Thirty-nine year old Jed King arrived in the seventh inning of last Thursday night's baseball game with two kids in tow. Minutes later, King stepped to the plate and hit a single up the middle.
That might seem odd but it's not that uncommon in the Quad County Optimist League.
Solanco's Tim Fetterman blamed himself when Mechanicsburg rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to tie Solanco in a 5A District III baseball tournament first round game Monday, May 20.
It didn't take long for the Mules' right fielder to make amends.
Fetterman atoned for a throwing error with the game-winning RBI single in the home half of the inning to give seventh-seeded Solanco a 4-3 victory.
"I was the one who pretty much caused that three-run inning for them so I thought, go up there and make it right," said Fetterman. "I made it right."
Manheim Central got a big hit and prevented Solanco from doing the same.
That spelled the difference in a Lancaster-Lebanon League baseball tournament first round game Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Field in Ephrata.
The Section Three champion Barons tallied twice in the bottom of the fifth to snap a 1-1 tie and downed the Mules 3-1.
Twelfth graders Corey Stively and Hayden Fox combined for a no-hitter on Senior Day as the Solanco baseball team topped visiting York Suburban 3-0 Tuesday, May 7.
Solanco baseball set up Wednesday's showdown with Ephrata by edging Conestoga Valley 6-4 Monday afternoon, April 29.
Cory Stively rebounded from a rare poor outing as the Solanco baseball team posted its second straight key league win by upending Elizabethtown 5-2 Wednesday, April 24.
The Solanco baseball team (3-2) got good enough pitching but was left to lament a wasted opportunity to take the lead in the first inning of a 4-1 loss to visiting Warwick Monday, April 8.
May Day came on March 29.
Mile May belted two home runs and Cory Stively tossed a one-hit shutout to power the Solanco baseball team to a 10-0 five-inning triumph over visiting Lebanon Friday afternoon.
Solanco baseball coach Tom Fish frequently uses the word "excited" when discussing his team's prospects this spring.
Solanco has been building toward this season for three years and Fish fully expects the Mules to reap the rewards of their preparation.
"I'm excited to see what these guys can do," the coach said. "We've given them a lot of instruction. Now they get an opportunity to show what they've learned."