The Dallastown softball team made an emphatic statement on Tuesday afternoon.
The Wildcats took on the Central York Panthers in a showdown of the top two teams in the York-Adams Division I standings.
Dallastown left the Panthers' field with a convincing 10-0 victory that was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
The Wildcats improved to 9-1 overall and 6-0 in Division I. Central York dropped to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the division. The Panthers are now tied with Red Lion for second place in the division.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first inning and never looked back. They plated six more in the top of the third and one more in the top of the fourth.
Kelsey Collins led the Wildcats, pitching a seven-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking one.
Sam Hartman (2-for-3, triple, two RBIs), Jenna Eckenrode (2-for-3, two RBIs), Amanda Jones (2-for-3, double), Kayla Collins (2-for-3, two RBIs) and Kayla Merriman (homer) led Dallastown's nine-hit attack.
For the Panthers, Kelsey Wisner went 2-for-3, including a double, while Jordyn Miller went 2-for-3.
YORK CATHOLIC 4, HANOVER 3: At York, Carrie Fix pitched a complete-game three-hitter for York Catholic. She struck out seven and walked one. At one point, she retired 17 of 18 batters, including 13 straight. After Hanover scored two runs in the top of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead, the Irish responded with two in the bottom of the seventh to win the game. Liz Lynch delivered the game-winning, walk-off hit. Breezy Weaver made an over-the-shoulder grab and doubled up a baserunner to stop a potential Hanover rally in the sixth. Ashley Lawson pitched a complete-game five-hitter for Hanover. She also doubled.
DOVER 11, NORTH EASTERN 1: At Dover, Alexis Gohn pitched a one-hitter for the Eagles in a game shortened to six innings because of the mercy rule. She struck out nine and walked six. Natalie Cutright (three hits, triple, walk, two RBIs), Jordan Baum (three hits, two RBIs), Carsyn Blauser (two hits, double, two RBIs), Alyssa Lawnton (two hits) and Kirstyn Swancer (double, two RBIs) led Dover's offense.