Some days you get the Bear.
Some days the Bears get you.
Elizabethtown continued its run through the Lancaster-Lebanon League softball playoffs, Wednesday evening at Millersville’s Seaber Softball Stadium, knocking out Warwick 1-0.
The Bears (14-8) will return to the ‘Ville Thursday at 5 p.m., facing Lampeter-Strasburg for the 2019 title.
The game time was moved up to accomodate Pioneer fans who will also want to see L-S play for the baseball championship at 7:30 p.m. in Ephrata.
It’s E-town’s first finals appearance since winning it all in 2008.
The Pioneers (21-0) are back in the finals for the first time since 2015.
E-town’s Kristin Geesey extended her string of shutout innings to 18, holding the Section One champion Warriors (16-3) to four hits, two by Danielle Jones.
“It’s all coming together at the right time,” Geesey said, “Our defense is playing outstanding right now.
“We don’t have a lot of mistakes and that’s a big factor because, moving on, teams are going to be able to hit.”
Sadie Seaman gave Geesey the only run she would need, lining a solo home run to dead centerfield in the second inning.
Down in the count 1-and-2, Seaman popped a foul ball, dropped by first baseman Peyton Heisey after a long run.
“I was a little bit nervous after she dropped that ball,” Seaman said. “Coach Bru(baker) and coach Bigs (Bigler) told me to make her pay. And I did.”
In a game where every out was key, Seaman made a web-gem worthy play in right, breaking late on Evie Clugston’s fly ball , then diving to make a sno-cone catch for the third out of the fifth inning.
“I thought it was going to be an infield fly, so I got a late start,” said the senior, adapting to a new position after a career as a catcher/first baseman.
“I got a little nervous, but my body kind of took over.”
Geesey avoided big trouble in the second when Danielle Jones was thrown out by Haylee Calaman stealing second.
A big play that became huge when Peyton Heisey doubled to the fence in center one pitch later.
Aside from Seaman’s homer, the Warriors Katelyn Minney allowed three other hits, two by Geesey.
Rightfielder Allison Forsythe did her part to keep E-town close.
After Geesey stroked her second of two doubles, Forsythe gunned down Haylee Calaman at first base — her second assist at first — for a forceout, and the third out of the sixth.
Lampeter-Strasburg 5, Penn Manor 4
The last time Penn Manor and Lampeter-Strasburg played softball, 37 runs were scored.
The way Wednesday’s first game of the L-L semifinals started, the teams picked up where they left off.
Penn Manor scored two in the top of the first, answered by five from the Pioneers in the bottom of the inning.
Then the Pioneers Brynne Baker and Penn Manor’s Bella Peters took over.
Baker retired 14 in a row, Peters 12 of 13.
The Comets (13-7) jumped on Baker with Sophia Rineer’s double, Tori Hook’s single and Emily Riggs 2-run double.
Julz Garber led off the bottom of the first with a fly ball to left, dropped by Kate Green for a two-base error..
Peters got the next two outs, but walked Baker. Cam Byler singled Garber home and Gabbyy Drumm plated Baker with a single.
Daisy Frank worked a walk, loading the bases, bringing designated hitter Emily Platt to the plate.
“I’m not too good at hitting outside pitches,” said Platt, who shared that became her focus.
I worked on that in practice more than any other pitch,” she said. “Waiting for the ball to get deeper in the zone.”
She let Peters 0-1 offering get real deep , lofting it towards right field, the ball landing square on the foul line for a 2-run single and a 4-2 lead.
Before the inning concluded, Frank scored on a wild pitch and the Pioneers led 5-2.
The score remained so for the next three innings before Emma Grumbling stroked a solo homer over the left field fence in the fifth.
Hook led off the sixth with her second hit of the game, eventually scoring when Kaelin Gable’s two-out grounder went through Chloe Blantz’s legs.
That brought the Comets to within a run. Where they remained as Baker retired the side in order in the seventh.