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BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Northern Lebanon edges Lancaster Catholic at home

Recording a combined 11 strikeouts, Northern Lebanon aces Jordan Nichols and Wyatt Beakler led the Vikings to a 7-4 home win over Lancaster Catholic in Section Three-Four crossover play Tuesday. Nichols picked up the win pitching into the seventh inning, when Beakler swooped in to pick up the save. Northern Lebanon (5-5, 4-3 Lancaster-Lebanon) moved back up to .500 after a recent dry spell. Noah Gingrich, Chase Dubendorf and Luke Sonnen all clubbed doubles for the Vikings, while the Crusaders' Mitch Eck went deep.

Eck, the day's losing pitcher, allowed five runs over four-plus innings, only two of them earned.

MANHEIM CENTRAL 12, ANNVILLE-CLEONA 8>> Two four-run innings did the Little Dutchmen in at Manheim, as Annville-Cleona let a lead slip late in Section Three-Four crossover play. Alec Barr took the loss in relief of Jordan Gohn, while Tanner Fahnestock earned the win. Despite out-hitting their hosts 14-13, the Little Dutchmen failed to scratch as many runs across, in part due to their four errors. At the dish, Gohn hit a double, as did Tyler Schrader and Hunter Long. Annville-Cleona's Mitch Long also tripled, while Fahnestock and Frank Boman clubbed homers for Manheim Central.

LAMPETER-STRASBURG 6, CEDAR CREST 3>> Down 6-0 after the first three innings, the Falcons scored twice in the fifth and added one more in the final frame, before ultimately losing to their Section Two visitors. John Bailey toed the rubber for Cedar Crest, which committed three errors. Her notched four strikeouts to his two walks.

ELCO 12, PEQUEA VALLEY 2>> The mercy rule came into effect in Myerstown on Monday after just five innings, as the Raiders blew out Pequea Valley. Sophomore hurler Tyler Horst got the win, as the Braves worked through three pitchers. Elco cranked out seven runs in the third inning and 14 hits on the afternoon, including four for extra bases.

LOWER DAUPHIN 8, PALMYRA 3>> Three errors and six walks doomed the Cougars against a tough division foe with Braden Vernet getting the start and Isaac Blatt and Brandon Carochak coming on in relief. At the dish, Zach Miller smacked a double and Carl Reigle cleared the fences for Palmyra.