Eagles remain tied atop section standings

By on April 27, 2016
Cocalico’s Tyler Keppley (left) congratulates teammate Nick Lucky  after he crosses the plate with a run Monday vs. Lancaster Mennonite.

Cocalico’s Tyler Keppley (left) congratulates teammate Nick Lucky after he crosses the plate with a run Monday vs. Lancaster Mennonite.

Whichever team emerges to win Section Three of the L-L Baseball League, that team will definitely earn it.

With four teams at the top of the standing separated by just one game, the stretch run certainly will be entertaining to say the least.

Monday afternoon, Cocalico remained in a first-place tie with Manheim Central as the Eagles broke open a close game late to defeat visiting Lancaster Mennonite, 11-2 in a Section Three-Four crossover game.

The Eagles held a 3-2 lead before erupting for seven runs in the fifth to key the victory.

Austin Harven led the way for Cocalico, ripping a pair of doubles and knocking in four runs in the victory. Nick Lucky, Brandon Eberly and Brett Geib each added doubles while Tyler Keppley delivered a triple for the winners.

On the hill, senior Alec Sherk struck out nine in six innings of work to earn the victory.

With the win, Cocalico improved to 8-2 in Section Three play (9-4 overall). Entering Wednesday’s play, Manheim Central is also 8-2 while both Elco and Donegal sit one game back at 7-3.

In addition to Monday, Cocalico collected two other wins this past week.

Last Wednesday at home vs. Annville-Cleona, junior Tyler Stricker allowed a first inning run and then tossed goose eggs the rest of the way to lead the Eagles to a 6-1 victory.

Stricker struck out one and scattered five hits in the complete-game effort.

Offensively, Lucky ripped a triple while Brady Sawyer and Keppley each delivered key doubles to pace the 11-hit Eagle attack.

Friday afternoon at Lebanon Catholic, Cocalico cruised to a 13-3 victory over the Beavers.

Lucky drove in four runs while Brady Sawyer, Drew Sawyer and Geib all had two RBI each in the victory.

Harven earned the win with three innings of relief work.

Up next, Cocalico rounds out crossover play with a road game Wednesday at Lancaster Catholic. The Eagles will return to section play Friday with a tough road contest at Donegal, and will be on the road next Monday as well to face Northern Lebanon.

 

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