RED LION — Jeff Deardorff and Haylee Anders share a couple of character traits.
The Dallastown softball coach and his third baseman are both fairly quiet and laid back. Neither is prone to panic or celebrate too soon, either. But the trait that connects them most is success.
It was only fitting, then, that Deardorff and Anders achieved significant milestones during Wednesday afternoon's clash with rival Red Lion.
Anders got hers first, with a two-run homer that was part of a 12-run second inning. That hit was No. 100 in the senior's four-year career.
A few innings later it was Deardorff's turn, when the final out was recorded on a fly ball to left. That out capped a 15-5 victory that was shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule. More importantly, it also completed career victory No. 100 for Deardorff as Dallastown's coach.
"It means that I've been fortunate to have good softball players," said Deardorff, who is in his eighth season. "And it means I've been around for a long time."
The Wildcat coach, however, would rather have talked about the girls on his team than his own milestone. Players such as Anders, who was moved from second base to third for the betterment of the team, are what really make the mild-mannered coach proud.
"That's the most important thing (about today)," Deardorff said of Anders' 100th hit. "That is the hardest thing to do. Just think about that — 100 hits. Now most freshmen don't even make the varsity team and, even if you do, that's (averaging) 25 hits every year. That's something."
Anders powered hit No. 100 deep into the left-center gap, allowing her to easily motor around the bases. Her blast also turned what was a 3-0 deficit after an inning into a 6-3 lead.
For good measure, she laced what turned out to be a triple to the right-center gap in the fourth for hit No. 101. The senior, however, was gunned out at the plate trying to stretch that shot into a second homer.
While a lot of players would have been upset with being tagged out, Anders took it in stride, just like she always does.
"I was just trying to get there," she said.
By that time the outcome was well in hand. Dallastown was able to send 17 batters to the plate in the second and tacked on three more runs in the third to push their advantage to 15-3 after three innings.
The only question left at that point was how the Wildcats would celebrate their coach's milestone. That was answered shortly after the team returned to its dugout. Junior Maggie Noll was able to grab the team's water cooler and sneak around the dugout before eventually dumping most of its contents on her unsuspecting coach.
"We didn't want him to see (it coming)," said Noll, who finished with three hits and three RBIs. "And he definitely wasn't expecting it. We had a lot of ice in it today so we got him good."
In a nod to sportsmanship, the Red Lion coaches presented Deardorff with a game ball that was inscribed "100th career win, 4-29-15".
The two schools also teamed for a good cause. Both clubs, who wore special pink tops for the contest, helped raise funds for cancer awareness this past week. Most of the funds came from a car wash that both teams participated in this past Sunday. It was announced that $1,350 was raised.
Notes: Five Dallastown players collected at least two hits. In addition to Noll and Anders, Lyndee Anders, Kayla Flemmens and Madisyn Johnson each finished with a pair of base hits.
Delaney Kolb picked up the victory for the Wildcats. Kolb relieved starter Jaelyn Harbold in the third inning and gave up five hits and two runs over three innings.
Red Lion was paced by the Teal sisters, who collected five of the team's nine hits. Lindsey Teal was 3-for-3 and drove in two runs. Megan Teal collected two hits and drove in a run.
Dallastown improved to 12-3 overall and 11-2 in the division. Deardorff is 100-57 for his career.
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Susquehannock 3, West York 1: At Glen Rock, Megan Green pitched a complete-game four-hitter to get the win. She also doubled at the plate. Kayla Michael also pitched a complete game in the loss, allowing six hits. Lily Yoakum had two hits for the winners, while Ally Kerr had a hit and an RBI. Jossalin Shipley had a hit and an RBI for West York.
Northeastern 2, Gettysburg 0: At Manchester, Alli Sweitzer led the Bobcats by pitching a shutout, striking out seven and walking none. Teammate Katelynn Reed provided the offense by hitting an RBI double in the second to give the Bobcats all the offense they would need.
Kennard-Dale 15, Bermudian Springs 5: At Fawn Grove, the Rams improved to 15-2 overall and 12-1 in York-Adams Division III. Nicole McCleary (4-for-5, five RBIs) led K-D. Megan Gereny added a three-run tripled for the Rams. Kelly Dandy pitched a complete game to get the win on the mound.
York Catholic 13, Hanover 12: At Catholic, the Irish won a wild one, with Jennifer Nigro driving in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Nigro finished 3-for-4, including a double and a homer. Liz Lynch tripled and had three RBIs. Lexi Daley was 3-for-4 for Hanover, including a double and triple.
South Western 7, Spring Grove 6 (9 innings): At South Western, Katelin Willinghan capped a 2-for-5 performance by driving in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, pushing the Mustangs past the Rockets. Allie Fleming collected the win in the circle, tossing all nine innings while striking out 10 and walking eight. Caraline Cornman had two doubles for Spring Grove.
Delone Catholic 5, York Tech 0: At McSherrystown, in a game that took just one hour to play, the Squirettes improved to 12-4 overall and 11-3 in York-Adams Division IV. Delone has already clinched the division. Cassie Rickrode pitched a three-hit shutout, striking out four without a walk. Shelbee Holcomb had two hits for the winners, while Katie Laughman, Shayna Rider and Lori Sheaffer each doubled. Lindsey McWilliams pitched a complete-game eight-hitter for Tech.
Littlestown 5, York Suburban 4: At Littlestown, the Thunderbolts did all their damage in the fourth inning. Michaela Yealy was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Littlestown. McKenzie Somers pitched a complete game, scattering six hits while striking out nine and walking three. Somers was also 3-for-3 with an RBI. Olivia Eytcheson was 1-for-4 with an RBI for Suburban. Eytcheson took the loss in the circle, striking out one and issuing no walks over six innings.
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