The Elizabethtown Area High School softball team took a bit of a step-back with two losses before recovering with a dominating win.
The Lady Bears travelled to Penn Manor on Wednesday, April 18, losing 9-4. Things were tight through the top of the third with the score tied at 3-3. The Comets broke the game open in the bottom half, however, scoring six runs to take the lead, the bulk of their run coming with two outs. Elizabethtown managed to pick up a run in the top of the seventh, but that was it.
Sophomore Haylee Calaman had the only two Elizabethtown RBIs on the day, hitting home freshman Kristin Geesey in the first and singling in sophomore Alyssa Hamilton in the seventh. The other two runs came on a fielding error in the third.
Geesey pitched the first three innings for Elizabethtown before exiting in the bottom of the third. Hamilton took the mound for the first time this season as a substitute, holding Penn Manor scoreless in the final three innings.
Freshman Sophia Rineer had a game-high 3 hits for Penn Manor, also scoring 3 runs. The Comets had 16 hits total on the day. Freshman Tori Hook batted in 2 runners, while her sister, senior Brittany Hook, threw a complete game and struck out 11 batters.
The team hosted Warwick on Friday, April 20. The Warriors drew first blood in the top of the first inning when sophomore Leeann Runkle came home on a triple from senior Amanda Herr, who then scored on a single from senior Danielle Jones. Warwick added another run in the fourth on an RBI triple from freshman Mackenzie Stewart to go up 3-0.
Elizabethtown climbed back into the game, tying the game by the end of the sixth. Hamilton tripled to plate sophomore Erin Heffleger in the fifth. Sophomore Hayden Calaman singled to bring in her sister Haylee (who tripled) and then scored on an RBI single from junior Lauren Leese.
Neither team scored in the seventh, so the game went to extra innings. With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the eighth, Warwick scored two runs on a throwing error. Elizabethtown couldn’t answer in the bottom half, giving the Warriors the 5-3 victory.
Geesey went all eight innings on the mound, throwing 4 strikeouts and allowing 9 hits. Herr pitched the same length for Warwick, striking out 10 batters.
The losing streak ended on Monday, April 23, as Elizabethtown easily beat McCaskey in an away game 15-0 after five innings. Using singles and wild pitches, the team scored four runs in the top of the first, adding the same amount in both the second and third. They tacked on three more in the fifth to end things with the mercy rule.
Hayden Calaman was a force at the plate, hitting 3 RBIs and scoring 4 runs. Junior Bethany Burton also had 3 RBIs, while Haylee Calaman came home thrice. Geesey was outstanding on the mound, throwing a no-hitter in five innings and striking out 4 batters while allowing a single walk.
McCaskey had just one other baserunner on the day via a throwing error. Junior Corrine Fernandez pitched all five innings, getting 2 strikeouts.
The team’s scheduled game for Thursday, April 19, against Manheim Township, previously postponed from Monday, April 16, due to inclement weather, was moved once again due to similar conditions. It will now be played on Tuesday, May 1.
Next on the schedule are two home games and two away games. They’ll host Cedar Crest on Wednesday, April 25, and Ephrata on Friday, April 27. The road trips will come on Thursday, April 26, at Dallastown, and on Monday, April 30, at Conestoga Valley.