Lebanon County H.S. Highlights: April 20
Game of the day
Elco softball 20, Columbia 8
The Elco softball team endured a lengthy bus ride to Columbia for Wednesday's Section Three-Four crossover contest. Safe to say, the ride home seemed a little faster than the trip down.
The Raiders put on an offensive show of epic proportions while putting the brakes on a two-game losing streak, smashing 24 hits en route to a 20-8 victory.
Now 4-6 overall and 3-5 in Section Three, the Raiders actually trailed 5-2 after two innings, before an eight-run third inning turned the tide for good. Columbia also committed six errors to aid the Elco onslaught, which included four doubles, three from Beth Wiczalkowski and one from Amaya Phillips. Phillips had five hits and five RBIs, and Wiczalkowski added four hits and four RBIs to the victory.
Player of the day
Amaya Phillips, Elco softball team
As noted above, the Elco softball team enjoyed a big day at the plate on Wednesday. No Raider had a bigger day than Amaya Phillips.
In the lopsided 20-8 victory over Columbia, Phillips set the tone for the Raiders' 24-hit assault, going 5-for-5 with a double and five RBIs. Phillips also got the job done on the mound, tossing five innings of relief to pick up the win after taking over for starter Sarah Yermalovich in the third.
Cocalico 6, Annville-Cleona 1
In Denver, the Little Dutchmen's struggles continued after they were held to five hits on the way to their third loss in their last four outings.
A-C got the jump with a run in the top of the first, but Cocalico came right back with three runs in the bottom of the frame and never looked back.
The Little Dutchmen managed just five hits, one of which was a double by Hunter Long.
Elco 15, Columbia 0 (3 innings)
At Lyle Krall Field, the Raiders made short work of the Crimson Tide, rolling to the mercy rule win with the help of a 13-hit outburst.
Aaron Dietz and Hunter Witters led the rout, going a combined 5-for-6 with five RBIs as Elco improved to 5-4 overall and 5-3 in Section Three.
Lebanon 11, Lancaster Mennonite 1 (5 innings)
At Coleman Park, the Cedars cruised to a mercy rule win of their own behind an 11-hit attack fronted by a double by William Scaturro.
Cody Kissinger tossed a five-inning five-hitter to pick up the mound victory for Lebanon.
Northern Lebanon 6, Pequea Valley 3
In Fredericksburg, the Vikings raced to a 4-0 lead after three innings and held on for the win.
Chase Dubendorf and Michigan Daub each doubled to lead a 10-hit attack, and Seth Walmer and Hayden Johnson combined on the pitching chores, with Walmer scattering eight hits in 6 1/3 innings and Johnson getting the last two outs for the save as NL improved to 5-7 overall and 3-5 in Section Three.
Manheim Central 15, Lebanon Catholic 0 (3 innings)
In Manheim, the Beavers went down quickly in three innings, due in large part to the 12 runs the Barons put up in the second inning.
Central also held Catholic without a hit in the three-inning win.
Cedar Crest 5, Ephrata 1
At Ephrata. the Falcons used a four-run top of the sixth to break a 1-1 tie and secure the road win.
Emma Spang led the way for Cedar Crest with three hits, including a home run, and two RBIs, and Maddie Gable tossed a five- hit complete game on the mound as the Falcons improved to 6-4 overall and 5-3 in Section One.
Hempfield 15, Lebanon 1 (5 innings)
At Lebanon, the Cedars went down in five innings to Section One heavyweight Hempfield, managing just two hits along the way.
Pequea Valley 12, Northern Lebanon 4
In Kinzers, the Vikings fell in a 6-0 hole in the second inning and never climbed out of it against the Section Four leaders.
The loss left NL 3-8 overall and 2-6 in Section Three.
Manheim Central 15, Lebanon Catholic 3
On Assumption Hill, the Beavers' 1-0 first-inning lead quickly dissolved into a five-inning mercy-rule defeat.
Hempfield 7, Lebanon 0
At Lebanon High, the Cedars were shut out by the mighty Black Knights, winning just four games in seven matches along the way.
Garden Spot 14, Cedar Crest 5
In New Holland, the Falcons fell behind 6-1 after the first period and couldn't right the ship in time.
Mitch Tice led Cedar Crest in defeat with two goals.