Softball Falls to Penn Manor in L-L League Championship

Team in post game huddle (Cynthia Powell)

Sometimes, it’s just not your night.

It certainly wasn’t for the Pioneers on Thursday night at Millersville’s Seaber Stadium. The Section 1 champions Penn Manor, who defeated Solanco 10-1 on Tuesday night to reach the title game, were looking to end the Pioneer stranglehold on the league championship trophy.

The first three innings of the game told the story for the night. Penn Manor put up nine runs on nine hits, including two home runs. One home run bounced off the glove of the right fielder and over the fence. 

“Everything went wrong,” said L-S skipper Earl Rutledge. “They hit the ball where we weren’t… they’re the best team in the area this year, along with us. You’re gonna have it happen once in a while.”

Offensively, Ally Raub was the only bright spot for the Pioneers. She recorded two hits, including a double that knocked in the only Pioneer tally on the night. The Comets won the game 11-1, triggering the mercy rule in the 6th inning. 

“We gotta get over this game,” added Rutledge. “We come out Monday for districts and make a run to get to states.”

The bracket is not yet finalized, but it looks like the team will host Northern York in the first round of the District III playoffs on Monday. Five teams from District III make the PIAA tournament, meaning that the team will have to win at least two games to get in. 

By Logan Moyer, LS News Editor-in-Chief

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