Lebanon County H.S. Highlights March 30
Game of the night
Northern Lebanon baseball 6, McCaskey 1 (8 innings)
The Vikings began pillaging Section One on Tuesday in their season opener with a 7-4 victory at Cedar Crest, and they kept on conquering Wednesday.
This time, it just took a little longer.
Behind seven one-run innings from junior pitcher Seth Walmer, Northern Lebanon (2-0) outlasted McCaskey in eight frames, 6-1. Hayden Johnson picked up the save and struck out one Tornado batter after receiving tremendous run support in the away half of the inning. McCaskey's Daleuri Contreras went to-to-toe with Walmer on the hill through seven, after which Devin Ashba and David Padilla later took the ball and Padilla eventually a loss.
The Vikings host Palmyra on Thursday in their home opener.
Player of the night
Seth Walmer, Northern Lebanon junior
Walmer struck out seven, as McCaskey was limited to seven total hits. The junior's emergence speaks the Northern Lebanon staff's greater depth this season, first revealed by ace Isaac Wengert on Tuesday.
"We have more pitching depth this year than last year," Wengert said. "Last year, we really only relied on three pitchers, and this year we have four or five. It'll be me, Zach (Seltzer), Michigan (Daub), Seth and Hayden (Johnson)."
Should the success of Wengert, Walmer and Co. continue, the debate may not revolve the staff's number in size, but rightful number slots in the rotation.
Exeter 17, Lebanon 1
The Cedars (1-2) suffered a tough road loss Wednesday, done in by 12 allowed runs in the bottom of the fourth. Ahead 5-0, Exeter first knocked Lebanon starter Cody Kissinger from the game and then batted around relievers Colin Minerick and Austyn Yerger en route to 15 total hits.
The Cedar next host Milton Hershey on Friday.
Elco 11, Lebanon 0
Sarah Yermalovich made sure Randy Derr's head coaching debut was a success, spinning a complete game one-hitter to lead the Raiders to the season-opening victory.
Yermalovich also added a double to pace Elco's 13-hit attack, and struck out eight and walked just one on the mound. The Raiders tallied the only run they would need in the top of the first, then exploded for four more in the third en route to breaking the game open.
Northern Lebanon 9, Conrad Weiser 4
In Fredericksburg, the Vikes used an eight-run bottom of the sixth as the catalyst for their first win of the season.
Fresh off a 4-3 loss to Cedar Crest on Tuesday, NL trailed 2-1 heading to the sixth, but quickly flipped the script with the help of Sydney Mengel's two-run double and Melanie Showers' RBI triple and never looked back.
Nicole Ditzler picked up the win on the mound, firing a four-hitter and striking out six while going the distance.
Cedar Crest 7, Lebanon 0
At Cedar Crest, the host Falcons enjoyed a rout of their crosstown rival thanks in part to 6-0, 6-0 singles victories by top two players Nick Tull and Jack Muraika.
Alexander Ellis and Evan Dissinger also posted singles wins for Cedar Crest, now 4-1 overall and 4-0 in Section One.