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It was power-surged week around the L-L league. With playoff time approaching and teams scrambling for position, this is what we learned this past week…

The long ball is alive and well:

Two games this past week were charged by home runs.

During Wednesday’s softball game, Manheim Township freshman Reilly Gearhart smacked a shot over the left center field fence to reinvigorate her team when they were trailing, 3-1 in the third inning. The Blue Streaks went on to score three more runs in the same inning and defeat Warwick, 4-3.

“I knew I had to get our team going somehow. As long as I got a base hit; I was fine with it but I knew I had to do something bigger,” Gearhart said after the said. “I’m glad I could get my team going.”

It wasn’t one homerun but three that catapulted Manheim Central over Lampeter-Strasburg during Friday night’s baseball game. The Barons hit three dingers in consecutive innings starting when leadoff hitter, Dan Wiederrecht, took the second pitch of the game over the left field wall. Manheim Central ultimately won, 4-1; causing a tie for second place in section three with the Barons holding the tiebreaker.

“I was certainly happy with the power surge. I haven’t seen that yet this year. I think we had two homeruns coming into the end of the season,” Manheim Central coach Jason Thompson said.  “It certainly set the table for our guys.”

Sometime the bats just wake up at the right time, I guess.

Don’t believe everything you read:

In Thursday’s softball game between Annville-Cleona and Pequea Valley, Braves pitcher Amanda Houck struck out 10 batters, gave up a mere three hits and only walked three. Offensively, Pequea Valley had five extra base hits including two triples.

Annville-Cleona pitcher Christi Lerchen only struck out two batters and gave up six hits while their offense had no extra base hits and only Darian Brenner posted multiple hits for the Dutchmen.

Looking past all that statistical jib-jab, the final score was 4-1 in favor of Annville-Cleona.

“They did hit the ball but they hit it at the right time for us; when there was nobody on base,” Annville-Cleona coach Dave Bentz said.

End the end of the day, toss out the stat book and just look at the scoreboard for your vital information

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