Whitehead's Grand Slam Lifts Pioneers Past Comets
On Monday afternoon, the baseball team hosted the Penn Manor Comets in a crossover matchup. The 6-3 Pioneers lost a tough matchup against Cedar Crest last Friday, allowing 7 unanswered runs in an 8-5 loss. The Comets entered the game with a 2-7 record, winning a pair of games against Conestoga Valley and Lebanon last week.
Andrew Whitehead in Game vs. Cedar Crest (Cindy Powell)
Dalton Green started on the mound for the Comets, while southpaw Peyton Harsh earned his first varsity start for the Pioneers. In the first inning with a runner in scoring position, Ethan Adelman hit a line drive to left field to plate the first run of the game for the Comets. The Pioneers returned the favor in the bottom of the second inning, as Owen Fikkert and Jake Scranton each knocked in a run on singles. The Comets quickly regained the lead, as Adelman continued his offensive-assault by knocking in two runs on a single to right-field.
In the fifth inning, the Pioneers had two runners in scoring position with two outs. Shortstop Owen Fikkert was due to be next at the plate, but Comet head coach Streeter Stuart decided to intentionally walk Fikkert and load the bases. The decision proved costly. After working his way to a 2-2 count, Andrew Whitehead sent a fastball over the center-field fence for a grand slam that gave the Pioneers a 6-3 lead. That scoreline would hold, as Jason Long tossed three near perfect innings in relief to secure the win for the Pioneers.
The Comets will head back to Millersville for another crossover matchup with the Ephrata Mounts on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, the Pioneers will head to Lancaster for a battle with the undefeated Manheim Township Blue Streaks.
-By Logan Moyer, LS News reporter