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."
The Mules seized command with five runs in the home half of the first. Leadoff hitter Kara McClune drew a walk, Skyla Townsley singled up the middle, and Jade Eshelman was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dean followed with a fly ball to left which was misplayed by the McCaskey outfielder, allowing two runs to score. Foulk followed with a three-run homer over the left fielder's head.
In the second, Dean doubled in two and Foulk blasted a two-run roundtripper down the left field line to make it 9-0.
Kendall Janssen, McClune, and Townsley supplied consecutive one-out singles in the third. With two outs, Dean belted a three-run homer to deep left.
Solanco put the game away in the fourth. Hanna Phillips singled and Taryn Britigan lined a home run to right-center.
"It's one of those games where you need a result," said Miller. "You need to collectively, methodically win the game and move on to practice [the next day]. That's kind of what we did."
Dean, pitching for the third straight day, fanned six to notch the win. "It's the third day in a row of getting ready for a game," Miller said. "It's a good response. I thought Sierra threw rather well for the third day in a row."
On Tuesday, April 9, the Mules finished a 15-4 five-inning loss to host Lampeter-Strasburg. The game began the previous Friday before being suspended by rain. Foulk and Phillips each drove in a run for Solanco.
On Monday, April 8, Warwick blanked the Mules 2-0.
Solanco was limited to four hits. Townsley and Dean each provided a hit in the first when Solanco had runners on the corners with two outs but could not score. The Mules mustered just to baserunners the rest of the game. Eshelman had a hit in the third and Janssen added a hit in the sixth.