West York may be a team that no one wants to face when the District 3 Class 4-A softball playoffs begin next week.
The surging Bulldogs cruised to 14-2 nonleague triumph at Hershey on Monday afternoon to solidify their chances of making the district field. The game was stopped after six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
West York (10-10) entered the game at No. 9 in the latest District 3 4-A power ratings. Ten teams will qualify for the district 4-A bracket.
If the Bulldogs' No. 9 rating holds up, they could be a scary foe in the postseason.
West York, after a 3-9 start, has now won seven of eight, outscoring those eight foes, 97-32, or an average of 12-4. That run started with a win over York-Adams Division II champion Northeastern. The only loss during that run came to Y-A D-I runner-up Spring Grove.
The Bulldogs continued their recent surge against the Trojans.
Dorian Ilyes pitched a complete game, allowing three hits and one earned run, while striking out five against one walk.
Savannah Bortner paced the West York attack, going 4 for 4, including a homer and two doubles, to go with four RBIs and three runs scored.
Paige Weekly (two hits, two RBIs, two runs), Kourtney Hartzel (two hits, two RBIs, run), Breanna Harvey (two hits, double, two runs, RBI) and Leah Jamison (two hits, two runs) also excelled at the plate for West York.
Hershey dropped to 8-12.
Kennard-Dale 9, Northeastern 5: At Fawn Grove, in a battle of York-Adams division champions, the D-III champion Rams remained perfect, improving to 16-0. D-II champ Northeastern fell to 13-7. Both teams are scheduled to compete in the Y-A semifinals on Tuesday. Northeastern faces D-I champ Central York at New Oxford. Kennard-Dale meets D-IV champ Delone at Susquehannock. Alexis Hurley pitched five innings to get the win. Lexie Kopko went the final two frames and allowed no earned runs. Jaedyn McKeon (two triples, double, RBI, run), Brooke Ashenfelter (triple, double, three RBIs, run), Kopko (two hits, two runs) and Amber Belt (two hits, double, RBI, run) led the K-D attack.
Spring Grove 11, Cedar Cliff 7: At Spring Grove, Conner Gesell had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored to power the Rockets' 12-hit attack in the nonleague win. Pat Anderson (two hits, two RBIs, run), Connor Reed (two hits, RBI, run), Trent Baker (two hits, two runs), Dylan Spangler (two hits, RBI) and Zach Kauffman (two RBIs, run) also excelled for the Rockets. Spangler also pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief without allowing an earned run.
York Suburban 6, Shippensburg 3: Suburban won the nonleague game despite getting just two hits. Three Shippensburg errors led to four unearned runs. The Trojans were also helped by 11 walks allowed by Shippensburg's pitchers. Ryan Myers had two RBIs for Suburban. Trey Pridgen got the win, allowing no earned runs over five innings. Spencer Butz pitched the final two innings, allowing one run.
New Oxford 6, Central York 5 (16 innings): At New Oxford, in the completion of a suspended game, the Colonials finally prevailed. Ryan Pepler had four hits for Central, while Brandon Walters added two hits. New Oxford's A.J. Cieslinski pitched 12 innings for New Oxford, allowing two earned runs and striking out 11. Peyton Megonnell's RBI single ended the game.