PIAA SOFTBALL: Spring Grove loses 3-run lead, suffers 10-inning setback in PIAA 5-A opener
- Spring Grove suffered a 5-4, 10-inning loss to Archbishop Ryan in PIAA 5-A softball action.
- The Rockets led the game 4-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.
- Central York also suffered a PIAA loss, losing 5-0 to Parkland in a 6-A game.
Monday was a tough day for the York-Adams League softball teams competing in the PIAA playoffs.
Spring Grove dropped a heartbreaking, 5-4 walk-off decision to Archbishop Ryan in 10 innings in the Class 5-A first round at Arcadia College.
Central York, meanwhile, saw the career of its standout ace come to a close with a 5-0 loss to Parkland in a 6-A opener in Allentown. And Delone Catholic (14-8) suffered a 7-1 decision to Philipsburg Osceola in a 3-A first-round contest at State College.
The Rockets surrendered a three-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning before Meghan Kidd slapped a one-out single to center field to plate Annie Cashman with the game-winning run in the 10th. Per softball’s extra-inning rules, once the game reaches the 10th inning, each team starts with a runner on second base (Cashman).
The Rockets (15-9), the fourth-place team from District 3, opened the game’s scoring in the top of the third. The Rockets’ Sara Jones reached on a one-out single and was moved to third on an Olivia Lillich double. Bri DiCandelro followed by driving in two runs with a single.
The District 12 champion Ragdolls would score their first run in the bottom half and the Rockets led, 2-1, after three innings. Spring Grove would add an unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth.
The bottom of the sixth saw the Ragdolls chase Rockets starter Bailey Rapson, who tossed five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out one and walking a pair.
Dana Bell went the distance for the Ragdolls, throwing all 10 innings with 129 pitches. She gave up eight hits, struck out nine and walked only two.
Coppersmith’s sensational career comes to an end: Monday saw the final game of the outstanding career of Central standout pitcher Courtney Coppersmith in the PIAA 6-A first round during the loss to Parkland.
Things fell apart for the District 3 runner-up Panthers (21-2) in the third, with back-to-back walks to open the bottom half. After a strikeout, District 11 champion Parkland plated its first run when Steph Herpel reached on an error.
Coppersmith, who will play next year at Maryland-Baltimore County, rebounded with another K for the second out, but Kiara Bryant broke the game open by plating two more runs with a triple.
Parkland tacked on two more runs in the fourth and starting pitcher Kelly Dulaney was sharp all game while shutting down the Panthers. Dulaney tossed seven innings of four-hit ball while striking out nine and not issuing any walks.
Coppersmith’s final line read six innings with two earned runs on six hits. She also had nine strikeouts and five walks.
Taylor Sanders led the Panthers with a 2-for-3 effort.