Lebanon County H.S. Highlights: March 29th
Game of the night
Annville-Cleona baseball 3, Pine Grove 1
Think you've seen it all on the diamond? Think again.
Making their 2016 debut, the Little Dutchmen completed a no-hitter despite committing 10 errors at Pine Grove. Mitch Long pitched 6 2/3 innings, ceding the mound and final out to Tyler Schrader, who also earned an RBI at the plate. Long's two hits were tops for Annville-Cleona, and his battery mate, senior Hunter Long, recorded the team's lone other RBI.
Akin to many area games Tuesday, wind played a monumental factor in field and helped facilitate the Little Dutchmen's sloppy defense.
"It made it difficult on both the outfielders and infielders," Annville-Cleona coach Scott Shyda said. "And nobody hit anything deep to left field."
Mitch Long would have been able to complete the no-hitter by himself had it not been for a rising pitch count and uncertainty for when the next defensive miscue would strike behind him. In fact, amid all the errors, Shyda confessed he didn't even know a no-hitter was at stake. Every run scored between the teams was unearned.
Annville-Cleona's road triumph was its first over the Cardinals since 2005. The Little Dutchmen next host reigning state champion Lancaster County Christian.
Player of the night
Mitch Long, Annville-Cleona junior
Long tossed all but one out of a no-hitter and led the Little Dutchmen with two hits at the plate.
"What an absolute gem of a pitching performance," Shyda said. "Even when he missed, he missed very close. He didn't need much other than his fastball. He kept some of their hitters in the middle of the lineup more off balance, but we really went with the fastball primarily. He's a tough kid."
Cumberland Valley 7, Palmyra 6
In the first game of the Dave Ondrusek era, the Cougars ran out of time at home in their upset bid of a 2015 state semifinalist. Palmyra fell behind 3-0 in the opening quarter and then outscored the Eagles in each of the third and fourth.
"The boys didn't quit. They had a lot of desire and were a little tight at the beginning," Ondrusek said. "The last three quarters we actually started executing the offenses we had put in ... it was truly a team effort. The defense played very well."
Jared Richard, Kyle Nolen and Josh Shoemaker each netted two goals for the Cougars. Palmyra junior Ethan Gain tallied a game-high three assists.
Cumberland Valley 13, Palmyra 7
The Cougars' trailed 4-2 at halftime of their season opener, but couldn't hold on the road against a perennial power. Paige Frye netted a team-high three goals and Riley Cook made 10 saves in net.
Susquehanna Township 5, Palmyra 3
In Palmyra, the Cougars put up three runs in the bottom of the first but wouldn't score again in the season-opening defeat. Palmyra was guilty of five errors in the loss and managed just two hits - one each by Kayla Bonawitz and Abbey Krahling.
Lancaster Mennonite 5, Annville-Cleona 2
In Annville, the Little Dutchmen lost for just the second time despite singles wins from Julian DyReyes-Kapp (No.1) and Santi Paris (No.4). The setback left A-C at 5-2 overall and 2-1 in Section Three.
Cedar Crest 7, Ephrata 0
The Falcons stayed unbeaten in Section One by rolling over the Mounts behind Jack Muraika's 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles. Cedar Crest is now 3-1 overall and 3-0 in Section One.
Cocalico 6, Elco 1
In Denver, the Raiders managed a doubles win from Adam Omar and Dylan Spitler while falling to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in Section Two.
Warwick 7, Lebanon 0
At LHS, the Cedars remained winless after being blanked by the Warriors in Section One action.
Manheim Central 7, Northern Lebanon 0
The Vikings had a rough day at the office, winning just seven total games in seven matches en route to the lopsided defeat.
Palmyra 3, Trinity 2
Thanks to a sweep of the doubles, the Cougars pulled off a key road victory to improve to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-Penn Colonial Division.
Adam Lerro and Quinn Marcus (No.1) and Evan Yost and Stephen Wargo picked up the doubles wins, and Eric Lynn's victory at No.3 singles cemented the win for Palmyra.
McCaskey 76, Cedar Crest 74
In an epic Section One opener in Lancaster, the Red Tornado held off Cedar Crest with the help of a win in the final event, the 4x400 relay.
Wins by Luke Allwein (110 high hurdles), Kobe Bolanos (200 dash) and Jabin Joseph (triple jump) were among the bright spots in defeat for Cedar Crest.
Elco 85, Northern Lebanon 65
In Myerstown, the Raiders won each and every track even en route to taking the Section Three opener from their county rival.
Austin Eldridge's wins in the 100, 200 and 400 meters highlighted the Elco effort, while Dakota Leonard paced the Vikings' field event dominance by winning the shot put and the javelin.
Lebanon 77, Ephrata 73
Jeremiah Beckley's sweep of the 110 and 300 hurdles helped propel the Cedars to the narrow Section Two victory over the Mounts.
Palmyra 78, Red Land 72
In Palmyra, the Cougars opened their season and Mid-Penn Keystone Division slate by slipping past the Patriots. No other details were reported.
McCaskey 86, Cedar Crest 60
In Lancaster, the Falcons got double wins from Taylor Menser (100, 300 hurdles) and Ariel Jones (high jump, long jump) but the Red Tornado still triumphed in the Section One opener.
Elco 118, Northern Lebanon 32
Chandelle Keller won three events - 100 high hurdles, high jump and triple jump - as the Raiders rolled to an easy win over the Vikings.
Ephrata 117, Lebanon 28
Maddy Hartman's win in the triple jump was the Cedars' lone interruption of Ephrata's dominance of this Section Two contest.
Palmyra 102, Red Land 48
In Palmyra, the Cougars enjoyed a season-opening romp over their Mid-Penn Keystone rival. No other details were reported.
Penn Manor 3, Cedar Crest 0
In Millersville, Adam Rakow's three blocks were a bright spot in the Falcons' shutout loss to the Comets.
Cocalico 3, Lebanon 0
Paul Heagy led the way for the Cedars in a 25-15, 25-20, 25-17 defeat. Heagy recorded a team-high five kills and four blocks.