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Grace Renninger is the heart and soul of the Annville-Cleona softball team.

But do you know what else Renninger is? She’s the Little Dutchmen’s engine. Because she makes them go.

This week, Annville-Cleona’s shortstop, pitcher and lead-off hitter helped the Little Dutchmen to a 2-1 record. With the week, Annville-Cleona improved to 4-3 overall and stayed firmly in the hunt for Lancaster-Lebanon League and District Three Class AAA playoff berths.

On Tuesday at home, during a key 4-3, extra-inning triumph over Lancaster Catholic, Renninger was at her catalytic best. With the score tied at 3-3, Renninger led off the bottom of the eighth inning and came around to score the game’s winning run.

Renninger drilled a booming triple to left field to get Annville-Cleona’s rally started. Then, on a short sacrifice fly to left by Noelle Martin, she scurried home with the decisive tally.

Earlier in the contest, Renninger’s aggressive base-running had helped the Little Dutchmen tie the score at 2-2.

In addition to anchoring Annville-Cleona’s defense from her shortstop position, Renninger is also one of the Little Dutchmen’s unquestioned leaders.

During the fall season, Renninger starred in a similar role for Annville-Cleona’s field hockey squad.

  • Jeff Falk

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