Y-A teams face busy Tuesday of playoff action in softball, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse

  • Tuesday will be a busy day of playoff action for several York-Adams League teams.
  • Three baseball teams and three softball teams will compete in District 3 action.
  • Three boys' volleyball teams and three lacrosse teams will be in PIAA action.
Dallastown's Kelsie Merriman, seen here in a file photo, is coming off a standout pitching performance on Friday in Dallastown's 4-1 victory over Penn Manor.

Tuesday figures to be a crucial day of playoff action for York-Adams League teams — weather permitting.

Three Y-A baseball teams and three Y-A softball teams will compete in either District 3 semifinal or championship action.

Meanwhile, the state postseason starts for three Y-A boys’ volleyball teams, two Y-A girls’ lacrosse teams and one Y-A boys’ lacrosse team.

Of course, the baseball, softball and lacrosse games will be at the mercy of Mother Nature. There’s an 80% chance of thunderstorms on Tuesday, with the best chance coming in the morning.

Assuming the weather cooperates, here’s a look ahead at a big day of playoff action:

Softball: The Dallastown Wildcats will try to reach the District Class 6-A softball title game and clinch a state playoff berth on Tuesday.

The fourth-seeded Wildcats (15-6) will face top-seeded Warwick (17-3) at 4:30 p.m. at York College.

Dallastown is coming off a dramatic 4-1 victory over fifth-seeded Penn Manor on Friday. In that victory, Ashton Crump belted a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to give Dallastown the win.

Dallastown’s Kelsie Merriman pitched a complete-game four-hitter, striking out seven and walking one. She didn’t allow an earned run. Offensively, Tessa Thompson had two doubles for the Wildcats, while Elaina Winemiller had a solo homer.

The top three finishers in the District 3 6-A field will make states, so the Wildcats will need to win Tuesday, or win the third-place game on Thursday, to clinch a PIAA berth.

Eastern York, meanwhile, has a District 3 4-A semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hershey High School vs. second-seeded Northern Lebanon (18-4).

The sixth-seeded Golden Knights (12-7) are coming off a 7-3, eight-inning upset of third-seeded Bishop McDevitt last Thursday.

Eastern must win Tuesday, or win the third-place game on Thursday, to make the state field. Only the top-three teams from the District 3 4-A bracket will earn PIAA berths.

In the district 3-A softball final at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Millersville University, top-seeded Delone Catholic (19-3) battles third-seeded Kutztown (18-5).

The Y-A champion Squirettes are coming off an impressive 11-1 pounding of fifth-seeded Oley Valley on Friday.  Delone is searching for its first district softball title since winning the 2-A crown in 2015. Delone beat Kutztown to claim that district crown. The Squirettes fell to Brandywine Heights in last year’s 3-A district final, 2-1.

Delone has already qualified for the state playoffs.

Baseball: Kennard-Dale will continue its District 3 4-A baseball playoff journey at 4 p.m. Tuesday at War Memorial Stadium in Ephrata.

The seventh-seeded Rams (14-7) will take on third-seeded Hamburg (18-6).

K-D is coming off a surprising 8-2 beating of second-seeded Donegal on Friday. Cole Sinnott pitched a complete-game three-hitter in that game, striking out four and walking five. He didn’t allow an earned run. Garrett Lowe led the K-D offense with three hits, including a three-run homer, and four RBIs. Ryan Schubert added two hits and an RBI.

K-D must win on Tuesday, or win the third-place game on Thursday, to make the state playoffs.

Biglerville, meanwhile, will play for a District 3 3-A title at 7 p.m. Tuesday at PeoplesBank Park in York against Oley Valley.

The top-seeded Canners (16-6) made the final with a 4-0 win over fourth-seeded Annville-Cleona on Thursday. Oley Valley (14-6) is the No. 2 seed. Both Biglerville and Oley Valley have already clinched state berths.

Gettysburg faces Lampeter-Strasburg at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cumberland Valley High School in a District 3 5-A semifinal. Both teams have already punched their state playoff tickets.

The third-seeded Warriors enter at 20-3. Second-seeded Lampeter-Strasburg is 21-2. Gettysburg is coming off a 3-1 win over sixth-seeded Manheim Central on Friday.

Boys’ volleyball: Central York, Northeastern and York Suburban begin their state boys’ volleyball playoff journeys on Tuesday.

Central York beats State College 3-1 to win its 24th District 3 boys' volleyball crown

Central, coming off a 3-1 win over State College in the District 3 3-A title match on Friday, takes on District 11 runner-up Parkland (16-5) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dallastown High School.

Central (16-2) enters that match ranked No. 1 in the state in the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association 3-A rankings. Parkland is unranked.

Also in 3-A, Northeastern (17-2) faces District 1 champion Central Bucks East (22-0) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bensalem High School. The Bobcats are coming off a 3-1 win over Cumberland Valley in the District 3 3-A third-place match on Friday. CV entered last week ranked No. 1 by the PVCA in 3-A. Northeastern is now ranked No. 3 in the state in 3-A by the PVCA, behind Central and North Allegheny. CV is now No. 4. Central Bucks East is ranked No. 6.

Suburban (14-4) will try to rebound after suffering a 3-0 loss to Manheim Central in the District 3 2-A title match on Friday.

Suburban entered that match ranked No. 1 in the state in 2-A, while Manheim Central was No. 5. In the latest PVCA state 2-A poll, Manheim Central moved to No. 1, while Suburban dropped to No. 3. District 10 champion Meadville is now No. 2.

In the first round of state 2-A action at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Suburban faces District 12 champion Lansdale Catholic at Lincoln High School in Philadelphia. Lansdale Catholic is unranked by the PCVA.

Lacrosse: The York Catholic boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams, and the Kennard-Dale girls’ team are in PIAA 2-A first-round action on Tuesday.

York Catholic girls top Kennard-Dale in 2-A final to win first District 3 lacrosse title

The District 3 champion Irish girls (21-1) battle District 7 runner-up Hampton (17-4) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Cumberland Valley High School. At 4 p.m. at the same site, the District 3 runner-up Rams (17-5) face the third-place team from District 1, Bishop Shanahan (16-6). District 1 is a traditional powerhouse region in PIAA girls’ lacrosse. The K-D girls have made the state 2-A final in each of the last two years.

The York Catholic boys (18-2), coming off a third-place finish in District 3 2-A, will battle District 1 runner-up Strath Haven (13-8) at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Lower Merion High School.

Boy’s tennis: Dallastown’s Holden Koons finished third in the PIAA 3-A boys’ singles tennis tournament on Saturday.

Koons, the four-time District 3 3-A singles champion, earned a pair of straight-set wins on Friday before falling to District 1 champion Sameer Gangoli of Great Valley, 6-3, 6-2, in Saturday's semifinals. Koons bounced back to beat Unionville’s Tristan Bradley in the third-place match later Saturday, 6-1, 6-2. Bradley was the District 1 runner-up.

Gangoli had beaten Koons in the PIAA 3-A state final in 2018.

This year, Gangoli fell in the state 3-A final to District 7 champion Robbie Shymansky of Fox Chapel in three sets.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.