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By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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SPRING GROVE — Victoria Ross had to wait until Wednesday to make her decision to attend Limestone College next fall official.

The reality is, however, that decision actually didn’t take all that long to make in the first place.

She knew that Limestone was where she wanted to be almost from the moment she stepped on the campus in Gaffney, S.C. this summer.

“I can’t wait,” she said shortly after her letter-of-intent signing in the career center at Spring Grove High School.

While Ross, a three-time York-Adams League girls’ golf champion, was busy looking into other schools for the better part of a year, it was actually Limestone and its women’s golf coach, Zack Seifert, who found her.

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“Coach (Seifert) emailed me about Limestone and I went to check it out,” Ross said. “And I really liked it. I felt like I had a really good connection with him while I was down there.”

After Seifert made her an official offer in early September, it didn’t take long for Ross to accept.

“He offered me a scholarship and I knew that I couldn’t pass that up,” she said. “I just knew (Limestone) was the one.”

The Saints recently concluded their fall season ranked No. 19 in NCAA Division II, so Ross knows she’ll be joining a well-decorated program. Like all other Division II golf programs, Limestone has both a fall and a spring season, so Ross will get plenty of chances to shine, while also being pushed by some of her female teammates, something she never was able to experience as the lone girl golfer at Spring Grove.

“I like playing with the guys, but it’s going to be different to have a whole girls’ team,” Ross said.

She’s also fortunate in that she won’t be the only District 3 golfer attending Limestone. Central Dauphin’s Ali Cooper, the girl who claimed the District 3-AAA crown in October after battling with Ross over five playoff holes, is also a Limestone recruit.

Despite falling to Cooper in that playoff, Ross holds no ill will toward her soon-to-be teammate.

Quite the opposite, in fact.

“I’m hoping that I can room with her,” said Ross, who is still undecided about her major. “She lives in Central Dauphin, so it’s really close for us.”

Besides playing with Cooper, Ross is looking forward to learning a lot about golf from Seifert.

“He had the video of my swing from the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) website and he told me, ‘I bet your misses are a fade or a draw,'” she said. “And everything he said was like dead on. My strengths and weaknesses … he knew it. The stuff he was saying just really blew my mind.”

Other signings: Ross was far from the only local athlete to sign a letter of intent on Wednesday. Following are some of the other area signings:

At West York, Brett Kinneman signed on to play baseball at NCAA Division I North Carolina State, Kari Lankford will play basketball at Shepherd and Kelsey Weaver will play softball at Wheeling Jesuit.

At York Catholic, Shannon Moore is headed Kennesaw State to play lacrosse, Hannah Laslo is going to Seton Hill to play basketball and Marissa Ressler will attend Mansfield to play basketball.

At Eastern York, Lauren Reichard will play NCAA Division I volleyball at Georgia Southern, while Conrad Rhein will attend Lynn University and play lacrosse.

At York Suburban, Maura Brehl will play volleyball at Pitt-Johnstown and Ali Plonk will play field hockey at York College.

Finally, Gettysburg’s Maggie Fees will play field hockey at West Chester.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT

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Ever since the Susquehannock softball teams won back-to-back PIAA Class AAA state titles in 2007 and 2008, the caliber of play in the York-Adams League has been on a steady rise.

Players are regularly graduating with offers to continue to play at high-level NCAA Division I and Division II programs.

Such is the case again this year after the York-Adams League coaches announced their players of the year and all-star teams.

In tribute to all of the talent across the league, each division honored two girls for the player-of-the-year awards.

Here’s a look at each player.

DIVISION I:

Sam Hartman, Dallastown, catcher: The Dallastown senior finished her high school career in style, leading the Wildcats to the Division I title as well as their first-ever York-Adams League title. The Dallastown catcher batted .466 for the season. She also drove in 35 runs, scored 24 runs and bashed 11 doubles, three triples and four homers, while slugging .519 with an on-base percentage of .863.

“I am most impressed with Sam’s intensity, intelligence, fierce competitive nature and her work ethic,” Dallastown coach Jeff Deardorff said. “Sam works on her softball skills year ’round. She plays high school ball in the spring, travel ball in the summer and fall and works out in the batting cages and catches numerous pitchers in the winter. Sam has exceptional leadership qualities and was our ‘field general’. She was a great role model for the younger girls on our team. They looked up to her for leadership and guidance.”

Perhaps Hartman’s best characteristic is that her game seems to elevate with the level of competition. In three of her team’s biggest games of the season — against Susquehannock, Central York and Delone Catholic — Hartman finished with seven hits in eight at-bats.

“Sam always looked forward to playing the best teams,” Deardorff said. “She loved the challenge and always seemed to have some of her best performances against the top teams in the league. For example, against Susquehannock she was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run, vs. Central she was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs and against Delone Catholic in the playoffs she was 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs.”

Hartman is also quite impressive in the classroom. She earned an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she will continue her softball career next year.

Taylor Rohrbaugh, Central York, pitcher: Already a two-time Player of the Year for the Panthers, Rohrbaugh closed out her high school career by making it a three-peat. The right-hander recorded a 13-2 record on the mound for Central while compiling a miniscule 0.44 ERA. She fanned 128 and only walked 22.

A strong work ethic and desire to get better every day are some of the things that have made Rohrbaugh, who led the Panthers to the District 3-AAAA quarterfinals, so special.

“Taylor is a great young lady that is dedicated to her craft,” Panthers coach Shane Walker said. “She works incredibly hard all year ’round. In fact, after team practice is over it is not uncommon to continue to see her practicing her pitching, tee work and other skills.”

All of the hard work that Rohrbaugh put into her training inevitably trickles down to her teammates, who have to work hard to keep up with the Central standout.

“Taylor worked over the offseason to get in the best shape of her high school career,” Walker said. “She was a leader for team offseason workouts and that work ethic will serve her well as she moves to the next level. Additionally, she worked with our youth program in open gyms and pitching lessons. Those are the attributes you want players to have to help keep (this) program strong.”

The LaSalle University recruit also did some damage at the plate, where she hit .352 for the season.

DIVISION II

Mallory Lebo, Susquehannock, center fielder: Perhaps one of the fastest players in the York-Adams League according to her coach, Don Mercadante, the Susquehannock leadoff hitter helped her team to the Division II title.

“Mallory has outstanding speed and quickness both at the plate and in the field,” Mercadante said. “Her ability to run bases and track down balls in center field is fun to watch. If she ran track, she’d be among the top sprinters in the county.”

For the season the Warrior sophomore batted .437 with four doubles, two triples, 19 runs scored, 12 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.

The improvement in those numbers — especially the extra-base hits — came as a result of Lebo’s desire to improve her play.

“Mallory is right-handed but learned to bunt and slap from the left side this year to be more versatile,” Mercadante said. “As a freshman last year, she batted .474 with 27 hits, all of which were singles. When her first double bounced against the outfield fence we realized how far she had come in such a short time.”

Haley Norton, Spring Grove, center fielder: The Rocket junior, who shared Player of the Year honors a year ago, batted .446 with four doubles, three triples and four homers for the season. She scored 23 times and drove in 20 while stealing seven bases to lead Spring Grove to a second-place finish in Division II.

A lot of those gaudy numbers came late in the season, when Norton found her groove at the plate.

“Toward the end of the season she started to relax, she stopped pressing and actually became a better player,” Spring Grove coach Mark Hull said. “In her last five games she went 11-for-18, had eight RBIs, two doubles, a triple and two home runs.”

And not unlike the other player-of-the-year winners, Norton’s push to improve her performance rubbed off on her teammates.

“She works hard and puts everything into the game,” Hull said. “She is very hard on herself when she is struggling, but she is always hustling and trying to get the most out of herself and her teammates.”

DIVISION III

Kelsie Weaver, West York, catcher: A catcher for the Bulldogs, Weaver batted .456, hit two home runs, three doubles and a triple, drove in 21 runs and scored 19 runs. She also slugged at a .650 clip and compiled a .522 on-base percentage.

What impressed West York coach Chris Ilyes most about his catcher was her work ethic.

“Kelsie is one of those players that works hard every day to get better” Ilyes said of the junior. “I pushed her all season to get faster on different aspects of catching and she responded each and every day. She has an attitude every coach wants. You tell her once on what you want and how to go about doing it and she just goes and gets it done and works until she gets it right.”

Such was the case for Weaver, who admitted to her coach that she had issues making contact with pitches over the outside corner of the plate.

“At the beginning of the season I asked each player if there was one pitch location that they struggled with the most and Kelsie told me she just can’t hit outside pitching,” Ilyes said. “We worked on outside pitches every day and each day she got more comfortable hitting outside, hitting the ball harder each time. As the games went on, when she hit an outside pitch she would have a big smile on her face and say ‘Coach I hit that outside pitch.’ By the end of season I was hoping teams would pitch her outside because she was drilling them.”

Julia D’Arrigo, Kennard-Dale, pitcher: The Division III Pitcher of the Year last season, D’Arrigo repeated after another banner season for the division champion Rams. The right-hander finished her senior campaign with a 12-5 record with an ERA of 3.44 while fanning 120.

“Julia has always put our team first ahead of her personal goals,” K-D coach Gregg Coulton said. “She truly loves the game of softball and has achieved great success through hard work and dedication to the game.”

Not exclusively a standout on the mound, the right-handed hitting D’Arrigo showed she can rake it at the plate. She batted .460 with two home runs and scored 24 runs.

For all of D’Arrigo’s exploits on the field, it was that team-first mentality that struck Coulton the most.

“For the last six games of our season and through District 3-AAA playoffs, Julia played through a back injury. She had clearance from her doctor to play and pitch. But when I questioned her about her pain and effectiveness, she suggested using our second pitcher. She felt we would be a better team with Alexis Valentine in the circle. This says it all.”

The K-D standout will continue her career next year at Lancaster Bible College.

DIVISION IV

Carrie Fix, York Catholic, shortstop/pitcher: The York Catholic senior put up monster numbers with the bat in her final high school season. The Messiah-bound shortstop/pitcher hit .737 with seven homers, 25 RBIs and a .941 on-base percentage. On the mound, Fix fanned 120 over 63 innings.

“She always knew her batting average from Day 1,” Irish coach Gary Fissel said. “She hit with power and average. Then she would pitch and strike out the side. I’m thinking ‘wow it takes a lot of focus to do one or the other and she was focused on both sides of the lines.’ This is something not many people can say on a professional level, let alone at the (high school) level.”

Perhaps just as important as her impressive numbers was Fix’s leadership role on what was a fairly inexperienced York Catholic squad.

“After the 2013 season we lost six starters,” Fissel said. “Going into the 2014 season we had six players that sat on the bench last year and three more girls who never played the game before. Carrie’s leadership to help motivate, coach and take these girls under her wing and make them better players, I feel, made her better as well. Maybe it was a way to help take pressure off of herself. The unbelievable season she had was the result of her selfless acts of supporting and helping to make everyone around her better.”

Shelbee Holcomb, Delone Catholic, shortstop: The Delone shortstop hit .615 with six homers, four doubles, four triples, 26 runs scored, eight stolen bases and 29 RBIs to help lead her team to the District 3-AA title contest and the PIAA quarterfinals.

What impressed Delone coach Don Smith the most was Holcomb’s ability to come through in big moments.

“Her ability to hit in clutch situations,” he said. “Twice during the year she tied games with base hits with two outs in the seventh inning.”

Another attribute of Holcomb’s was her ability to make contact.

“She is very difficult to strike out,” Smith said of his sophomore. “In fact she didn’t strike out all year.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

YORK-ADAMS LEAGUE SOFTBALL COACHES ALL-STAR TEAMS

DIVISION I

Player of the Year: Sam Hartman, Dallastown, catcher, senior.

Pitcher of the Year: Taylor Rohrbaugh, Central York, senior.

Coach of the Year: Jeff Deardorff, Dallastown.

First Team

Kirsten Hertzog, South Western, second base, senior.

Misty Montgomery, Red Lion, catcher, junior.

Megan Chapman, Red Lion, shortstop, senior.

Kayla Merriman, Dallastown, pitcher/first base, senior.

Ashley Werner, Dallastown, left field, senior.

Haylee Anders, Dallastown, third base, junior.

Lyndee Anders, Dallastown, second base, freshman.

Mel Grant, Dallastown, right field, sophomore.

Madisyn Johnson, Dallastown, center field, sophomore.

Ally Dziwis, Central York, catcher, senior.

Kyla Caruso, Central York, shortstop, junior.

Kelsey Wisner, Central York, third base, junior.

Second Team

Angie Delise, Central York, center field, senior.

Alison Posey, Red Lion, outfield, senior.

Madison Smith, New Oxford, shortstop/catcher, freshman.

Cali Bailey, New Oxford, first base, sophomore.

Kylie Toomey, South Western, pitcher, sophomore.

Katie Shultz, Red Lion, pitcher, senior.

Taylor Gould, Red Lion, senior.

Kayla Resh, Central York, outfield/pitcher, junior.

Kelsey Shifflett, Central York, right field, junior.

Maggie Noll, Dallastown, shortstop, sophomore.

Kayla Flemmens, Dallastown, center field, sophomore.

Danielle Ludwig, Dallastown, first base/outfield, sophomore.

DIVISION II

Co-Players of the Year: Mallory Lebo, Susquehannock, center field, sophomore, and Haley Norton, Spring Grove, center field, junior.

Coach of the Year: David Turybury, York Suburban.

First Team

Ally Sweitzer, Northeastern, pitcher, junior.

Emmy Turybury, York Suburban, catcher, junior.

Brooke Day, York Suburban, junior.

Maddy Staub, Susquehannock, third base, sophomore.

Sara Lynch, Susquehannock, pitcher, senior.

Megan Rogers, Susquehannock, first base, senior.

Jenna Jacoby, Spring Grove, pitcher, senior.

Caraline Cornman, Spring Grove, catcher, freshman.

Natalie Cutright, Dover, shortstop, sophomore.

Mecaela Heffley, Dover, left field, senior.

Second Team

Lily Yoakum, Susquehannock, catcher, sophomore.

Madi Shockey, Susquehannock, second base, junior.

Lexi Gohn, Dover, pitcher, junior.

Karsyn Blauser, Dover, catcher, junior.

Olivia Etcheson, York Suburban, pitcher, sophomore.

Sara Golden, York Suburban, junior.

Alex Botts, Spring Grove, right field, junior.

Julie Wivell, Spring Grove, utility, freshman.

Kayla Jordan, Northeastern.

Maddie Renard, Northeastern, pitcher.

DIVISION III

Player of the Year: Kelsie Weaver, West York, catcher, junior.

Pitcher of the Year: Julia D’Arrigo, Kennard-Dale, senior.

Coach of the Year: Chris Ilyes, West York.

First Team

McKenzie Summers, Littlestown, pitcher, sophomore.

Katlin Yealy, Littlestown, shortstop, sophomore.

Emily Lanahan, Littlestown, catcher/left field, sophomore.

Rhiannon McGlone, Kennard-Dale, shortstop, junior.

Kaila Beach, Kennard-Dale, third base, sophomore.

Sara Driggers, Kennard-Dale, catcher, senior.

Kayla Michael, West York, pitcher/shortstop, junior.

Keara Hepler, West York, third base, junior.

Jossalin Shipley, West York, pitcher/shortstop, sophomore.

Lauren Reichard, Eastern York, shortstop, junior.

Mariah Miller, Eastern York, third base, senior.

Sierra Arnold, Eastern York, pitcher/left field, senior.

Kaitlynn Sollenberger, Eastern York, first base, senior.

Morgan Williams, Bermudian Springs, catcher, sophomore.

MacKenzie Farley, Bermudian Springs, shortstop, sophomore.

Second Team

Shelby Dews, Littlestown, sophomore.

Caitlyn Price, Littlestown, senior.

Kelsey Dews, Littlestown, sophomore.

Sheyenne White, Littlestown, senior.

Alexis Valentine, Kennard-Dale, pitcher/left, sophomore.

Nicole McCleary, Kennard-Dale, center field, sophomore.

Claire Flohr, West York, first base, junior.

Sarah Godfrey, West York, second base, junior.

Alison Ross, West York, second base, junior.

Gabrielle Ilyes, West York, pitcher/left field, freshman.

Erin Kalke, Eastern York, catcher, senior.

Anna Arnsberger, Eastern York, center field, junior.

DIVISION IV

Co-Players of the Year: Carrie Fix, York Catholic, pitcher, senior, and Shelbee Holcomb, Delone Catholic, shortstop, sophomore.

Pitcher of the Year: Carrie Fix, York Catholic, senior.

Coach of the Year: Don Smith, Delone Catholic.

First Team

Deanna Laughman, Delone Catholic, third base, senior.

Cassie Rickrode, Delone Catholic, pitcher, sophomore.

Katie Laughman, Delone Catholic, second base, sophomore.

Lauren Smith, Hanover, third base, junior.

Emily Albright, Hanover, catcher, junior.

Maddie Wenk, Biglerville, shortstop, junior.

Sam Starner, Biglerville, third base, senior.

Kaitlin Barron, Fairfield, catcher, junior.

Megan Leckemby, Fairfield, outfield, junior.

Nicole Kinjerski, Fairfield, pitcher, senior.

Second Team

Shayna Rider, Delone Catholic, outfield, junior.

Lauryn King, Delone Catholic, catcher, freshman.

Mikayla McCleaf, Delone Catholic, outfield, freshman.

Lindsay McWilliams, York Tech, pitcher, sophomore.

Helayna Stanko, Biglerville, outfield, sophomore.

Liz Lynch, York Catholic, outfield, junior.

Grayson Capp, Hanover, outfield, sophomore.

Kelsey Fissel, York Catholic, outfield, junior.

Ashley Small, Fairfield, infield, senior.

COLUMN By JOHN WALK

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In case you haven’t heard by now (you probably have), the Central York and Northeastern boys’ volleyball teams departed State College on Saturday with PIAA state gold medals.

That concluded runs by the most successful sports programs to come out of the York-Adams League this spring season, following a pair of District 3 titles between the teams, and Central beating Northeastern in the league tournament title game. The Panthers and Bobcats also finished one-two in the regular-season league standings.

It also brought an end to the spring sports season.

Well, for York-Adams League teams, anyway. The state tournaments for baseball and softball wrap up this week.

So, what better time than now to have a brief look back on what league teams did across all spring sports? To make things a bit easier, I thought it might be a good idea on doing a recap by the numbers. On second thought, maybe this wrap-up will make your brain hurt, if you, like me, would opt for banging your head against a wall instead of doing math.

State qualifiers: We’ll go in reverse order here, from the state tournament all the way back to division title winners. First up, we have state qualifiers. Boys’ volleyball led the way with three (the aforementioned Central York and Northeastern, along with York Suburban), followed by a pair of baseball teams (York Catholic and Northeastern, the latter reaching the state quarterfinals) and one softball team (Delone Catholic, which reached the quarterfinals as well).

Districts: The Central York and Northeastern boys’ volleyball teams each won District 3 gold. The York Catholic baseball and Delone Catholic softball teams were district runners-up. As far as district qualifiers, the sport of softball led the way with 10, followed by baseball (eight), volleyball (six), boys’ lacrosse (five), girls’ lacrosse (four) and boys’ tennis (three).

League: Dallastown won league tournaments in softball and boys’ lacrosse. The remaining three league tournaments had different winners: Central York in boys’ volleyball, Spring Grove in baseball and York Catholic in girls’ lacrosse.

Across all sports, six schools won multiple division titles in the York-Adams League, led by South Western (girls’ lacrosse, boys’ tennis, girls’ track) and Delone Catholic (baseball, softball, boys’ track) each winning three. Central York (boys’ volleyball, softball), West York (baseball, boys’ lacrosse), Susquehannock (baseball, softball) and Kennard-Dale (softball, girls’ lacrosse) each won a pair of division crowns. Spring Grove (baseball), Dallastown (boys’ lacrosse), York Catholic (boys’ tennis), Red Lion (boys’ track), York Suburban (boys’ track), Dover (girls’ track) and Biglerville (girls’ track) each had one division title.

Now for a quick recap.

Oh, never mind. I have to go find the nearest wall. Then figure out what to do until Aug. 11, the start date of fall sports practice.

— Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.

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Delone Catholic’s postseason softball run came to an end on Thursday afternoon with a 4-2 loss to Central Columbia at Fleetwood in a PIAA Class AA state quarterfinal game.

The game was tied 2-2 when the District 4 champions plated two runs in the fifth inning. The first run scored on a swinging bunt, while the second came home on a sacrifice fly.

Central Columbia advanced to the state semifinals for the third time in six years.

Delone, the District 3-AA runner-up, finished at 18-5. The state quarterfinal finish matched Delone’s best-ever softball finish. The Squirettes had just one senior (Deanna Laughman) in its starting lineup.

Central Columbia opened the scoring with two runs in the second, but Delone answered with two of its own in the third on RBI singles by Shelbee Holcomb and MiKayla McCleaf.

Cassie Rickrode went the distance for Delone, striking out two and walking two. Paige Siequist went the distance for Central Columbia, striking out five and walking two. She did not allow a hit in her last three innings.

The Squirettes were outhit, 8-5.

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Delone Catholic outlasted Conwell-Egan 7-6 in nine innings on Monday afternoon to advance to the PIAA Class AA state quarterfinals.

The game was played at Arcadia University in Glenside.

The Squirettes fell behind 4-1 after five innings, thanks largely to some sloppy fielding, which allowed District 12-AA champion Conwell-Egan to score three unearned runs against Delone starter Cassie Rickrode. Delone finished with four errors.

Delone, the District 3-AA runner-up, scored two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh force extra innings.

In the sixth, Mikayla McCleaf and Lori Sheaffer had RBI singles. In the seventh, Deanna Laughman, who finished with three hits, singled and moved to second on a wild pitch and third on a ground out. She scored on Shelbee Holcomb’s RBI hit.

Delone plated three runs in the top of the ninth, highlighted by Holcomb’s two-run double. It gave Delone its first lead of the game. Holcomb finished with four RBIs. Conwell-Egan scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t complete the comeback.

Conwell-Egan nearly won the game in the bottom of the seventh when they had the winning run on third with one out, but Delone’s Katie Laughman and Deanna Laughman turned a line drive into a nifty double play to end the threat.

Rickrode got the complete-game win, striking out three and walking none.

The Squirettes (18-4) have now advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 1999.

Delone will face District 4-AA champion Central Columbia in Thursday’s quarterfinals. The site and time for that game have yet to be determined. Central Columbia downed District 2-AA champion Holy Cross in a first-round game on Monday, 5-4, in eight innings.

By DICK VANO’LINDA

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NEW OXFORD — The memory of a rout in 2013 was fresh on the minds of the Shippensburg softball players whey they took the field against Kennard-Dale on Wednesday afternoon.

“Last year, we lost to them (14-4) on this field,” Shippensburg head coach Mike Peters said. “They (the Shippensburg players) were all out here crying.”

This year, the Greyhounds were smiling after a 4-0 victory over K-D in the District 3-AAA semifinals.

Revenge is sweet, but getting a chance to play for a district championship is even sweeter.

Shippensburg rode the outstanding pitching of Morgan Newell into the final. Newell checked the Rams on three hits. The senior right-hander struck out 11 and didn’t allow any walks.

“She had a lot of rise on her ball, and that threw off our team,” K-D’s Julia Peters said. “It was disappointing to lose today, but we still have tomorrow. (K-D will take on Lampeter-Strasburg in the district third-place game with the winner gaining a spot in the state tournament).”

Peters delivered one of the Rams’ hits (a third-inning double), and she was robbed of a second hit.

“All season, I’ve been struggling, but today, I broke through,” Peters said. “I told myself to keep my eyes on it (the ball).”

Peters produced an outstanding first at bat. After falling behind in the count, 0-2, she took two balls and then stayed alive by fouling off two pitches. On the seventh pitch, the Rams’ second baseman belted a ball over the right-fielder’s head.

Peters’ next at bat came in the fifth inning with a runner on third and two outs. She made solid contact on a 1-2 pitch and drove a hard ground ball toward the hole between third base and shortstop. Shippensburg shortstop Nicole Baker made a terrific backhand stop and threw out Peters at first base to end the inning.

“I thought I was going to get Sarah Baldwin in,” Peters said.

Baldwin had reached on a single and raced to third base on an error.

K-D’s third, and final, hit of the game came in the seventh inning when Julia D’Arrigo hammered a double to the gap in left-center field.

“There was definitely a revenge factor today,” K-D head coach Gregg Coulton said. “We knew they (Shippensburg) were going to be tough. We were totally undisciplined at the plate. I didn’t have them prepared today.”

Courtney Coy, a freshman, led the Shippensburg offense by going 3-for-3 (triple and two singles) and driving in two runs. The Greyhounds scored two runs in the fourth and two runs in the sixth.

Shippensburg will now turn its attention to the district final, where it will bid for the school’s first district softball crown since 2003.

K-D, meanwhile, will attempt to keep its season alive and advance to the state tournament. The Rams’ game against Lampeter-Strasburg is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Millersville University.

“We didn’t talk about states,” Peters said. “We wanted to win our division. (The Rams did capture the York-Adams Division III title). States would be a great run for us.”

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.

York Dispatch Staff Report

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York Catholic High School’s Carrie Fix will play NCAA Division III softball at Messiah College in Grantham.

Fix was a four-year varsity starter for York Catholic and a starting pitcher for the past two years. She was named the York-Adams Division IV Co-Player of the Year for her sophomore year, was named to the Division IV All-Star Team her junior year and was named Co-Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year for Division IV her senior year. This season, in 63 innings pitched, she recorded 120 strikeouts and nine walks. She had a .737 batting average with seven homers and 25 RBIs. Fix was selected to the 2013 Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association Class AA All-State Softball Second Team and was honored with a 2014 Shipley Distinguished Achievement Award.

Fix plans to study biology.

 

York Dispatch Staff Report

The Delone Catholic Squirettes knocked off the defending state champions on Tuesday night in a softball game that ended after 11:15 p.m.

Delone downed Brandywine Heights, 9-4, in a District 3-AA semifinal contest at Garrett Field in Lancaster County.

The Delone-Brandywine game was pushed back when the first game at Garrett Field, between Susquenita and Pequea Valley, was delayed by rain. Susquenita eventually won that game, 5-0. It was almost 9:30 p.m. when the Delone-Brandywine game started.

The fourth-seeded Squirettes improved to 17-3, while top-seeded Brandywine finished at 22-2.

Delone, which clinched a state playoff berth with the win, will now take on No. 2 seed Susquenita (19-2) in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Garrett Field.

COLUMN By DICK VANO’LINDA

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Nineteen York-Adams teams began a quest for District 3 baseball and softball championships last week.

Just four of those teams — York Catholic and Northeastern in baseball and Kennard-Dale and Delone Catholic in softball — still have title hopes.

York Catholic secured a spot in the Class A baseball championship game for the second straight season.

The Fighting Irish will take on the team they defeated in last year’s title contest, Lancaster County Christian. The game is set for Thursday at either Santander Stadium in York or First Energy Stadium in Reading.

Lancaster County Christian, the No. 1-seeded team, defeated Mount Calvary Christian, 3-0, and Antietam, 3-2, in the first two rounds. York Catholic, the No. 2 seed, scored victories over High Point Baptist, 12-2, and Millersburg, 9-1.

Lancaster County Christian (15-1) is appearing in the Class A final for the third straight year. The Lions captured the 2012 championship before falling to York Catholic last year, 7-1.

The Fighting Irish earned a spot in the district final three of the last four years. York Catholic fell to Oley Valley in the 2011 Class AA title game.

This year’s Fighting Irish team was only 3-7 at the midway point of the season, but turned things around by winning eight of its last 10 games.

Northeastern, meanwhile, is making its deepest district run since 2004, when it fell to Brandywine Heights in the Class AA title game. The Bobcats made an unforgettable recovery from that loss by defeating Phoenixville, Mansfield, Brandywine Heights and Huntingdon to capture the state championship.

The 2014 Northeastern team will take on West Perry in the District 3-AAA semifinals on Tuesday. The Bobcats and Mustangs will clash at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Northern York High School, in Dillsburg.

Northeastern, the No. 8-seeded team, will check in with a 14-8 record, while West Perry, the No. 12-seeded club, will come in at 17-5.

The Bobcats reached this stage of the tournament by defeating Donegal (10-7) and Middletown (4-2). The Mustangs earned their ticket to the semifinals with victories over Northern Lebanon (7-1) and Bishop McDevitt (8-1).

Kennard-Dale is coming off a 3-2 victory over top-seeded and defending champion Greencastle-Antrim. The eighth-seeded Rams also secured a one-run victory in the opening round (1-0 over Middletown).

Kennard-Dale (16-5) will match up with fourth-seeded Shippensburg (17-5) in the semifinals. The contest is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at New Oxford High School.

Shippensburg gained victories over Palmyra (6-1) and Susquehannock (6-4) in its two district games so far.

Kennard-Dale’s 1990 team won the District 3-AA championship (there were only three classes at the time).

Delone Catholic will bid to take out top-seeded Brandywine Heights in a Class AA semifinal matchup. The Squirettes and Bullets will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Garrett Field In Willow Street (Lancaster County).

Both teams are coming off shutout victories (Delone 8-0 over Annville-Cleona and Brandywine 10-0 over Littlestown).

Brandywine Heights is 21-2 overall, and Delone Catholic is 16-3.

The Bullets have won seven district titles. The Squirettes finished on top of District 3 Class A in 1999.

— Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT

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GRANTHAM — Central York softball coach Scott Walker knew that the seeding entering Thursday afternoon’s District 3-AAAA quarterfinal contest wouldn’t mean much.

So, even though the No. 2-seeded Panthers were expected to advance toward the district finals, any team could derail them on any give day.

Unfortunately for Walker and company, that day was Thursday. Lower Dauphin, the No. 7 seed, combined timely hitting, solid defense and a nifty pitching performance from Ava Bottiglia (seven hits allowed, seven strikeouts, no walks) to send Central home for the season.

The Falcons plated three runs in the fourth inning while Bottiglia held the Panthers to seven hits and a run to complete the 6-1 “upset” in a contest played at Messiah College.

The loss ended the season for Central at 19-3. Lower Dauphin improved to 19-4.

“We knew coming in that they were a well-coached, well-disciplined team,” Walker said. “The seeds at this point, honestly, make very little difference. We knew we were in for a battle. The girls came out and kept working, but it was just a little too much and a little too late.

The too much was in reference to the Falcons’ fourth. A single, a hit batter and another single loaded the bases. Central pitcher Taylor Rohrbaugh induced a fielder’s choice grounder that resulted in a force out at home before surrendering a RBI single and then a two-run double. The double, however, turned into a double play when LD’s Jamie Knaub tried to stretch her hit to the fence in center into a triple. The runner on third held up and Central was able to get both runners tagged out to end the frame.

In the bottom of the frame, Kelsey Wisner came mere inches away from a would-be two-run homer. Wisner’s drive clanked off the top of the fence in left and resulted in a double, but teammate Cheyenne Miller was gunned down at the plate trying to score from first to end the inning.

“We put the bat on the ball,” said Walker, whose club collected seven hits over the final five innings. “No one can say we weren’t hitting, but we knew they were a strong defensive team and they were going to make the routine plays.”

Lower Dauphin center fielder Kayla Hall tracked down a couple of well-hit balls in the outfield, turning potential doubles into outs. One of those plays came in the first when Kyla Caruso’s fly ball seemed destined to fall into the gap with a runner on second. Hall, however, got a good jump on it and caught up to the ball on the run for the final out.

On the other side, some wildness by Rohrbaugh (two walks, three hit batters) combined with timely hitting (11 hits) gave the Falcons chances to score in every frame. The La Salle University-bound right-hander, however, was able to escape unblemished in four of those frames.

“You can get away with some of that stuff early in the season, but when you start getting into the playoffs, teams will make plays,” Walker said. “And we knew that was what every team was capable of.”

The Panthers were able to avoid being shut out in the seventh when Kelsey Shiflett stroked a run-scoring single to center with two outs. Bottiglia, however, forced Haley Klunk to hit into a game-ending pop-out to finish off Walker’s side.

The sour ending wasn’t quite the way Rohrbaugh, the program’s all-time winningest pitcher, envisioned going out. Along with fellow four-year starters in catcher Ally Dziwis and center fielder Angie Delise, those three were main reasons behind Central’s success.

“You can’t ask for anything more from those seniors,” Walker said. “They’ve led their entire time here and it’s hard to see them walk off the field like that. I certainly think we had a chance here today, but hats off to Lower Dauphin. They came out and played a really good game.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.