BY JEFF FALK
FREDERICKSBURG – Dottie: ‘Lay off the high ones.’
Kit: ‘I like the high ones.’
Can they contend for a section championship and earn a berth in the league playoffs?
Do they have a better chance of realizing success in the District Three postesason?
Does their season require validation?
That’s the world the Northern Lebanon softball team is existing in right now. The Vikings are just a squirrel trying to get a nut.
On a warm Thursday evening at Northern Lebanon High School, the Vikings enhanced an already marvelous campaign with a 14-0, five-inning Lancaster-Lebanon Section Three-Four crossover demolition of Pequea Valley. Northern Lebanon dazzled in all phases of the game, as evidenced by senior Emma Kelliher’s abbreviated no-hitter and the eye-popping 11 runs it put on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning.
The outcome was Northern Lebanon’s eight straight triumph and lifted it to 10-2 on the year and 8-2 in Section Three of the L-L. The Vikings are in third place in their section, but currently situated second in the District Three Class AAAA power rankings.
Pequea Valley, the front-runner in Section Four, fell to 9-3 on the spring and 8-3 in its circuit.
“No one knows it better than I do,” said Northern Lebanon head coach Ed Spittle. “We’ve got some important games coming up. We’re going to go up against (Manheim) Central, against Donegal, against Garden Spot. But I feel a lot better about this dugout now (then when the Vikings faced those teams the first time around). This may have been our best game of the year. It would be nice to get into the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs. There’s games that have to be played and games that have to be won.