New Oxford’s Cali Bailey, left, Nicole Ayers, center, and Lindsey Miller run in for the ball as Central York’s Kelsey Shifflett heads to first
New Oxford's Cali Bailey, left, Nicole Ayers, center, and Lindsey Miller run in for the ball as Central York's Kelsey Shifflett heads to first base. (THE EVENING SUN--CLARE BECKER)
The Central York softball team needed two adjustments Wednesday afternoon against New Oxford.

In the first two innings, the Panthers lined foul ball after foul ball down the left-field line. The right-handed batters decided to step away from the plate and to stop being so anxious as Colonials starting pitcher Nicole Ayers kept throwing inside.

The changes led to four big innings en route to a 13-5 Central York win at New Oxford.

"It's pretty much what we've been doing all year," Panthers coach Barry Brenneman said. "The first inning or two, it takes a while to get a feel for the pitcher. I'm real happy with our scoring."

The Panthers (11-2) won without Jordyn Miller, who leads the team in RBIs. She is out with an injured knee.

Teammate Taylor Rohrbaugh filled the void by going 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a walk. She also threw a complete game to earn the win.

Ayers took the loss for the Colonials (4-8). She allowed 13 runs and 16 hits in seven innings.

The Colonials placed themselves in an excellent situation to score first when Ayers singled to lead off the second and Sarah Smith followed with a walk. The next three hitters, however, struck out, leaving Colonials coach Ken Shafer with a look of disbelief in the third-base coaching box.

"We got nothing out of that," he said. "You can't do that. We have to get at least one run. It was early enough in the game that it (would've) changed the complexity of things. It (would've put) a little bit more pressure on them."


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Instead, the Panthers scored first.

Kelsey Shifflett led off the third with a single and stole second. Three batters later, Rohrbaugh hit her first of three RBI doubles, this one a two-RBI base hit, to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.

New Oxford responded with one run in the bottom of the third, but the Panthers scored five times in the top of the fifth to take a 7-1 lead that wouldn't be threatened.

"She's working on keeping the ball down," Brenneman said of Rohrbaugh. "The more she does that, the more she'll be effective. We're trying to keep her fresh, but at the same time, we need her to pitch as much as possible."

The Panthers added three runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings, their adjustments securing the win.

"They're a good-hitting team," Shafer said. "A good hitter, once they get to see that pitcher the third time around, they start catching on. Give them credit. They adjusted as the game went on."


CENTRAL YORK 13, NEW OXFORD 5
Central York 002 053 3 - 13 16 1
New Oxford 001 020 2 - 5 8 1
CY, Taylor Rohrbaugh and Ally Dziwis; NO, Nicole Ayers and Shawna Belcher. SO-BB - Rohrbaugh 10-2; Ayers 9-4. W - Rohrbaugh. L - Ayers. 2B - CY, Kayla Resh, Rohrbaugh 3, Kelsey Shifflett. 3B - CY, Dziwis; NO, Sarah Groft 2.