The Lampeter-Strasburg community has strongly supported its Pioneers softball team every step of the way over the past season. That undying support will be felt once more.
A parade to honor the Lampeter-Strasburg state championship softball team will be held Thursday evening and will pass through the L-S school district.
The Pioneers beat Armstrong 10-7 on June 18 to win the PIAA Class 5A title at Penn State University’s Nittany Lion Softball Park.
Tina Byler is in charge of organizing the parade, and she never tires of them. “This is my fourth time organizing the victory parade for state champions,” said Byler, who has organized parades for baseball and softball teams. “Every time is just as rewarding as the first time, when you see the support from the community.”
“It’s their day,” coach Gene Charles said. “I love the idea that they are doing this for us. It brings back the excitement of winning all over again.”
The parade will start at the Strasburg Rail Road at 6:30 p.m. and pass through Strasburg on Route 741 to Lampeter, where it will turn left at the traffic light onto Lampeter Road.
It will then turn right onto Penn Grant road and proceed to Willow Street. The parade will turn right onto Willow Street Pike and right again at the intersection of Willow Street Pike and Beaver Valley Pike.
The parade will turn left on to Route 741 East and continue to the square in Lampeter turning left onto Lampeter Road. It will then make a right onto Pioneer Road and enter first entrance to the L-S campus. The parade will end in front of Martin Meylin Middle School.
The Parade will consist of the 2021 varsity and junior varsity softball teams, parents and extended family, members of the 2016 state runner-up L-S softball team, members of the L-S 1994 and 2005 baseball teams, which won state Titles, the 2012 and 2019 runner-Up baseball teams, 2018 state softball champions and the 2019 second-place softball team.
Also participating will be the Strasburg Borough and West Lampeter Township Police, Lampeter, Strasburg, Willow Street and Refton Fire Companies, members of the L-S administration and the Strasburg/Willow Street Baseball and Softball Association.
Government officials taking part include U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, state Rep. Keith Greiner, state Sen. Scott Martin and West Lampeter Township Board of Supervisors Chair Barry Hershey.
The parade, which is sponsored by L H Brubaker Appliances & Water Treatment, is expected to conclude at the school between 8 and 8:30 p.m., where fans are encouraged to greet the group.
The team will be introduced, L-S and government officials will make remarks and an autograph and photo session will take place.
Lancaster County Commissioners Josh Parsons and Ray D'Agostino will also be there for a meet and greet.