Friday, April 16, 2010

Accident snarls Route 30 traffic

A lesson learned in loss

The Columbia girls’ softball is young, with a lot of inexperience at the varsity level.

There’s no denying that through the first seven games of the season, they’ve done well, winning six of those games.

For the first time in school history, the rest of the Lancaster-Lebanon League is taking notice.

Through the first half of Section 4 play, the Tide went 5-0, beating a couple of traditional powers.

Friday afternoon at Glatfelter Field, coach Brad Brubaker’s team started crossover play with a game against Lampeter-Strasburg, one of top teams in Section 3.

And it was a dandy of a game, with the Pioneers holding off the Crimson Tide for a 2-1 win.

Columbia is 5-1 in league play and 6-2 overall. Monday, the Tide travels to Manheim Central for another tough non-league game.

The difference in this one was that the Tide, despite an 11-strikeout performance by junior Emily Detz, didn’t come up big in the field and two runners thrown out at the dish attempting to score.

The Pioneers scored first. Their lead-off batter tripled just wide of the glove of Tide right fielder Emily Nobile. Despite striking out the side in the first, the Pioneers got the jump in the scoring column, scoring on a passed ball.

Columbia got its first chance to score in the third when Allison Michener reached on an infield hit and moved to third on a stolen base and a ground out. With two outs, Emily Groft worked a walk to give the Tide two base runners, but Vallesa Carollo was called out on a questionable third strike call to end the threat.

With two outs in the fifth, the Pioneers reached Detz for another run, capitalizing on a solid single to right, two stolen bases and a little infield nubber that went for a hit.

At that points, the two runs looked big for the Pioneers as the Tide wasn’t doing much at the dish.

But in the fifth, the Tide got something going.

With one out, Nobile reached on a bunt hit and Detz with a single to right, allowing Nobile to scurry to third and Detz eventually ending up on second. A golden opportunity for the Tide. Next up was Groft, who bunted, but Nobile was gunned down at the plate, keeping the Tide off the board.

After a scoreless sixth, this one went down to the final three outs.

Michener led off the seventh with a solid single to center and pinch-hitter Kayla Lambert came off the pines to rip a gapper to left-center scoring Michener. All the sudden, it was 2-1 with no one out and the top of the order up.

Rather than give up a big hit to the Tide’s best player Detz, L-S threw four balls out of the strike zone, with one problem. Ball four sailed wide of the plate past the L-S catcher, allowing Lambert to move to third.

With the game on the line, Groft hit a hard liner to second, which was caught and nearly doubled Detz off first. With one out, Carollo hit one to third, but Lambert was cut down at the plate. Still, there was at least one more chance for the Tide, but the comeback ended when Jenna Plastino popped out to end the game.

Despite the loss, the Tide still leads Section 4, just ahead of Pequea Valley and Annville-Cleona.

Did you know?

That a violent sexual predator has moved into the 400 block of Locust Street? Police were passing out information yesterday.

Here is the link:

Police to host citizen's academy

West Hempfield Township Police Department announces that it will be hosting its first “Citizens Police Academy”. The Academy will held Monday through Thursday over a twoweek period from May 17 to May 27.
 Attendees are not required to attend all eight sessions. The purpose of the academy is to provide a “Partnership through Education.” The academy is being presented to provide the citizens of West Hempfield Township and Mountville Borough with the basicoperations and legal issues by which the department functions. Each session will provide an overview of various areas of law enforcement, department operations and day-to-day responsibilities of the officers
 The academy is being coordinated by Sgt Timothy Coyle and Cpl Douglas Ober who, along with other officers from the department, will also be instructing several of the classes.
“We’re very excited to offer thisopportunity to our residents” stated Chief Mark Pugliese, “the officers coordinating the classes have been working very hard to line-up guest speakers from across the criminal justice spectrum.”
Speakers include Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman as well as several Assistant District Attorneys, Magisterial District Judge Robert Herman, and Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Bergman. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Lancaster County 911 Center and the County Courthouse.
Any West Hempfield Township or Mountville Borough resident, business owner or individual actively involved in the community may apply for the academy. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age and the academy will be limited to the first 30 eligible applicants. Applications may be picked up at the West Hempfield Township Police Station or at the Mountville Borough Office. Deadline for registering is April 30.
Questions may be directed to the West Hempfield Township Police at 285-5191. Contact person: Chief Mark G. Pugliese at 285-5191

Gift from retiring teacher

Retiring CHS teacher Jean Phiel wants to honor the Class of 2010 on the hill.

West HempfieldTownship police reports

Police are investigating the passing of counterfeit bills at the Musser's Market, 3975 Columbia Ave., at 5:48 p.m., April 14.
Police said the night before a number of bogus $5 bills were passed in the store.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 285-5191.

Officials of the Getty Mart of Mountville, reported at 6 a.m., April 14, someone cut wires to the rear of the building and rilled out the door lock. Once in side, the suspects took a large amount of cigarettes and cash.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 285-5191.

Officials of Rod's Auto Body of the 800 block of Ivy Drive reported at 1 p.m., April 14, reported the theft of tires and wheels, between April 4-9.

Police bust man on sex charges

A 27-year-old from West Hempfield Township has been charged with 15 counts of sexual abuse of children.

Township Police Detective George Brace charged Devin Jay Garman, 27, of Stonehouse Lane, with the offenses, April 14.

Police said Garman was charged as the result of an investigation, reported to Lancaster County Adukt Probation and Parole, Dec. 17, 2009.

Garman was reported to allegedly be in possession of illegal pornographic material, police said.