Dallastown edges Warwick in Districts

By on May 24, 2017
 After taking a relay throw from Catie Brubaker, Warwick catcher Leann Runkle tags out Dallastown base runner Elena Rosas at the plate in Tuesday’s District Three 6A playoff game. Photo by Missi Mortimer


After taking a relay throw from Catie Brubaker, Warwick catcher Leann Runkle tags out Dallastown base runner Elena Rosas at the plate in Tuesday’s District Three 6A playoff game. Photo by Missi Mortimer

Warwick’s scoring opportunities were few on Tuesday.

Even so, the potential tying run was on on third base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

Unfortunately for 7th-seeded Warwick, however, it wasn’t to be, as Dallastown pitcher Kelsie Merriman ended the game with a strikeout and the 10th-seeded Lady Wildcats held on for a 2-1 win in a District Three 6A first-round game in Lititz.

“I think we’ve been hitting well,” said Warwick coach Mark Hough, whose team closed out the season with a 13-7 record. “It’s just hard because I think that sometimes, you want to do too much with an at-bat and if you just play within yourself, then probably more good things happen than not.”

The Lady Warriors ended the regular season on May 8 having won nine of their previous 10 games. Idle for 15 days, Warwick scrimmaged Donegal last week to get back into game form.

But Merriman limited Warwick to just four hits — two of those by Amanda Herr (2-for-3, 2 doubles) — while striking out just two and walking none.

Asked if he was surprised that his team didn’t get more offensive production, Hough said, “I really was. No disrespect against Merriman, but I felt that that’s the kind of pitching we should be hitting and I don’t know if we were pressing too much. We just seemed to try to elevate the ball.”

The Lady Wildcats took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run off of Warwick pitcher Nicole Mengel in the top of the first inning, as Lyndee Anders doubled and scored on an error. Mengel, who K’d seven, walked two and scattered seven hits, went the distance in the tough-luck loss.

Meanwhile, Merriman retired 10 of the first 11 batters she faced before Herr ripped a one-out double to left-center in the bottom of the fourth inning. Mengel then smashed an 0-1 pitch for an RBI single to center, tying it 1-all.

Dallastown threatened in the fifth on Delaney Kolb’s two-out double on a misjudged ball in left-center, but WHS catcher Leann Runkle threw out Kolb trying to steal third base to end the inning.

But Elena Rosas’ RBI double inside the left field foul line drove in Barbara Black with the go-ahead run in the sixth, putting Dallastown up 2-1. One out later, Brianna Bufo singled to right, but a Herr to Catie Brubaker to Runkle relay nailed Bufo at the plate, denying the Lady Wildcats an insurance run.

“We were fortunate to get that third run out at the plate,” Hough said. “It’s just one of those things that a lot of credit to Dallastown. They came in and put the ball in play and we didn’t.”

Down to their final at-bats in the bottom of the seventh, Jolyssa High slugged a two-out double over Dallastown right fielder Sara Coghill’s head to keep Warwick’s hopes alive. She advanced to third on a wild pitch, but then was stranded there.

“To some degree, I think the layoff was nice because it got the kids kinda rejuvenated, so to speak,” Hough said. “You kinda wish you were playing in Leagues to stay on the game, so there’s the good and bad about burn out or too much rest. And maybe too much rest hurt us.”

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