James Buchanan started its first-round District 3 Class AAA softball game well enough.
Facing off against the top-seeded Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers, the Rockets put a run across in the first inning. But the Pioneers immediately answered and never looked back in a 7-3 victory.
The win puts L-S (21-1) in a quarterfinal matchup with Littlestown (17-4) on Thursday, while James Buchanan finishes with a 10-9 record.
Four errors were especially costly for the Rockets, who gave up three unearned runs. JB also managed just three hits off L-S starter Jordan Weaver, who struck out 10.
Taryn Miller started the game for JB with a double, and she was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Maria Burkett. Jenna Mongold drove Miller home with a sac fly.
The Pioneers answered in almost the exact same fashion, and eventually broke the game open in the bottom of the second with four runs on four hits and three errors.
"Jenna pitched well, pitching to contact, but the throwing errors hurt in the third inning," JB coach Troy Pittman said. "But give L-S credit; their speed put pressure on us. We knew we had to play a near-perfect game against L-S, but that one inning was the difference."
Burkett and Mongold both had RBI singles in the fifth inning, but it wasn't enough for a comeback. Brianna Garber and Jordyn Kondras split six hits evenly to lead the Pioneer offense.