Lebanon County H.S. Highlights: April 6
Game of the day
Cedar Crest 1, Warwick 0
The Cedar Crest softball team opened Section One play in decidedly negative fashion on Tuesday, dropping an 8-0 decision to Hempfield.
So when the Falcons headed to Lititz on Wednesday to face another perennial nemesis in Warwick, it did not seem likely that their fortunes would change much.
But they did. Maddie Gable fired a three-hit shutout as Cedar Crest upset Warwick 1-0 on the Warriors' home field.
The win left Cedar Crest 2-2 overall and 1-1 in Section One and was the direct result of Gable's mound work and the fourth-inning run the Falcons pushed across via an RBI by Cassie Flocken that scored Emma Spang. Cedar Crest outhit Warwick 7-4 with the help of two Ashley Maulfair hits.
Player of the day
Maddie Gable, Cedar Crest softball
The game of the day produced the player of the day thanks to Gable, who was superb in shutting out the Warriors on three hits.
The senior ace righthander struck out six and and walked only one batter while going the distance to get Cedar Crest on the board in Section One.
The Falcons needed a big effort from Gable if they were going to get past Warwick and she certainly did not disappoint.
"She was great on the mound tonight, keeping hitters off balance all night," Cedar Crest coach Eric Edwards said. "We played great defense behind her. Bailey Perry-McClintic played great defensively at shortstop."
Cocalico 18, Northern Lebanon 3 (4 innings)
Trailing 8-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Vikings gave up a double-digit spot and were saddled with a tough loss in section play. Northern Lebanon has now dropped three straight.
Warwick 10, Cedar Crest 0 (5 innings)
Down 5-0 after the first inning, play didn't improve much for the Falcons, who.were no-hit at home. The Warriors' Tim Griest struck out five and walked one from the mound.
Hershey 11, Palmyra 1
The Cougars surrendered 17 total hits and seven runs in the fifth inning of a home blowout. Dylan Spagnolo knocked out two hits and Isacc Blatt recorded Palmyra's lone RBI.
Annville-Cleona 18, Lebanon Catholic 0 (3 innings)
On Assumption Hill, A-C rolled to its second mercy-rule win in as many days, hammering the Beavers in three innings on the strength of a 13-run second frame.
Palmyra 8, Hershey 4
The Cougars jumped out to an eight-run lead after three innings and held on from there in a key division road win.
Northern Lebanon 10, Cocalico 0 (5 innings)
In Fredericksburg, the Vikings got back on the winning track, rolling to the mercy-rule triumph behind a big day from Jess Kreiser.
Kreiser tossed a one-hit shutout on the mound and struck out six, while adding two hits, an RBI, and a stolen base offensively as NL halted a two-game losing skid.
Lampeter-Strasburg 15, Elco 0 (4 innings)
In Lampeter, the Raiders were no match for the powerful Pioneers, managing just one hit en route to the mercy rule setback.
Ephrata 15, Lebanon 0 (3 innings)
The Cedars gave up a dozen runs in the first inning and fell to 0-4 overall on the season.
Cedar Crest 110, Lancaster Catholic 40
In South Lebanon, Chris Kelly's wins in the shot put and discus led the Falcons to the easy win. Cedar Crest took first place in 14 of the meet's 18 events while improving to 1-1 on the season.
Northern Lebanon 94.5, Lancaster Mennonite 55.5
In Fredericksburg, the Vikings picked up their first Section Three win of the season behind Dakota Leonhard, who took first in the shot put and the javelin.
Annville-Cleona 119, Columbia 26
The Little Dutchmen took first place in every event except the 300 hurdles and 100-meter dash.
Cedar Crest 93, Lancaster Catholic 44
The Falcon girls made it a clean sweep of the dual meet by racing past the Crusaders with the aid of Ariel Jones' wins in the high jump and long jump.
Lancaster Mennnonite 91, Northern Lebanon 57
The Vikings didn't fare quite as well in the girls' portion of the meet, falling to 0-2 despite wins from Taylor Berger in the 100 dash and pole vault.
Annville-Cleona 114, Columbia 33
Timeshah Clark, Courtney Conners and Veronica Merone each won two events to push A-C in its 2016 season debut.
Manheim Township 19, Cedar Crest 1
Mike Weaver fired the only Falcons goal on the day on a rough road trip down to Neffsville.
Manheim Township 22, Cedar Crest 4
The Falcons trailed 14-3 at halftime, and Abbey Castor built a hat trick to go along with one assist.
Cedar Crest 7, Garden Spot 0
The Falcons stayed unbeaten in Section One, blanking the Spartans behind 6-0, 6- singles wins from Nick Tull, Jack Muraika and Austin Moore. Evan Dissinger also picked up a singles win for Crest, now 6-1 overall and 6-0 in Section One.
Northern Lebanon 5, Lebanon 2
The Vikings took this battle of winless county teams in large part by sweeping the three doubles matches that began the contest.
East Pennsboro 5, Palmyra 0
In Enola, the defending Mid-Penn Colonial champs suffered their second division defeat of the season.
Palmyra (4-3, 3-2 Colonial) did not win a set on the way to the shutout loss.
Manheim Twp. 3, Cedar Crest 0
The Falcons fought to a 32-30 defeat in their first set and lost the next pair 25-21, 21-12. Zabby Sharifi connected for five kills and Adam Rakow had three blocks.