SOFTBALL: Dallastown storms back from 7-0 hole to beat Red Lion, keep perfect record

  • Dallastown stormed back from a 7-0 hole to earn a 13-9 softball win over Red Lion.
  • The Wildcats improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in York-Adams Division I.
  • Kelsie Merriman got the win on the mound while also driving in four runs at the plate.

Dallastown kept its perfect softball record in tact on Monday, but it wasn't easy.

The Wildcats fell behind rival Red Lion, 7-0, after 1 1/2 innings but stormed back for a 13-9 home triumph.


Dallastown is now 7-0 overall and 4-0 in York-Adams Division I. Red Lion fell to 1-2 and 0-2.

Allison Hoffman (four hits, two RBIs, two runs), Kelsie Merriman (homer, double, four RBIs, run), Briana Rufo (two hits, double, two RBIs, runs), Delaney Kolb (two hits, double, two runs), Hannah Pierce (two RBIs, run), Shauna Stotler (two hits) and Olivia Sitter (two runs) paced the Dallastown attack. Merriman also went the distance to get the win on the mound, giving up five earned runs while striking out five.

Taylor Radziewicz (four hits, double, run), Kaitlyn Collins (three hits, two RBIs, two runs), Hailey Inguanti (three hits, homer, two RBIs, run), Gianna Dovell (three hits, double, run, RBI) and Starr Sandt (three RBIs, run) led Red Lion.


Spring Grove 11, New Oxford 1 (five innings): At New Oxford, Hailey Kessinger struck out eight and allowed just one hit and one run for the Rockets in a game shortened to five innings because of the 10-run rule. Kessinger also had two hits. Briana Dicandeloro (two hits, RBI, run, double), Bailey Rapson (two hits, two runs, RBI, double), Hannah Gartrell (two hits, two runs, RBI, double), Bryn Sporer (two hits, RBI, run, triple), Heather Baker (three runs) and Hannah Shaffer (two RBIs, run) also excelled for Spring Grove's 13-hit attack. Julie Hess' triple was New Oxford's only hit.

Central York 23, South Western 2 (four innings): At Hanover, after a scoreless first inning, Central erupted for 23 runs over the next three innings. Briana Smith went the distance to get the win on the mound, while also belting a grand slam. Also shining for Central were Natalie Craig (three hits, three-run homer, double) Courtney Coppersmith (two hits, homer), Taylor Sanders (two hits) and Erin Cabry (two hits). The Panthers improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in York-Adams Division I.

Northeastern 15, Susquehannock 2 (five innings): At Glen Rock, in a game shortened to five innings because of the 10-run rule, Isabelle Bortner went the distance to get the win and also drove in two runs. Northeastern's other leaders were: Haley Updegraff (three hits, two runs, RBI), Jiselle Castano (two hits, two runs, two RBIs), Nicole Stone (homer, three RBIs, three runs), Peyton Eckenrode (three runs, two RBIs, double) and Megan Sweitzer (two RBIs, run). Grace Wetzel homered for Susquehannock.

York Suburban 12, Bermudian Springs 8: At Suburban, Zoe Prats led the Trojans by going 4 for 4, including a homer and a double, with four RBIs and three runs scored. Also excelling for for Suburban were Kylie Strebig (3 for 3, double, two runs, RBI), Alexis Jury (2 for 3, double, two runs, two RBIs) and Aly Golden (2 for 4, two RBIs). 

Dover 6, West York 5: At Dover, the Eagles used a four-run third to erase a 4-2 West York lead. Taylor Lamparter got the complete-game win, striking out nine and allowing four earned runs. Jessica Parr (two hits, double, two runs) and Riley Runk (homer, two RBIs) paced Dover's offense. West York was led by Breanna Harvey (two hits, double, two RBIs, run) and Dorian Ileyes (two hits, triple, RBI, run). Ileyes also pitched a complete game for West York, allowing three earned runs.

Kennard-Dale 12, Littlestown 0 (five innings): At Littlestown, Alexis Hurley pitched a three-hit shutout, striking out four, in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule. The K-D offense was led by Alex Smith (three hits, double, three RBIs, run), Crystal Mullins (two hits, double, two RBIs, run), Lexie Kopko (two hits, run), Maddie Miller (two hits, two runs) and Jaedyn McKeon (double, two runs).

York Catholic 18, Hanover 2 (three innings): At Hanover, Kelleigh Pollock drove in six runs on three hits, including a triple, while also scoring two runs to pace York Catholic. The Irish also got big offensive efforts from Rebecca Baum (two hits, homer, three RBIs, two runs) and Grace Gardini (two hits, two RBIs, four runs, two walks). Hanover pitchers walked 13 batters. Baum also got the complete-game win on the mound, striking out seven.

Biglerville 29, York Tech 19 (six innings): At Biglerville, the two teams pounded out a combined 51 hits. Katie McCauslin paced the winners with five hits, including two doubles, while Jillian Bucheister collected four hits, including a double. Ze'Yone Hawkins ripped a home run for the Lady Spartans as part of her five-hit performance.