GLEN ROCK — The Dallastown-Susquehannock girls' softball game lived up to its billing on Monday afternoon.
The teams, which entered the York-Adams League crossover contest with a combined record of 16-1, weren't able to decide the outcome in the traditional seven innings.
Dallastown used three runs in the eighth inning to earn a 6-3 victory and hand the Warriors their first loss of the season.
The teams combined for 23 hits, but the pitchers, Kayla Merriman for Dallastown and Sara Lynch and Maddy Staub for Susquehannock, had their moments, too, as they forced the teams to strand nine runners apiece.
There were miscues in the field, but there were a bunch of outstanding fielding plays, too.
There was also some drama, too. Susquehanock, down to its last out in the seventh inning, used a clutch RBI single by Megan Rogers to send the game into extra innings. Rogers connected on a 2-1 pitch to score courtesy runner Tyler Williams from second base. Williams went in to run for Lily Yoakum, who had doubled down the left-field line.
Dallastown, though, responded with three runs in the top of the eighth inning. The Wildcats combined hits by Lyndee Anders , Maggie Noll and Danielle Ludwig with two errors.
Merriman then returned to the circle in the bottom of the eighth inning and retired three of the four batters she faced to end the game.
The left-hander threw 129 pitches. Her control was outstanding (nine strikeouts, one walk).
"I play on a travel ball team, and I threw a couple of games in a row there," Merriman said. "But I gotta go ice my arm. They (Susquehannock) had a lot of energy the whole game."
Dallastown received three hits from Merriman's batterymate, Sam Hartman. Hartman began her big day in the first inning when she slugged a solo homer to center field. The ball appeared to be held up by the wind as it just cleared the fence at the 195-foot sign. The Wildcats' catcher lashed a line drive double off the right-center field fence in the third inning and singled up the middle in the seventh inning.
"I didn't have a good weekend (at the Hawkette Tournament in Hanover), so I thought I would do well today," Hartman said. "Our entire lineup can hit. You never know who's going to get a hit."
Hartman's impressive at-bats on Monday didn't surprise Merriman.
"Sam, she's really been crushing the ball," Merriman said.
Merriman said her best pitch against the Warriors was a rising changeup.
"Kayla, she really gutted that out," Dallastown head coach Jeff Deardorff said. "She told me earlier (during the game) that she was having trouble with some of her pitches."
Merriman, though, hung in and delivered a complete game in a clash of the title contenders. (Dallastown is in Division I and Susquehannock is in Division II).
"They (Susquehannock) kept on fighting," Merriman said. "They have a good ballclub."
So does Dallastown.
Anders, Noll and Ludwig each had two hits for the Wildcats. Megan Rogers put together a three-hit day for Susquehannock. Yoakum supplied two hits. Staub gave up two runs in four innings work, and neither one was earned.
Dallastown now stands at 9-1 overall and 6-1 in Division I. Susquehannock is 8-1 overall and 4-1 in Division II.
West York 7, Biglerville 4: At West York, Sarah Godfrey pitched a complete-game four-hitter for the Bulldogs. She struck out five. Jossalin Shipley had two hits for West York, while Keara Hepler had two RBIs. Clair Flohr ripped a homer and Kayla Michael belted a triple for West York.
Littlestown 15, York Tech 0: At Littlestown, the Lady Bolts won in a game shortened to four innings because of the mercy rule. Mckenzie Somers went the distance to get the win, allowing two hits. She struck out seven and walked one. Cheyan White homered and had four RBIs for the winners.
Central 6, Dover 0: At Dover, Kayla Resh led the Panthers by pitching a shutout, striking out five and walking two. Teammate Monica Albers went 2-for-4, including a triple.
South Western 7, York Suburban 0: At Suburban, Kylie Toomey pitched a four-hit shutout, striking out nine and walking two. Kirsten Hertzog went 3-for-3 for South Western, including a double and a homer, with two runs scored and four RBIs. Hannah Taylor had two hits and a walk for Suburban.
Kennard-Dale 10, Fairfield 2: Julia D'Arrigo picked up the win by holding Fairfield to two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and a pair of walks. Sarah Driggers and Kelsey Farrington each drove in two runs for K-D, which improved to 7-0 in York-Adams Division III.
Red Lion 4, Northeastern 1: At Manchester, Katie Shultz pitched a complete-game six-hitter to get the win, striking out seven and walking two. Misty Montgomery (two hits, two RBIs), Brianna Wanbaugh (two hits, two RBIs) and Taylor Gould (triple) led the Lions' attack. Alli Sweitzer pitched a complete game in the loss, allowing seven hits. She struck out six and walked one. She also had two hits.
Spring Grove 8, New Oxford 6: At New Oxford, Jenna Jacoby pitched a complete-game seven-hitter to get the win. She allowed three earned runs, striking out three and walking one. She also had two hits at the plate, scoring a run and driving in a run. Alyssa Peck pitched a complete game for New Oxford, allowing four earned runs.
Eastern 10, York Catholic 0 (6 Innings): At Wrightsville, Mariah Miller homered twice and went 3-for-4 to lead the Golden Knights. Also for Eastern, Lauren Reichard went 3-for-4, including a homer, Kaitlynn Sollenberger went 2-for-4 with a double and Anna Arnsberger went 2-for-4. On the mound, Sierra Arnold and Riley Duraski combined to throw a shutout.
— Dick VanOlinda writes about high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.