The Solanco softball team earned a much-needed victory Friday.
Coming in having lost four of its last five games, the Mules romped to a five-inning 14-1 triumph over host Ephrata.
Solanco scored four runs in the top of the first to take command. Abby Heidelbaugh and Madi Sheaffer were each hit by a pitch and Cait Armstrong walked to load the bases. After a run scored on a passed ball, Bekah Borcky delivered a two-run single. Another run scored on a passed ball.
The Mules (7-4) tacked on three more in the second. Heidelbaugh was hit by a pitch again and Sheaffer singled. Maribeth Ault came through with a two-run single, advanced to third on an error, and scored on a sac fly by Armstrong.
Ahead 7-1, the Mules added three runs in the fourth. Sheaffer and Ault each had a hit and Makalyla Pluck produced a two-run single. Borcky knocked in a run on a fielder's choice.
Solanco's JV softball team raised its record to 11-0 with a pair of wins last week.
The Mules clobbered Ephrata 18-3 in five innings last Friday.
Allison McDowell earned the win. She struck out seven and allowed one walk and three hits. "I thought Allison did a nice job bouncing back after a rough outing vs. Hempfield the day before," Solanco coach Chad McDowell said.
Randi Rambo recorded three hits including a double, and four RBIs, and swiped two bases. Alyssa Henretty was also 3 for 3 and had an RBI and stolen base.
McDowell and Brianna Firlein each had two hits, an RBI, and a stolen base. Lindsay Lane had a triple and two RBIs. Kayla May added a double and Kaitlyn Borcky, Kaitlyn Dobinson, and Molly Chew each contributed a single.
Solanco's baseball team went 1-3 last week.
The Mules (7-7) have a mountain to climb to get back into the Section Two race but a district tournament berth is still within their grasp.
Solanco entered the week only two games out of first place in the section, but is behind three teams.
"Winning the section is going to be very difficult but we're looking forward to hopefully making it to districts," coach Tom Fish said.
The Mules lost 2-1 in eight innings to non-league opponent Berks Catholic Saturday.
"It was a good ballgame," said Fish.
"They are a successful team up there and it was a nice bounce back game for us from Friday."
The Solanco boys track and field team improved to 5-0 with a win over Ephrata while the girls turned in a solid performance in a loss.
The boys prevailed 94-56.
"The boys’ team really came through with their fifth win of the season," coach Ivan Haines said. "Of all the teams in the section we matched up well against Ephrata and the meet could have gone either way. The boys worked hard to prepare for this meet. The hard work paid off with us earning more points or points where we were not planning. We were able to outperform them on the track 2 to 1."
The Solanco softball team righted the ship with a 6-3 triumph over visiting Cedar Crest Friday afternoon.
It was a vital game for the Mules, who were coming off a three-game losing streak. Coach Brett Miller was pleased with how his team responded to the challenge.
Solanco (6-3) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to snap a 3-3 tie. Bekah Borcky got things started with a single up the middle and moved up to second on Kalyn Burger's sacrifice bunt. Sydney Sturgill singled to put runners on the corners before Abby Heidelbaugh blasted a three-run homer over the head of the center fielder.
Both the Solanco girls and boys track and field teams topped visiting Lebanon Monday, April 13.
"Our goal was to come away with a win for each team," coach Ivan Haines said. "Both teams practiced hard for the meet. Both teams came ready to compete."
The girls prevailed 111-37.
"The girls’ team did an excellent job last night earning firsts in all but three events," said Haines. "What was really nice to see was that the firsts were earned equally by both underclassmen and seniors."
Solanco scored every point possible in the distance races.
Morgan Perry prevailed in the 1600 and Cortney Johnson took the 3200.
Jen Eberly swept the hurdles events.