LOCAL COLLEGE NOTES: Central York grad Courtney Coppersmith makes America East history

Courtney Coppersmith is enjoying a stellar freshman season for the University of Maryland Baltimore County softball team.
  • Courtney Coppersmith is the America East Pitcher of Year and Rookie of Year.
  • Through Tuesday, Coppersmith has a 1.77 ERA for the UMBC softball team.
  • She has set the single-season UMBC record for strikeouts with more than 300.

Courtney Coppersmith has made a little more history during a freshman college softball season that has been nothing short of sensational.

The Central York High School graduate on Tuesday became the first player in America East history to be named the conference's Rookie of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in the same season.

Then, the very next day, the University of Maryland Baltimore County left-hander showed she's far from done this season, pitching her fourth no-hitter of the season in a 3-0 victory over Hartford in a first-round America East Tournament game. She struck out 11 and walked four 

Coppersmith has been stellar during her first season for UMBC. She leads the NCAA Division I conference in nearly every key pitching category, including wins (18), ERA (1.72), innings pitched (208 1/3), batting-average against (.149)  and strikeouts (320).

Her 320 strikeouts set a UMBC single-season mark and are the third-most in conference history while also ranking second in the country.

Courtney Coppersmith

At the plate, Coppersmith is batting .319 with 16 RBIs.

A seven-time America East Rookie of the Week and six-time Pitcher of the Week, Coppersmith became the first player in league history to sweep all three weekly awards on April 9.

She also earned first-team all-conference pitching honors, second-team all-conference utility player recognition and was named to the all-rookie team.

On Monday, Coppersmith was awarded the UMBC Dr. Charles R. Brown Female Athlete of the Year Award.



West York grad Gettys, two York College players earn All-CAC honors: West York High School graduate Zach Gettys and two York College players were honored by the Capital Athletic Conference on Wednesday.

Gettys, a sophomore at Penn State Harrisburg, collected second-team All-CAC honors as a starting pitcher.

The left-hander went 6-2 in 12 appearances and 11 starts, racking up 66 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings, while recording a 4.61 earned-run average and holding opposing hitters to a .269 average.

For York College, senior outfielder Grant Oberholtzer earned his second consecutive first-team All-CAC honor while freshman shortstop Austin Denlinger received second-team accolades while also being named the CAC Rookie of the Year.

Oberholtzer led the Spartans in many offensive categories this season including a .360 batting average, 63 hits, 55 runs, a .452 on-base percentage, a .617 slugging percentage and a 22-for-22 record in stolen-base attempts. Oberholtzer also smashed 13 doubles, four triples and eight homers while collecting 38 RBIs from the lead-off spot. He finishes as a .365 career hitter, with 171 hits, 34 doubles, seven triples and 16 homers. He also scored 134 runs and stole 35 bases. He's among the top 10 in program history in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, triples, homers, RBIs and stolen bases.

Denlinger hit .358 on 62 hits with 14 doubles, a team-leading five triples and two homers. Denlinger also scored 45 runs, drove in 28 and stole 12 bases. 

Dover's Lawton honored: Dover High School graduate Alyssa Lawton, a junior at George Mason University, was named Atlantic 10 Second Team All-Conference in softball.

Lawton had a breakout campaign for the NCAA D-I program, improving in almost every statistical category. She led the team in average (.346) and on-base percentage (.391). She also had a team-high eight stolen bases on 10 attempts.

She also collected five RBIs compared to one in 2018. She went 3 for 3 at the plate two times this season, helping her collect a new career-best 28 hits in a season. 

It was the first Atlantic 10 postseason honor of her career. 

Lawton was also named Mason's Most Improved Female Athlete.

Central York grad Maderitz gets MAC award: Central York High School graduate Chris Maderitz has been named the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Division Men's Tennis Player of the Week.

The Wilkes junior earned his second conference weekly award of the season. Maderitz was named the MAC Freedom Championship MVP after leading Wilkes to the 2019 MAC Freedom Title. He teamed with Jonathan White to win the No. 3 doubles title, 8-1. Maderitz then won No. 2 singles, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Maderitz has an overall record of 16-10 this season.

South Western's Schott recognized: South Western High School graduate Benjamin Schott has been named the MAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week.

The Messiah senior earned his second conference weekly award of the season. Schott was named the 2019 MAC Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year at the MAC Championships over the weekend. Schott won both the 1,500-meter run (3 minutes, 55.63 seconds) and the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:18.61).

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.