It was a great season for the Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers.
They won the Section Two title and their first L-L League title since 1994. They finish the season with a 24-3 record. By any standard that is an amazing season.
For the first 5 innings leading 3-1 in the PIAA 5A finals on Friday played at Penn State, they also were on the doorstep of winning their first state title since 2005.
But a big 6th inning for the Red Land Patriots turned that idea around as they rallied for seven runs on six hits and an error.
That would lead the Patriots to an 8-3 win. It is their first state title since 1990. The two dads of current players also played in that 1994 team.
Through 5 innings it was sophomore and D1 Coastal Carolina commit Braedon Karpathios who was dealing the cards. He had struck out 6, allowed only 2 hits with 4 walks and one unearned run. He also drove in the two runs that put the Pioneers ahead 3-1.
But Red Land (25-3) was not to be denied. This is after all a team made up of players who have experience winning title games. Several players were on the team that won the 2015 USA Little League championship title.
Second place in the state is an amazing feat and that silver trophy will be showcased in the lobby long after this team of player’s graduate.
Congratulations, it was fun to watch this team play.