Pioneers launch Rockets in round one of District playoffs

The Pioneers defeated the James Buchanan Rockets this afternoon to advance in the District Three AAA softball tournament.
Bri Garber's hitting once again took center stage in the Pioneers'
victory over James Buchanan in the District Three playoffs
The Rockets took the early lead in the top half of the first as their leadoff hitter doubled to the centerfield fence and eventually score on a sacrifice fly. L-S came right back in the bottom half as Bri Garber started the inning with a single, stole second, and advanced to third on Jordyn Kondras’s single to right. A groundout from Delaney Baker allowed Garber to tie the game at one.
After holding James Buchanan in the second, the team added to its lead by combining the use of timely hitting and the capitalization of Rocket errors. Caroline Braungard singled to right field and moved to second on an overthrow. Natalie Carson followed by reaching on error as Braungard took home, and Delaney Groff singled to bring Carson in, but Groff was caught in an attempt to take second base. Garber’s bunt single and stolen base set Kondras up for a RBI double. Kondras then stole third base and scored on an overthrow to conclude the rally.
With a 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the third, the team put another run on the board. Jordan Weaver singled, and runner Kate Rohrer replaced her on the base paths. Robin Feaster’s bunt led to two overthrows, which caused Rohrer to come home.
After a scoreless fourth, the Rockets managed to use two hits to help their causing by adding two runs to their total in the fifth; however the pioneers, maintaining a 6-3 lead, remained relatively unharmed. Just in case, the team tacked on an insurance run in the sixth when Natalie Carson singled, advanced on a Groff sacrifice, and scored on a double off the bat of Garber.
On Thursday, the Pioneers will take on Littlestown, which defeated Hamburg 14-7 today.

--Robin Feaster, Softball Reporter

Edited: BP

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