Central York's Taylor Rohrbaugh admitted that the strange weather that descended upon the area Wednesday afternoon affected her some when she pitched against Red Lion.

The good news for the Panthers was despite the game being played in the low 40s, featuring sun, rain, snow and a hail storm, the conditions did little to stifle Rohrbaugh and her teammates' bats during the YAIAA Division I battle.

Rohrbaugh uncharacteristically allowed seven walks, but Central pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of seven walks of its own, en route to a 6-3 win over the Lions.

"It was unreal. I didn't' even know it was supposed to rain today, let alone hail," Rohrbaugh said. "It was crazy for me. I think in the beginning it kind of got to my head. When the hail started coming, that is when the hard part came. (It was) frustrating out there, but I am glad to have this team behind me."

"We were concerned a little bit," Panthers coach Barry Brenneman said. "She had quite a few walks tonight and she hasn't walked two batters in a game all season. We knew she wasn't on and she was struggling a little bit, but with the conditions and everything that was going on that was pretty much expected."

Jordyn Miller had three hits, Rohrbaugh and Kyla Caruso had two each to lead Central, which maintained sole possession of first place with its 5-1 league and 5-2 overall records.

Rohrbaugh drove in the first run of the game when her first-inning smash out of the reach of Red Lion third baseman Megan Greenplate drove in Courtney Hastings. After Ally Dziwis walked, Miller drove in the second run when she was hit by a pitch.

Dziwis and Miller had back-to-back hits in the third and courtesy runner Katie Nugent came around to score on Caruso's single. Further damage was avoided when Red Lion left fielder Ali Posey made a fine lunging catch of a Courtney Jones line drive to end the inning.

Brenneman said he was pleased with the contact the Panthers, who only struck out twice, were making at the plate. However, the coach noticed his team's 12 stranded runners.

"We are a little frustrated with the number of girls we are leaving on base," he said. "We left the bases loaded twice and we have been doing that different games. We will keep working on it. The girls are hitting the ball hard and sooner or later, they will fall in for us."

Three walks and a throwing error helped Red Lion (3-2, 3-2) get on the board when Hailey Orwig scored to make it 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth.

However, Central answered in the fifth when Dziwis walked before a hail storm made seeing the ball difficult, forcing a 15-minute delay.

Miller came out of the break with a single, and both she and Dziwis moved up a base on an error. After a fielder's choice cut down Dziwis at home, Caruso singled in Miller. A short while later, Megan Beam scored on another error and Caruso raced home on a passed ball for a 6-1 lead.

"Red Lion is a good team, they gave us a run for our money. I am just glad our bats are starting to come alive more and more. Hopefully it continues for the rest of the season," Rohrbaugh said.

The Lions scored in the fifth and sixth innings. Taylor Gould drove in Posey in the fifth and Megan Chapman led off the sixth with a home run.

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CENTRAL 6, RED LION 3
Central  201 030 0 -- 6 11 2
Red Lion  000 111 0 -- 3   4 2

   CY, Taylor Rohrbaugh and Ally Dziwis; RL, Mackenzie Rumburg and Haily Orwig. SO-BB -- CY, Rohrbaugh 6-7; RL, Rumburg 2-7. W -- Rohrbaugh. L -- Rumburg. HR -- RL, Megan Chapman.