Big schools dominate in York-Adams softball semifinals

Central York pitcher Ava Beamesderfer, seen here in a file photo, pitched a complete-game one-hitter on Monday in an 8-1 victory over Bermudian Springs.

The big schools ruled in the York-Adams softball semifinals on Monday afternoon.

Division I champion Central York rolled to an 8-1 victory over Division III champion Bermudian Springs at Susquehannock.

Division II champion South Western, meanwhile, captured a 14-3 five-inning mercy-rule triumph over Division IV champion Fairfield at Spring Grove.

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The Panthers and the Mustangs will now face off for the league tournament crown at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at Spring Grove. 

Central will be aiming for its first league tournament title since 2017. From 2012 through 2017, the Panthers claimed five league playoff crowns. South Western will be looking to win its first-ever league tournament championship.

It will be a rematch of a regular-season meeting between the two teams at South Western on April 27. Central won that contest, 12-8.

Central improved to 19-1 overall with its 16th consecutive victory. South Western improved to 16-3. Bermudian dropped to 16-4 and Fairfield fell to 14-5.

In Central’s win over Bermudian, Ava Beamesderfer threw a complete-game one-hitter, striking out nine, walking four and allowing no earned runs. Beamesderfer also connected at the plate by going 3 for 4, including a double, with two RBIs.

Also excelling offensively for the Panthers were Rylee Dreyer (2 for 4, RBI, run), Ashlyn Weigle (2 for 3, triple) and Keira Devor (2 for 4, double, RBI).

Maddie Reever had Bermudian’s lone hit.

In South Western's triumph, Emalee Reed pitched all five innings for the Mustangs to get the win. She allowed three runs and three hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.

Reed was supported by a 17-hit South Western attack. 

Morgan Stalnecker led the way for the winners with four hits, including a pair of doubles. She also scored three times and drove in a pair of runs. Reed had three hits, while Ryleigh Sprague, Jayda Koontz and Riley Crowl each had two hits. Kinsley Proepper belted a grand slam.

Ellie Snyder had a two-run single for Fairfield, while Cailin Swam homered

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