It wasn't a great day for a pair of York-Adams League softball division champs Friday afternoon as both Division IV champ Delone Catholic and Division III champ Kennard-Dale dropped District 3 contests.
The Squirettes fell to Susquenita in the Class AA title game, 5-2, while the Rams were dropped by a 9-1 tally by Lampeter-Strasburg.
While Delone (17-4) will live another day having already clinched a PIAA berth, Kennard-Dale's loss in a PIAA qualifier ended the Rams' season with a 16-6 record.
Delone can't cash in on chances against 'Nita: At Garrett Field in Lancaster, the Division IV champions got off to a quick 2-0 start against Susquenita starter Rachael Sterner in the first inning. The Squirettes, however, had chances to score even more runs in the second when they loaded the bases but failed to score.
Delone, which had the lead off batter reach base safely in all seven frames, collected 12 hits for the contest. The Squirettes had two runners thrown out by the Blackhawks' center fielder Vanessa Hoffman. Hoffman gunned down Deanna Laughman at the plate in the fifth to maintain her team's 5-2 advantage. She then was able to get Hannah Freidline on a force play at second to end the sixth on what typically would be a single up the middle.
The Blackhawks (21-3) scored in each of the first four innings. Hoffman cut Delone's lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the first when she stole home on a double-steal. Those two steals were part of six stole bases by Susquenita for the contest.
A ground out to short off the bat of Susquenita's Jordan Ruby plated Kayla Rhome with the tying run in the second before Sterner drove in the eventual game-winning run with a RBI ground out in the third off Delone starter Cassie Rickrode.
The Blackhawks added two more runs in the fourth behind an RBI triple from Cassie Auxt followed by a RBI single from Kari Lehman.
In total, Rickrode was tagged for five runs and nine hits over six innings while she fanned two.
The Division IV champs will face District 12 champion Conwell Egan Monday in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. That contest is slated for a 1 p.m. start Monday at Arcadia University.
Rams fail to capture PIAA berth: At Millersville University, Lampeter-Strasburg scored two runs each off K-D starter Julia D'Arrigo in both the first and second innings en route to a 9-1 victory.
The Pioneers, who won the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Three title, collected 11 hits over the contest and were aided by six Kennard-Dale errors.
The Division III champs scored their lone run of the contest against L-S starter Courtney Martin in the top of the fourth. Martin was dominating as she held the Rams to just five hits while fanning 12 to pick up the victory.