Lampeter-Strasburg vs Red Land-PIAA 5A Baseball Championships

Lampeter-Strasburg's Braedon Karpathios (25) hits a 2 run single against Red Land during 5th inning of the PIAA 5A baseball championships on Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on the campus of Penn State University Friday June 14, 2019.

In the still-early stages of a hectic baseball spring, an easy win with minimal stress on the pitching staff is a luxury.

Lampeter-Strasburg lived it up Wednesday, rolling over Elizabethtown 11-0 in a Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.

“Every team is in the same boat - What do we have? Where are our guys at?’’ L-S coach Jeffrey Swarr said.

“We’re not in a position right now to deal with complete games, but we had a guy throw four innings for us tonight and another guy throw one, and that allows us to conserve a little bit.’’

The four-inning guy was Caleb Guyer, who allowed two hits, stayed ahead in the count, had clean defense behind him, and was able to turn a huge lead over to Jason Long, who threw the fifth.

“Caleb’s a senior who’s worked hard to get where he’s at,’’ Swarr said. “He did a great job of getting ahead in the count, and you go from there.’’

Guyer was in trouble once, when E-town’s Cael Brandt and Tyler Souders singled in the second. With two on and one out in what was then a 1-0 game, Guyer got two big strikeouts, and the suspense was about over.

That was because of the bottom on the second, in which the Pioneers were doing their small-ball thing, with a walk and two sac bunts building a threat, when Isaiah Parido came to the plate.

Parido, the nine-hole hitter, put a quick, short, very non-Reggie-Jackson-esque swing on an up-and-in fastball and, …. drove over the rightfield fence for a game-breaking three-run homer.

It was his first career bomb.

“I was a little surprised,’’ Parido admitted. “I was just trying to put the ball in play. I just pulled it and it went out.’’

The Pioneers kept at it, scoring five in the second and five more in the fourth in five walks, an error and a clutch two-run single by Gio Malaesta.

L-S squeezed 11 runs out of just five hits. Braedon Karpathios, the Pioneer’s number-three hitter, had a single and two walks and scored in all three of his plate appearances.

L-S is 3-1, 2-1 in Section Two, in which everyone has at least one loss and at least one win.

E-town goes to Lebanon Friday. The Pioneers are off until Monday when the travel to Ephrata.

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