For the first time in nearly two decades, Eastern York softball players can call themselves champions.
The Golden Knights captured the York-Adams Division II title on Monday afternoon with a 10-0, five-inning, mercy-rule beating of Susquehannock in Glen Rock.
Eastern was leading 2-0 before exploding for an eight-run fifth inning to put the game out of reach.
Susquehannock helped Eastern's cause by committing four errors, while the Knights played error-less defense.
The victory moved Eastern to 11-4 overall and 9-4 in D-II. The Knights moved up to D-II this season after spending the previous decade in D-III.
Monday's win also assured Eastern of a berth in next week's Y-A softball playoffs.
It's the Knights' first Y-A division crown since winning consecutive D-I championships in 1999 and 2000.
Eastern can also look ahead to a berth in the District 3 Class 4-A playoffs. The Knights are No. 5 in the latest 4-A power ratings.
In Monday's win, Maelynn Leber pitched a two-hit shutout for Eastern, striking out three and walking one. Leber also excelled at the plate with three hits, three RBIs and a run scored.
The Knights also got strong offensive performances from Morgan Dobbeck (two hits, two runs), Morgan Winter (three hits, RBI, run), McKenzie Buchmyer (two hits, double, two runs, two RBIs),and Haidyn Shaffer (double, RBI, run).
Susquehannock fell to 5-11 overall and 5-9 in D-II.
Dallastown 4, Central York 3: At Central York, Elaina Winemiller led the Wildcats with a triple, two RBIs and one run scored. Dallastown's Kelsie Merriman threw a complete game, striking out six and walking one. Dallastown's Barbara Black tripled and picked up one RBI. For the Panthers, Brynn Weigle went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, Emma Keller went 2 for 2 with a double and Briana Smith threw a complete game, striking out five and walking one. Smith also picked up two RBIs. Dallastown improved to 13-6 overall and 9-5 in D-I. Central fell to 11-8 and 9-5.
New Oxford 10, York Suburban 0 (6 innings): At New Oxford, the Colonials broke open a 0-0 game after 2 1/2 innings with a five-run third inning and a four-run fourth inning. The game was ended in the bottom of the sixth because of the 10-run mercy rule. Kayla Baublitz pitched a two-hit shutout for New Oxford, striking out eight and walking one. She also had three hits at the plate, including a triple, with two RBIs and two runs scored. The Colonials also got big offensive games from Mikayla Hagerman (triple, double, four RBIs, two runs), Julie Hess (two doubles, two RBIs, run) and Hailey Kuhn (two hits). Taryn Stein had both Suburban hits.
West York 18, York High 0 (3 innings): At Small Athletic Field, Dorian Ilyes led the Bulldogs by going 3 for 3, with three runs scored and three RBIs. Also for West York, Savannah Bortner went 2 for 2, including a double, with two RBIs and two runs scored; Kourtney Hartzel went 2 for 2 with three runs scored; Hannah Harlacher went 2 for 2 with two RBIs and one run scored; Adrianna Coon went 1 for 2 with three RBIs and one run scored; and Alli Cullen went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and one RBI. West York improved to 12-7 overall and 9-6 in Y-A D-III.
Kennard-Dale 6, Gettysburg 1: At Fawn Grove, Alexis Hurley led the Rams by throwing a complete game, striking out six, walking one and allowing no earned runs on five hits. She also connected at the plate for a double, one RBI and one run scored. Also for K-D, Brooke Ashenfelter tripled and doubled with one RBI and one run scored, while Megan Thomas went 2 for 3 with one run scored. K-D improved to 12-5 overall and 10-4 in D-III. For the Warriors, Rachel Keller had two doubles and one run scored.
Fairfield 26, York Tech 13 (6 innings): At Spry, Ashley Roberts led the Green Knights by going 3 for 4, including a double, with five runs scored, four RBIs and two walks. Teammate Natalie Holmes went 3 for 5 with two doubles, three runs scored and one RBI. Fairfield improved to 15-3 overall and 14-2 in D-IV. For the Spartans, Brittany Wright went 2 for 4, including a double, with two runs scored and one RBI; Alissa Shue went 2 for 2, including a homer, with three RBIs and three runs scored; and Zeyonee Hawkins went 1 for 1 with three runs scored.
Red Lion 10, Northeastern 6: At Red Lion, Kyle Daugherty led the Lions by going 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Also for Red Lion, Adam Naylor went 2 for 3 with one run scored, Cole Daugherty doubled with two runs scored and one RBI and Ben Price went 1 for 2 with two RBIs and one run scored. For the Bobcats, Robbie Elzinga went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, while Spencer Rhoads doubled with two RBIs.
Red Lion 6, York Tech 5: Under the lights at Red Lion, the Lions won their second game of the day on Monday. Jaylen Bell led the Lions with a triple and two runs scored. Also for the Lions, John Crone went 1 for 2 with one run scored, while relief pitcher Cole Daugherty threw the final 1 1/3 innings, striking out two, walking none and allowing one hit to record the save. For the Spartans, Craig Summers went 1 for 3 with two RBIs, while Zach Childs went 1 for 2 with one run scored and one RBI. Red Lion improved to 12-4 overall. The Lions are 10-4 in D-I.
West York 6, York High 4: At Small Athletic Field, Corey Wise led the Bulldogs with a homer, a double and three RBIs. Also for West York, Allen Bailey went 2 for 2 with one run scored, while Jeff Minot went 2 for 3 with a double, one run scored and one RBI. For the Bearcats, Jose Alejandro Rodriguez went 2 for 3 with a solo homer and two runs scored, Carlos Angeles Tejeda went 2 for 3 with a double, one RBI and one run scored and Joseph Garabito Torres went 2 for 4 with one run scored. The Bulldogs plated the go-ahead runs in the top of the seventh to break the 4-4 tie. First-place West York improved to 13-5 overall and 12-3 in D-III. The win clinched at least a share of the D-III title for West York.
Kennard-Dale 7, Eastern York 5: At Fawn Grove, Garrett Lowe led the Rams with a homer, three RBIs and two walks. Lowe also started the game on the mound, throwing 6 1/3 innings, to pick up the win, striking eight and walking two. Also for K-D, Brian Romig went 2 for 2 with a double and two runs scored, Wyatt McCleary went 2 for 4 with a double, one run scored and one RBI and Garrett Meckley went 2 for 3 with one RBI. For the Golden Knights, Evan Rishell went 3 for 3 with one run scored, while Bren Taylor doubled with two RBIs and one run scored. The Rams plated five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good. K-D improved to 12-5 overall and 11-4 in D-III. Eastern fell to 11-6 and 9-6.
Gettysburg 6, Susquehannock 1: At Glen Rock, the D-II champion Warriors kept rolling behind Zach Ketterman's five-hit complete game. He struck out eight and walked three. Simeon Davis (three hits, two RBIs, run), Logan Moseley (three hits) and Dylan Ed (two hits, RBI) led Gettysburg's offense. Gettysburg improved to 15-2 overall and 12-1 in D-II. Ben Laubach (two hits, double, run), Austin Ruth (two hits) and Owen Bortner (double, RBI) paced Susquehannock.
Dallastown doubles team seeded No. 4: The Dallastown team of Jonathan Burns and Sebastian May is seeded fourth for the upcoming District 3 Class 3-A Boys’ Tennis Doubles Tournament.
Burns and May are coming off a York-Adams League 3-A doubles crown. Other Y-A teams in the 3-A district event are Northeastern’s Josh Sanderson and Lance Fries, York Suburban’s Parker Lando and Liam Waterbury and New Oxford’s Justin Gruver and Michael Paganelli.
The top three seeded teams in 3-A are: Central Dauphin’s Jason Kline and Sammy Schwab at No. 1, Cedar Crest’s Dylan Tull and Jackson Muraika at No. 2 and Hershey’s Nate Shaw and JT Mullins at No. 3.
The Y-A teams in the 2-A field are West York’s Augie Citrone and Jack Citrone, Biglerville’s Aaron Orndorff and Jorge Cervantes and Bermudian Springs’ Brett Laughman and Nathan Edmondson. The Citrones are coming off a Y-A 2-A crown.
The district seeds in 2-A are: Wyomissing’s James Pottieger and Will Schreck at No. 1, Conrad Weiser’s Nicholas Balaci and Jack Fitzpatrick at No. 2, Pequea Valley’s Brady Burns and Devon Clemmer at No. 3 and East Pennsboro’s Nate Stahlman and Nemanja Jovic at No. 4.
The district doubles tournaments are set for Friday and Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club.
Northeastern 3, York Suburban 1: At Lancaster, the third-seeded Bobcats captured the District 3 Class 3-A quarterfinal contest at Racquet Club West. The Bobcats improved to 15-1 and will next take on defending champion Hershey at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday back at Racquet Club West. No. 2 seed Hershey (16-1) won its quarterfinal over No. 7 seed Elizabethtown, 3-0. No. 6 seed Suburban finished at 10-3. Lance Fries won at No. 2 singles for Northeastern, 6-1, 6-0. Also for Northeastern, Ryan McElwain and Haydne Golden who won at No. 1 doubles, 6-1, 6-0, and Sam Sidle and Erick Sowers won at No. 2 doubles, 0-6, 6-3, 6-0. Suburban's Parker Lando won at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-1. The singles match was not completed because the team outcome was already determined.
Dallastown 3, Cumberland Valley 1: At Lancaster, the Wildcats captured a District 3 Class 3-A quarterfinal triumph at Racquet Club West. The top-seeded Wildcats (16-0) advance to Tuesday's semifinals vs. No. 4 seed Cedar Crest (16-1) at 2 p.m. at Hershey Racquet Club. Cedar Crest earned its semifinal berth with 3-2 win over No. 5 seed Central Dauphin (12-2). Dallastown beat Cedar Crest 3-2 in its opening match of the season. Cumberland Valley fell to 13-4. Dallastown got its wins from singles players Holden Koons (6-0, 6-1) and Jonathan Burns (6-0, 7-5) and the doubles team of Jack Lynam and Cameron Koons (6-2, 6-4).
West York 13, Palmyra 6: At West York, Lizzie Wood and Jewels Torres led the Bulldogs to the home victory by each scoring four goals. Teammate Lydia Neuman scored two goals.