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Central York's Courtney Coppersmith hurls seven hitless innings Saturday, striking out 21

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  • Central York's Courtney Coppersmith threw a five-inning no-hitter on Saturday against James Buchanan.
  • In seven total innings Saturday, Coppersmith didn't allow a hit and got all 21 of her outs via strikeout.

Central York's Courtney Coppersmith has made a habit of striking out lots of batters during the Panthers' unbeaten 2018 season.

Central York softball pitcher Courtney Coppersmith pitched seven hitless innings on Saturday, getting all 21 of her outs by strikeout. YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO

Saturday, however, the Central softball standout achieved a truly rare feat.

The left--hander threw a five-inning no-hitter and recorded all 15 of her outs by strikeout. Coppersmith allowed just one walk in a 1-0 triumph over James Buchanan to win the Panther Classic. The game was shortened to five innings because of lightning and rain.

Earlier Saturday, Coppersmith started the Panthers' 12-2 victory over Susquehanna Township. In that game, Coppersmith pitched two-hitless innings, getting all six of her outs by strikeout.

So, in seven innings Saturday, Coppersmith had 21 strikeouts and didn't surrender a hit. She allowed one walk.

The Panthers improved to 13-0. They are ranked No. 1 in the District 3 Class 6-A power ratings.