BY JEFF FALK
HUMMELSTOWN – Everybody entertains hopes and dreams and goals. The Palmyra softball squad is no exception.
What’s different about the Cougars’ aspirations is that they may have put themselves in a position to exceed them.
On an overcast Tuesday evening at Lower Dauphin High School, Palmyra’s band-wagon thrill ride picked up a few more passengers, following a 12-0 Mid-Penn Keystone Division drubbing of rival Lower Dauphin, shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. To back the shut-out hurling of senior Abbey Krahling, the Cougars posted seven runs on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning.
The triumph was the Cougars’ sixth victory in-a-row and kept them undefeated in the Keystone Division. Palmyra now sports an overall mark of 10-1 and a conference record of 10-0.
It was also Palmyra’s second win over Lower Dauphin this season. Back on March 28th in Palmyra, the Cougars had defeated the Falcons 8-5.
The result made Lower Dauphin 4-8 on the year and 4-5 in the Keystone.
The Cougars were situated sixth in the latest District Three Class AAAAA power rankings.
“We’re always happy to beat Lower Dauphin,” said Palmyra head coach Tod Whitman. “I don’t know the last time we swept Lower Dauphin in a season. That’s a feather in our cap. It’s (the season) going well. There’s no denying that.
“Before the game today, another senior, Molly Nelson, got the team together and offered some encouraging words,” continued Whitman. “There’s another leader for us. She just reiterated the importance of the game. I just want to sit in the stands. The girls are running this team. We have great leaders and this team has a good mix. That chemistry is a huge part of our success. No one has been left out. Everyone has a role.”