Lebanon County High School Highlights: April 8
Game of the day
Lebanon baseball 1, Cocalico 0
The Cedars capitalized on a critical Eagles mistake to win by the slimmest of margins. In the sixth, Lebanon’s Michael Deleon found his way out of a rundown between second and third base and was safe at third. Logan Blouch took advantage at the plate with an ensuing RBI single, scoring Deleon for the game-winning run.
Not only did Deleon score the winning run – he also had a memorable day on the mound. More on that below.
Camyrn Shaak and Dharlim Vasquez also had big days at the dish, finishing 2-for-3 and 2-for-2, respectively.
Player of the day
Michael Deleon, Lebanon baseball
On the hill, Deleon has been dominant recently, and he carried that momentum in a big way Friday, pitching a no-hitter. Deleon struck out 10, while walking only two.
“He was very confident after he threw a two-hitter his last outing,” said Lebanon coach Mike Toomey. “He did great job locating his fastball. He used his breaking ball when he needed to, but he dominated with his fastball."
And as the game was unfolding, Toomey said Deleon kept his focus, knowing the game was still far from over.
“Everyone kept it to themselves. Part of that was because we were fighting for a run ourselves,” Toomey said. “The guys were excited for Michael when he got the last out.”
Annville-Cleona 12, Columbia 1 (6 innings)
A big day from Hunter Long at the plate combined with a solid outing from Alec Barr led the Little Dutchmen to draw the mercy rule. Long finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs, while Barr fanned six Columbia batters and allowed one run, five hits and one walk to earn the complete-game win.
Palmyra 5, CD East 4
Another local ball club was involved in an exciting finish, as the Cougars left Harrisburg victorious thanks to an RBI groundout from Dylan Spagnolo, which scored Brandon Charochak. It wasn't a good day for either team in the field however, with each committing four errors. Tyler Julian earned the win, going the distance and allowing one earned run on six hits and three walks, while striking out six.
Pequea Valley 8, Lebanon Catholic 2
A five-run third inning from the Braves doomed the Beavers in Kinzers. Lebanon Catholic also committed four errors. Noah Marinkov led the Beavers at the plate with an RBI single to make it a 1-1 game in the top of the third, before Pequea Valley came roaring back.
Manheim Central 2, Northern Lebanon 1
It was a tough pill to swallow for the Vikings, giving up two runs in the top of the sixth and only getting one back in the bottom half. Michigan Daub did go the distance for the Vikings, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks, while striking out one.
Annville-Cleona 16, Columbia 0 (3 innings)
In Columbia, the Little Dutchmen took no time getting comfortable at the plate. Emma Lerchen had a big day at the plate and on the mound, finishing 3-for-3 with four RBIs,while pitching a one-hitter and striking out four. Morgan Zimmerman went 1-for-2 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Most of the damage from A-C came from an eight-run first inning.
Donegal 12, Elco 0 (5 innings)
After only trailing 1-0, the game quickly fell apart for the Raiders. The Indians scored six runs in the third, followed by five in the fourth to force the mercy rule.
Conestoga Valley 10, Lebanon 0 (5 innings)
The Buckskins jumped on the Cedars early and often to draw the mercy rule. Conestoga Valley scored seven runs in the second inning to complete most of the damage.
Manheim Central 13, Northern Lebanon 0 (5 innings)
The Barons wasted no time jumping on the Vikings, leading to the mercy rule. Manheim Central racked up six runs in the first inning, then five in the third to seal Northern Lebanon's fate.
Palmyra 4, Middletown 1
The Cougars won their final four matches to pull out the win. Eric Kohl blanked Jacob Spear in No. 2 doubles 6-0, 6-0, while Eric Lynn won his No. 3 singles match over Connor Gambi, 6-0, 6-1, to lead Palmyra.
Donegal 6, Elco 1
Mason Bennetch proved to be the only win for the Raiders on the day. Bennetch ground out a win in his No. 2 singles match over the Indians’ Andrew Ashley, 3-6, 6-4, 10-5. Dawson Smith also found himself in a dogfight with Aaron Stehman, but ultimately fell, as Stehman won 1-6, 6-3, 10-3.
Cocalico 7, Annville-Cleona 0
A-C was dominated by the Eagles in this Section Two encounter, with the exception of the No. 3 singles match, where William Klatchko pushed Colby Martin to three sets before falling.