Lampeter-Strasburg stuns Hamburg in District 3 Class 4A softball quarterfinal
May 25—With a one-run lead in the top of the seventh, Hamburg, the defending champion, was one out from a berth in the District 3 Class 4A softball semifinals.
Ultimately, Lampeter-Strasburg ensured it would be the team advancing to the next round.
The 10th-seeded Pioneers produced a two-out, two-run, game-winning rally to secure a 4-3 victory over the second-seeded Hawks in a quarterfinal Thursday at Hamburg.
"They gave everything they had," Hawks coach Zena Lutz said. "(The Pioneers) are a really nice team. They might be one of the best teams we played all year."
With a runner on second base and two outs, first baseman Kara Scranton hit a game-tying RBI single, which knocked in pitcher Ally Raub make it 3-3. Scranton scored the winning run moments later on second baseman Paige Baxter's RBI double.
"We had a hard-fought battle," Hamburg senior first baseman Katie Behler said. "Sometimes, you don't come out on the winning end."
In the bottom of the seventh, Raub sealed the victory for Lampeter-Strasburg, tossing a scoreless inning to earn the win and the save. She pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings in relief of starter Maura Savoca, allowing no hits.
The seventh-inning rally by the Pioneers was the culmination of a larger comeback effort, as the Hawks led 3-0 through four innings.
Hamburg (18-5) took a 1-0 lead on an RBI groundout from pitcher Hailey Strunk, which allowed right fielder Kylah Reading to score. The Hawks made it 3-0 in the second when left fielder Hannah Gravish and second baseman Haile Edwards scored on an error.
Lampeter-Strasburg (11-10) got on the board in the fifth as Raub hit a sacrifice fly, knocking in Savoca. The Pioneers cut Hamburg's lead to 3-2 in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Gabby Hiles, which drove home Scranton.
Strunk pitched all seven innings for the Hawks, allowing four runs on 10 hits. She had six strikeouts in the loss.
The loss marks the end of the season for Hamburg and the end of high school softball for the Hawks' seniors.
"The seniors led us all season," Lutz said. "They've been part of building our program, and getting us to the point where we're in these kinds of games."
Despite the result, Behler was thankful for the time spent with her teammates.
"We had a good season," Behler said. "I love my teammates."