It’s official, there will be a team from the L-L League in the PIAA finals for Class 5A softball.
Because Bishop Shanahan was unable to hold a late lead in their 5-4 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg in the quarterfinals of the state Class 5A softball playoffs Thursday at Avon Grove. L-S will now play their L-L League Section Three rival Donegal, in the semifinals. One of those two teams will be in the finals.
Leading 4-3 in the sixth inning after scoring three times in the top of the frame, the Eagles were overtaken by the Pioneers in the bottom of the inning. The Pioneers’ Julz Garber ripped a two-run double and that put LS on top to win 5-4.
Shanahan’s three-run rally in the sixth featured a two-run single from Casey McAllister and singles from Katie Newton, Miranda Bedics and Annie Weyand. Weyand scored the first run in the second on the back end of a double steal.
The semifinal game will be played Monday (6 pm) at Millersville University.
(3-4) Lampeter-Strasburg 5, (1-3) Bishop Shanahan 4
Bishop Shanahan 010 003 0 – 4
Lampeter-Strasburg 000 302 x – 5
WP-Delaney Groff (7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K). LP-Devon Miller (6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 8 K).
2B-Garber (LS), Delaney Baker (LS), Weaver (LS)
Shanahan leading hitters: Hanna Keiper 2-3; Bedics 2-4, R; Weyand 1-2, 2R; McAllister 1-3, 2 RBI
The Pioneers will possibly be getting back their injured all-star player, junior Hanna Garber. Here she is slashing an inside the park homer run to left field in last year’s PIAA quarterfinal game against Bangor Slater. LS beat them 8-2. The Pioneers’ ended up losing 1-0 to Yough High School in the 2016 finals. Yough had also beaten Section 3 rival Donegal 1-0 in the 2016 semifinals.