Solanco's softball season ended Friday afternoon with a 7-2 loss to Manheim Township in a district consolation game played at Muhlenberg High School.
With the win, Township secured the district's third and final state tournament berth.
Complete stories and photos will be printed in the June 3 edition of The Chronicle.
UPDATE: Postponed by rain Thursday, Solanco's state qualifier game with Manheim Township will be played Friday, May 30, at Muhlenberg High School. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
The Solanco softball team lost 4-2 in 10 innings to Lower Dauphin in the district semifinals Wednesday night at Millersville University.
Lower Dauphin scored three runs in the top of the 10th. The Mules scored a run in the bottom half but stranded two runners.
Story and photos from the Lower Dauphin game will be published in the June 3 edition of The Chronicle
TUESDAY UPDATE: Solanco's district semifinal game with Lower Dauphin, originally scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed by rain and is now slated to be played Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Millersville University.
Solanco's softball team advanced to the district semifinals for the fifth time in school history and the first time since 2007.
The Mules defeated Dallastown 9-7 last Thursday in the district quarterfinals at Millersville.
Solanco scored six first-inning runs, fell behind 7-6, and then rallied for the victory.
The Solanco JV softball team finished the season with a record of 13-2, losing only to Hempfield and Ephrata.
“This year’s weather patterns were quite a challenge when it came to being outside, but everyone made the most of our practice times and games,” coach Chad McDowell said. “I think we only ended up having thre and a half practices outside on our actual field. Even though we were forced to have many inside practices, thse young ladies stayed focused, they kept in good spirits. an they continued working hard daily. I really appreciate them for having such a great attitude and work ethic. This was an absolutely wonderful group of young ladies to be around day in and day out. They learned a lot about the game of softball this year, sportsmanship, and most importantly, they learned how to be great teammates.Their teammates and the memories (on and off the field)will be what they will remember most from this season. This was a memorable season and we had a lot of FUN this season and this team spelled fun, W-I-N."
The Solanco softball team is turning its attention to the district tournament following a loss in the first round of the Lancaster-Lebanon League Tournament Saturday.
The Mules fell 5-4 to Pequea Valley. Pequea Valley scored the go-ahead run in the fifth after the Mules had battled back from a three-run deficit to tie it. Down 4-1, Abby Heidelbaugh ignited the Solanco rally with a single and Kerri Mauger had a bunt hit. The runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Emily Parmer. Sam Graver delivered a two-run double to left center, advanced to third on a throw, and scored on a grounder to second by Cait Armstrong.
The Solanco JV softball team ended the season in style.
The Mules exploded for 11 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Elizabethtown 11-6 Tuesday, May 6.
The Solanco JV baseball team split a pair of games last week.
The Mules dropped a 10-0 decision to Elizabethtown last Wednesday.
Solanco had made an earlier trip to E’town and won in nine innings while playing as the home team. "Needless to say the Bears were eager for the rematch," coach John Girvin said.
The Solanco baseball team saw its season end Saturday with a 1-0 loss to Section Four champion Annville-Cleona in the opening round of the Lancaster League Tournament.
"Their pitcher was able to keep us off-balance," Mules coach Tom Fish said.
Solanco's track and field teams lost to Garden Spot Monday, April 28.
"We went up against two tough teams," Mules coach Ivan Haines said. "Performing in two meets within three days proved to be too much for two inexperienced and young teams. We also held people out of some of the events to rest them."
The Solanco softball team entered the week with a league and district playoff berth secured and a shot to claim the section title.
The Mules won twice last week including an 18-2 triumph over Lebanon in four innings Friday.
Leading 13-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth, Solanco put the game away. Pinch hitter Makayla Pluck, up from the JV, walked to ignite the uprising. Maribeth Ault had a hit. After an out, Kate Herr walked and Emma Kreider singled to drive in a run. Abby Heidelbaugh walked to force in a run and Danae Dombach ended the game with a three-run double.
Ault was 3 for 4 on the day and Kreider was 2 for 2 with three RBIs. "It's always good to be able to get people at bats," coach Brett Miller said.