MC girls survive scare from DutchmenSoftball

By on April 18, 2012

Aerika High belted a home run and the Manheim Central softball team eked out a 6-5 victory over Annville-Cleona on Monday in a Section Three-Four crossover game in Manheim.

The Lady Barons (7-0 L-L, 8-3 overall) jumped to a 5-1 lead with two in the second, one in the third and two more in the fourth. Overall, they outhit the Little Dutchmen 11-4, but the Central girls also had four errors and A-C put together a four-run rally in the top of the fifth to pull even, 5-5.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Central pushed across the decisive run in support of winning pitcher Sara McKee, who struck out nine and walked two.

Last Friday, pitchers Erika Campbell and McKee combined on a three-hitter, leading the Central girls in an 8-1 win over Columbia.

Campbell pitched three innings for the win, striking out two and walking one, and then McKee finished up in relief.

Leading just 2-1 after four, the Lady Barons finally got some breathing room with three runs in the fifth and sixth innings to pull away.

In other action, Manheim Central had a five-run first inning and cruised to a 6-2 victory over Garden Spot in a Section Three battle last Wednesday, April 11 in New Holland.

The Lady Barons’ five-run first inning against the Spartans was all Campbell needed on the mound, who yielded two runs on three hits while striking eight and walking none for the complete-game decision.

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