York Catholic’s Patrick Clement is in a hitting zone.
He’s seeing the ball and crushing it.
In the Fighting Irish’s last three games, Clement smashed three home runs, three doubles and two other hits and drove in 13 runs.
The senior is batting .465 for the season (20-for-43) with a slugging percentage of .883.
Clement’s clout has helped his team win four straight games to pull even at 7-7 after a 3-7 start.
He’s first on the team in RBIs with 23 and home runs with four. Clement is second in doubles with four. (Jake Krevetski is the leader with five).
Clement’s team won the District 3 Class A title last spring. The Fighting Irish will be moving to Class AA next year.
Form holds in doubles: Form pretty much held on the first day of the York-Adams Boys’ Tennis Doubles Tournament.
All four seeded teams in Class AAA advanced to the semifinals, and three of the four seeded teams in Class AA made it to the semifinals.
The semifinals and finals in both classes will be played on Wednesday at Wisehaven Tennis Center beginning at 11 a.m.
The semifinal matchups in Class AAA are: Dallastown’s John Schmitt and Tyler Lilie vs. Central York’s Devin Lehigh and Chris Maderitz, and Red Lion’s Sam Innerst and Alex Gayrama vs. South Western’s Quin Meyer and Gavin Kenny.
The Class AA matchups are: York Suburban’s Elliot Diehl and Michael Peck vs. Bermudian Springs’ Luke Wilkins and Haoza Phutaemnin, and Hanover’s Cameron Bosserman and Cody Magana vs. York Catholic’s Michael Andrews and Scott Bartkowiak. The Bermudian team was pushed to three sets in its quarterfinal against York Suburban’s T.J. Platts and Daniel Lee, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Bosserman and Magana, who weren’t seeded, scored a 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 victory over Biglerville’s Chad Dotson-Jones and Jared Dotson-Jones in the quarterfinals. The Canners’ duo was seeded No. 3.
Baseball, softball races: The York-Adams League baseball and softball races are about to enter the final week, with tournament semifinals in both sports scheduled for next Thursday.
West York, which captured the last two baseball titles, has already clinched the Division II title, and Delone Catholic is on the verge of wrapping up Division IV, needing one more victory or one York Catholic loss.
Susquehannock is a solid leader in Division III with a three-game edge, but Division I is a different story, with three teams, Spring Grove, Red Lion and Central York, running almost neck and neck.
Spring Grove is 7-2, followed by Red Lion (7-3) and Central York (6-3). Dallastown is fourth at 5-5.
Spring Grove is scheduled to play Dallastown on Wednesday, but given the weather forecast, that’s extremely unlikely.
In addition to a makeup game with Dallastown looming, Spring Grove is scheduled to play on Friday (at South Western), Saturday (at Central York) and Monday (home with Red Lion).
In Division I softball, Dallastown and Central York are 1-2 in the current standings, with the Wildcats at 10-1 and the Panthers at 8-2. The teams are scheduled to meet in a pivotal game on Friday at Central York.
The Division III race is also extremely tight, with Kennard-Dale holding a half-game lead over West York. The Rams are 10-1 and the Bulldogs, 9-1, are scheduled to play each other next Wednesday at West York.
Susquehannock has a three-game advantage in Division II and Delone Catholic is the only team in Division IV with a winning record.
District rankings: West York’s baseball team is No. 1 in the current District 3 Class AAA baseball rankings. Susquehannock is No. 2, with Northeastern (No. 8), Littlestown (No. 12) and Eastern York (No. 14) among the top 16. The 16 highest-ranked teams qualify for the district playoffs.
In Class AAAA, Spring Grove is No. 4, Central York is No. 12 and Dallastown is No. 15. The first 16 teams also qualify in AAAA.
Delone Catholic is No. 1 in Class AA and Biglerville is No. 8. York Catholic is No. 2 in Class A and Christian School of York is No. 5. Eight teams qualify in AA and A.
Dallastown and Central York are listed second and third, respectively, in the district Class AAAA softball rankings. Red Lion is eighth and South Western is 15th.
In Class AAA, Susquehannock is currently the No. 3-ranked team, followed by West York (No. 5), Kennard-Dale (No. 10), York Suburban (No. 14) and Eastern York (No. 15).
Delone Catholic and Littlestown are ranked fifth and seventh in Class AA.
Track showdowns: The South Western-Red Lion girls’ track-and-field showdown, which was pushed back to Monday because of rain on Tuesday, will feature some of the York-Adams League’s best going head to head. Athletes from the two schools have delivered the top performances in 13 of 18 events on the latest York-Adams Track and Field Honor Roll.
Two key boys’ track-and-field meets are also on the calendar. Susquehannock and Dover will meet on Thursday at Susquehannock, and York Tech and Biglerville will clash on Wednesday, May 7, in Biglerville.
All four teams are unbeaten in their divisions.
- Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at email@example.com.