The Twin Valley High School softball team kept their season alive last Friday, May 18, when they defeated Conrad Weiser in a District 3-AAA preliminary round game, 4-2.In the Raiders' first district game in 20 years, they scored two runs in the second and two runs in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Conrad Weiser cut the lead in half with two runs in the top of the fourth, but that's as close as they could get to Twin Valley.
Laurel Stoltzfus was the winning pitcher, allowing five Scout hits and fanning six batters.
Amanda Smedley's sacrifice fly got the Raiders on the board in the second, and Kristyn Abbadusky's bunt single brought in the second run.
Cory Urkuski's triple highlighted a two-run third as Angelina Myers brought her in with a sacrifice fly.
Head coach Natalie Cellucci is very pleased with the way the season has gone for the Raiders.
I think we have had a very successful season so far and both the players and the coaching staff are having a good time," said Cellucci.
"This is the first time Twin Valley has made the district playoffs in 20 years so we are very excited. Considering we only one three games last year, I'm very pleased with the season being 12-8. The girls are listening and improving and really working hard."
The victory sent the Raiders to the first round of the district playoffs. They took on secondseeded Lampeter-Strasburg on Tuesday, May 22. Due to our press deadline, we are unable to report the result of the contest.
What are the chances of the team going far in the playoffs?
"Our chances are great, depending on how we play," said Cellucci. "If we play like we are capable of playing, we can beat anyone.
"We will have to play up to our abilities in each game and not make mistakes.