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Pioneers drop the Lady Barons
With Courtney Martin pitching for Lampeter-Strasburg, the Manheim Central girls couldn’t afford to spot their Section Three rival a big lead on Tuesday night.
Unfortunately for the young Lady Barons, though, that’s what happened.
L-S put four on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning and never looked back, cruising to a 15-0 win in Manheim. The game was halted after three innings due to the mercy rule.
“They hit everything we threw,” Manheim Central coach Steve Ginder said. “They’re probably one of the better teams in the league. It was going to be an uphill battle if we got behind.”
The loss dropped the Lady Barons to 1-2 in L-L play (1-3 overall).
RBI singles by Sara Braungard and High, along with Martin’s two-run triple, sparked L-S to a 4-0 lead off of MC pitcher Kaitlyn Fair in the first.
Braungard finished 2-for-3 with three RBI’s, Martin was 2-for-3 and High went 2-for-3 with a team-high four RBI’s.
High delivered two-run singles in the second and third innings, as the Lady Pioneers pulled away. L-S also capitalized on six walks, two hit batters and three Manheim Central errors.
“Their team was very selective with their hitting,” Ginder said. “They weren’t chasing anything.”
Manheim Central, meanwhile, had only two base runners in the game off of Martin &tstr; Courtney Hoffer’s first-inning walk and Sara Fink’s third-inning single to center field. Martin finished with five K’s in her one-hitter.
“She’s up there with (the L-L’s top pitchers), I would say,” Ginder said “She’s as good as the Donegal pitcher (Sophie Leaman). They’re both very close. She moves the ball around real well, hitting her spots.”
Last Wednesday, April 2, Leaman outdueled Fair in a Section Three battle, as Donegal defeated the Central girls 5-1 in Mt.Joy. Leaman whiffed 11 and allowed just four hits and one walk for the win.
Early on, though, the Lady Barons were able to get to Leaman, with Juliana Sheaffer scoring on Hoffer’s (2-for-3) two-out double to right field to put the Lady Barons in front 1-0 in the top of the first inning.
Unfortunately for Central, the lead didn’t last.
The Lady Indians took a lead they never relinquished with three in the third, highlighted by RBI doubles from Leaman (2-for-4) and Rachel Mummau, and Emily Graham’s RBI bloop single.
Donegal scored its final two runs in the fourth.
Bruce Morgan is the sports editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 721-4451.