Lebanon County Highlights: April 29
Game of the day
Annville-Cleona softball 5, Lancaster Mennonite 3
In Annville, Morgan Zimmerman slammed a pair of home runs to help keep A-C a game up on Pequea Valley in the Section Four title race.
Zimmerman had three hits in all, and also scored three runs for the Little Dutchmen, who improved to 10-4 overall and 9-3 in the section.
Her first of two solo shots came leading off the bottom of the first after A-C had escaped trouble in the top half of the frame.
"We got out of a jam in the top of the first, then she was the first hitter up for us and she hit a home run," A-C coach Dave Bentz said. "That set the tone for us.
Emma Lerchen picked up the pitching win, striking out eight and scattering six hits while going the distance. She also drove in three runs.
A-C overcame five errors and a stern challenge from a Mennonite club it had beaten 13-0 earlier in the season to stay a game ahead of Pequea with four to play. The two rivals will meet Friday with the section crown likely hanging in the balance.
"It would be nice to win out, but they'll be waiting for us," Bentz said. "We'll see what happens."
Players of the day
Evan Horn (Cedar Crest track and field), Alex Hoffsmith (Palmyra track and field)
They've developed a nice little rivalry in the last year via their javelin throwing accomplishments. Friday, Cedar Crest's Evan Horn and Palmyra's Alex Hoffsmith took their show on the road to the prestigious Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
Not surprisingly, they did not disappoint, earning top 10 finishes in the High School Boys Javelin competition.
Horn tossed the spear 188 feet, 10 inches to finish eighth, while Hoffsmith came in 10th with a best effort of 182 feet, 9 inches. Liam Christensen of North Charleston, SC won the event with a throw of 219-2.
Horn's 188-10 came on his first throw of the preliminaries and gave him a spot in the eight-man finals, while Hoffsmith's best toss came on his second throw of the prelims and ended up securing him a top 10 finish.
Horn and Hoffsmith are slated to meet again Saturday at the Lebanon County Meet. The boys javelin is set to begin at 12:40 p.m.
Hempfield 10, Cedar Crest 2
A four-run sixth inning propelled the the Black Knights to the win. The Falcons also committed three errors. Logan Horn led Cedar Crest at the plate with a perfect 2-for-2 day and an RBI.
Hempfield 3, Cedar Crest 1
In Landisville, a two-run third inning proved to be just enough as the Black Knights added an insurance run in the sixth to hang on. Both teams were held to four hits, and also committed two errors.
Garden Spot 11, Lebanon 3
In New Holland, a five-run first inning doomed the Cedars. Lebanon was also held to just three hits, while the Spartans' Taylor Martin struck out 12.
Manheim Central 10, Elco 0
Only trailing 2-0 after four, things quickly unraveled for the Raiders, as the Barons took advantage of five Elco errors, scoring five runs in fifth and three more in the seventh to pull away.
Lampeter-Strasburg 10, Northern Lebanon 0 (5 innings)
The Pioneers' Jordan Weaver pitched a no-hitter, while striking out 14. Lampeter-Strasburg forced the mercy rule with three runs in the first two innings and four runs in the fourth inning.