Mares’ Neff no-hits Ephrata in softball

By on April 4, 2012

Ephrata freshman pitcher Jenna Yarger delivers vs. L-S on Friday. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Solanco pitcher Haley Neff pitched a five-inning no-hitter Monday afternoon in an 11-0 victory over Ephrata.

Neff struck out 10 and walked just one batter, which came in the second inning.

The Mares had six hits and collected 11 walks to key the win. Solanco led early before breaking it wide open in the fifth, scoring five runs in the frame to salt this one away.

With the loss, Ephrata remains winless on the season at 0-4.

This past Friday in Ephrata, visiting L-S scored five runs in the fourth inning and two in the fifth to break open a 3-1 advantage and win an eventual 11-2 decision.

While Ephrata is looking for its first win, Cocalico has roared out of the gates and hasn’t lost in four games.

Monday afternoon at Lebanon, the Lady Eagles pounded out nine hits and led 13-0 after three innings before cruising to a 16-1 victory.

Senior pitcher Danica Schmeck struck out four and did not walk a batter en route to the four-inning victory.

Friday afternoon at Garden Spot, the Cocalico offense pounded out 15 hits in a 12-0 victory over the Spartans. Schmeck struck out two and walked one while allowing four hits in the complete-game shutout victory.

Cocalico also was victorious last Wednesday at Elco where the Lady Eagles posted a 7-2 victory over the Raiders. Cocalico broke open a tight contest with a three-run sixth inning.

Schmeck got the win, whiffing two batters without a walk.

Up next, Cocalico hosts E-town Wednesday before entertaining Ephrata Thursday afternoon at 4:15 p.m. Ephrata is home against Lebanon on Wednesday. More SOFTBALL, page B-5

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