L-S Pioneers are 5A PIAA Champions

The Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers have their first PIAA softball championship.

They defeated West Allegheny, 6-2, in Thursday’s PIAA Class 5A final at Penn State’s Nittany Lion Softball Park.

Lampeter-Strasburg (23-5) took the lead in the top first inning after Chloe Blantz (2-for-4) scored on a Summer Peters’ RBI groundout.

Hanna Garber scored the Pioneers’ second run on a fielding error off of a Brynne Baker drive to third base in the top of the third inning.

West Allegheny (22-2) scored in the bottom of the fifth inning when Angela Costa drove in Megan Pollinger with an RBI single. Mackenzie Partyka scored Amy Nolte (2-for-2) on a sacrifice fly later in the frame. The Pioneers’ lead was now 3-2.

The Pioneers jumped back in front by three runs as Peters hammered a one-out, two-run single in the top of the sixth. Peters finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Lampeter-Strasburg tacked on another run in the top of the seventh on Gabby Drumm’s (2-for-4) solo homer.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, West Allegheny loaded the bases with one out. But Mackenzie Partyka grounded into a game-ending double play.

Pioneers’ starter Brynne Baker handcuffed the Indians all night, allowing two runs (none earned) on eight hits across seven innings of work. West Allegheny’s Ashley Seamon was charged with the loss after allowing six runs (four earned) on 13 hits while striking out two and walking two in seven innings.

Here are the team stats before the game:

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