Heading for states: Softball team recovers to win third place game in district playoffs

The Lampeter Strasburg softball team took the field once again at Garrett Park to face off against the Garden Spot Spartans in the District III third place game. After suffering just its second loss of the season Tuesday evening at the hands of rival Donegal, the Pioneer ladies banded together and defeated the Spartans.
Jordan Weaver delivers a pitch during the second round district
game in Hershey

Jordan Weaver pitched the entire game and came out hot, firing three strikeouts in the first inning. Brianna Garber led off for the Pioneers by getting on base with a bunt but was left stranded for the inning. The Spartans and Pioneers continued to switch sides and cycle through the batting order with no runs scored until Bri Garber returned to first base after another bunt in the bottom of the third inning. Following Garber, Jordyn Kondras made contact with the ball for a base hit. Hannah Garber grounded out, but advanced Bri Garber and Kondras to 2nd and 3rd base, which allowed Delaney Baker to send both ladies home with a base hit forcing the score to be 2-0 going into the top of the 4th.

Weaver followed with a short inning by throwing two strikeouts and forcing a pop up. The bottom of the 4th was a busy one for the ladies as Robin Feaster led off with a base hit. Caroline Braungard advanced Feaster with a bunt. Natalie Carson stepped up and hit another base hit causing the bases to be juiced for the Pioneers. Garber approached the batter’s box once again and cleared the bases with a solid line drive, but was thrown out at 3rd base. The inning ended with Kondras grounding out but the score reached 5-0.
Weaver went back to work and managed to strike out two batters even after getting pelted by a line drive and still making the throw for another out. The Pioneers did not score in the 5th inning.

The Spartans began to rally in the sixth inning with a walk for the first batter followed by a grounder allowing the runner to advance to third base, A base hit allowed the runner to make it home and make the game 5-1.

The bottom of the frame was a quick one for the Pioneers with three consecutive strikeouts, but four runs was plenty of cushion for Weaver, who concluded the ballgame with a strikeout to secure the 5-1 victory.

--Eric Gross, Special to LSNews.org; Photos by Benjamin Pontz, LSNews.org Editor-In-Chief

Edited: BP

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