DALLASTOWN – It was no walk in the park on Friday for the Northeastern boys’ volleyball team, but the final result could only be described in one word: golden.

The Bobcats, the No. 1 ranked team in Class AA according to the last Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Assocation poll, were tested mightily in Game 2 of their District 3-AA final against Lancaster Mennonite.

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DALLASTOWN – It was over.

The reign as District 3-AAA champs for the Central York boys’ volleyball was done.

Except it wasn’t.

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By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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DILLSBURG — While other successful, senior-laden teams have seen their seasons end this week, one precocious young bunch continues to play like it belongs.

Along the way, a simple question has become a rallying cry for York-Adams Division I champion Spring Grove.

Despite fielding a roster with just one senior and a handful of juniors, the boys from Papertown are creating more and more believers with each passing day.

And they’re doing it sparked by one short question they ask themselves before every game: “Why not us?”

Indeed, why not the Rockets?

After falling behind early in their first-round District 3-AAA contest with Bishop McDevitt, the Spring Grove boys rallied for victory.

While the script was a little different Thursday in a quarterfinal clash with Greencastle-Antrim at Northern York High School, the result was the same.

A two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning evened the score at 2-2 before freshman Trent Baker blooped in the game-winning single to score Austin Piety, sending Spring Grove to a 3-2 triumph.

The victory not only secures the Rockets a spot in next Tuesday’s semifinals, it also locks up a PIAA state berth for just the second time in program history. In Tuesday’s semifinals, Spring Grove will face Twin Valley, a 7-1 winner over Middletown in Thursday’s quarterfinals. No. 8 seed Twin Valley is 17-6.

“Back when we were 3-3 I said to the team ‘why not us?'” Rocket coach Kevin Stiffler said. “And they kind of just started to get more confident. You never know. You just never know. Baseball is a funny game.”

Late comeback: For much of the game it looked like the fairy-tale season was coming to a close for No. 4 seed Spring Grove (17-6). Despite a fine performance by Matt Brooks on the mound, the 12th-seeded Blue Devils (12-9) were able to plate single runs in the first and fourth innings.

The Rocket bats, meanwhile, were pretty quiet against Greencastle starter Matt Kline, who surrendered just two hits over the first five innings while striking out seven.

The lack of early success may have frustrated other teams, but not Spring Grove.

“I think we’ve been through this a lot,” said Brooks, who allowed one earned run and four hits while fanning six in the victory. “Against Bishop McDevitt we were down 2-0 and came back. Coach is always talking about not getting too high or getting too low, even when you’re down by a lot. And I think we’ve really got a lot of practice with that throughout the year.”

Almost on queue, the Spring Grove bats finally showed some life in the sixth. Back-to-back singles by Caleb Ruth and Brooks were enough to force Kline out of the game. Shortstop Drew Measell, Greencastle’s top pitcher with an 8-1 record, relieved Ruth in a position swap.

The move should have paid off. Measell induced a grounder to short off the bat of catcher Derek Hoiles. Kline stepped on the bag at second for the second out, but threw wildly to first, allowing a run to score while Hoiles moved to second.

Jonathan Sager followed with a single up the middle, which scored courtesy runner Connor Reed to make it 2-2.

Brooks gets win: Brooks, who walked two and was victimized by an error in the first inning, struck out the side in a dominating seventh.

“Matt Brooks threw a very nice ballgame,” Stiffler said. “He really only threw one bad pitch all game. I thought he threw outstanding. I’d love to know what he was throwing there in those last two innings because I felt like he was getting stronger.”

Quin Ambeault collected half of the Blue Devils’ four hits, while Spencer Meyers had Greencastle’s only RBI on a single in the fourth.

Spring Grove is now the top seed left in the draw. Early exits by No. 1 Shippensburg, No. 2 West Perry and No. 3 West York have paved the way for Stiffler’s team to become newly minted as favorites.

That fact may have some fans asking if the Rockets can win it all. While that’s a valid question, perhaps the more important one will be the one that Stiffler and company ask themselves on Tuesday.

Why not us?

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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McSHERRYSTOWN — Because Jake Krevetski had control of his curve ball, York Catholic was able to seize a District 3-AA playoff victory over Delone Catholic on Thursday afternoon.

The Fighting Irish senior outdueled another senior right-hander, Hunter Keith, helping the Irish earn a spot in the district semifinals with a 2-1 victory.

York Catholic will clash with Upper Dauphin on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to the district title game. The time and location for the semifinal contest have not yet been announced.

Thursday’s game was the rubber one between York Catholic and Delone Catholic this season. Neither of the previous contests was a pitchers’ duel. The Fighting Irish won the first game, 13-5, and the Squires took the second game, 11-1. Krevetski worked in all three games.

“The first game, I threw pretty good, the second game my curve ball wasn’t working like it was today” he said. “I threw a lot of curve balls today. They were swinging and missing, and when they did put the ball in play, we were making good plays.”

Krevetski’s teammates backed him with near-flawless play (one error).

York Catholic head coach Joe Gurreri called Krevetski’s performance “outstanding”

“We talked about throwing the first pitch for a strike and making sure he got his curve ball over. Last game, we didn’t do that. Today, we did,” Gurreri said.

Krevetski struck out five and walked two while allowing six hits. He used 98 pitches. Keith recorded six strikeouts and three walks and gave up five hits while delivering 82 pitches.

Delone coach Doug Arnold said that Krevetski’s ability to throw his curve ball for strikes kept his hitters off balance.

“He was throwing it in any count,” Arnold said. “We only hit two or three balls hard. Hats off to him.”

Along with his pitching, Krevetski delivered a leadoff double to left-center field in the second inning with his team trailing, 1-0. Delone left fielder Mike Rider almost made a shoestring catch on Krevetski’s drive, but when Rider hit the ground, the ball popped out of his glove. Andrew Polson went in as a courtesy runner for Krevetski and Polson ended up scoring the tying run on a Brenden Kennedy’s bunt, followed by a throwing error.

York Catholic broke the tie in the fifth. Ryan Deporter delivered a one-out single to left and Dillon Hippensteel followed by beating out an infield hit. An error on the play allowed Polson (who went in as a pinch runner for Deporter) to take third . The next hitter struck out for the second out, with Hippensteel taking off for second base. Delone’s catcher threw the ball to second, but the Squires weren’t able to get the tag on Hippensteel and Polson raced home with what turned out to be the winning run.

York Catholic, which returned just one starter (Krevetski) from last year’s team that advanced to the state Class A playoffs, is one victory away from qualifying for the state AA playoffs. (The Fighting Irish changed classes this season).”

“It’s very gratifying to see what these guys have done this season,” Gurreri said. “Our whole infield is freshmen and sophomores. These kids are baseball players. They work hard and they love to play baseball.”

Krevetski, who will attend York College, ranked the victory second only to winning the District 3-A title in 2013.

“It’s been fun seeing the new guys and seeing what we what could do this year,” he said.”

York Catholic will carry a 12-6 record into Tuesday’s game. Delone Catholic, which won the York-Adams Division IV title, closes its season at 13-9.

Austin Roth and Mike Rider each had two hits for the Squires, and Keith pitched well enough to win most days.

“I thought he (Keith) was outstanding,” Arnold said. “He mixed his pitches well.”

— Reach Dick VanO’Linda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day reacts during the District 3 girls’ lacrosse third-place match against Susquehannock at Lower Dauphin Middle School

Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day reacts during the District 3 girls’ lacrosse third-place match against Susquehannock at Lower Dauphin Middle School on Thursday. Day scored six goals and set a national scoring record in the Rams’ 15-1 victory. (Dawn J. Sagert – dsagert@yorkdispatch.com )

HUMMELSTOWN — The moment could not have been more perfect for Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day.

The senior scored her 460th career goal, breaking the national girls’ lacrosse high school record, against York-Adams League rival Susquehannock on Thursday, in a win-or-go-home game. To top it off, it was her younger sister, Maddie, who made the pass.

“It wasn’t anything we planned out like that,” Morgan said. “But, knowing that it was my sibling, it was pretty cool to have it be a sister-to-sister type of deal.”

Day entered the evening tied for the national record at 459 goals with North Carolina’s Megan Shortt, who set the mark last season. Even though it was all but inevitable that she would break the mark, there was added pressure to her setting the record because each game from here on out could potentially be her last.

Thanks to her six-goal game on Thursday and another strong team effort by the Rams, they defeated the Warriors, 15-11, to earn a berth into the PIAA state tournament, while ending the season for their league rival.

“I just think it’s the simple fact that it’s fun to watch her play,” K-D coach Kelly Wetzel said about Day’s record. “She’s a great teammate. She’s just as happy giving assists as she is receiving them to get the opportunity to score. It’s been fun.”

Day’s record-breaking goal came with 14 minutes, 14 seconds remaining in the first half and provided the Rams with a 5-1 lead. It was a lead that K-D never relinquished. The Rams (21-1) cruised back into the state tournament after a one-year absence in 2014. For Day, who’s always spoken about how the record takes a backseat to the ultimate team goal of advancing as far as possible, the win made it even sweeter.

“Today was a huge win for us,” she said. “Not only because it’s the game that gets us back to states, but because it was against Susky, who’s absolutely a huge rival for us. Third time we played them this season and it was, like always, an intense game. It’s a great feeling knowing we’re back in states again.”

Even after setting the record, Day didn’t waste any time distancing herself from second place. She would score five of her team’s next 10 goals to help the Rams open up a six-goal advantage with just more than five minutes remaining. It would be the third time in three meetings that the Rams defeated Susquehannock (18-4) this season — not an easy task, especially against a good team.

“It’s very, very tough,” Wetzel said. “There’s no secrets. We knew what they were going to do and do our best to stop it and move on from there.”

Along with Day’s big day, in which she also added an assist, K-D got a five-goal game from sophomore Emmie Dressel, a three-goal performance from freshman Maddie Day and one goal from junior Hannah Bracey. In goal, freshman Clare Boone finished with eight saves.

Valway shines for Warriors: For the Warriors, senior Ashley Valway capped off her strong career with a five-goal night, including a run of four straight goals for Susquehannock. Sophomore Gena Speights had two goals, while junior Maddie Ellis and sophomores Kate LeBlanc, Rachel Marshner and Kayla Held each had one goal. Senior Amber Orner finished her career with an eight-save effort in goal.

Coming on the heels of their first loss of the season to Manheim Township on Tuesday, the Rams had no trouble bouncing back to earn their state berth. K-D jumped out to an 8-3 halftime lead and led by as many as seven goals on a couple occasions.

“I think they knew where they wanted to go,” Wetzel said. “No matter how far we can get to, this is a road. They knew they were better (than Susquehannock). They felt they were better.”

The Rams will now face the District 1 champion (Great Valley or Harriton) in a first-round state contest on Wednesday.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com.

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Delone Catholic is the last York-Adams softball team left standing.

The Squirettes rolled to a 8-0 triumph over Upper Dauphin on Thursday in a District 3-AA quarterfinal contest in McSherrystown.

Top-seeded Delone improved to 17-5, while No. 8 seed Upper Dauphin finished at 12-10.

The Squirettes move to Tuesday’s semifinals and will face No. 4 seed Susquenita (17-5) at 4:30 p.m. at Garrett Park. The Blackhawks downed down No. 5 seed Pequea Valley 3-0 in their quarterfinal contest on Thursday. Pequea Valley finished 13-8.

Cassie Rickrode pitched a two-hit shutout for Delone, striking out five and walking one.

Shelbee Holcomb had two hits, including a double, and had two RBIs to lead the Squirettes. Katie Laughman homered for Delone.

The Squirettes had just four hits, but were helped by seven walks and three Upper Dauphin errors. Delone, meanwhile, played errorless ball.

Other softball

Twin Valley 3, Littlestown 2: At York College, the seventh-seeded Lady Bolts couldn’t hold on to a 2-0, sixth-inning lead in a District 3-AAA quarterfinal battle. Littlestown’s season ended at 18-5. No. 2 seed Twin Valley improved to 20-5. Mckenzie Somers pitched a complete-game six-hitter for Littlestown, striking out two and walking one. She also had two of Littlestown’s five hits. Twin Valley scored two in the bottom of the sixth to tie it and scored one with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to walk off with the victory.

By TOM CANAVAN
The Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants starting left tackle Will Beatty is going to be sidelined up to six months after tearing a pectoral muscle, a person with knowledge of the injury told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team plans to not discuss the injury until Thursday.

The source said Beatty was injured lifting weights on Tuesday. He was expected to have surgery on Wednesday. The source said the recovery time frame is 4 to 6 months.

Beatty is a York High graduate who played college football at Connecticut under Susquehannock High School graduate Randy Edsall. Edsall is the current head coach at the University of Maryland. Beatty’s offensive line coach with the Giants is Delone Catholic High School graduate Pat Flaherty.

Dr. Bradford Parsons, chief of shoulder surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said the surgery will repair the tear but the player has to regain the flexibility in his shoulder and get strength back in the muscle.

“The bottom line is, the repair gives him a chance of getting his strength back, and if he gets his strength back, then he should be able to get back in action,” Parsons said.

If Beatty were sidelined six months, he would miss the Giants’ first 10 regular-season games, through the Patriots game on Nov. 15. The team has a bye the following week and resumes play on Nov. 29 against the Redskins.

Beatty, who is scheduled to make $5.5 million this season under a contract that runs through 2017, has started at left tackle for the Giants since the 2011 season. He started all 16 games last season despite sustaining a broken leg late in the 2013 season.

The Giants have depth at tackle. They drafted Ereck Flowers of Miami in the first round and have right tackle Justin Pugh returning. Geoff Schwartz also can play tackle. The team had trouble running the ball last season and it was hoped that Flowers might be able to play right tackle so Pugh could move inside to guard. With the injury to Beatty, Flaherty is going to have to juggle his unit.

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By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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DALLASTOWN — Wednesday wasn’t the most normal of nights for the Central York boys’ volleyball team.

Setting errors, missed serves and even a yellow card directed against Coach Brad Livingston highlighted a number of unusual events in the Panthers’ District 3-AAA semifinal contest against Hempfield.

Perhaps the only real normal thing that can be said of the clash between district heavyweights is this: The Panthers survived.

Hempfield rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the match by claiming Game 4 to send the tilt into a best-of-15 Game 5. The Black Knights even stormed out to a 7-4 lead in the decisive game. The Panthers, however, would not be denied, winning 11 of the final 16 points to claim a thrilling 22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 23-25, 15-12 victory at Dallastown High School.

The triumph sends Central into the District 3-AAA finals Friday evening at 7:30 against another Lancaster-Lebanon foe, Penn Manor. The Comets upset No. 1 seeded Central Dauphin, 25-18, 25-23, 17-25, 25-17, in the other semifinal.

CD and Hempfield will square off in a third-place match Friday at 6 p.m. at Central York High School.

“Coach always says ‘pressure is a privilege,'” Panther senior Landon Shorts said. “That’s something that I like to feel and I feel comfortable back at the service line during a big run or at crucial points.”

Shorts, who had a triple-double with 30 assists, 12 digs and 11 kills on the night, had a big role in helping the Panthers climb out of a 1-0 deficit. The senior outside/setter clubbed two aces late in Game 3 that put Central ahead 2-1 in games.

The Central errors aside, the real key to the Panthers’ victory was their defense. Six players finished with at least 10 digs, paced by 14 from Jeremiah Dadeboe.

“Their defense was just better than ours,” Hempfield coach Mike Vogel said. “They out-blocked us. And that’s the difference when you get down to it.”

It was nevertheless a rough night in many regards for the York-Adams League runner-up. Central was called more than half a dozen times for double hits on sets, which stunted chances at grabbing momentum. They also missed five serves in Game 1, which played a big role in dropping that set by a 25-23 margin.

Those uncharacteristic errors caused some frustration to build up on the Panther side. It even got to Livingston. The two-time PIAA champion coach was given a yellow card after arguing with the officials about a call in Game 3.

“We had to get our bench calmed down, including me,” Livingston said. “Of course, I probably did that a bit after I got carded. And we calmed down a little bit and made fewer mistakes as the match went on.”

The Panthers showed glimmers of the team that cruised to the state title a year ago at the end of Game 3 and Game 5. Central won 10 of the final 11 points in Game 3 before winning six of the final eight points in the clincher.

“We started to rock and roll there a little bit,” Livingston said.

The game marked a first for Shorts, a returning all-state player.

“That was my first ever five-game match,” Shorts said. “We’ve won a lot of these in three or four, so that was an experience.”

Dadeboe, a returning all-state hitter who came up with some big kills in Game 2, led Central with 25 kills. Jason Gardner, the third all-state member of the club, finished with 20 kills. Trevor Holderegger dished out 25 assists and finished with 10 digs.

Ben Nauman led Hempfield with 13 kills while three others — Chris Booth, Tyler Buterbaugh and Logan Smiley — each finished with nine kills. Setter Ethan Williams dished out 44 assists, while Nick Oleksa led the Black Knights with 15 digs.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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Northeastern’s Matt Thornton attempts to block Cocalico’s Garrett Strunkin a District 3-AA boys’ volleyball semifinal match on Wednesday.

Northeastern’s Matt Thornton attempts to block Cocalico’s Garrett Strunkin a District 3-AA boys’ volleyball semifinal match on Wednesday. Northeastern rolled to a 3-0 victory. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
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Lancaster Mennonite saw all it needed in two games to get an idea of how dominant the Northeastern boys’ volleyball team can be.

Unfortunately for Cocalico, it had to stick around for all three.

The top-seeded Bobcats had little trouble dispatching the Eagles in straight games on Wednesday night at Central York High School, 25-10, 25-6, 25-15, to advance to the District 3-AA championship match against the Blazers on Friday night.

With all eyes from Cocalico centered on Northeastern’s standout outside hitter, Reese Devilbiss, the Bobcats used their many other options to get off to a fast start in the semifinal match.

“I think it’s probably not as much Reese, so much, as it is the squad,” Northeastern coach Matt Wilson said. “If you’ve taken notice over the past 3 1/2 weeks, Reese’s stat line has diminished quite a bit, to be honest with you, from, anywhere between 60-70 percent of the offense to, now, he’s in that 30 percent range.”

The Bobcats’ offense was essentially a pick-your-poison situation for the Eagles.

Northeastern’s attack ranged anywhere from slamming it down Cocalico’s throats with menacing kills to hard-to-handle serves to stingy defense that kept the ball in play until the Eagles finally made a mistake. The Bobcats had five players register kills, with three finishing at least five of the attempts.But when it was time for Devilbiss to show why he’s one of the best boys’ volleyball players in the state, he did so in impressive fashion.

After Northeastern polished off the first game by winning 20 of the final 26 points, Devilbiss immediately kept the momentum in his team’s favor.

After winning the first point of the second game off of Cocalico’s serve, Devilbiss served out the next 13 points to give the Bobcats a 14-0 lead before finally surrendering a point to the Eagles.

“Personally, that’s my best run on the service line,” he said. “…Once we go on a run, our coach preaches to stay on them and keep the pressure on them and don’t let up until the match ends.”

While the scoreline may indicate that the match was one-sided, there was another letup in the third game for Northeastern, something that’s becoming a common theme in recent matches. After being forced to call a timeout in Monday’s quarterfinal match during the third game against York Suburban, Wilson was on the brink of having to do the same in Wednesday’s match.

Despite the easy second-game win, the Bobcats took their foot off the gas pedal to open the third game, allowing Cocalico to carry the play and take a 13-12 lead. Finally, after a few costly mistakes woke up Northeastern, it went on a 6-0 run to open up an 18-13 advantage, forcing an Eagles timeout and regaining control of the match. The Bobcats only lost two more points the rest of the match following the timeout, but the recurring slow starts to third games is starting to raise concern for Wilson.

“It’s a pretty mature team at this point, who’s done an awful lot in their careers, but still a young team, with a bunch of juniors,” he said. “I can’t answer the game three scenario. I remind, I beg, I plead and I think next time I’ll just shut my mouth and see maybe I’m getting in the way. It’s an issue and that issue could really creep up on us at a really bad, inopportune moment.”

It didn’t cost Northeastern on Wednesday night, but really nothing could. Phil White led the Bobcats with 13 kills, followed by Devilbiss’ nine and Jeff Reynolds’ five. Devilbiss also came away with nine aces, while Matt Schaeffer passed his way to 25 assists.

Now, the Bobcats shift their focus to Lancaster Mennonite, which defeated Schuylkill Valley, 3-1, before the Northeastern match.

“They’re well-coached, well-skilled,” Wilson said about the Blazers. “Probably one of the best defensive teams that you’ll run into. They’re not afraid to get in front of a ball.”

Friday’s final is set for 6 p.m. at Dallastown High School.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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EMIGSVILLE — It is usually a good thing for a team to be highly seeded when the District 3 softball championship brackets are officially released.

That hasn’t been the case recently for the girls from Central York, however.

Despite a run of York-Adams League success, the Panthers have not exactly found any cupcakes when it comes to district play. A season ago they were ousted in the quarterfinals. Then on Tuesday afternoon, the Panthers squared off against a Chambersburg squad that is probably a bit better than its No. 10 seeding would indicate.

As the No. 7 team in the 16-team field, the Panthers got off to a rough start. After allowing a run early in the first inning, the home team was a mere strike away from ending the threat with minimal damage. But a two-run double by Chambersburg’s Leah Hunt proved to ultimately be a deciding blow, and Central (20-3) saw its season come to a close after a 5-1 setback in a first-round clash.

Overall, it was a very tough day for York-Adams teams on Tuesday in district play. They finished the day 1-7, and in those seven losses, the area teams scored just seven runs. Littlestown was the only local winner.

Chambersburg (14-7) will face Daniel Boone, a 1-0 winner over Dallastown, in the quarterfinals Thursday.

“We allowed the one to (score), but we were able to work our way to two outs,” Panthers coach Shane Walker said. “We were trying to get out of the inning, but they came through there.”

Tough luck has seemed to follow the Panthers throughout district play in recent years. Despite being favored in terms of seeding, the draw in District 3 is no picnic.

“Whenever you get to this point and you start playing in districts, everybody’s good,” Walker said. “These teams don’t make mistakes. When you look at the power rankings, one through 11 could, I think, beat anybody on any given day. All of those teams are solid.”

The start of the contest was probably the mirror opposite of what senior pitcher Kayla Resh was expecting when she took the mound. A single to center was followed by an infield single that ultimately ended with the Trojans finding themselves with runners on second and third after a couple of late throws. Lily Nolan followed with a sharp single to center to scored a run. Nolan advanced to second on the throw home. After back-to-back strikeouts, Resh was just a strike away from getting out of the jam. But she left a pitch over the plate that Hunt crushed it into the gap for a two-run double.

The Chambersburg lead grew by a run in the second after a throwing error at first with two outs allowed Maggie Myers, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning, to score.

Central was able to get a bit of a rally going in the third off Trojan starter Laken Meyers. Meyers, who induced 10 groundball outs during seven innings, gave up a single, followed by an error, to begin the frame. After getting the next two batters, she walked Kayla Caruso to load the bases for clean-up hitter Kelsey Wisner. A wild pitch allowed a run to score to make it 4-1, but Wisner was only able to bounce out weakly to Meyers for the final out.

“We just couldn’t come through,” Walker said. “And they made some solid plays.”

The Panthers would only get more than one runner on base one more time in the contest, that coming in the fourth. Back-to-back singles by Briannah Dobson and Kelsey Shifflett started a rally, but Dobson was caught trying to advance to third on Shifflett’s infield single.

That set the stage for Meyers, who retired the final 10 batters she faced to earn the victory. The right-hander struck out only three, but allowed just four hits and one unearned run.

“Their pitcher threw exceptionally well today,” Walker said. “I actually think that both pitchers had a very good game. I think we gave up some uncharacteristic outs that, when put in a game like this, you just really can’t afford.”

After Shifflett was retired to end the game on a pop-up, the Panthers solemnly gathered on the middle of the diamond for one last post-game chat as a group. It’s a bunch that includes eight seniors. Only Rachel Butler and Dobson will return as starters from this year’s club next spring.

“I’ve been around a lot of these girls since they were 10 years old,” said Walker, who got a bit choked up when talking about his team. “They’ve shown great leadership. They’ve been very consistent throughout the year and they really bought into all of the stuff that we were doing. And they led the way. There’s no other dugout that I would rather be in.”

While seeing those eight players graduate next month will be tough for Walker, he’s pretty confident that next year’s club won’t be lacking.

“Our JV team went undefeated this year,” he said. “I think they had 297 runs and gave up 19 all season. So there’s a really strong group there. And we have a freshman pitcher that’s exceptionally good coming up next year. I think we’re at a point with the program where it’s kind of a re-loading more than a re-building. And I have every expectation that if those kids can show half the maturity that our seniors did this year that we’ll be good.”

OTHER SOFTBALL

Littlestown 10, Big Spring 5: At Littlestown, the home team used an eight-run second inning to grab the District 3-AAA first-round win. Kaitlin Yealy (three hits, homer, three RBIs, two runs), Jill Gauthier (three hits, two RBIs, one run), Lindsay Snyder (three hits, one RBI, one run), Mackenzie Somers (three hits, triple) and Amanda Dyson (two hits, double, two RBIs, three runs) led Littlestown’s 15-hit attack. Somers also went the distance to get the win on the mound, striking out five. The No. 7 seed Lady Bolts improved to 18-4. No. 10 seed Big Spring finished 14-7. Littlestown will face second-seeded Twin Valley (19-5) in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at York College. Twin Valley beat No. 15 seed Susquehannock on Tuesday, 15-4, in five innings.

Greencastle 5, Dover 1: At Greencastle, the 11th-seeded Eagles fell victim to the sixth-seeded Blue Devils in District 3-AAA action. Dover finished 11-8 on the season, while Greencastle now stands at 14-7. Abigail Lower had two of Dover’s five hits, along with the team’s only RBI.

Bishop McDevitt 12, Kennard-Dale 0: At Fawn Grove, the eighth-seeded Rams suffered a six-inning mercy-rule loss to the ninth-seeded Crusaders in a District 3-AAA battle. K-D’s season ends at 15-4, while McDevitt improves to 15-6. K-D was outhit 14-4, and no one for the Rams had more than one hit.

Conrad Weiser 4, Spring Grove 0: At Conrad Weiser, the 13th-seeded Rockets hung tough with the fourth-seeded Scouts in a District 3-AAA game, but a lack of offensive production proved pivotal. Spring Grove’s season ended at 10-11, while Conrad Weiser moved to 19-3. Conrad Weiser plated all of its runs in the third inning. Both teams had four hits. Julia Wivell pitched a complete game for Spring Grove, striking out five. Kasey Bentley had two doubles for Spring Grove.

Upper Dauphin 2, Fairfield 1: At Upper Dauphin, the Green Knights suffered a tight loss in a District 3-AA meeting. The ninth-seeded Knights finished at 10-10. Eighth-seeded Upper Dauphin moved to 12-9. Lexi Weaver pitched a three-hitter for Upper Dauphin, striking out 11. She didn’t allow any earned runs. Courtney Harbaugh pitched a complete-game four-hitter for Fairfield, striking out three. Gena Eiker and Megan Whalen tripled for Fairfield.

Daniel Boone 1, Dallastown 0: At Daniel Boone, the 15th-seeded Wildcats gave the second-seeded Blazers a tough battle in a District 3-AAAA contest, but ultimately fell. Dallastown finished 13-6, while Daniel Boone improved to 20-2. Dallastown was outhit 9-1. Bekah Slattery fanned 13 for Daniel Boone. Jaelynn Harbold pitched a complete game for Dallastown, striking out four and walking one.

Twin Valley 15, Susquehannock 4: At Twin Valley, the 15th-seeded Warriors dropped a five-inning mercy-rule decision to second-seeded Twin Valley. Susquehannock finished at 10-8. Twin Valley improved to 19-5.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.


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