SOFTBALL: Central York hurler Coppersmith perfect
- Central York's Courtney Coppersmith pitched a three-inning perfect game vs. West York.
- She struck out five of the nine batters she faced.
- Central improved to 15-0 overall and 10-0 in York-Adams Division I.
It may have only been three innings, but it was still a perfect game.
Central York softball pitcher Courtney Coppersmith went nine up and nine down against West York on Wednesday in her team’s 15-0 triumph in three innings.
Coppersmith was aided by a strong offensive performance by the Panthers, who opened the game by scoring five runs in the top of the first. They went on to score two more in the top of the second and then exploded for eight in the top of the third to reach the mercy-rule limit. For Coppersmith, all she needed was the first inning of support. She breezed through the Bulldogs’ lineup, striking out five of the nine hitters she faced.
She also helped her own cause at the plate by driving in four runs and recording the game’s only extra-base hit on a triple. Briannah Dobson and Cameryn Rothrock each had two RBIs for Central.
The Panthers, as a team, recorded 15 hits in the three innings, with Coppersmith and Erin Cabry each going 3 for 4.
Central improved to 15-0 overall and 10-0 in York-Adams League Division I.
Spring Grove 4, Susquehannock 2: At Glen Rock, the Rockets handed the Warriors their second straight loss. The Warriors, who lost to Central on Monday, had started the season with 11 straight wins. Susquehannock still leads York-Adams Division II at 8-2. Spring Grove improved to 6-6 overall and 6-4 in Division I. Hailey Kessinger pitched 6 1/3 innings for the Rockets to get the win, while Julia Wivell got the final two outs for the save. They scattered 11 hits. Wivell also had a homer and two RBIs. Mallory Lebo had three hits for the Warriors. Maddie Staub went the distance for Susquehannock.
Kennard-Dale 11, Fairfield 0 (4 innings): At Fairfield, the Rams used a relentless offense to take care of the Green Knights. Nicole McCleary had two triples for K-D, while pitcher Alexis Valentine and Kayla Beach each drove in three runs. In the circle, Valentine allowed just three hits while striking out eight.
Eastern York 7, York Tech 1: At Wrightsville, McKenzie Bucmyer led the Golden Knights to the victory by going 2 for 4 at the plate, including a two-run homer. Also for Eastern, Karlee Livelsberger went 2 for 3 with a double, Kierstin Grove went 2 for 3 and Ashton Evans went 2 for 4. Grove also threw a complete game, striking out six and walking three.
South Western 6, Northeastern 5: At Manchester, the Mustangs held off a seventh-inning rally by the host Bobcats. South Western recorded just four hits, but made them count. Belle Bortner pitched a complete game for Northeastern, despite taking the loss.
Dover 7, New Oxford 3: At Dover, Taylor Lamparter pitched a complete-game five-hitter to get the win. She gave up five hits, while striking out 13 and walking three. Natalie Cutright and Jessica Parr each had two doubles for Dover, while Cassandra Root tripled.
Delone Catholic 6, York Suburban 4: At Suburban, Cassie Rickrode led the Squirettes by going 3 for 3, including two RBIs. For the Trojans, Zoe Prats went 3 for 4, including two RBIs, while teammate Brianna Paules went 2 for 3.