Dallastown softball defeated Northeastern, 6-2, on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Wildcats head coach Leanne Potts-Jones talked about the win and the performance of pitcher Kelsie Merriman afterwards. Elijah Armold, York Dispatch
After Wednesday’s softball showdown between York-Adams League contenders Dallastown and Northeastern, Wildcats head coach Leanne Potts-Jones was pleased that her squad didn’t let early frustrations mount and become costly.
Dallastown repeatedly placed runners in scoring position through the first three innings, but the Bobcats limited the damage.
After the Bobcats flirted with danger enough times, however, the Wildcats eventually busted through in the middle innings to collect a 6-2 victory.
“We didn’t let the fact that we had two outs get us down,” Potts-Jones said, referring to what she liked best about the Wildcats’ efforts Wednesday. “I believe almost all our runs were scored with two outs today. That’s what you like to see — is them go after it when their backs are against the wall.”
The win moves Dallastown to 10-2 overall and 7-2 in the league, which is currently second in Division I. Northeastern falls to 4-3 overall and 4-2 in the league, but with Susquehannock falling to Spring Grove, the Bobcats remain tied atop the D-II standings with the Warriors.
Elena Rosas opened the door to a big frame in the fourth by slamming a pitch to left field well beyond the range of the Northeastern outfield. Rosas reached home before the ball was retrieved and thrown in, breaking a 1-1 tie.
Starting pitcher Kelsie Merriman helped her cause by adding a two-out, two-run double, which was followed by an Elaina Winemiller double down the left-field line to make it 4-1 Wildcats after four innings.
Dallastown then cruised the rest of the way, relying on Merriman’s solid day in the circle. Merriman went the distance on 77 pitches, giving up two earned runs on six hits while striking out five and walking none.
Merriman set to the tone for day by striking out the first two batters she faced.
“She did great today,” Potts-Jones said. “She had a little bit of a personal issue that went on today, but she came out today and helped her team out.”
The Bobcats struck first in the top of the third when Haley Updegraff drove home Victoria Santos by slapping a double to the gap in right-center field. Santos, who was hit by a pitch an at-bat earlier, raced home from first to score.
Merriman retired the next three batters she faced in succession to end any further damage.
The Wildcats immediately answered when Delaney Kolb launched a two-out double over the head of the Bobcats left fielder to bring in Winemiller to even the score in the bottom of the third.
Dallastown tacked on two more insurance runs in the fifth, also with two outs.
Barbara Black was 1 for 2 with two RBIs for Dallastown, while Rosas finished with a 3-for-3 day that saw her score two runs. Merriman helped her cause at the plate with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Brianna Rufo had two doubles for the Wildcats.
Northeastern added another run in the top of the sixth when Belle Bortner completed a 3-for-3 day at the plate with a piece of two-out hitting of her own that drove in Peyton Eckenrode for the final score.
Bortner was Merriman’s counterpart in the circle to start the game before leaving after 4 2/3 innings. Bortner was saddled with the loss after giving up six runs, four earned, on 10 hits while striking out three and walking one.
Eastern York 18, York Tech 0 (3 innings): At Spry, the Golden Knights took advantage of 11 walks and three Tech errors in a game shortened to three innings because of the 15-run rule. Analise Fenwick and Maelynn Leber limited Tech to two hits, fanning four. Morgan Winter (three hits, three runs), Amber Forry (three hits, double, two runs, RBI), Leber (two hits, RBI, run), Gillian Toomey (three walks, two RBIs, two runs) and McKenzie Buchmeyer (triple, two RBIs, two runs) led Eastern's offense. Eastern improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in York-Adams Division III.
Spring Grove 10, Susquehannock 6: At Spring Grove, Hannah Gartrell homered twice and doubled, driving in five runs, to lead the Rockets. Bryn Sporer (three hits, two RBIs, two runs), Bailey Rapson (three hits, two doubles, two RBIs, run), Briana Dicandeloro (two doubles, two runs), Chloe Sullivan (two hits, run) and Siera Guinard (two hits, run) also excelled for the Rockets. Susquehannock's leaders were Carolina Folfas (three hits, RBI, run), Anna Bryan (three hits, double, three RBIs), Alyssa Garrett (two hits, run) and Gabi Almiroudis (two hits). Both teams are now 4-2 overall and in league action.
Red Lion 10, Gettysburg 4: At Red Lion, Makenna Michael (three hits, homer, double, four RBIs, three runs) powered the Lions. Michael also pitched a complete game, allowing two earned runs, to get the win. Taylor Radziewicz (two triples, two runs), Kaitlyn Collins (two doubles, two runs, RBI) and Hailey Inguanti (two hits, triple, two runs) also excelled for Red Lion.
York Catholic 3, Littlestown 2 (10 innings): At York, Alexis Logsdon's RBI single in the 10th won it for the Irish. Rebecca Baum went the distance to get the win, striking out 16 and allowing no earned runs on five hits. Baum also had three hits and an RBI, while Grace Gardini added three hits, including a triple, with two runs scored.
Kennard-Dale 19, Biglerville 1 (4 innings): At Biglerville, the visitors pounded out 12 hits to support Lexie Kopko on the mound. She scattered four hits and struck out eight to pick up the win shortened by the 15-run rule. Kopko, Jaedyn McKeon, Amber Belt and Brooke Ashenfelter each doubled for K-D, which improved to 6-0 both overall and in York-Adams Division III.
South Western 9, Dover 8: At Hanover, Taylor Lamparter had three hits, including a double, in a losing cause for the Eagles. She also pitched a complete game on the mound, striking out six.
York Suburban 4, Fairfield 3: At Fairfield, Sarah Hartinger pitched a complete game, allowing two earned runs. Alexis Jury homered for the winners, while Zoe Prats tripled with an RBI.
New Oxford 9, West York 3: At New Oxford, Breanna Harvey (two hits, run), Leah Jamison (triple, RBI, run) and Dorian Ileyes (double, run) led West York in a losing cause.
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