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A junior stole the show on Senior Day at the Central York softball field on Monday afternoon.

Courtney Coppersmith achieved every pitcher's dream by recording a perfect game as the Panthers  shut out Dallastown, 10-0, in a York-Adams Division I match-up.

The left-hander struck out 11 batters in the game, which the umpires called in the bottom of the sixth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Coppersmith went to three balls on just two hitters, and just one Dallastown batter got the ball out of the infield. She used only 68 pitches in recording the second perfect game of her career.

"I threw one last year, but it was only three innings, so this was a little longer," the Panthers' star said. (Third baseman Natalie Craig) scared me. She goes, 'has no one reached base yet?' I was like, 'Natalie!'"

Craig's  inquiry, made during the fifth inning, didn't faze Coppersmith, who retired the next six batters in order.

"I just wanted to keep pitching my game," she said. "I knew I had my defense behind me. They made some nice plays behind me, especially the catch that Karly (Fink) made in right field on the ball that Kelsie (Merriman) hit."

Dallastown's hitters, for the most part, weren't able to catch up to Coppersmith's fastball, but it wasn't all fastball, all the time.

"I had my screwball going, and my curve and drop pitches were working pretty well," she said. "I finally felt good on the mound."

Speaking of the mound, baseball was Coppersmith's first spring sport.

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"I was 9 years old when I switched from over from baseball to softball. I started pitching, then," she said. "I wasn't very good, but if you keep working at something you love, you start to get better."

Coppersmith credits her coaches and her father (Bob) with helping her develop into a dominating pitcher.

"I have to give all my coaches credit, but my dad was the one who was there for me for every pitching lesson, every time I wanted to hit, and every time I wanted to take ground balls," she said.

K.J. Livingston is Central's head coach this season. She took over for Shane Walker, who left to take a softball coaching position at York College. Walker departed after leading the Panthers to two straight York-Adams Tournament championships.

Livingston felt the Panthers (17-1 overall) could be very good again this season, and she was right. Central is 12-1 and tied for first place in York-Adams Division I with Spring Grove. The teams meet on Wednesday at Spring Grove.

"We're strong fundamentally, and a lot of the girls are returning players," Livingston said. "We started off slow offensively, but the bats are starting to come around. They had a great season last year, and we're building on that."

The bats were smoking on Monday. The Panthers pounded out 15 hits and scored in four of their six at bats. Leadoff hitter Erin Cabry had a huge day, reaching base in all five at bats. She drilled a double and four singles, two of them infield ones, and scored two runs. Teammate Bri Smith collected three hits and drove in three runs.

Dallastown fell to 10-8 overall and 10-4 in D-I.

OTHER SOFTBALL

Spring Grove 8, South Western 1: At Hanover, the Rockets remained in a tie with Central York for first in York-Adams Division I with the win. The Rockets improved to 14-4 overall and 12-1 in the division. Hailey Kessinger pitched a complete-game four-hitter, striking out seven without a walk. Julia Wivell (two hits, grand slam, four RBIs, run), Caraline Cornman (three hits, homer, two RBIs, run), Bailey Rapson (three hits), Hannah Shaffer (hit, two runs), Briana Dicandeloro (hit, two runs) and Bryn Sporer (two RBIs, run) paced the Rockets' attack.

West York 13, Susquehannock 10: At West York, Paige Weekly led the Bulldogs by going 3 for 4, including a homer and a double, with five RBIs and three runs scored. Also for West York, Alexis Colon went 4 for 4, including two doubles, with four RBIs and two runs scored; Hannah Scheivert 2 for 3 with two RBIs; Skylar Sweitzer went 3 for 4, including a triple, with two runs scored; and Leah Jameson went 2 for 4, including a double, with two runs scored. For the Warriors, Tyler Williams went 4 for 5, including a homer and a double, with two runs scored and two RBIs, while Allyson Koller went 3 for 5 with with three runs scored and one RBI and Gabriella Almiroudis went 2 for 5 with a double and four RBIs.

Eastern York 5, York Suburban 1: At Suburban, McKenzie Buchmyer got the complete-game victory, striking out 10, walking three and allowing eight hits. Sarah Hartinger took the complete-game loss, striking out nine with one walk while allowing nine hits. Hartinger also had two hits, as did teammate Ella Eberhardinger. Maelynn Leber (three hits, two RBIs, two runs) and Morgan Winter (two hits, double, RBI, run) led Eastern.

Hanover 9, York Tech 6: At Hanover, MaryBeth Diaz (three hits, two doubles, two RBIS, run), Lexi Fournier (two doubles, RBI, run) and Autumn Weaver (double, two RBIs, run) paced Tech's 11-hit attack in defeat.

Northeastern 7, Red Land 6: At Manchester, the home team plated five runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally for the win. Northeastern trailed 5-2 entering the bottom of the sixth. Haley Updegraff's two run double sparked the sixth-inning rally. Krista Anderson (3 for 4, two runs, two RBIs) and Belle Bortner (2 for 4, two RBIs) also excelled at the plate for the Bobcats. Bortner also was the winning pitcher.

Fairfield 12, York Catholic 2 (5 innings): At Fairfield, Alexis Logsdon tripled with an RBI in a losing cause for York Catholic.

Gettysburg 4, Dover 1: At Dover, Shanna Martin threw a complete game on the mound to lead the Warriors. Martin struck out six and walked none. For the Eagles, Jessica Parr and Alyssa Bowlsbey each went 2 for 3.

Reach Dick VanO'Linda at sports@yorkdispatch.com

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