It was far from easy, but the Central York softball team moved into sole possession of first place in York-Adams Division I on Tuesday.
The Panthers outlasted a dogged Susquehannock team to capture a 4-3 walk-off triumph in nine innings.
That victory improved Central's record to 18-1 overall and 13-1 in Division I. That division mark is a half game better than Spring Grove (12-1), which was idle on Tuesday.
The Panthers and Rockets will face off in a showdown for the division lead at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at Spring Grove. If Central wins that game, it will win the outright division title. If Spring Grove is victorious, it will take the division lead and can win the outright championship with a win Friday at Susquehannock in the completion of a suspended game. The Rockets have a 4-0, third-inning lead in that game.
In Tuesday's victory over Susquehannock, Briana Smith got the complete-game victory, allowing zero earned runs and eight hits, while striking out six and walking one. Kendra Gemmill also pitched a complete game for Susquehannock, allowing one earned run and nine hits, while striking out two and walking four.
Briannah Dobson (two hits, RBI) and Courtney Coppersmith (two hits, double, RBI, run) paced Central's offense. Susquehannock was led by Gemmill (two hits, double), Allyson Koller (two hits) and Ashley Bryan (hit, two RBIs).
Susquehannock fell to 5-12 overall and 4-9 in Division II.
Kennard-Dale 11, York Suburban 1 (6 innings): At Fawn Grove, K-D clinched the outright York-Adams Division III title, improving to 13-2 overall and finishing 13-1 in the division. Jamilyn Smith led the Rams by throwing a complete game, striking out six and walking one. Smith also helped herself at the plate by going 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Also for K-D, Crystal Mullins went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and one RBI, Amber Belt went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and one run, Lexi Kopko went 3 for 4 with three runs, Marguerite DeFranco went 2 for 3 with a triple, three runs and two RBIs, Jaedyn McKeon went 2 for 4 with a triple and two runs scored and Chloe Parker doubled. For the Trojans, Sarah Hartinger went 3 for 3 with a double, while Emily Myers doubled.
Eastern York 5, Delone Catholic 1: At McSherrystown, Maelynn Leber led the Golden Knights by throwing a complete game, striking out seven and walking one. Leber also connected at the plate for three hits. Eastern improved to 11-5 overall and 10-2 in York-Adams Division III. Delone fell to 13-4 overall and 13-2 in Division IV.
York Catholic 7, Bermudian Springs 0: At York Springs, the Fighting Irish continued their push to make the District 3 Class 2-A playoffs with a big road win over the Eagles. Rebecca Baum pitched a complete game for York Catholic, allowing just three hits, three walks and striking out 14. The Irish are No. 3 in the latest district 2-A rankings.
Spring Grove 12, Central York 4: At Spring Grove, Ty Maughlin led the Rockets by belting two doubles and compiling five RBIs. Also for the Rockets, Brandyn Schuchart went 3 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBIs, Derek Hoiles went 3 for 4 with three runs scored, Jonathan Sager went 2 for 4 with one run scored and one RBI, Logan Miller doubled and had two RBIs, Austin Piety had two RBIs and Cameron Sterner pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings in relief to pick up the win. For the Panthers, Colin Parks slugged two doubles and collected two RBIs, Landon Ness went 2 for 4 and Ben Ward scored two runs.
Dallastown 5, Penn Manor 1: At Dallastown, Alex Weakland led the Wildcats by throwing a complete game, striking out four and walking none, while allowing no earned runs and one hit. Also for Dallastown, Tye Golden doubled and had two runs scored and one RBI, while Nick Parker went 1 for 2 with one run scored. Dallastown is now 14-4 overall.
Susquehannock 6, Gettysburg 2: At Gettysburg, Peyton Reider drove in a pair of runs and Stephen Fuller connected on a two-run double to lead the Warriors, who improved to 16-4 overall. Gettysburg fell to 11-6 with the non-league loss.
Delone Catholic 5, Eastern York 3: At McSherrystown, Cody Pfaff was 3 for 3 with three RBIs and a run scored for the Squires. Bren Taylor tossed five innings for Eastern, striking out four and walking none in the loss.