Undefeated: Softball team beats Central to close out 20-0 regular season
In their regular season finale, the Pioneer softball team secured an undefeated season with a 11-1 win over Manheim Central. Jordan Weaver earned the win in the circle by recording 11 strikeouts throughout the contest and allowing just one hit off of the Baron bats.
|Caroline Braungard set the pace with her bat, totaling|
three hits on the day
The Pioneers themselves recorded 13 hits on the night including a home run from Bri Garber. Garber and Caroline Braungard led the charge with three hits a piece. Weaver helped her cause by adding two hits of her own. Jordyn Kondras also contributed a pair of singles, and Delaney Groff, Hanna Garber, and Kylie Weaver each had a single of their own.
The Barons showed promise after scoring a run in the first inning on a wild pitch, but the Pioneers countered in bottom of the inning as Kondras scored on Hanna Garber’s groundout to second base. Holding Central in the second, the Pioneers added five runs in the bottom of the inning. The rally started with Jordan Weaver working a walk. Runner Kate Rohrer advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and moved to third on Braungard’s single to center field. Groff’s grounder to second allowed Rohrer to score. Kylie Weaver reached on error, and Bri Garber drilled a ball to the fence to add two runs on the board. Kondras laid down a beautiful bunt down the first base line and was again brought in by Hanna Garber.
Four consecutive singles in the third gave the Pioneers an 8-1 lead.
The sixth inning brought three more runs for the team, and the mercy rule took effect.
The win concludes the regular season for the Pioneers who have a final record of 20-0. Just as notable, the JV squad also had a perfect season by finishing with a 10-7 victory last evening. The varsity team now heads into postseason and sets up to take on Hempfield in the first round of league playoffs at 1:30 on Saturday at Garrett Park.
--Robin Feaster, LSNews.org Softball Reporter; Photos by Lauren Mast, LSNews.org Director of Sports Photography