SPRING GROVE — The first Susquehannock-Dallastown softball game this season required an extra inning to determine a winner.

Dallastown departed Glen Rock on April 14 following a 6-3, eight-inning victory.

The teams will clash again on Wednesday, but this time, the winner will head back home as the York-Adams League Tournament champion.

The Warriors and the Wildcats will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday at New Oxford in the 2014 title game.

Susquehannock earned a place in the rematch by defeating Kennard-Dale, 8-3, on Monday in a semifinal game. Dallastown won its semifinal over Delone Catholic, 7-1, at Susquehannock.

"We're hoping for redemption against Dallastown," Susquehannock's Maddy Staub said following Monday's game, which featured a 1 hour, 17-minute rain delay.

Staub certainly did her part to make sure her team would be playing again on Wednesday.

In four at-bats, she cracked a double and a triple, scored one run and drove in three runs. The sophomore delivered an RBI double in the first inning and a two-run triple in the sixth inning.

"I felt good when I was hitting," Staub said. "I was comfortable with the speed."

Lily Yoakum also drove in three runs for the Warriors with a single, bases-loaded walk and groundout. Mallory Lebo and Rachel Martin contributed two hits apiece for the winners.

Susquehannock (15-5), in addition to collecting nine hits, backed its pitchers, Sara Lynch and Megan Green, with flawless fielding. K-D finished with seven hits, but the Rams also committed five errors.


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"They (the Susquehannock fielders) are very good with the gloves," Warriors' coach Don Mercadante said. "We're very quick and move to the ball well. We have less errors this year than any other year. (Mercadante is in his ninth season as a member of the coaching staff)."

The Warriors never trailed in the game, building a 5-0 lead before K-D broke through for a run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Lynch completed six innings, but when the first two batters in the seventh inning reached against her, Mercadante brought in Green to finish the game.

Lynch, one of just two seniors on the team, displayed outstanding control by striking out five batters and issuing just one walk.

"Sara's great," Mercadante said. "She doesn't overpower people, but the ball moves well."

Asked what his players did to stay loose during the rain delay, Mercadante said: "They (the players) wanted to get ice cream, but I figured we didn't have time."

Mercadante and his players will now begin preparing for the rematch with the Wildcats. Maybe there will be time for ice cream on Wednesday.

"Dallastown is a very good team," the Warriors' coach said. "We expect it will be a good game."

Seven different players collected hits for K-D (14-5), which will seek to bounce back from Monday's loss with a victory in the District 3 Class AAA playoffs.

"This is our MO, we get in these big games, and we don't play," Rams' coach Greg Coulton said. "Maybe, I don't have the team prepared (for the games). They fight to the end, and they showed that today (The Rams scored one time in the seventh inning and had the bases loaded when the contest ended)."

Spring Grove game officials did a good job with the drying mixture and rakes to get the infield back in shape after a downpour turned it into a muddy mess.

OTHER SOFTBALL

Dallastown 7, Delone Catholic 1: At Susquehannock, the Wildcats used a four-run sixth inning to break open a tight game in the York-Adams League Tournament semifinals.

Kayla Merriman pitched a complete-game six-hitter and did not allow any earned runs for the Division I top seed. She struck out three without allowing a walk. Her defense committed just one error behind her. Division IV champion Delone, meanwhile, gave up four walks and committed three errors.

Sam Hartman drove in three runs for Dallastown (17-2), including a two-run homer.

Shelbee Holcomb doubled twice for Delone (14-3).

York Tech 12, Camp Hill 10: At Spry, the Spartans took advantage of 15 walks allowed by Camp Hill pitching to earn the win. Camp Hill outhit Tech, 12-8, and Tech won despite committing four errors, while Camp Hill played errorless ball. Lindsay McWilliams got the complete-game win. Casey Rice had two hits for Tech.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.