Lebanon County H.S. Highlights: April 13
Game of the day
Palmyra 15, Middletown 2 (5 innings)
Don't look now, but the Palmyra softball team is hitting its stride.
The Cougars emphatically climbed over the .500 mark on Wednesday, battering Middletown 15-2 in five innings.
Kayla Bonawitz led a 12-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with a double and Abbey Krahling drove in three runs and tossed a five-hitter on the mound as Palmyra improved to 4-3 overall and in the Mid-Penn Keystone Division.
The Cougars scored in every inning of the lopsided win, including five times each in the third and fifth innings.
Player of the day
Colton Lawrence, Elco boys track and field
His exploits on the basketball court, where he was an all-state performer, are more well-known, but Colton Lawrence is making his presence felt with the Elco boys track and field team, too.
A first-year member of the team, Lawrence, a senior, continued a strong debut season during the Raiders' 92-58 non-league loss to Manheim Central on Wednesday.
Lawrence led the Raiders in defeat, winning the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 2.5 inches, while also clearing the 5-6 to win the high jump.
Lancaster Catholic 10, Annville-Cleona 0
In Lancaster, A-C fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a thud, after the Crusaders pounded out 16 hits and broke the game open with a five-run bottom of the fourth.
The Little Dutchmen managed only three hits while dropping to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in Section Four.
Cedar Crest 6, Manheim Township 5
In Neffsville, the Falcons came up with a much-needed Section One win after breaking a 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh.
Justin Frazier picked up the win on the mound, and Jacee Orta tripled to lead a nine-hit Cedar Crest attack.
Lancaster Mennonite 13, Lebanon Catholic 0 (5 innings)
At 5th Ward, the Beavers were outhit 17-3 in a mercy-rule loss to the Blazers.
Donegal 4, Lebanon 1
In Mount Joy, the Cedars had more errors (six) than hits (five) on the way to their second straight setback.
Daniel Caricabeur took the hard-luck loss for Lebanon, allowing just four hits, though he did walk five in the loss.
Palmyra 10, Middletown 0
In Palmyra, Zack Yingst tossed a five-inning shutout and the Cougars pounded out 14 hits en route to the mercy rule win.
Yingst checked the visitors on just three hits and struck out four, and was supported by an offense that included a double by Dylan Spagnolo.
Annville-Cleona 11, Lancaster Catholic 1 (5 innings)
In Annville, A-C followed up Monday's big win over Pequea Valley by routing the Crusaders in five innings.
Emma Lerchen tossed a two-hitter on the mound, and Hannah Fischer doubled to lead a nine-hit attack for A-C, now 5-0 in Section Four.
Cedar Crest 4, Manheim Township 0
In South Lebanon, the Falcons used a four-run bottom of the first and the mound work of Maddie Gable to produce a key Section One win.
Gable tossed a five-hitter and struck out nine as Cedar Crest improved to 3-2 in Section One.
Lancaster Mennonite 17, Lebanon Catholic 2
In Lancaster, the Beavers got the jump with a 2-0 lead in the top of the first but it was all downhill from there in a three-inning, mercy-rule defeat. Catholic was guilty of six errors in the loss.
Elizabethtown 17, Lebanon 2 (3 innings)
In Elizabethtown, the Cedars went down in three innings due in large part to a 12-run second inning by the Bears. ,
Lampeter-Strasburg 22, Cedar Crest 8
At L-S, the Falcons fell behind 13-4 after two periods and never recovered. Mitch Tice led Cedar Crest in defeat with four goals.
Lampeter-Strasburg 14, Cedar Crest 7
Under the lights in South Lebanon, the Falcons were doubled up by the Pioneers despite three goals from Maddie Barron.
Manheim Central 105, Elco 45
In Manheim, the Raiders were handled by the host Barons in this non-league affair, but still got a pair of wins from senior Chandelle Keller.
Keller took the triple jump and the high jump, and the Raiders also got a victory from Emily Bidelspach in the long jump and from Abbie Keath in the 800 meters.
Manheim Central 92, Elco 58
In Manheim, double wins from Colton Lawrence and Ethan Anspach (100, 200) weren't enough to keep the Raiders from the defeat,
James Bidelspach was also victorious for Elco, winning the 110-meter high hurdles.
Palmyra 4, Camp Hill 1
The Cougars picked up their fourth straight win with the help of singles triumphs from their top two players, Ben Rusling and Eric Kohl.
Quinn Marcus and Adam Lerro and Stephen Wargo and Evan Yost added doubles wins for Palmyra, now 7-3 overall and 6-2 in the Mid-Penn Colonial.
Cedar Crest 5, Red Lion 0
In South Lebanon, the Falcons breezed to the easy win on the strength of singles wins from Nick Tull, Jack Muraika and Evan Dissinger.
York Suburban 3, Palmyra 1
At Palmyra, the Cougars took the first set by a score of 25-21, before dropping the next three games and the match.
Tanner Yaw and Ben Rusling had seven kills apiece for Palmyra.