DOVER — The Susquehannock softball team has been sharing a bus with the baseball team for most road contests this season.
Monday, the two teams almost shared something very rare as well.
Moments after Conor Miller completed a no-hitter in a 4-0 baseball victory over Dover on the adjacent diamond, Susquehannock standout pitcher Maddie Staub nearly duplicated the feat on the softball field.
Staub came within five outs of pulling off the trick. The right-hander allowed a one-out double to Cierra Hockensmith in the sixth inning, which would be the only base hit the Eagles would muster against Staub. The Warrior offense did the rest, piling up nine runs on nine hits.
While Staub didn’t get her no-hitter, she was still pretty pleased that her team was able to walk away with a 9-0 triumph. The victory secured Susquehannock (13-2 overall, 10-2 Division II) no less than a share of the York-Adams Division II crown while also sewing up a league playoff berth in the process.
“This was definitely a huge game,” Staub said. “A lot of pressure.”
The home team gave the Warriors all they could handle in their first showdown a few weeks ago. That contest took 12 innings before Susquehannock pulled out a 7-6 triumph.
“We knew what we needed to do differently,” said Staub, who struck out two in Monday’s victory. “In the last game we played them we chased a lot of high pitches. And we had some errors in the field and we were swinging at some pitches that we probably shouldn’t have been.”
The Warriors definitely looked more disciplined at the plate against Dover lefty Taylor Lamparter. The Eagle pitcher threw nearly 120 pitches while surrendering six hits and six walks over six innings while fanning four batters.
“(Lamparter) had 14 strikeouts the first time,” Susquehannock coach Jeff Deardorff said. “A lot of those were on pitches that we shouldn’t have swung at.”
While the Warriors made adjustments against Lamparter, Staub was nearly unhittable in the rematch. She was more wild than normal (three walks), but the Eagles could not gain any traction against the Warrior senior.
The fact that she was pitching a no-hitter into the sixth inning never really registered in her mind at all. In fact, she was a bit taken aback when Deardorff told her she threw a one-hitter.
“He said that and I was like ‘oh, wow,’” she said.
When informed of Miller’s gem on the baseball diamond, Staub put her nearly equal performance in perspective with a joke.
“(The baseball team) had a no-hitter, so wow,” she said. “But a one-hitter is (OK) … I’ll have to do better next time.”
While Staub was never focused on any personal accomplishment, she was plenty focused on achieving some team goals. One of the biggest of them was winning the division title, something that she and her teammates were proud of.
“That was the first goal,” Deardorff said. “And there’s a couple more goals to go.”
The Warriors took command of the game in the second inning by scoring four runs. Mallory Lebo, who was the only player to finish with two hits, stroked a two-run single that made the score 3-0 at that point. Lebo later scored to make it 4-0 on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Staub (1 for 2).
The visitors added single runs in the third and fifth innings before adding three more in the seventh against Dover reliever Kadee Krouse.
Second-place Dover fell to 11-5 overall and 9-4 in Division II.
Susquehannock can clinch the outright title with a win Tuesday at home vs. Kennard-Dale.
Spring Grove 9, Red Lion 3: At Spring Grove, the Rockets scored seven of their nine runs in the first three frames. Kira Hull had a triple and home run for Spring Grove, while Julia Wivell also roped a triple and earned the win for the Rockets. Red Lion’s Jen Diehl doubled.
Littlestown 16, Eastern York 5: At Wrightsville, Kaitlin Yealy led the Thunderbolts to the victory by going 4 for 4, including two runs scored and two RBIs. Teammate Kelsie Dews went 4 for 4 with two runs and three RBIs. For the Golden Knights, Riley Duraski went 1 for 2 with two runs scored, while Morgan Winter picked up two RBIs.
Biglerville 15, York Catholic 0 (3 innings): At Biglerville, Katie McCauslin and Jordan Miller combined for a three-inning no-hitter against the Irish. Hannah Kane paced the winners at the plate, going 3 for 3.
Kennard-Dale 16, York Suburban 6 (5 innings): At Fawn Grove, Megan Gereny and Alexis Valentine each drove home three runs for the Rams. Valentine was also the winning pitcher, tossing all five innings, striking out three and giving up seven hits. Zoe Prats was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs for Suburban.
Fairfield 4, York Tech 1: At Fairfield, Katie Kursch led the Green Knights by going 2 for 3 with one RBI. For the Spartans, Taylor Glace hit a solo homer in the top of the eighth.
West York 8, Northeastern 6: At Manchester, Breanna Harvey and teammate Hannah Scheivert led the Bulldogs by each going 3 for 4. For the Bobcats, Nicole Stone hit a homer.
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