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Dallastown 8, South Western 1: At Dallastown, the Wildcats rolled behind a complete-game two-hitter from pitcher JaeLynn Harbold, who struck out eight and walked two. Lyndee Anders was 4-for-4 for the winners. Haylee Anders, Kayla Collins, Madisyn Johnson and Kayla Flemmens each added two hits for Dallastown. Haylee Anders and Johnson tripled, while Harbold and Kayla Collins doubled. Katelin Willingham had both South Western hits. Dallastown (10-2 overall) moved into a first-place tie with Central York in York-Adams Division I at 9-1.

Red Lion 16, Northeastern 6: At Manchester, the Lions used two big innings (six runs in the fourth and five runs in the seventh) to grab the win. Megan Teal led the Lions, going 2-for-5, including a three-run homer. Also for the Lions, Brynn Leiphard went 2-for-4, Serena Zearfoss went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Hayley Taylor went 2-for-5, including a double. For the Bobcats, Katelynn Reed went 3-for-5.

Kennard-Dale 15, Hanover 0: At Fawn Grove, the Rams rolled to a three-inning, mercy-rule triumph, helped by 13 walks allowed by Hanover pitching. Brittany Orwig pitched three shutout innings to get the win, allowing two hits. She struck out two and walked none. K-D needed just four hits to plate 15 runs. K-D improved to 12-1 overall and 9-0 in York-Adams Division III.

New Oxford plated six unearned runs to knock off first-place Dover 6-5 on Wednesday in York-Adams softball action.

The loss dropped the Eagles to 9-5 overall and 7-3 in Division II. New Oxford improved to 4-7 overall and 3-7 in Division I.

Alanna Molz got the win on the mound, pitching a complete game and allowing four earned runs. Ivy Becker (two hits, one RBI) and Bryanna Parks (two hits, one run) led the New Oxford attack.

Dover was paced by Jordan Baum (three hits, one RBI), Cierra Hockensmith (two hits, two runs, one RBI) and Alyssa Lawton (two hits, one RBI).


Eastern York 17, York Tech 9: At York Tech, Sierra Arnold got it done at the plate and in the circle for the victorious Golden Knights. Arnold tossed all seven innings, scattering nine runs on 11 hits while striking out six and walking two to collect the win. She was also 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs and a double and a triple. Ashley Tolley was 3-for-4 with a double for Tech.

South Western 13, Northeastern 4: At South Western, Mustangs catcher Allie Zombro led the way with a 4-for-4 effort from the plate. That outburst included four RBIs, two home runs and a double. Allie Fleming came on in relief, pitching two innings, striking out four and walking two to collect the win. She also went 3-for-4 with two triples and a double. Ciara Coombes was 2-for-3 for the Bobcats.

Central York 6, West York 3: At Central York, Kelsey Wisner and Briannah Dobson were each 1-for-3 with two RBIs for the Panthers. Wisner also scored a run. Kayla Resh scattered 10 hits over seven innings to collect the win, She struck out three and walked two. West York received a 3-for-4, two-RBI effort from Jossalin Shipley. Central improved to 11-1 overall and 9-1 in York-Adams Division I.

Delone Catholic 7, York Suburban 4: At Delone Catholic, Shelbee Holcomb and Lori Sheaffer had three hits each to lead the Squirettes. Lauryn King slammed a two-run homer, highlighting a four-run sixth for Delone.

Kennard-Dale 7, Fairfield 6: At Fairfield, the Rams trailed 6-3 entering the top of the seventh, but plated three runs in their final at bat to capture the win. Kaila Beach and Alexis Valentine led the Rams by each going 2-for-3, including a solo homer. Rhiannon McGlone also went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for the Rams. K-D improved to 11-1 overall and 8-0 in York-Adams Division III. For the Green Knights, Kaitlin Barron went 2-for-4, including a three-run double.

Spring Grove 7, Susquehannock 4: At Spring Grove, Julia Wivell’s dual effort helped the Rockets get past the Warriors. Wivell tossed a complete game in the circle, scattering 10 hits over seven innings, striking out one and walking three to get the win. Wivell also added a pair of home runs to her own victorious cause. Ally Kerr and Kristi Langhans doubled for the Warriors.


Dover 8, Spring Grove 7 (8 Innings): At Dover, Cassandra Root’s one-out, bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the eighth scored Alyssa Lawton from third to clinch the Eagles’ victory. Lawton started the inning off with a single, stole second and later moved over on an sacrifice to get into position to score. Root finished 4-for-5, including a double, with two RBIs, while Lawton went 4-for-5. Also for Dover, Natalie Cutright went 3-for-4, including a double, with four RBIs; Meghan Goodman went 3-for-4; and Taylor Lamparter had a three-run triple. For the Rockets, Julia Wivell went 2-for-4, including a two-run homer, while Jayme Hoover went 2-for-3. First-place Dover improved to 7-2 in York-Adams Division II and 9-4 overall.

Central 16, Susquehannock 2 (5 Innings): At Glen Rock, the Panthers plated 12 runs in the top of the third en route to the win. Rachel Butler led the Panthers with two homers, four RBIs and three runs scored. Also for Central, Kyla Caruso went 3-for-3, including a homer and a double, with three runs and two RBIs; Kelsey Wisner went 2-for-3, including a double, with two RBIs and two runs; Briannah Dobson went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs; Monica Albers went 2-for-4; and Haley Klunk went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs. For the Warriors, Kristi Langhans went 2-for-2. Central improved to 8-1 in York-Adams Division I and 10-1 overall. Susquehannock fell to 5-4 in Division II and 7-5 overall.

York Suburban 15, York Catholic 0 (3 innings): At Suburban, the home team rolled behind a three-inning no-hitter from Olivia Eytcheson. She struck out four and walked none. She also had a homer and two RBIs. Suburban also got big offensive games from Hannah Taylor (2-for-3, three RBIs, two runs), Susan Lloyd (2-for-3), Emily Turybury (2-for-3, two RBIs), Jessica Clancy (homer, three runs scored) and Alexis Jury (2-for-2, double).

Kennard-Dale 14, Biglerville 4: At Fawn Grove, the first-place Rams improved to 11-1 overall and 8-0 in York-Adams Division III. Alexis Valentine pitched a complete-game six-hitter, striking out two and walking one. The Rams pounded out 17 hits, including doubles by Valentine, Kaila Beach, Nicole McCleary, Jessica Rubelmann and Megan Gereny.


West York 12, Red Lion 7: At West York, the Bulldogs broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fourth, when they plated eight runs, to take the lead for good. Gabby Ilyes led the Bulldogs by going 3-for-4, including a double, with two runs scored. Also for West York, Kelsie Weaver went 2-for-3, Keara Hepler went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored and Kellie Caudill and Allison Ross each had two RBIs. For the Lions, Paige Taylor had three RBIs, while Riley Warner picked up two RBIs.

Eastern York 10, Biglerville 3: At Wrightsville, Anna Armsberger led the Golden Knights by going 4-for-4 at the plate, including two doubles. Lexi Graham had two doubles, while Christina Gonzales and Emily Mack each went 2-for-3. Samantha Himes went 2-for-4 with a double. For the Canners, Maddie Wenk went 2-for-4, including a solo homer.

In a meeting of two of the top teams in the York-Adams League, Central York downed visiting Dover 7-4 on Thursday.

With the win, Central moved into a first-place tie with Dallastown atop Division I at 7-1. The Panthers are 9-1 overall.

Dover, meanwhile, dropped to 8-4 overall and 6-2 in Division II. The Eagles, however, still lead Division II.

Kayla Resh picked up the win on the mound, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing zero earned runs. Dover plated four runs in the seventh, but they were all unearned. Rachel Butler got the save by getting the final out in the seventh.

Resh also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored. Briannah Dobson led Central at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs, while Butler doubled and tripled and scored two runs.

Alexis Gohn had two hits and an RBI for Dover, while Karsyn Blauser also had two hits and Natalie Cutright doubled. Taylor Lamparter pitched a complete game for Dover.


Kennard-Dale 9, Bermudian Springs 2: At York Springs, the Rams continued their perfect York-Adams Division III season, improving to 6-0 in the division and 9-1 overall. Alexis Valentine pitched a complete-game six-hitter, striking out 11 and walking one. She was also 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs. Kaila Beach was 3-for-3 for the winners, including a double, with two RBIs and two runs scored.

York Suburban 10, Biglerville 4: At Suburban, Emily Turybury led the Trojans, going 3-for-3, including a double. Also for Suburban, Olivia Eytcheson went 2-for-4, including a triple, with three RBIs; Sarah Hartinger went 2-for-2; and Susan Lloyd went 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Eytcheson also picked up the complete-game victory on the mound, striking out seven and walking none.

Eastern York 19, York Catholic 0 (3 Innings): At Wrightsville, the Golden Knights led 10-0 after the first inning and cruised from there. Karley Livelsberger led the Golden Knights, going 2-for-3, including a double. Teammate Ashton Evans went 2-for-3.


Much of Central York’s 1-0 softball victory against Dallastown on Wednesday went as expected in a meeting of the top two teams in York-Adams Division I.

The game came down to the final inning, and it was a pitchers’ duel, featuring a lone run and a combined seven hits.

“About what I expected,” Panthers coach Shane Walker said. “I would have been disappointed with anything less.”

However, it was an unusual series in the top of the seventh inning that would allow Central (6-1 Division I, 8-1 overall) to triumph and pull within a half game of the Wildcats (7-1, 8-2) for the division lead.

With neither team able to generate much offense, the Panthers resorted to small-ball tactics to earn their run.

Central started the final frame with a single from catcher Briannah Dobson, who was replaced on the base paths by courtesy runner Erin Cabry. That was followed by a bunt single by center fielder Kelsey Shifflett. Monica Albers attempted a sacrifice bunt in the next at-bat, and when Wildcats catcher Melanie Grant’s throw to first hit Albers on the helmet and caromed away from the defense, Cabry rounded third and thought she had scored.

But the umpires got together and ruled that Albers was in the field of play when the ball struck her, ruling her out. Cabry was forced to return to third base.

In the next at-bat, Cabry’s quickness was on display when teammate Alyssa Stonebraker tried bunting to reach an open first base.

Cabry trekked down the line as she watched to see if Grant would try to get the out at first. Instead, Cabry ended up in a rundown on the third-base line. A series of quick cuts and short sprints later, she was back at third safely and the Panthers had the bases loaded with one out.

Panthers pitcher Kayla Resh would later help her own cause, hitting a slow roller to shortstop Maggie Noll. Cabry turned on the speed and was able to beat Noll’s throw to the plate for the eventual winning run.

“We just called her up (from the junior varsity), it’s the first time she’s ever put on the (varsity) uniform. She’s a special little player and she’s especially quick,” Walker said of the freshman. “And we needed some speed, so we brought her up and gave her an opportunity. Talk about coming through.”

Cabry’s usage was initially in question, though, after suffering an ankle injury in a JV game Friday.

Dobson had walked in her previous two at-bats, but with Cabry’s status in doubt, Walker elected to use a different runner the first time. Cabry replaced Dobson for the first time in the fifth, but couldn’t get past third base.

Both pitchers were sharp in the circle in complete-game efforts. Resh gave up three hits, striking out three and walking one.

Dallastown’s Jaelyn Harbold took the tough-luck loss, surrendering four hits, striking out four and walking three.

Haley Klunk’s sixth-inning double was the only other hit for Central. Grant singled for the Wildcats and Lyndee Anders was 2-for-3 with a double.

Despite the loss, Dallastown coach Jeff Deardorff is confident his club will rebound.

“They played good defense, we got really good pitching, we just didn’t hit,” Deardorff said. “We’ll be OK, they all have short memories. Tomorrow at practice they’ll be looking forward to Friday’s game. They won’t dwell on this.”

The two teams will get together again May 4 in a match-up that will likely decide the division race.

“That’ll be the tale of the tape,” Walker said.


Dover 8, Susquehannock 6: At Dover, Natalie Cutright’s two-run triple in the fifth inning broke a 5-5 tie and led Dover to the win in a battle of York-Adams Division II leaders. Cutright finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Dover also got big offensive games from Alyssa Lawton (2-for-3, three stolen bases), Lexi Gohn (2-for-3), Cassandra Root (2-for-4, RBI), Karsyn Blauser (3-for-4) and Meghan Goodman (2-for-3). Gohn also got the win on the mound, allowing four earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. Susquehannock’s offensive leaders were Mallory Lebo (2-for-4), Lily Yoakum (2-for-4), Maddy Staub (2-for-4) and Ally Kerr (double, two walks). First-place Dover improved to 8-3 overall and 6-1 in the division. Susquehannock fell to 6-4 and 4-3.

Northeastern 5, West York 0: At Manchester, Katelynn Reed led the Bobcats by going 3-for-4, including a double. Also for Northeastern, Krista Anderson went 2-for-4, including a triple; Alli Sweitzer went 2-for-3 with a double; Kayla Jordan went 2-for-3; and Caitlyn Reinoehl went 2-for-4. Sweitzer also threw a shutout. For the Bulldogs, Jossalin Shipley and Kelli Caudill each doubled.

Spring Grove 17, Red Lion 4: At Spring Grove, the home team erupted for 13 first-inning runs and cruised to the five-inning, mercy-rule triumph to snap a three-game losing skid. Kira Hull and Lydia Harris combined to go 5-for-6 with six RBIs for the Rockets. Megan Teal was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Julia Wivell went the distance to get the win.

Littlestown 8, Eastern 1: At Wrightsville, Lindsey Snyder led the Thunderbolts by going 2-for-3, including a homer and a double. Teammate Kaitlin Yealy went 3-for-5, including a double.

Biglerville 19, York Catholic 6 (5 Innings): At Biglerville, Lauren Brough led the Canners by connecting for three hits, including two doubles. For the Irish, Sadie Wurbach, Katelyn Danceyk and Jennifer Nigro each had one double.

York Tech 10, Fairfield 9: At Fairfield, in a thrilling, extra-inning affair, the Spartans outlasted the Green Knights in nine innings. York Tech’s Lindsey McWilliams tossed a complete game to earn the win. Kaitlin Barron hit a two-run home run for Fairfield, while Megan Whalen went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

Kennard-Dale 4, York Suburban 1: At Fawn Grove, the first-place Rams improved to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in York-Adams Division III. Suburban fell to 4-4 and 4-2. Alexis Valentine got the complete-game win, striking out seven and walking one.

— Reach Elijah Armold at


Central York 16, Eastern York 0 (3 innings): At Central York, the Panthers only needed to bat twice to take down the Golden Knights. Central scored 11 runs in the first inning and five more in the second. They were paced by Briannah Dobson’s 3-for-3, two-RBI, one-run scored effort. Kelsey Wisner tripled and had three RBIs for the Panthers, also scoring a run. Teamamte Kyla Caruso was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Eastern was held to two hits.


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 -

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 –

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.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at

West York earned a thrilling 8-7 softball victory over visiting Susquehannock on Thursday afternoon.

The Bulldogs broke a 7-7 tie, when they plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to earn the walk-off York-Adams Division II victory.

West York led 7-4 going into the top of the seventh, but Susquehannock rallied to tie it in the top of the seventh.

Gabrielle Ilyes led the Bulldogs, going 3-for-4, including a triple, to go with three RBIs. Also for West York, Jossalin Shipley went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, Kayla Michael doubled and scored three runs and Allison Ross scored two runs and connected for a double.

For the Warriors, Maddy Staub belted two homers, drove in three runs and scored two runs. Also for Susquehannock, Madi Shockey went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, Ally Kerr went 2-for-4 with a triple, Lily Yoakum went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, Tyler Williams went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Kristi Langhans went 2-for-4 with a double.

West York improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in York-Adams Division II, while Susquehannock fell to 5-3 and 3-2.


Gettysburg 3, Northeastern 2: At Gettysburg, the Warriors scored in the bottom of the ninth to earn the win. Madelyn Yannetti went the distance to get the win, striking out 13 without a walk. She allowed six hit hits. At the plate, she was 3-for-4, including a homer, with two RBIs and a run scored. Allison Sweitzer also went the distance for the Bobcats, striking out eight and walking one. She gave up five hits. Kayla Jordan had two hits and a run scored for Northeastern.

Delone Catholic 15, York Tech 2: At Spry, Catherine Rickrode picked up the win. She had five strikeouts and allowed just three hits in a game that ended after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. Shayna Rider, Katie Laughman and Karley Coleman each had two hits for Delone. Abby Yerger doubled for Tech.

Central York 23, New Oxford 5: At New Oxford, the Panthers belted 26 hits, led by a 4-for-5, two-RBI, two-runs-scored effort from Briannah Dobson. Alyssa Stonebraker turned in a 2-for-3 effort with three RBIs and a pair of runs scored for Central.

Hanover 15, York Catholic 0: At Hanover, the visiting team couldn’t overcome 17 walks in a game that ended after three innings because of the 15-run mercy rule. Sara Durika got the win, pitching all three innings and allowing three hits. She struck out five and walked one. Hanover had just four hits, including a double from Lauren Smith.

Littlestown 9, York Suburban 2: At Suburban, Kaitlin Yealy’s double helped the Trojans jump on their guests early, taking a 4-0 lead after the first and cruising the rest of the way. Yealy later added a home run in the sixth, finishing 2-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Emily Turybury was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Trojans.

South Western 10, Spring Grove 3: At Spring Grove, a four-run fourth for the Mustangs propelled them to the win over the Rockets. Allie Fleming and Hannah Sterrett combined to five-hit Spring Grove in the win. All three of the Rockets’ runs came via home runs, a solo shot by Kasey Bentley and a two-run homer by pitcher Julia Swivell.

Dallastown 10, Red Lion 0 (5 Innings): At Dallastown, Jaelynn Harbold and Delaney Kolb combined to throw a three-hit shutout to lead the Wildcats. Harbold struck out five and walked one, while Kolb struck out three and walked none. At the plate for Dallastown, Kayla Flemmens, Danielle Ludwig and Harbold each connected for two hits. Teammate Kayla Collins hit a double.


Dallastown’s Jaelynn Harbold delivers to a West York batter in the first inning at West York on Wednesday. Harbold pitched a one-hitter and hit a

Dallastown’s Jaelynn Harbold delivers to a West York batter in the first inning at West York on Wednesday. Harbold pitched a one-hitter and hit a three-run homer in the 15-0 Wildcats win. (BILL KALINA —

Ask any softball player and she’ll tell you that the best way to start a game is to get runs early to help out the starting pitcher.

Well, Dallastown pitcher Jaelynn Harbold took matters into her own hands in Wednesday’s game at West York. The righty launched a three-run home run in the top of the first inning, the biggest blow in a five-run frame for the Wildcats, pacing the team to a 15-0 victory over the Bulldogs in five innings.

“It’s always good to get a couple runs in,” Harbold said. “It helps settle everyone down. … Our offense makes everything go and makes us so comfortable and gives us that edge.”

It did just that for Harbold and the rest of the Dallastown club, which scored five runs in each of the first two innings, then tacked on five more over the next three to end the game early. In the first two innings, all nine hitters came to the plate for the Wildcats (6-1 overall, 5-0 in York-Adams Division I).

But, it wasn’t just at the plate where Harbold led Dallastown.

In the circle, she tossed a one-hitter, giving up a one-out single to Madisyn Johnson in the bottom of the fifth. At that point, it was much too little and way too late for West York (4-2 overall, 3-1 Division II). The Bulldogs only had four base runners all game.

“Jaelynn really pitched a great game,” Wildcats coach Jeff Deardorff said. “She kept them off balance the whole time. She was mixing pitches and keeping her change-up down low.”

Only once did the Bulldogs put a runner in scoring position, when Gabrielle Ilyes stole second and third base with one out in the first inning. But, she was stranded there after a strikeout and flyout ended the inning — and the only real threat in the game for West York.

Harbold retired 10 straight hitters once Ilyes reached third, striking out half of them, and keeping the entire Bulldogs’ lineup off balance.

“The girls just weren’t ready to play and that was obvious,” West York coach Chris Ilyes said. “You can’t come into a game like that against a caliber team that Dallastown is and expect to win, or even compete, if you don’t have fire and competitiveness.”

Wednesday’s game was only the latest example of the offensive firepower that Dallastown possesses. As a team, it returns seven players who hit over .300 for last year’s club. Since losing their only game of the season on March 30 against Kennard-Dale, the Wildcats have now scored 50 runs over their last four games.

All nine starters for Dallastown recorded at least one hit, including multi-hit performances from Harbold, Haylee Anders, Kayla Collins, Danielle Ludwig, Mel Grant, Madisyn Johnson and Maggie Noll. As a team, they slugged 16 hits in the contest, including seven extra-base hits. Harbold scored three of the four times she reached base and drove in four runs.

In the circle, Harbold’s final pitching line was a complete game, surrendering only one hit and two walks, while striking out seven. She faced only three hitters over the minimum.

It was the first time the Bulldogs, who entered the contest averaging 9.4 runs per game over their first five games, were shut out on the season.

Wednesday’s game was just another dominant performance by a Wildcats squad that looks to be on a mission since dropping an extra-innings contest to the Rams 10 days ago. But, for West York, it’s a game that it will need to quickly forget. The Bulldogs will look to right the ship and snap their current two-game slide.

“It’s one of those games,” Chris Ilyes said. “What do you say? Other than you learn from it, you pick up your pride and you come back fighting tomorrow. Tomorrow’s another day. It’s a long season.”

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at


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