Undefeated Lampeter-Strasburg dashed the Solanco softball team's league playoff hopes with a 12-2 win in five innings Friday afternoon.
The Mules needed a victory over the visiting Pioneers to leapfrog Elizabethtown for second place in Section Two.
Solanco's JV softball squad won two of three games last week.
Lampeter-Strasburg scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh to down the host Mules 4-3 Friday afternoon.
Brett Miller seldom shows emotion on a softball field.
The ordinarily stoic Solanco softball coach made an exception after reaching a career milestone.
Miller notched the 500th victory of his 31-year career Wednesday, May 1, as the Mules topped host Ephrata 9-0.
Hempfield tallied twice in the top of the seventh to top Solanco 13-11 in a softball slugfest Monday, April 22.
The Mules came up short despite four-hit games from Jade Eshelman and Sierra Dean and the first pitching appearance of the season by ace Hanna Phillips.
Penn Manor pulled away for a 14-8 triumph over the host Solanco softball team Tuesday, April 16.
Solanco slugged four home runs – two by Becca Foulk and one each by Sierra Dean and Taryn Britigan – in a 15-0 four-inning triumph over visiting McCaskey Wednesday afternoon, April 10.
"You got the result you were looking for," Solanco coach Brett Miller said. "It's the simplest way of saying it. They threw the ball in and we hit some really long fly balls. If we had a fence, they would have cleared fences."
Solanco's softball team is knocking the cover off the ball.
The Golden Mules have scored 67 runs in their last three games including a total of 39 in two wins last week.
Solanco (3-1) clobbered visiting Ephrata 20-0 in three innings Wednesday, April 3.
It was an inauspicious opening act for the Solanco softball coach, but coach Brett Miller is confident the Mules will improve drastically once they get more rehearsals and performances under their belts.
Section rival Elizabethtown posted a 13-2 triumph over host Solanco in five innings in the curtain-jerker Wednesday, March 27.
Solanco's softball team will look different than originally planned, but the Mules' lofty expectations never change.
"The goal for the team is always the same," coach Brett Miller said. "Win the game. Players can have individual goals but the team's goal is to win the game. If you put enough of those wins together people start handing you hardware."
by Bud Hart
Solanco’s varsity softball team remains undefeated.
On Friday, April 13, the Mules scored a run in the top of the 10th to defeat Penn Manor, 1-0. The Comets entered the game undefeated and sitting on top of Section I. Both teams were held scoreless by Penn Manor’s Brittany Hook (10 K’s, 1 W) and Solanco’s Hanna Phillips (5 K’s, 0 W) for nine innings.