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It was a four-game week for the Elco softball team. And even better, a three-win week for the Raiders.

It was also a good week for Claire Shaak.  Shaak was the winning pitcher in each of the Raiders’ three victories.

On Monday behind Shaak, Elco knocked off Cocalico. On Wednesday, Shaak’s Raiders ten-runned Lebanon High. And on Friday, Shaak blanked Lancaster Catholic in five innings.

For the week, the senior right-hander whiffed 30 opposing batters, including a ten-strikeout performance against the Crusaders. But that wasn’t all for Shaak.

Credit-UnionShe also shone at the plate, particularly against Lebanon. Shaak, who hits in the middle of the Elco order, collected three hits in four trips to the plate against the Cedars, drove in five runs and scored three times.

Elco’s three-win week pushed its overall mark to 4-3, the sames as its Lancaster-Lebanon Section Three record. With Shaak leading from the mound and in the batter’s box, the Raiders figure to be in the thick of the section race all spring long and make a bid for a District Three Class AAA playoff spot.

 – Jeff Falk

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