Although the season is early, the Garden Spot High School baseball team made a statement to their opponents in Section Two of the Lancaster-Lebanon League. They're not the same team that was rated fifth out of six teams in a recent pre-season poll to predict how teams will finish at the end of the regular season.
The statement was made loud and clear when the Spartans played Solanco April 5 in a Section Two contest and easily defeated the Golden Mules, 13-1 in Quarryville.
Garden Spot's bats spoke volumes for the one of the team's highest scoring outputs of the season. The Spartans were led by senior catcher Josh Butler, who had a career day, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and eight RBIs.
Butler hit a grand-slam home run and singled, accounting for five of the team's 10 runs in the top of the first. Then in the third, Butler hit a three-run shot as Garden Spot took a commanding 13-0 lead. Solanco scored their lone run in the third inning. The game was halted after five innings because of the 10-run rule.
Overall, the Spartans were paced at the plate with juniors Ryan Zimmerman and Justin Ludwig each hitting doubles. Junior Gabe Horning and sophomore Trevor Karker each had a single. Horning went the distance on the mound, going five innings, and striking out seven and walking none, to improve to 2-1 on the season. Garden Spot is now is 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Section Two of the L-L League.
Meanwhile, success is not coming as rapidly for the Twin Valley High School baseball team. The Raiders as of April 5, are 2-2 overall and 1-2 in Berks II.
In a Berks II contest April 2, Twin Valley lost to Hamburg, 7-4. The game was tied at one after three innings, but the Hawks scored six runs over the next three frames, which proved to be the difference in the outcome of the game.
For the Raiders, senior Nick Hyduke was 2-for-3 with a double, triple, and three RBIs. Also, junior Jeremy Stoltzfus was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored. Absorbing the loss on the mound, was sophomore Joel Wunderlich (0-1).
The next day, Twin Valley turned the tables against Conrad Weiser and got their first division win of the season. They scored a 7-1 decision over the Scouts. Conrad Weiser scored their only run in the third inning. The Raiders got one run in the second, three runs in third, one run in the fifth, and two runs in the sixth. Overall, they banged out 10 hits.
Leading the hitting charge for Twin Valley was three players. Senior Jason Good went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. Sophomore Joe DeFrank went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and senior Bruce Scarcelle went 2-for-4 with two runs and RBI.
On the hill, senior Mike Cellucci (1-1) earned his first win of the season. He struck out 11 batters and limited Conrad Weiser to five hits and an unearned run.