Erika Heck was perfection personified on Monday afternoon.
The Spring Grove softball pitcher threw a nine-inning perfect game to lead the Rockets to a dramatic 2-0 victory over Kennard-Dale in Fawn Grove in a York-Adams League Division II contest.
Heck had at least one strikeout in each inning and finished the game with 18.
Heck had to pitch well because K-D's Desi Joines was nearly as brilliant. Joines pitched a complete game and finished with 17 strikeouts and just one walk. She allowed just three hits, only one of which got to the outfield.
Spring Grove got both its runs in the top of the ninth inning when freshman Hayley Norton worked the only walk allowed by Joines. Brittney Orwig put down a sacrifice bunt, which moved Norton to second. Amy Bentley then hit a ground ball to the shortstop, who threw the ball past the first baseman, scoring Norton from second. Bentley went to second on the error. Jess Patchel then hit a bloop single over the second baseman's head and Bentley ended up at third. Jena Hull then laid down a bunt that brought Bentley home.
Heck then struck out two of the last three batters to sew up the victory. Heck went to a three-ball count on only four batters. She struck out all four.
It was big bounce-back victory for Spring Grove, which suffered a 9-0 loss to Susquehannock on Friday. In that game, Susquehannock's Morgan Martin pitched a perfect game against the Rockets.
Spring Grove improved to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in Division II. The Rockets, who snapped a two-game losing streak, are alone in first place in the division. The Rams fell to 1-2 overall and in the division.
DALLASTOWN 17, SOUTH WESTERN 0: At Dallastown, Kayla Merriman went 4-for-4 with two homers, a triple and seven RBIs to lead the Wildcats to the four-inning mercy-rule victory. Sam Hartman went 3-for-3 for the winners with a grand slam and five RBIs. Amanda Jones also homered for Dallastown, which had 10 different players with hits. Kelsey Collins got the shutout on the mound, allowing two hits over four innings. Dallastown jumped out to a 9-0 lead after one inning and never looked back.
LITTLESTOWN 13, EASTERN YORK 3: At Wrightsville, Ally Schroeder pitched a complete-game four-hitter to lift Littlestown. She fanned 13, while also belting a triple and a double at the plate. Sam Butt also tripled and doubled for the winners.
NORTHEASTERN 7, WEST YORK 3: At Manchester, Northeastern scored in five of its six at bats en route to the Division II victory. The Bobcats pounded 11 hits, five of which went for extra bases. Monica Arslain and Missy Reeder had two hits apiece for the winners, and Sarah Godfrey collected two hits and drove in three runs for West York. Maddie Renard pitched the first five innings for Northeastern to earn the victory. Allie Sweitzer worked the last two innings. The Bobcats' pitching duo combined for nine strikeouts and just two walks while checking the Bulldogs on six hits.
CENTRAL 9, NEW OXFORD 1: At New Oxford, Taylor Rohrbaugh led the Panthers to the York-Adams Division I victory by picking up the complete-game victory, striking out five and walking just two. Rohrbaugh also helped out at the plate by hitting a two-run triple. Central's Jordan Miller went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Ally Dziwis went 2-for-3.
HANOVER 12, YORK CATHOLIC 11: At Hanover, Laura Karsteller's two-out two-run single in the bottom of the seventh secured the York-Adams Division IV victory for the Hawketts. For the game, Karsteller went 3-for-5 with a double. Lauren Smith and Brandi Hill each went 2-for-4 for Hanover. For the Irish, Carrie Fix had a two-run homer and a triple.
BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 10, SUSQUEHANNOCK 9: At York Springs, the Warriors scored three runs in the top of the seventh, but were unable to make the full comeback. Jordan McGee led the Warriors, going 3-for-5, including a triple. For the Eagles, Paige Dennison and Paige Huntington each went 2-for-4. With the two hits on Monday, Dennison became the all-time leading hitter in school history with 113 career hits, overtaking Autumn Ensor (111).