By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
Dover second baseman Meghan Goodman makes a diving attempt to stop a hard-hit West York grounder on Monday. Dover won the game, 5-3. John A. Pavoncello – firstname.lastname@example.org
Freshman Taylor Lamparter is emblematic of the Dover High School softball team.
Not the biggest nor tallest player, nor the strongest one on a roster of just 11, Lamparter makes up for that by going all-out whenever she’s on the diamond.
If that means sitting on the bench as the team’s only reserve — as she did at the beginning of Monday afternoon’s contest against rival West York — so be it. The ninth-grader is always confident that she’ll be ready when called upon.
After the getting five innings from starter Alexis Gohn, Dover coach Lauren Craig brought in Lamparter to close it out. Despite giving up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth, Lamparter spurred a go-ahead rally in the sixth with a leadoff triple.
The Bulldogs couldn’t muster anything over the final two innings against the left-handed Lamparter, who picked up the victory in the Eagles’ 5-3 triumph.
“I don’t think about (nerves) really,” Lamparter said. “I know that all the fielders have my back and everything if one would happen to get through.”
The teams entered the game tied for first place in York-Adams Division II at 4-1.
The Bulldogs (5-4 overall) managed to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth on a single by Kelsie Weaver. Lamparter, however, got a strikeout and a double-play grounder to end the threat after allowing the first three batters to reach safely.
“I have belief in my team that we would (come back),” Lamparter said.
So, too, did Craig, who’s grown accustomed to her team’s recent penchant for turning things around.
“We’ve done the comeback thing the last few games here,” Craig said. “And we actually started that last year. So it’s good to keep that rolling here.”
Lamparter wasted little time in getting that run back after ripping a line drive that eluded a pair of West York outfielders. She scored two batters later on Cierra Hockensmith’s single up the middle.
“I just told myself, ‘you got this,'” Lamparter said of her triple. “And it just all came together.”
A single and a walk loaded the bases for Natalie Cutright, who drove home Hockensmith with a sacrifice fly to put the Eagles (6-4) ahead for good.
Meghan Goodman drove in an insurance run in the seventh with a ground out before Lamparter closed out the victory.
While the Eagles claimed a big triumph over their Division II rivals, it didn’t look good early for the visitors. The Bulldogs were able to strand six Dover runners through the first four innings en route to taking a 2-0 lead.
Cutright changed that quickly with one big swing in the fifth. After Jordan Baum drew a leadoff walk, Cutright smoked a liner deep into the outfield grass for a two-run homer.
“Natalie has just been a staple in our lineup,” Craig said. “I have total faith in her that she’s going to come through when we need her to.”
Coming through in the clutch is something that’s been missing from the Bulldog lineup of late, according to Coach Chris Ilyes. After starting the season 4-0, West York has dropped three of its last four.
“It’s the hitting,” Ilyes said after his team collected just five hits for the contest. “You’ve got to have good pitching, good defense and timely hitting to win games. And lately we’ve only had two of those three.”
Ilyes did credit some of that to the performances of Gohn and Lamparter.
“(Lamparter) came in and did a fine job,” he said. “She had some good control. But it comes down to the fact that we haven’t hit in past couple of games. We just have to find a way to get our stroke back.”
Cutright, Karsyn Blauser, Goodman and Cassandra Root each collected two hits as part of an 11-hit Dover attack. Weaver, an all-star a year ago, finished with three hits — including a double — for the Bulldogs.
Central York 3, Spring Grove 2: At Central, a two-run bottom of the fifth for the Panthers lifted them over the Rockets. With the score tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Central plated two runs to open up a 3-1 cushion. Spring Grove’s late-game rally fell short, only managing to shrink the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the sixth. Kyla Caruso, Kelsey Wisner and Lorna Colberg each had RBIs for the Panthers, while Kayla Resh threw a complete game with seven strikeouts. The Rockets got a complete-game effort from Julia Wivell, who only allowed five hits in the loss.
York Suburban 10, Eastern York 0 (5 innings): Olivia Eytcheson was sharp in the circle, helping the Trojans make short work of their guests. Eytcheson tossed 10 strikeouts and surrendered just one hit over five innings. She helped her own cause with a 1-for-3, two-RBI, one-run-scored effort at the plate.
York Tech 9, Hanover 7: At Spry, the Spartans plated three runs in the final two innings to secure the York-Adams Division IV victory. Lindsay McWilliams led the Spartans by going 3-for-3, including a double, and picked up the complete-game victory on the mound.
Dallastown 14, New Oxford 1: At New Oxford, Danielle Ludwig led the Wildcats to the York-Adams Division I victory by going 3-for-4, including a triple and a double, with four runs scored and three RBIs. Also for the Wildcats, Haylee Anders went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBIs; Kayla Collins went 3-for-5, including a triple, with three runs scored and two RBIs; Mel Grant had two doubles and two RBIs; and Lyndee Anders went 2-for-5 with a double and three runs scored. Wildcats pitcher Jaelynn Harbold threw a complete game, striking out nine and walking two.
Susquehannock 7, Gettysburg 6: At Susquehannock, Mallory Lebo was 3-for-4 and Lily Yoakum was 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Warriors. Maddy Staub was also 2-for-3 with a double.
Northeastern 2, East Pennsboro 0: At Enola, the Bobcats allowed just three hits en route to the non-league victory. Northeastern, meanwhile, collected seven hits.
South Western 16, Red Lion 1: At Hanover, Allie Fleming and Hannah Sterrett combined on a two-hitter in a game that lasted just four innings because of the 15-run mercy rule. Hannah Glover was 4-for-4 for South Western, including a double, with three runs scored and five RBIs
Fairfield 16, York Catholic 0: At Fairfield, the Green Knights won in a game that lasted just 2 1/2 innings because of the 15-run mercy rule. Courtney Harbaugh pitched a one-hitter, fanning five without a walk. Harbaugh was also 2-for-2 at the plate.
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