April Showers bring May flowers.
The Northern Lebanon has planted the seed. Now the Vikings are hoping to reap what they have sewn.
Following a slow start to a cold spring, the Vikings’ process continued to pick up steam this week. And Showers was in the middle of everything.
On Monday afternoon, Showers hurled Northern Lebanon to a key 11-0 shutout of Lebanon County rival Annville-Cleona, in a Lancaster-Lebanon Section Three-Four crossover contest. In that game, the hard-throwing right-hander stifled the Little Dutchmen on four hits, fanned three and issued a single free pass.
On Friday night at Paradise Park, Showers was again sharp, but the Vikings dropped a tough 2-1 decision to Pequea Valley. Showers struck out eight, walked one and again yielded four hits, but the home team pushed across the decisive run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
During Wednesday’s 8-1 home triumph over Lancaster Mennonite, it was Showers who got Northern Lebanon off on the right foot, with a two-run ‘long ball’ in the third inning that snapped a score-less deadlock.
Thanks in part to Showers’ efforts, Northern Lebanon enjoyed a 3-1 week, which left it 4-4 overall, after starting the season 1-3.
– Jeff Falk