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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 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.

http://www.yorkdispatch.com/sportsThe West York baseball team celebrates after winning the York-Adams League title this week. The Bulldogs are seeded No. 3 in the upcoming District 3-AAA

The West York baseball team celebrates after winning the York-Adams League title this week. The Bulldogs are seeded No. 3 in the upcoming District 3-AAA playoffs. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

The District 3 baseball and softball brackets have been released.

Go here for the complete brackets.

York Suburban 11, Lancaster Catholic 0 (5 Innings): At Suburban, Courtney Fishel and Alexanda Reinecker led the Trojans by each going 2-for-2. Emily Turybury and Brooke Day each had two RBIs for Suburban, while Sarah Hartinger doubled. Olivia Eytcheson threw a five-inning shutout, striking out four and walking three. Suburban improved to 11-6 overall.

Gettysburg 6, Red Lion 2: At Red Lion, the Warriors erupted for four runs in the second inning to break a 1-1 tie and pull away for the win over the Lions. Briana Crushong provided the only extra-base hit for Gettysburg with a double, while pitcher Madelyn Yannetti tossed a complete game, surrendering only six hits and striking out five. Taylor Dewees had a triple for Red Lion, while Hailey Inguanti hit a double for the home team’s only extra-base hits in the contest.

Cedar Cliff 3, Dallastown 0: At Camp Hill, the Wildcats were held to just three hits for the game, and dropped the non-league contest. Cedar Cliff’s Madelyn Enrico and Tiffany White combined for seven strikeouts. With the loss, Dallastown falls to 13-5.

SOFTBALL

York Tech 16, Hanover 8 (completion of suspended game): At Hanover, Lindsey McWilliams led the Spartans to the York-Adams Division IV victory by pitching a complete game on the mound, striking out five and walking one. Teammate Ashley Tolley tripled.

Dallastown 5, New Oxford 1: At Dallastown, Jaelynn Harbold went the distance in the circle, allowing only two hits while striking out six and walking just one to collect the win. Haylee Anders had three hits for Dallastown. Also for Dallastown, Kayla Flemmens, Lyndee Anders and Harbold each added a pair of hits.

May Madness has arrived in York County.

Starting Thursday and ending Tuesday, the York-Adams League will hold championships in nearly every spring sport.

In just six days, scholastic athletes from around the region will produce memories that could last for six decades.

If you enjoy prep sports, it’s a perfect storm.

Lacrosse: It starts Thursday evening with boys’ and girls’ lacrosse championships at Susquehannock High School, with the girls’ match slated for 5:30 p.m. followed by the boys’ contest at 7 p.m.

The girls’ contest will pit Kennard-Dale (16-0) against Susquehannock (16-1). No surprise there. Those two teams finished first and second during the regular season, and they’re also ranked first and second in the District 3 power ratings.

The Rams will be itching to regain the league playoff title after falling to York Catholic in last year’s championship match. K-D had won the first three Y-A tournament titles.

K-D won the regular-season meeting between the two teams, 11-6, at Susquehannock. Look for a similar outcome this time around.

The boys’ final pits West York vs. Susquehannock. The two teams tied for the regular-season league crown at 10-1. Susquehannock enters at 13-2 overall, while West York is 13-3. Susquehannock, however, dominated the regular-season meeting, 14-6, back on April 9 in Glen Rock. This time, the score will likely be much closer, but the home-field edge should put Susquehannock over the top.

Boys’ volleyball: Also on Thursday night, the most highly anticipated boys’ volleyball match of the regular season will take place when Northeastern visits Central York at 7:30 p.m. in a battle of super powers. Both teams are unbeaten in York-Adams action, and both are defending state champions (Central in AAA and Northeastern in AA). The showdown will decide the league’s regular-season title.

Just five days later (7:30 p.m. Tuesday), there’s an excellent chance that the same two teams will meet again in the York-Adams Tournament title match at Dallastown. Of course, to set up yet another championship battle, both teams will first have to navigate their way through quarterfinal action on Monday and semifinal matches on Tuesday.

Since 2007, every York-Adams regular-season and tournament title has gone to either Central or Northeastern, with the exception of one year. York Suburban swept both crowns in 2012.

The Panthers (11-0) and Bobcats (13-0) have competed in several of the same tournaments this season. Given their finishes in those events, Northeastern would have to be rated a slight favorite over Central.

Baseball and softball: Baseball and softball also will crown their York-Adams champions over the next week. The semifinals in both sports are Friday. The softball championship game is slated for 5 p.m. Monday at New Oxford, while the baseball title game is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday at Spring Grove.

In baseball, Division I champion Spring Grove (14-6) will try to defend its title. It won’t be an easy task, however. The Rockets must face Division II champion West York (14-4) in Friday’s semifinals at 5 p.m. at New Oxford. The Bulldogs won the Y-A tournament title in both 2012 and 2013. The Bulldogs also won AAA state titles in each of those years. West York won the regular-season meeting vs. Spring Grove, 3-2, on March 31 at West York.

The other Friday semifinal — at 3:30 p.m. at Spring Grove — will pit Division III champion Eastern York (12-5) vs. Division IV champion Delone Catholic (13-7). The Squires are regulars in the league playoffs. They have appeared in every tournament since the event started in 2009, but they’ve never won the title. Eastern, meanwhile, is making its first tournament appearance. The Golden Knights captured a 5-0 victory against Delone at McSherrystown on April 17.

Look for the Spring Grove-West York winner to take home the title. With West York struggling a bit of late, losing four of its last six after a 12-0 start, the edge goes to Spring Grove.

In softball, Dallastown won’t be back to defend its tournament crown. The Wildcats lost a Division I showdown to Central (18-2) on Monday to give the Panthers the Division I crown.

Central, however, is no stranger to the league playoffs. The Panthers took the tournament title in 2012 and 2013. In fact, the Division I champion has ruled this event in recent years, winning every playoff title since 2010. Central will face Division II champion Dover (12-6) at 5 p.m. Friday at Susquehannock. Central won at Dover on April 16, 7-4.

The other softball semifinal will pair Division III champion Littlestown (15-3) vs. Division IV champion Delone Catholic (14-4) at Spring Grove. Littlestown triumphed at Delone on April 11, 7-2.

History says Division I champion Central is the team to beat.

Track and field: Finally, the top track and field athletes in York and Adams counties will take center stage on Friday night, when the league championships take place at Dallastown. Action starts at 4 p.m.

There are no team titles on the line at this event, but individuals will attempt to win medals and prove that they are the best athletes that York and Adams counties have to offer.

There are a few athletes to keep an eye on. South Western standout Lynne Mooradian is the defending champion in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes. But she could get a challenge from Red Lion’s Angelica Gonzalez, who has seen limited action this spring. Gonzalez was a freshman phenom in 2012 but has struggled with leg injuries since then. Hopefully, the East Carolina recruit will be healthy and compete in the league meet. Right now, she’s entered in the 200, 400 and 1,600 relay.

In addition, York Suburban’s Olivia Gettle is the defending champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.

Weather: Of course, with the exception of boys’ volleyball, the championship events will need some cooperation from Mother Nature to go off as scheduled. Right now, the forecast for Thursday and Friday looks promising. The outlook for Monday and Tuesday, however, is a bit more sketchy.

Let’s hope that the weather cooperates.

The area athletes deserve the opportunity to perform their best in the best conditions. They also deserve to have big crowds there to watch them.

May Madness has arrived in York County.

Local high school sports fans should sit back and enjoy it.

Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

By DICK VANO’LINDA
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York Suburban’s softball team was down by four runs on two occasions during Monday’s Senior Day game against Kennard-Dale, but it was never out.

The Trojans, who trailed 4-0 and 6-2, rallied for five runs in their last two at bats to pull out a dramatic 7-6 York-Adams Division III victory.

Kennard-Dale’s loss, combined with Littlestown’s 10-0 triumph over Eastern York, allowed the Adams County team to clinch the outright Division III title.

Brooke Day batted across what proved to be the winning run for the Trojans with a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth. Day drove a 1-1 pitch into left field to score Susan Lloyd from second. Day, one of four Suburban seniors, had a huge game in her final regular-season appearance on the home field behind Suburban Middle School. She went 3-for-4, including two doubles, and drove in four runs, two with a double to the right-center gap in the third inning.

“It’s amazing, one of the best wins we’ve ever had,” Day said when asked about winning on Senior Day. “When I went up to bat (in the sixth inning), I was just thinking, ‘we need to keep getting runs.’ This was probably one of my best days.”

Suburban coach Jennifer Weitzel is used to seeing Day have good days with the bat.

“She’s a clutch hitter, I can count on her,” Weitzel said of the Kutztown University-bound Day. “This was our best win of the year.”

Weitzel and her players kept the faith when the team went down by four runs.

“I was confident,” Weitzel said. “They (the Suburban batters) just needed to hit line drives. We got the hits, and our pitcher (Olivia Eytcheson) held her ground and picked up her arm speed as the game went on.”

Eytcheson held the visitors to two runs over their final four at bats.

After K-D scored two runs off Eytcheson in the top of fifth to expand its lead to 6-2, Suburban matched the Rams’ deuce with two of its own in the bottom of the fifth.

Eytcheson held K-D scoreless in the top of the sixth to set the stage for Suburban’s winning, three-run outburst in the sixth. Alexandra Reinecker reached on an error to start the inning, and another freshman, Courtney Fishel beat out a bunt single. Jessica Clancy then ripped a double to score Reinecker, and Susan Lloyd singled to deliver Clancy with the tying run. Day followed with a single to bring in Lloyd, who had two hits on the day.

Softball renaissance: The victory was Suburban’s 10th against four defeats in league play. The Trojans are 10-6 overall with one game to play against Lancaster Catholic.

Suburban softball is enjoying a renaissance. The Trojans have clinched their first winning season in 14 years. They were a combined 12-39 the past three seasons.

“If you take this program and look at it from freshman year until now, you wouldn’t believe it’s the same team,” said Clancy, a senior. “It’s really hard to imagine that this is Senior Day. I’ve been playing softball with these girls since I was 6. This is like a family to me.”

Rams move to District 3 playoffs: Despite the loss, K-D still has an excellent 15-3 overall mark and will compete in the District 3-AAA playoffs. The Rams finished second in Division III at 12-2 behind Littlestown, which finished 13-1. Littlestown will face Division IV champion Delone Catholic in the league semifinals at 5 p.m. Friday at Spring Grove. The league finals are set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at New Oxford.

Rhiannon McGlone collected three hits for the Rams on Monday with a fourth-inning single being the 111th hit of the senior’s career.

Kaila Beach, Kristen Stewart and Nicole McCleary each contributed two hits for Kennard-Dale.

The Rams were again without star pitcher Alexis Valentine, who recently suffered a knee injury.

OTHER SOFTBALL

Dover 3, Susquehannock 1: At Glen Rock, the Eagles scored all of their runs in the top of the third, which was enough to take down the host Warriors. Dover’s Alyssa Lawton went 3-for-5 and Natalie Cutright had a 2-for-4 performance with an RBI. Lexie Gohn earned the win for the Eagles, while reliever Taylor Lamparter completed the four-hit effort. Susquehannock’s Kelly Rogers drove in the only run for her team on a fifth-inning single. Dover improved to 12-6 overall and 10-4 in York-Adams Division II. The Eagles had already clinched the division crown and earned a berth in the York-Adams Tournament. They will face Division I champion Central York in the league semifinals at 5 p.m. Friday at Susquehannock.

West York 9, Northeastern 2: At West York, the Bulldogs rolled behind big efforts from Kelsie Weaver (two hits, triple, three RBIs, run), Gabby Ilyes (two hits, two RBIs, run), Allison Ross (two hits, triple, run, RBI), Sarah Godfrey (two hits) and Cheyenne Warner (two hits, two runs). West York had 14 hits in all. Kayla Michael got the win on the mound, throwing a complete-game five-hitter. She struck out six and walked two. She also homered at the plate. Alli Sweitzer had two hits for Northeastern.

Spring Grove 17, Red Lion 9: At Red Lion, after being kept off the scoreboard in the first inning, the Rockets crossed the plate in every inning after that, en route to the big win over the host Lions. Hayley Norton launched two home runs for Spring Grove, while pitcher Julia Wivell helped her own cause with a home run of her own. Red Lion pitcher Megan Teal also hit a home run in the game, although it wasn’t enough to keep her team from the loss.

Littlestown 10, Eastern 2 (6 Innings): At Littlestown, Kaitlin Yealy led the Thunderbolts by going 3-for-4 at the plate, including two homers and a double, with seven RBIs. Teammate McKenzie Somers threw a complete game on the mound, striking out seven and walking none, while going 2-for-3 at the plate, including a double.

Biglerville 13, York Catholic 2 (5 Innings): At Biglerville, Lauren Brough led the Canners by tallying four hits. Emilee Ryon, Katie McCauslin and Mykayla Herne each picked up two RBIs for Biglerville.

Fairfield 10, York Tech 7: At Spry, Casey Rice and Mariah Hilbert each had two hits for Tech in a losing cause. Courtney Harbaugh pitched a complete game for Fairfield to get the win.

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

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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Central York teammates hug Kayla Resh after her game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning on Monday vs. Dallastown. Central won the game,

Central York teammates hug Kayla Resh after her game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning on Monday vs. Dallastown. Central won the game, 5-4, and also claimed the York-Adams Division I title. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
Dallastown’s Gabrielle Jeanmenne dives back to third too late, as Central York’s Kelsey Wisner gets the force out and turns a double play on

Dallastown’s Gabrielle Jeanmenne dives back to third too late, as Central York’s Kelsey Wisner gets the force out and turns a double play on Monday. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

EMIGSVILLE — When a title is on the line, nothing beats experience, especially the big-game variety.

So it was only fitting that Central York’s two most prominent veterans proved their value on several occasions Monday afternoon against rival Dallastown in a showdown for the York-Adams Division I softball championship.

Panther senior standouts Kayla Resh and Kelsey Wisner took control. Wisner first did it with her bat. The third baseman led off the third inning by smacking a triple before scoring her team’s fourth run. Then she did it with her glove, turning a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the sixth inning into an inning-killing double play.

Resh did it on the mound, where she held the Wildcats mostly off balance despite some fielding errors behind her. The biggest contribution from the right-hander, however, came at the plate in the bottom of the seventh when she hit a walk-off RBI single up the middle to give her team a 5-4 victory.

The Panthers claimed a fourth consecutive Division I title with the victory to improve to 13-2 in the league and 18-2 overall. Dallastown dropped to 11-3 in the league and 12-4 overall.

“I was trying to relax and make sure I was calm,” Resh said of her clutch hit. “All I needed was a base hit that gets through.”

She did that, chopping a ball past Dallastown pitcher Jaelyn Harbold that dribbled past second base for the game-winner with the bases loaded. As courtesy runner Erin Cabry crossed the plate, it assured the Panthers they would own the division crown outright and earn a berth into the York-Adams League Tournament.

“I was just so excited,” Resh said, while holding her bouquet of flowers from the team’s Senior Night festivities. “It was Senior Night and it’s just like ‘we got to win.’ And to do it against Dallastown makes it even better.”

Defensive struggles: The truth of the matter is, Resh’s hit probably should not have been needed. Typically a solid defensive squad, Central committed an unseemly five errors, the last of which allowed the Wildcats to tie the score in the top of the seventh.

“It didn’t affect me,” said Resh, who yielded 10 hits and struck out two without walking a batter. “I know that they’re a good fielding team behind me. We just had to push through everything.”

The Wildcats were able to threaten in every inning, but were undone by either bad luck or a lack of timely hitting. The visitors stranded 11 runners, including four over the first two innings, when they only scored a single run.

That proved to be costly. The Panthers were able to erase a 1-0 deficit after an inning by getting some big hits in the second. The first one was a two-out single by Monica Albers that drove in Kelsey Shifflett to tie it. After Resh walked, Haley Klunk singled to center. A Dallastown error allowed Albers to score before Kyla Caruso singled in Resh to make it 3-1.

The lead grew to 4-1 before the Wildcats finally got the bats going in the fourth. A single by Madisyn Johnson was followed by a triple by Lyndee Anders and then a single by Haylee Anders that cut the lead to 4-3.

Key double plays: Resh was able to escape further damage that inning, as well as each of the following three innings, despite allowing a combined 11 base runners. A double play ended the fifth when Resh caught a line drive before throwing to Wisner at third to double off Harbold.

But it was Wisner’s 5-2-3 double play that killed a Dallastown rally in the sixth that was really the difference maker. She fielded a grounder cleanly, threw to catcher Briannah Dobson, who then threw to first to complete the pretty play.

“That was just fantastic,” Wisner said. “It was a nice hop for me, for once, which is not often on this field. It’s not a friendly field. So I got a nice hop and threw it as hard as I could to Bri. Then I was screaming ‘get the double play’ and (Dobson) has a great arm. She just turned that and nailed her at first. That was great.”

Resh and company didn’t get down when a routine fly ball to left was misplayed in the seventh, allowing the tying run to get to second with one out. One batter later, it was Dallastown’s Kayla Flemmens who drove in the game-tying run with a single to left.

Despite the circumstances, the mood on the Central side was far from dejected.

“No one dropped their head, ever,” said Central York coach Shane Walker, whose team will face Division II champion Dover on Friday in the league playoff semifinals. “No one let up. Those things happen, it’s just how you bounce back.”

Wildcats look to rebound: That will be something that the Wildcats will have to do before they enter the District 3 tournament in a couple of weeks. Hoping to make the league playoffs for a second year in a row (they won a tie-breaker with Central last year), Coach Jeff Deardorff’s team will have to rebound.

“I guess the bottom line is that we just couldn’t get the runs in,” he said. “We got them on base, but we just couldn’t do it. But they (Central) are a really good team. One of our goals was to win the county championship, so obviously we’re not going to make that goal. But we have some goals of what we want to do in districts, so we’ll concentrate on that.”

Both Lyndee and Haylee Anders finished with two hits each, as did Harbold, who struck out three and walked four, and Flemmens for Dallastown. Caruso led the Panthers with three hits, while Dobson and Albers collected a pair each as part of an 11-hit attack.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

By PATRICK STROHECKER
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Time is quickly running out on Kelsie Weaver’s softball career at West York High School.

With postseason play out of the question for the Bulldogs, the senior will play in her final high school game on Monday night against Northeastern, fittingly, on Senior Night. She and seven others, who grew up together over the past four years, will be honored for their commitment to the Bulldogs program.

“We all grew up as seniors,” Weaver said. “There’s eight seniors on our team and when we grew up it was like a family, so it’s definitely going to be sad. When I say they’re my family, they’re really my family.”

But, for Weaver, in particular, Monday will be a final curtain call for a four-year varsity starter whose achievements rank her among the best softball players to don a Bulldogs uniform.

As a catcher, she already had more than most on her plate when it came to calling games in the field. While her impact behind the plate was instrumental in helping organize fielders and work with the pitchers, her biggest contribution to the team came at the plate.

A tough act to follow: With one game remaining this season, she’s hitting well over .500 and has 30 hits on the season. It’s an impressive season, to say the least, but not the first time she’s torched the stat sheets.

Her entire 2015 performance comes on the heels of a fantastic junior campaign in 2014. Last season, she earned the York-Adams League Division III Player of the Year honor and was named first team all-state. As a junior, she batted .450 and scored 19 runs. She also had just one passed ball and no errors in 21 games.

Weaver was fully aware of the standards she set for herself entering her final high school season.

“It was definitely special and it was hard to come back as a senior and try to match that,” Weaver said. “I’m glad I didn’t let the pressure go to my head as much, but it was definitely hard to match.”

Since her freshman year in 2012, all Weaver has done is improve. After posting only 12 hits in her first year at the varsity level, her hits continued to increase over the course of the last three seasons. Despite missing half of her sophomore year with a broken finger, she sits at 88 career hits with one game to go in her high school career.

College choice: Her strong play, both, offensively and defensively, got her noticed by colleges. Ultimately, she settled on Wheeling Jesuit University, a small NCAA Division II school in Wheeling, West Virginia.

There was a feeling of comfort when Weaver visited the campus on several occasions, including one with the coaching staff. She said one of the reasons she chose the school was because of the similarities she saw between Cardinals coach Kelli Williams and West York coach Chris Ilyes, who she said had the greatest impact on her development as a player.

On top of that, Weaver had a chance to meet many of the players who will become her new teammates next year. She’s excited at the prospect of playing college softball, even though her high school career is coming to a close.

“The (Wheeling Jesuit) girls are so positive,” she said. “I’m just really excited to get up there and work with them. … They’re like a family up there and I’m just excited to get into that family.”

Fond farewell: But, before Weaver can become a part of her new family at college, she has one last task at hand with her high school one. The 2015 season hasn’t exactly gone to plan, with the Bulldogs sitting at 7-10 overall and 6-7 within the Y-A Division II. That’s surely a major letdown after West York went 13-8 overall last year and finished second in Division III at 11-3.

It’ll be a bittersweet moment on Monday when Weaver and the other seniors play their final game for the school. But, she at least knows that her softball career is going to continue at the next level, while for many of the other seniors, Monday will be it.

The relationships Weaver developed with the girls in her class will be what she remembers most about her time at West York. It’s a major reason why she’s prepared for the next chapter in her life.

“I fell in love with (softball) and they’re definitely the reason why,” Weaver said. “They’ve made it so easy for me to get the accomplishments that I’ve had, like for all-state and stuff. They were always there for me.”

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com


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