It was a crossover duel of the L-L Section One, Section Two first place teams and it lived up to the billing.
The Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers, the defending PIAA Class 5A state champions, played host to the Warwick Warriors and did what they had to do and do so well, to win 11-4.
Warwick broke out with a four run lead early, fueled by a massive 3-run home run to right center by Marissa Treibley. Her first of the year.
Brynne Baker, the senior starting pitcher for the Pioneers shrugged it off and threw shutout ball the rest of the way. Thanks to the sterling defensive exhibition by her teammates and her tenacious ground ball inducing pitches.
Baker knew the Pioneers had weapons of their own. Including her own bat.
Baker doubled off the wall in left field to tie the game at 4-4. Then she hit another double to put the Pioneers on top 6-4 and they never looked back.
This was a day of hits. The Pioneers had 17 of them and the Lady Warriors had 11.
But if defense wins championships, as we all have heard, it’s easy to see why the Pioneers were state champions. They simply do not miss plays.
With Chloe Blantz at SS, Daisey Frank at 2B and Cam Byler at first, the opponents are playing against a college level defense.
In fact, the ended the game with a double play and the Pioneers missed another one by only an inch earlier in the game. Their infield is the easily the best I’ve seen this year.
The Lady Warriors flashed some leather too. Danielle Jones at third base made a diving catch that snuffed out a second inning Pioneers’ rally.
Starting pitcher for Warwick, left-handed Katelyn Minney, had six strikeouts in the game. She moved the ball around and had an outstanding curve that kept hitting the outside corner. She mixed in a change up early in the game that the Pioneers had to adjust to.
This game was a lot closer than the final score indicates and I suspect they might be playing each other again when the playoffs roll around.
Enjoy the highlights.
Interview with Pioneers’ Brynne Baker winning pitcher:
Interview with Julz Garber, Pioneers’ left fielder.
Interview with Warwick’s Marissa Treibley and SP Katyln Minney:
L-L League Softball Standings: