It was an overall positive week for the Elizabethtown Area High School softball team, as they picked up their first two wins of the season, though they were spaced out between a close loss.
They routed Ephrata 12-1 in an away game on Thursday, April 5, to nab the first victory. It was a relatively competitive game for the opening three innings before Elizabethtown exploded with a five-run swing in the fourth inning, later adding four more in the sixth to force the mercy rule.
Freshman pitcher Kristin Geesey went five innings, throwing eight strikeouts and allowing just one run. Senior Jocelyn Zook came in during the sixth to finish things off, adding a strikeout of her own.
It was an all-out assault on offense for Elizabethtown. Sophomore twins Haylee and Hayden Calaman led the way with a homer each, the former on a grand slam and the latter on a three-run blast. Sophomore Alyssa Hamilton contributed with a 2 RBI single in the first. Zook had an RBI single as well.
Sophomore Lexie Reinhold began the game on the mound for Ephrata before getting chased in the fourth. She had 5 strikeouts and 4 walks. Senior Jadan Mays went the rest of the way, striking out two batters during that time.
Sophomore Victoria McPeck had the lone RBI for Ephrata, bringing home freshman Sydney Molchany in the first inning. They had just three hits for the entire game.
Elizabethtown couldn’t get a win in their first actual home matchup of the year the next day, however, losing to Solanco 7-5 at Elizabethtown Borough Park on Friday, April 6. The game was tight through four innings before Solanco had a four-run inning during the fifth. Elizabethtown was able to narrow the gap to two runs in the last two frames but ended up falling short.
Geesey once again started on the mound for Elizabethtown, going the entire way save for Zook briefly substituting in the fifth. Both had just one strikeout.
Haylee Calaman led the team with 2 RBIs, with Hayden, Geesey and Hamilton each getting one as well. Zook had two of their five runs.
Juniors Sierra Dean and Skyla Townsley both had 2 RBIs for Ephrata, the latter getting hers on an inside-thepark home run. Freshman Jade Eshelman had another in the first inning. Junior Hanna Phillips pitched a complete game, striking out nine batters.
Lastly, Elizabethtown eviscerated Lebanon 22-3 in just four innings in an away game on Monday, April 9. They opened the game with a seven-run blitz in the first inning. Burton tripled and was brought home by a Haylee Calaman double. Hayden would bring her sister home on an RBI single, and junior Sadie Seaman would bring her and Hamilton home on a double. Walks did the rest from there.
The team added five more runs in the second, with freshman Megan Gray tripling to plate Hayden Calaman and Seaman. She later came home on a single from junior Marena Lonardi. Gray also hit a sacrifice fly in the third to bring in Hayden again.
The game blew wide open in the fourth, as Elizabethtown plated nine more base runners. By the time the mercy rule was called, every player who started for the team had at least one RBI. Gray led the way with 3.
Zook drew the start, and aside from allowing three runs in the first inning, was mostly solid, striking out 3 and allowing 7 hits.
Three of the next four games on the schedule for Elizabethtown are at home: Garden Spot on Wednesday, April 11, Manheim Township on Monday, April 16, and Conestoga Valley on Tuesday, April 17. They have an away game set to play at Hempfield on Friday, April 13.