remaining in District Three with the Wildcats ranked first and the Barons fourth.

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Baron Volleyballers Win Three More April 9, 2017

After three matches last week, Manheim Central's volleyball team remained undefeated with victories against Cedar Crest, Lancaster Mennonite, and Lebanon, and continue to lead the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two standings with an overall record of 7-0.

The team traveled to Cedar Crest on Monday, April 3 in a non-league affair and shutout the Falcons 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-19).

Mason Nissley led the offense, pounding 13 kills at the net and also added four blocks. Tanner Stauffer served up a pair of aces and teammate Ben Burkhart once again was a help to hitters up front with 28 assists. Brandyn Musser contributed one dig.

Returning to section play on Tuesday, April 4 at Lancaster Mennonite the Barons, paced by Nissley's game high 14 kills and two blocks, also blanked the Blazers 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-20).

Stauffer and Musser both tallied one serving ace with Burkhart supporting hitters at the net with a remarkable 33 assists. Musser also safeguarded the backcourt with 11 digs.

In their third away match of the week, Central hit the road to Lebanon on Thursday, April 6 where the Barons easily defeated the Cedars 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-17). Nissley once again dominated with 12 kills and a set of blocks.

Gabriel Stewart registered two serving aces, Burkhart recorded 25 assists, and Musser chalked up six digs.

BASEBALL

Place two more games into the win column for the baseball team after the Barons defeated both Northern Lebanon and Garden Spot in Section Three action last week.

"Every year we have the goal to win a section title, qualify for league playoffs and districts and earn a trip to states," said head coach Matt Huber. "This year our goals remain the same. We need to win one game at a time and we'll see where it takes us."

Central (3-0) opened at Northern Lebanon where the Barons scored four runs in both the third and fifth innings to subdue the Vikings 11-4.

The game went scoreless through two innings until Central, who out hit Northern Lebanon 13-7, pushed across four runs in the top of the third inning for an early lead.

The Vikings responded with two runs in the bottom half to cut the Baron lead in half.

In the top of the fourth inning Manheim picked up three more runs to stretch their lead to 7-2 and tacked on their second four run inning in the top of the fifth to extend the lead to 11-2.

After a scoreless sixth inning the Vikings scored the final two runs of the game in the bottom of the seventh, completing the seven run misfortune.

Bryce Eberly (5K, 4BB), and Drew Mummau (4K, 0BB), both handled the pitching duties for the Barons.

On Wednesday, April 5 at Garden Spot, the Barons plated five runs in the fifth inning and outslugged the Spartans 13-9 to win the game 9-6.

Central got off to a fast start, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning before Garden Spot countered with a three run bottom of the second to trail the Barons 4-3.

The Spartans then changed the momentum of the game crossing two more runs in the bottom of the third to take over the lead 5-4.

The fourth inning went scoreless but the Barons exploded with a five run top of the fifth inning to regain a 9-5 lead.

Trying to come from behind for a second time, Garden Spot scored one more run in the bottom of the sixth but could do no further damage.

Taylor Rohrer (4K, 4BB), and Tyler Simon (3K, 4BB), both saw action on the mound for the Barons.

TRACK

Despite the rainy weather during the week the track team fit in their first home meet of the season in a matchup with Lampeter-Strasburg and chalked up double wins against the Pioneers in a Section Two clash.

The boys' team won eight events on the track and six in the field to surge past the Pioneers, 103-47.

Cole Sunderland was tops on the track and snagged two first place finishes. Sunderland won the 800 (2:13.5), and the 1600 (4:46.9).

Other running event winners were Brock Hochstetler 200 (23.4), Ian Lauver 3200 (10:19.4), and Tyler Flick high hurdles (15.7). Central also won the 4x400 (3:40) with Hochstetler, Caleb Weaver, Zach Reed, Sunderland, the 4x800 (8:55) Weaver, Brandon Griest, Lauver, Sunderland, and the 4x100 (44:48) with Jay Barreto, Gunner Royer, Kody Kegarise and Hostetler.

The Barons also won five of six events in the field. Will Rivers won the long jump (19-10.25), and the triple jump (42-5) and Ryan Carter was tops in the high jump (5-10), and the pole vault (12-0).

Also winning field events were Nick Brown in the shot put (41-3.75), and Tim Witmer discus (118-2).

The girls team clinched six running events and three in the field to escape with an 81-68 triumph against Lampeter-Strasburg.

Laura Good and Billie Jo Bollinger were the top performers on the track each winning two running events. Good placed first in the 100 (13.1), and the 200 (27.5). Bollinger captured the high hurdles (15.2), and the 300 hurdles (47.4).

Marianne Fitzkee finished first in the 3200 (12:44.0), and the team of Autumn Greiner, Alexis Hosler, Elsie Kline, and Billie Jo Bollinger also won the 4x400 in a combined 4:23.2.

Good collected two more wins to lead the team in field events. She won the long jump (14-8), and the triple jump (31-10.4). Carley Sheppard won the pole vault with a height of 9-6.

SOFTBALL

It was an up and down kind of week for the softball team going 1-2 with a win against Northern Lebanon along with losses to Lampeter-Strasburg and Donegal in Section Three play.

The Lady Barons (1-5) got the action underway with a nightcap against visiting Northern Lebanon. Tayler Lauver and Jordan Walter crushed home runs for Central in an 11-1, six inning victory.

Central, who out hit Northern Lebanon 16-2, got off to a quick start in the bottom of the first inning scoring four runs and then tacked on another four in the bottom of the second to take a comfortable 8-0 lead.

The home team then plated another run in the bottom of the third before the Vikings scored their only run of the contest in the top of the fourth to cut the Lady Barons advantage to 9-1.

Following a scoreless fifth inning Manheim plated two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to enforce the 10 run rule and obtain their first victory of the season.

Maddie Walter pitched a sixth inning game, whiffing an impressive 11 NL batters and did not allow a single walk.

The team returned to their home field on Wednesday against section leading Lampeter-Strasburg. The Pioneers, led by Hanna Garber's two home run performance, defeated the Lady Barons in a 12-1 rout.

L-S (17 hits) drew first blood in the top of the first inning that began with a leadoff double and then an infield bunt that advanced the base runner to second base. An RBI sac fly to center field then plated a run for a 1-0 lead.

They pushed across three more runs in the top of the third starting with their leadoff batter reaching first base on a Central fielding error followed by a bunt single. Garber then hammered her first home run of the game to deep right field with one out to raise the score to 4-0.

In the top of the fourth inning LS scored one run on a one out single to center field and an RBI double to left field to take a 5-0 lead.

An RBI double to left field in the top of the fifth drove in another two runs as the Pioneers held a commanding 7-0 advantage at the conclusion of the inning.

Putting up another two runs in the top of the sixth gave the Pioneers a whopping 9-0 lead that started with a leadoff infield single, a base hit down the third base line and ended with an RBI double to center field.

Manheim (5 hits) responded with a bang in the bottom half of the inning as Reagan Rohrer smashed a leadoff home run to right field for their only run of the game and trailed the Pioneers 9-1.

The Pioneers quickly reacted, scoring their three final runs of the game to collect an impressive 11 run victory.

Maddie Walter pitched a full seven inning game from the circle striking out seven LS batters while allowing one walk.

Rachel VanBlargan played a solid game at catcher and had a snag on a popup behind the plate for the second out of the sixth inning and another for the second out of the seventh.

Maddie Walter also snared a back handed line drive at the circle for an assist to first base for the first out of the fifth inning and Jordan Walter had a grab on a tight popup at the fence near third base for the second out of the fifth inning.

The Barons ended the week at perennial powerhouse and second place Donegal in Mount Joy on Friday, April 7. The Indians used 11 hits and a four run first inning to blank the Lady Barons 10-0.

Maddie Walter pitched for seven straight innings and fanned five Indian batters while allowing five walks opposite Donegal's Makayla Yoder who struck out five and did not allow any walks.

TENNIS

Still leading Section Two at the midway point of their season campaign, the boys' tennis team won three straight matches against Elco, Garden Spot, and Lancaster Mennonite to remain undefeated at 9-0.

At Elco the Barons blanked the Raiders 7-0 to secure their seventh victory of the season and then completed a suspended match with Garden Spot at home outlasting the Spartans 6-1. They finished the week on their home court in a tussle with Lancaster Mennonite for "Senior Parents Day" and eluded the Blazers by a 6-1 final score.

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