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PV Softball Settles for Second Place in District June 2, 2017

There are sayings that we hear when in hindsight, we are coping with either defeat or victory. The expressions include the luck of being the hammer or the nail and the one about "sometimes you're the windshield; sometimes you're the bug."

Whichever of these diametrically opposing forces you feel you are, there are times that you can be the one which is in the more favorable position.

For instance, a year ago, in the District Three Class-AAA softball playoffs, the Pequea Valley Braves knocked off the Brandywine Heights Bullets with a 1-0 win in the semifinals.

This year, in the district championship game, the Braves weren't so bulletproof, losing 6-1 Tuesday night at Muhlenberg High School and finishing as the district runners up for the second season in a row.

"They're a good-hitting team," said Pequea Valley head coach Doug High in a phone interview. "They average 10 runs per game. They're solid hitters up and down the lineup.

"We had some hits and opportunities, but not many," he added.

The Bullets (23-2) were the top-seeded team in Class 3A this year and the Braves (17-6) were the second seed.

Included among the Braves' opportunities were getting the leadoff batter on base two innings in a row.

"We had three hits," High noted. "Sarah Moore led off one inning with a double. The next inning we had a leadoff walk. Both got picked off."

Moore scored the lone Pequea run. She reached on a walk and moved up on a single. Sophomore shortstop Makenzie Dienner laid down a squeeze bunt to drive in Moore.

Another factor involved was that of revenge. You know, when you're the nail or the bug, you want to crack the windshield in your next encounter.

"I think they were looking forward to this day because last year's loss was a hard one to swallow," said High. "They were the number one seed and we beat them 1-0."

Sabrina Ryan, who was a junior in 2016 when both teams were in Class 2A, led the fourth-seeded Braves to that 1-0 victory with her rising fast ball.

"They chased more high balls last year," High commented. "In this year's game, they were more disciplined."

Jess Davidheiser got the win for Brandywine Heights. The sophomore hurler allowed three hits and two walks and helped herself by driving a shot over the wall for a two-run homer in the third inning.

"That home run hurt us," High remarked.

Taylor Sweigart's RBI triple in the first inning brought in the first run for Brandywine Heights. Corinne Mammarella stroked another RBI triple in the second inning.

As for the Braves reaching the championship game, High was disappointed about the team coming up short for a second straight year.

"We have never won a district title," said High, who is a first-year head coach but has been with the program for a lot longer. "We have some kids that worked really hard this year and we were hoping to make something special come out of it.

"I'll never forget my first year as head coach and reaching the district title game," he added. "Now it's on to states."

On Thursday, May 31, the Philipsburg Osceola Mounties blanked Ligonier Valley 2-0 in the District Six 3A championship game played at Penn State. Kamryn Harris struck out seven as she held the Rams (20-3) to four hits. The PIAA 3A state playoffs, scheduled to begin on June 5, will pit Pequea against Philipsburg-Osceola.

The victory that earned Pequea Valley the right to advance to the championship was a semifinal game at home against Kutztown. That also was a hammer and nail comparison of sorts. The reason PV had to settle for second place in the 2016 districts was because of Kutztown.

"They beat us 2-0 in the championship, so we were gunning for them," High pointed out.

The Braves posted a 10-1 win on their own ball field, getting a gem from Ryan, who struck out 12, and offensive support throughout the lineup.

"Everything was working for us," said High. "There was a 30 mile-per-hour wind blowing, so anything that had any air on it was dead. We didn't have any extra-base hits; we had nine singles."

Ryan helped herself with two hits and two runs batted in. Dienner went 2-for-4 with three runs and a stolen base. Moore got on base three times - all via walks. She also swiped two bags and scored a run.

"We were aggressive on the base paths," High noted. "We stole four bases.

"Also, their pitcher struggled," he continued. "They gave up nine walks. In our lineup, everybody contributed one way or another."

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Braves Face Knights in L-L League Playoffs May 18, 2017

By virtue of locking up its tenth Section Four title, the Pequea Valley (14-1, 16-5 overall) girls' softball team opened Lancaster-Lebanon League playoff action last Monday opposite Section One runner-up Hempfield (13-3, 18-4 overall) at Garrett Park in Willow Street. Despite facing a 6-1 deficit after four complete innings, the Braves rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh only to fall short, 6-4.

While the loss knocks the Braves out of the League playoffs, their season will continue with District Three tournament action which gets underway May 23.

"We committed two of our three errors in the third inning and they only scored once," said head coach Doug High. "But we only had five hits so hitting-wise we were a bit flat.

"Overall, I was happy with the way we played," he added. "But in moving forward we have to sure up the defense."

After yielding a leadoff single to Asaysha Raihl, Sabrina Ryan struck out the next three batters and quickly sent the Braves to the plate. Pequea took advantage and jumped in front when Sarah Hill beat out a dropped third strike and scored on a two out, two strike double by Lexie Unangst.

Hempfield came back with single runs in the second and third innings before breaking the game open with a four run, two out rally in the fourth. After giving up a walk and a bloop single, Ryan struck out the first two batters in the lineup before the Knights cracked a RBI triple, a two run double and a run scoring base hit over second. A strikeout ended the rally.

Hempfield came up empty over the next three innings, including striking out four times.

Pequea finally got rolling in their last at bat. Sierra Glick worked a one out walk, Naomi Feister singled up the middle and Makenzie Dienner's bunt base hit loaded the bags. Sophia Weaver's walk cut the lead to 6-2 and Tara Doratt followed up with a two run single. Hempfield pitcher Kara Cook then picked up her second strikeout of the inning (12th of the game), and forced a ground out to end the game.

The Braves finished with five hits on the day, three in that seventh inning. Ryan fanned 12 batters, surrendered one walk, and gave up nine hits.

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PV Softball Prepares for the Post-Season May 12, 2017

The Pequea Valley girls completed their regular season games, splitting decisions against section foe Columbia and crossover opponent Solanco. They end the regular season as Section Four champions with a record of 14-2, three games in front of second place Annville-Cleona. Overall, they enter the post season with a 16-4 mark

In the contest against the Red Tide at home on Monday, May 8th, the Braves upped their final league record to 14-2 with a 7-1 win.

After dropping behind 1-0 to the Tide in the top of the fourth inning, the Braves answered right back with a six-run outburst, and added an insurance tally in the fifth for the final score of the game.

Sabrina Ryan started for the girls, and was credited with the win, but in a rarity for her, did not complete the game, giving way to Sarah Moore to finish. Ryan added another 10 strikeouts to her season total. Her impressive statistics also include a league-leading 1.55 earned run average, and 13 wins in 15 decisions.

She is being backed by an offense that includes Moore with an impressive .410 batting average, and Claudia Schauback with a .687 slugging percentage.

In a game originally scheduled for March 29th, the girls lost to Section Two champ Solanco at the Mare's home field, 2-0 on Wednesday, May 10th.

Ryan only gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out eight, but was undone in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, Solanco's leadoff batter, Abby Heidelbaugh, reached on an error, stole second base and scored on Kara McClune's home run shot to center field.

In a game not reported until recently, PV beat the Lebanon Catholic Beavers on May 3rd by a 21-2 mercy shortened three-inning meeting in Lebanon.

Moore, a freshman, pitched for the Braves, and struck out five while walking none.

The offense scored seven, nine, and five runs in their three innings of at bats, while the defense allowed two runs (one earned) by the Beavers in the bottom of the third with the game well out of reach.

Using only underclassmen as starters, the team was led by freshman Jordan Melson, who plated three teammates on a triple and a walk in her three plate appearances. She was also hit by a pitch in her other at bat.

Junior and sister Alexis Melson batted in a pair with her double, while sophomore Katelyn Wesley and freshman Ariana March pushed across one each.

Most of the rest of the scoring came on walks (nine) and Lebanon errors (8) in the quickly finished game.

BASEBALL

The baseball team ended their 2017 season with a 6-1 win over non-league opponent Kutztown (re-scheduled from March 31st to Friday, May 5th), and a loss to league opponent Columbia 4-3 at the Red Tide's home field on Monday, May 8th.

In the Kutztown matchup, a five run outburst by the PV offense in the fourth proved to be enough for the victory, with an insurance run in the sixth to offset the Cougar's bottom of the fourth run.

Junior Ryan Tobleman and freshman Adryan Youthers both had two hit games to lead the offense, and both knocked in one and scored one as well. Tobleman's RBI was the result of the game's only extra base hit, a double in the fourth inning outburst.

Eight walks by seven batters also contributed to the victory.

Joe Olenovich got credit for the win, tossing all seven innings, scattering four Cougar hits.

Against Columbia, the boys came back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the fifth before watching as the Tide come back with their own two run response for the win. Yothers took the loss for the Braves, relieved by Brody Mann in the fifth inning.

The boys end their season in fourth place with a 5-11 record in Section Four of the L-L league, and finished 7-13 overall.

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PV Baseball Falls Short Against Blazers May 12, 2017

The Pequea Valley baseball team was shut out at home playing the Blazers on Monday, May 1st by a 5-0 score.

The team struggled at the plate, held to just five hits for the day, two of which were by Chad Kunkle. Ryan Tobleman, Dalton Temple, and Terrell Stoltzfus had the other three PV hits.

Junior Joe Olanovich took the loss, pitching into the sixth, and up until then limiting the Blazers to a single unearned run. He was relieved in the inning by Devon Clemmer, who finished the game.

The Blazers took advantage of three PV errors in the sixth inning, resulting in three additional runs.

Playing at home against Lebanon Catholic on Wednesday, May 3rd, the PV offense came alive as they beat the Beavers 18-3 in a mercy-shortened three-inning game.

After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning, the Braves answered with four in the bottom of the inning, exploded for 12 runs in the second, and ended the game with a pair in the third.

CV garnered only eight hits, all singles, but were aided by five walks and a pair of hit batsmen by the Beavers pitching staff. In the infield, the Lebanon team was guilty of four errors, and two dropped balls in the outfield accounted for two more errors.

Joey Buonomo was 2-2 at the plate, swatting in three runs to lead the team. He also earned the win, pitching the first two innings before being relieved by freshman Jack Olonovich, who was credited with a pair of pickoffs for two of his three recorded outs.

Nick Patrone, Stoltzfus, and Adryan Youthers each knocked in a pair in the Braves attack. Joe Olonovich was one-for-one at the plate with a walk and a run batted in, and led five Braves (Tobleman, George Detore, Chad Kunkle, and Clemmer) with a stolen base each.

Winston Thomas had a bases-loaded walk for another PV RBI.

The team met Section Four leader Lancaster Catholic at Clipper Stadium on Thursday, May 4th, and lost 4-2, dropping their league record to 4-10, and their season mark to 5-12.

SOFTBALL

Continuing their run for the Section Four title, and tuning up for District play, the girls beat Lancaster Mennonite on Monday, May 1st at the Blazers home field 2-0.

Solo runs in the first and seventh innings accounted for the scoring.

Sarah Moore went two-for-three with a RBI double in the first to score Sophia Weaver (also two-for-three), and Tara Doratt added an insurance run in the seventh by plating Sierra Glick.

Sabrina Ryan tossed a one-hitter for the Braves, striking out 16 of the 24 batters she faced to run her record this year to 12-2.

On Wednesday, May 3rd, the team traveled to Lebanon Catholic and came home with a 21-2, three-inning victory. The Braves led from start to finish, plating seven runs in the first, nine in the second and five more in the third before yielding two in the bottom half.

Thursday, May 4th, the girls hosted Lancaster Catholic and won the Section Four title by shutting out the Crusaders 10-0 in a five inning game shortened by the PIAA mercy rule.

Ryan not only pitched a shutout, but gained her second no-hitter of the season, shutting the visitors down with 14 of 15 outs made by strikeouts.

She lost her perfect game bid on a third inning walk, her only mistake of the game.

The win put PV's league record at 12-2, and overall at 14-3.

As of May 4th, the girls are ranked second in District Three's AAA teams, trailing only Brandywine Heights.

BOYS TENNIS

The boys wrapped up L-L League tournament competition on Tuesday May 2nd.

Malacai Glick finished in sixth place in AA singles, losing his semifinal match to Joseph Jing of Lancaster Mennonite 6-1, 6-1.

In the playbacks, he defeated Danny Bomberger of Lancaster Catholic 6-4, 6-2, but had to default in the play for fifth place to Andrew Ashley of Donegal due to injury.

After earning a first round bye, Glick and Garrett Elmer lost their second round AA doubles match to Manny Brubaker and Jing from Lancaster Mennonite 6-1, 6-2.

In Flight Two singles play, Elmer lost to Conestoga Valley's Daniel Scala 7-5, 6-2 in his first round match.

Flight Three doubles had Evan Esh and Danny Gingrich beating R.J. Smith and Lawrence Hoover from Elizabethtown 9-8 (8) in their first round matchup, but dropping their second round to Darville Engle / Josh Glick from Cocalico 8-4.

Josh Heinrich dropped his first round match in Flight Three singles to Colin Hinkley from Cocalico, 7-5, 6-1.

Finally, Hunter Winey dropped a 6-4, 6-0 decision to Manheim Central's Trent Martin in Flight Four singles play.

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Braves Blank A-C, Improve to 12-3 Overall April 28, 2017

It was senior night for Pequea Valley, and ace pitcher Sabrina Ryan and her teammates bested Annville-Cleona 5-0 at Paradise Park on Thursday evening April 27th to up their league record to 10-2, and their overall mark to 12-3.

"We're right up at the top, where we want to be this late in the season," said first year head coach Doug High. "With four games left in league play, and sweeping A-C, we are looking good for the playoffs and beyond."

Ryan fired a two-hitter in the shutout, striking out 13 opponents while walking none. Another A-C batter got on base by way of a Braves fielding error.

The PV standout received all the run support she would need in the bottom of the first, when her offense spotted her with two quick runs, aided by a Little Dutchman error that prolonged the rally.

Designated player Claudia Shaubach doubled to center field, scoring Sophia Weaver (safe on an infield error), and Makenzie Dienner (bunt single).

The Braves increased the advantage to three with a single run in the third on Sierra Glick's double, and plated their final two in the fourth inning on a two-out single by Shaubach.

Seniors catcher Tara Doratt, Alexis Melson, Kaitlyn DiLuzio, and Glick all were honored before the game's start.

The team beat their crossover foes from Elco at Meyerstown on Wednesday, April 26th by a 5-1 score to continue to hold on to first place in Section Four of the L-L League.

Ryan continued her dominant strikeout performances, whiffing 19 of the possible 21outs during the contest. She scattered four hits, and only walked a single batter.

Offensively, the Braves took advantage of a sloppy Raider defense that committed six errors in the field, leading to three unearned PV runs.A three inning third frame gave Pequea all the runs they would need, but the Braves tacked on another pair in the fifth to pad the lead.

A rare, and heartbreaking loss was suffered by Ryan and her teammates on Monday, April 24th when they hosted the Donegal Indians in crossover play and fell short, 1-0.

A fourth inning unearned run was the only crossing of the pate for both teams as Ryan dueled Indian ace Makyla Yoder pitch-for-pitch for the full seven innings.

Ryan came away the winner in the K's department, sitting down 11 Indians to Yoder's 10 whiffs, but she also gave up an unusually high five hits and hit a pair of batters, while walking another.

Catcher Tara Doratt managed the only base hit for the Braves while Yoder walked none, and hit one batter for the only other PV runner.

Back on Friday, April 21st, the Braves traveled to Northern Lebanon and came home winners, 3-0.

The girls scored three unearned runs in the top of the fifth inning. The big hit of the inning was Doratt's two run single to deep right. Doratt went to second on a throwing error on an attempt to retire the second PV runner at the plate. She scored on a two-base throwing error by the Raider infield for the third run.

Ryan did her usual masterful job on the mound, striking out 16, while only walking one, and giving up a pair of singles in her two-hit shutout.

As of April 25th, the Braves are ranked 108th overall in Pennsylvania, and 24th in AA competition in the state. The only team in the area rated higher is Brandywine Heights at fifth, a possible opponent in the upcoming May District Three tournament.

BASEBALL

Hosting Elco, the visitors bested the baseball team by a score of 6-1 on Wednesday, April 26, dropping the team at that time to a 4-7 Section Four mark, and 5-9 overall.

Three costly errors allowed the Raiders to score four unearned runs in the top of the second inning, and insurance tallies were recorded by the visitors in the fifth and seventh innings.

The Braves scored their lone run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Devon Clemmer double that scored Terrell Stoltzfus, who had singled and gone to second on a Ryan Lockhart groundout.

Joey Buonomo took the loss for the team, giving way in the second inning to reliever Clemmer, who finished the game.

On Monday, April 24th, the Braves traveled to Lebanon, and came home 9-5 victors over the Cedars.

A solo run in the first was followed by a two run third inning, and a four run fourth put the team ahead 7-0 before the Cedars countered with a four-spot of their own in the bottom of the fifth to cut the margin to 7-4.

A sixth inning run by Lebanon closed the gap to 7-5 before the Braves, who finished with nine hits, put the game away with another deuce in the seventh inning.

Ryan Tobleman scored three times without an official plate appearance, reaching on three walks and being hit by a pitch once. He also stole three bases.

Adryan Youthers slapped in three of the team's nine runs on three singles, while Ryan Lockhart found the other side of the outfield fence for a homer, PV's only extra base hit.

Cameron Yoder tossed all seven innings for the Braves, giving up all five earned runs while throwing 95 pitches. He struck out three and walked one.

Back on Friday, April 21st, the team hosted Northern Lebanon, and in a slugfest lost to the Vikings 11-10.

The Braves took an 8-4 lead in the bottom of the third on a seven run outburst, only to see the Vike's score one in the fourth and six in the top of the fifth to go in front, 11-8.

Comeback runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings were not enough, and the team went quietly in the bottom of the seventh for the loss.

Dalton Temple was the big gun for PV, knocking in three runs on a base-clearing triple.

Youthers scored a pair on a sacrifice fly and a bases loaded walk. Tobleman was four-for-five at the plate, scoring twice and slapping a double, while Joe Olonovich and Austin Smoker also doubled.

Yoder, Temple, and Smoker all saw action on the hill with Smoker taking the loss.

On the road Thursday, April 27, the Braves dropped a 4-1 final against Annville-Cleona.

A game lost by the Braves 4-1 on Thursday April 27th against Annville-Cleona at the Little Dutchmen's field.

Tied at 1-1 after two complete innings, Annville took the lead for good with two in the fifth and tacked on a single run in the sixth. The Braves finished with three hits on the day but couldn't take advantage of eight walks.

Yothers struck out nine batters but suffered the loss.

The loss put the team at 4-8 in Section Four play, and 5-10 overall, in fourth place in the standings.

BOYS TENNIS

The tennis team has completed their regular season and awaits the league tournament.

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PV Softballers Lead Section Four Standings April 21, 2017

Playing three straight games early last week, Pequea Valley's girls' softball team went 2-1 and remains on top of the Section Four standings at 7-1.

Last Monday the team continued the crossover portion of their schedule at Cocalico and bested the Eagles 5-0.

Four Braves' runners crossed the plate in the third inning, and another run was added in the sixth to give pitcher Sabrina Ryan more than enough offensive assistance as she shut the Eagles out, only allowing a total of four batters to reach base on a pair of hits, a walk, and a defensive error scattered throughout the game.

Ryan also added 15 strikeouts to her impressive total for the year so far.

In a game postponed from March 31st, the Braves played last year's highly rated Berks Catholic at home last Tuesday and shut out the visitors, 11-0.

The Braves plated four runs in the first inning, sending nine batters up. In a game shortened by the PIAA mercy rule, the team scored another three in the third, and added four more in the fourth to go over the necessary ten runs to end the game early.

Ryan then shut down the visitors in the top of the fifth for her eighth win of the season.

She allowed only two hits, and struck out six with one walk in her shortened day's work.

Wednesday saw the Braves host the Pioneers from Lampeter-Strasburg, and their nine game winning streak ended with a 10-2 loss.

After allowing the Pioneers to take a 2-0 lead in the second inning, the Braves rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the third, only to see that tie disappear when L-S scored three in the top of the fourth to take the lead for good.

Another three-spot by the visitors in the sixth, plus a pair of runs in the seventh put the game out of reach for the Braves.

Ryan took her first loss of the season, while striking out 13 batters and walking an unusually high five Pioneers. She also gave up a not so typical ten hits. Three errors gave the visitors several unearned runs while a ten-hit PV attack stranded runners in almost every inning.

On Thursday, April 13, the girls played an evening game at Paradise Park against Manheim Central, and bested the Barons, 3-1.

A pair of first inning runs was all Ryan would need, as the star pitcher fanned 13 Baron batters, while giving up a lone run in the fourth inning and allowing a mere three hits while walking none.

The Braves added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth to offset the Manheim score.

TENNIS

Playing a match at the Comets home courts in Millersville last Monday, the boys beat their hosts from Penn Manor 7-0.

In doubles play, partners Josh Heinrich and Danny Gingrich posted an 8-5 win over Petros Karpouzis and Nick Barnard, Micah Glick and Garrett Elmer were easy 8-0 winners over Bryce Hanna and Toby Singer, and the duo of Parth Patel and Starvos Xentaras topped Avery York and Cole Shenk 8-2.

The four singles wins were by Hunter Winey (6-2, 6-0 over Bernard), Heinrich (6-2, 6-2 battling Karpouzis), Elmer (6-2, 7-6, (1) over Singer), and Glick (6-0, 6-3 against Hanna).

On April 13th, the netters traveled to McCaskey, and lost to their hosts 5-2.

The pairing of Micah Glick and Garrett Elmer bested brothers Tom and Tyler Coder 8-3 for the lone win in doubles.

Josh Heinrich registered the only other win with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 2 singles over Will Fenimore.

A match against Lebanon on April 20th was not reported in time to be included in this article.

The boys are 2-3 both in league and overall play as of this writing.

BASEBALL

In a game rescheduled from late March, the Braves traveled to Kennard-Dale High in York County, and shut out their hosts 9-0.

Adryan Youthers pitched six and two-thirds innings for the win, allowing just two hits while striking out ten.

The Braves scored a pair of runs in the second inning to take the early lead. They picked up three more runs in the third that pushed the difference out to five, and a solo run in the fourth and three more in the fifth added up to the 9-0 final.

Terrell Stoltzfus had a big day at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a walk, and a pair of runs batted in. Ryan Lockhart, who scored twice, had a ribbie on the only extra base hit of the day, a double. Devon Clemmer, who scored twice, stole two bases to put himself into scoring position.

Traveling to the home field of the Spartans on Wednesday, the Braves came back without scoring a run in a 12-0 shutout by the Spartan's pitching staff ace.

Only three PV batters reached base against the Spartans' Dave Petersheim, who allowed just one hit, a walk, and a fielding error.

Travis Clemmer took the loss for the Braves, who fell to 3-5 in the league, and 4-7 overall.

Austin Smoker and Ryan Lockhart pitched two and four innings respectively in relief. Smoker also tallied the only PV hit in the game.

Playing at home against the Cocalico Eagles, the Braves were doubled up by their visitors 8-4.

Smoker went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles to lead the Braves in batting, while Ryan Tobleman and Joey Buonomo knocked in runs.

Joe Olanovich and Dalton Temple split pitching duties for PV, with Olanovich taking the loss.

The Braves were hosted on April 13th by Manheim Central and, in a close game, suffered a 3-2 loss.

Smoker and Lockhart knocked in the runs for the team, with Olanovich and Youthers crossing the plate.

The baseball team's record now stands at 3-3 in the league, and 4-7 overall.

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PV Baseball Bows to Catholic, Tops Columbia April 13, 2017

The baseball nine dropped a 4-0 league game to Lancaster Catholic on April 10 at home in Kinzers, but bested Columbia two days later, 10-0, in a mercy rule shortened five inning game.

Against the Crusaders, a three run third inning burst by the visitors would be enough, but they tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh for the 4-0 final.

Joe Olanovich was the unfortunate loser for the Braves, giving up the three runs on nine hits, while Austin Smoker, in relief, allowed the seventh inning run.

The Braves failed to help their cause at the plate, managing just two hits against winning pitcher Dontel Marsh.

Smarting from the loss to the Crusaders, the Braves showed no mercy against the Crimson Tide nine, plating five in the first, and adding four more in the bottom of the second to jump out to a 9-0 lead.

The game ended by the PIAA ten-run rule when they tallied another run in the bottom of the fifth.

Senior Joey Buonomo was the benefactee of the offensive outburst by his team, allowing no hits and striking out six in his four innings of work. Freshman Adryan Youthers worked an inning-plus of relief, striking out three, coming from his starting catchers' position where he guided Buonomo's outing.

In a game originally to be played April 7th, but rescheduled to the 11th, the team traveled to Lebanon Catholic and was involved in another mercy-shortened game, this time only having to go three innings in a 31-0 besting of the host Beavers.

A 20-run explosion in the first inning (yes 20!!) was followed by another four in the second, and seven more in the third. All that starting pitcher Cameron Yoder had to do was record the necessary outs. This he did, facing only six batters in his two innings of work, the lone blemish, a walk, while allowing no Lebanon batter to reach by a hit. Yothers worked the third inning for PV, striking out all three batters he faced, and was also a sensation at the plate, going three-for-three with two runs scored and six RBI. All three of his hits were doubles, all with the bases loaded. He was also the lone Brave not to be walked in the game that featured 24 free passes.

PV now sports a 4-4 season record, and is 3-2 in Section Four play in the Lancaster-Lebanon league

SOFTBALL

The girls continued their run of success on the softball diamond with a 17-0 thumping of Lebanon Catholic at home on April 7th, and a 9-2 decision at Lancaster Catholic last Monday.

Just like their male counterparts, the Lebanon game was shortened to three innings under the PIAA mercy rule when the Braves' plated 12 runs in the first inning, and surpassed the needed 15 run mercy limit with a seven run outburst in the second inning.

Allowing leading pitcher Sabrina Ryan an unusual day of rest, Sarah Burns took the hill and allowed no hits while striking out four in three innings of work.

Going up against a tougher foe in Lancaster Catholic, pitcher Ryan was unfazed by the Crusaders batting order, striking out 18 of the 21 recorded outs, while allowing only three hits and walking none.

Her teammates assisted her offensively with four runs in both the second and fifth innings. They had taken an early first inning lead on a solo run.

The Braves were also aided by sloppy fielding by the host Crusaders, who were charged with five fielding miscues.

Wednesday's score against Columbia was unavailable by press time.

The Braves are currently 5-1 overall, and 4-0 in league play.

BOYS TENNIS

The tennis team dropped back-to-back-to-back matches against Lancaster Mennonite last Monday, Cocalico on Tuesday, and Manheim Central Wednesday, all by 7-0 scores.

The losses dropped their overall record to 3-5, and their league record to 1-5.

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PV Softballers Top Annville, Blank LMH April 8, 2017

The girls' softball team increased their L-L record to 2-0 with wins over Annville-Cleona, 10-2, and Lancaster Mennonite, 10-0, last week.

Against the Little Dutchmen on April 3rd in Annville, Sabrina Ryan picked up where she left off in league play last year as one of the premier pitchers in the L-L league.

Ryan fired a six hitter while striking out 15 and only walking a pair.

If first year head coach Doug High didn't know what kind of an ace he was inheriting after a long stint as former coach Amy Shay's assistant, she let him know two days later at home when she no-hit Lancaster Mennonite's Blazers in a game shortened to six innings by the PIAA mercy rule.

Again whiffing 15 batters, this time she walked none, and only allowed five base runners, three by way of hit batsmen and two on defensive errors.

Offensively, she got all the help she needed in the second inning when outfielder Sierra Glick chipped a single to right to score a teammate for a 1-0 lead.

The lead increased in the third on a pair of runs knocked in by third baseman Kayla Diluzio, and another unearned run for a 4-0 score.

In the fourth inning, shortstop Claudia Shaubach slapped a home run to boost the margin to 5-0, and a four run outburst nearly put the game away in the fifth.

The game ended on the mercy rule on another Braves run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

BASEBALL

First year head coach Dwayne Reiter has had some problems adjusting his squad to his system, but his 2-3 Braves (1-1 league) never seem to be out of any game they have played so far.

Last Wednesday, April 5th, the team had one bad inning, the second, allowing four unearned runs in a 5-1 loss to the hosting Blazers of Lancaster Mennonite.

Sophomore Devon Clemmer took the loss, giving up only one earned run of the five scored against him. He struck out four and only walked a pair, with eight hits registered against him.

Clemmer also knocked in the only Braves run in the fifth inning.

Austin Smoker came on in relief in the sixth, and held the Blazers scoreless in his two innings of work.

Annville-Cleona visited the Braves on Monday, April 3rd, and were sent home losers by the Braves, 8-7

A six run outburst by PV in the bottom of the second inning put them out in front to stay. The Little Dutchmen mounted a comeback with four runs in the top of the seventh innings, cutting the lead to 8-7.

Dalton Temple got the save, coming on in the seventh for starter Joe Olanovich and recording the final two outs.

Olanovich was also the star hitter for the Braves, going 3-for3 at the plate with a walk, a run scored and two batted in.

Six of the other eight starters plated runs for the team, while Temple also snatched two of the four bases stolen by the Braves.

BOYS TENNIS

The netters moved their overall record to 3-2 with a 7-0 shutout hosting the other local Braves team, Octorara, on April 4th.

Micah Glick and Garrett Elmer started the sweep for the Braves, besting the duo of Jason Murphy and Jimmy Dagney 8-3.

On the court at No. 2 doubles, Josh Heinrich and Hunter Winey were victors over David Myers and Matthew Michalski 8-2, while Danny Gingrich and Evan Esh capped the sweep by defeating the visitors' Sellers Ward and Mark Distalfo 8-5.

At No. 1 singles for the Kinzer Braves, Heinrich defeated Ward 6-3, 7-6 (4).

At No. 2, Elmer defeated Dagney 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (7) in one of the longer matches of the day.

Glick, playing No. 3, bettered Murphy 6-2, 6-1, and in the day's final singles, Winey was a straight sets winner, 6-0, 6-3.

One day before, the Braves visited Lampeter-Strasburg and were shut out by the Pioneers.

A match against Tupehocking, postponed from the 30th of March has yet to have a makeup date scheduled.

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Spring Sports Slowed By Weather March 31, 2017

"It's been challenging," Athletic Director Dan Meyers said of the springtime weather problems facing his school's teams this March. "We had that great February, and then got hit with another kind of 'March Madness'. We lost almost all of our scheduled scrimmages, and already are behind on games to be played. We just have to struggle on and get creative."

SOFTBALL

After losing one of two of their scrimmages due to the weather, the Braves started their 2017 season at home against Schuylkill Valley on Friday, March 24th, and were doubled up 22-11 by the visiting team.

The Braves defense was mostly to blame in the lopsided loss, committing 10 errors in the contest shortened to five innings by the PIAA mercy rule.

The girls fell behind 6-1 after the first inning, and had climbed back to within four at 14-10 at the end of four innings before the visitors plated eight in the fifth to pull away. PV mustered one more in the bottom of the inning, but needed two more to keep the game going.

A game scheduled for the 28th against Kennard-Dale was postponed to the 30th, while a contest against Solanco was moved to May 10th.

BASEBALL

On the baseball side, the boys were rained out of their two scheduled scrimmages on the 14th and 20th, and were coming in with little outdoor practice before opening day.

The diamond nine opened their season against Schuylkill Valley with a 9-6 loss at home on the 24th.

After falling behind 4-0 in the third, the boys chipped away with a quartet of their own to tie at 4-4 after four complete.

The visitors answered in the top of the fifth with a trio of runs, and added two more in the seventh for their final. PV attempted to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, rallying for two runs but it wasn't enough.

Playing at home last Wednesday, March 29th against Lampeter-Strasburg, the team lost 13-3 after being in the game up to the seventh inning.

The Pioneers had jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, but the Braves responded with their own trio in the second to tie. A solo score by the visitors held at 4-3 until the seventh inning disaster, when PV allowed nine runs in on just three hits.

A game to be played at Kennard-Dale on March 28th was postponed due to the weather.

BOYS TENNIS

The only scrimmage scheduled for the netters was cancelled on March 14th.

A scheduled match against Penn Manor was postponed with no date set for the rescheduling. Also postponed was a match against Cocalico on the 20th.

On Thursday, March 23rd, the team finally opened the season at home with a 5-2 loss to Elco.

No. 3 doubles partners Danny Gingerich and Hunter Winey defeated Wyatt Woelfling and Brett Bohannon 8-2, and at No. 4 singles Josh Heinrich bested his opponent, Adam Omar 6-3, 6-4 to account for Pequea's final team point.

Visiting Lancaster Catholic on the 27th, the Braves again lost 5-2 to the Crusaders.

The second doubles duo of Elliot Esh and Parth Patel won over Matthew Idoeta and Peyton Schaefer by 8-4, while first singles player Winey took his opponent Idoeta 6-4, 6-0.

The tennis team finally got a win in their season at Annville-Cleona on the 29th with a 5-2 win.

The Braves swept the doubles matches, with first doubles Esh and Patel winners by 8-5 over Dan Tobias and Liam Nyce.

Second doubles players Heinrich and Winey won a close one, 8-7 over Drew Speraw and Sam Mintz.

In the doubles finale, Micah Glick and Garrett Elmer defeated William Klatchko and Koy Alwine 8-1.

The boys dropped the first two singles matches, but at third singles, Elmer defeated Alwine 4-6, 6-2, (10-5) to assure the Braves winning the contest.

Fourth singles Glick added on an extra point for PV by winning 6-3, 6-3 over Klatchko.

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Braves Compete In District Playoffs March 3, 2017

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