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 entered the final week of the regular season still alive in the hunt for a district playoff bid with two non-league games remaining.
Coach Brett Miller said he is not disappointed his team missed out on a league playoff spot considering they persevered through adversity just to get in the district race.
"I don't view it like that at all," said Miller. "The goal is always working toward getting to districts. If we look at where we were at three or four weeks ago, we had at situation where we had a lot of people injured, now we have an opportunity to get into districts. Three weeks ago, we needed to do a lot more winning. We've done that."
In Friday's league finale, L-S scored three runs in the top of the first and added five more in the second, three in the third, and one in the fourth.
Trailing 12-0, Solanco got on the board in the home half of the fourth. Jade Eshelman led off with a single to center and Sierra Dean reached on an error when the Pioneers were unable to get a force at second.
After an out, Skyla Townsley delivered a two-run double.
Townsley, one of three pitchers Solanco has used this season, got the start Friday.
"They're very good," Miller said of L-S. "Sky pitched a terrific game. A couple innings, we gave them more than three outs and you can't do that against that caliber of team."