Dover softball coach Terry Choate called his sophomore pitcher, Lexi Gohn, "a work horse" after the Eagles' 11-0 championship game win Saturday at the Bobcat Invitational.

Gohn earned that title by battling off the flu and pitching two shutouts.

"I'm still getting over it," she said, adding Friday "was pretty bad."

Gohn said she didn't know how she was able to pitch so well while feeling not-so stellar. Choate credited her endurance partly to staying away from practice Friday. She began Saturday morning at Northeastern with a seven-strikeout, two-walk performance to beat York Suburban, 1-0. The young pitcher who started for the Eagles a year ago followed with another seven strikeouts in the five-inning mercy-rule win vs. the host Bobcats (7-9).

Both wins were two-hitters.

"She pitched well because she has a big heart," Choate said.

Her bat was big, too. Gohn had two of the Eagles' hits in the opener, including the winning RBI single in the sixth inning of that 1-0 win. Gohn also reached base on an error in the first inning of the championship-game romp, but Choate opted for a pinch hitter for Gohn's final at-bat.

That resulted in a two-run single, as part of a seven-run inning to follow a four-run first.

"I thought she was going to have a good day because she got that rest at practice," freshman teammate Natalie Cutright said. "I knew she was going to come out strong after the first inning when we came out and got on top of the game."

The Eagles (7-9) took advantage of two Northeastern errors in the first inning of the championship game. However, all of their runs in the seventh were earned. Cutright, the shortstop and No. 3 hitter, knocked in two-run singles during both of those innings. She finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs and scored two runs.

"We haven't been a strong hitting team in the beginning of the season," Cutright said. "We'd get hits every now and then, but we couldn't string them together."

That wasn't the case Saturday. Even in the 1-0 win against York Suburban (3-12), Dover needed a sacrifice bunt from Sam Mann to set up Gohn's heroics. Cutright called the day a complete effort considering the play of their bench players, including Mann's sacrifice in the opener and two pinch hits that scored runs against Northeastern. Mann had one of those, too.

Dover used six freshmen in two games. Erika Myers was one of them, delivering a pinch-hit double shortly after Mann in the fourth inning of that second game. Leadoff hitter Alyssa Lawnton was another. She was 3-for-3 in the final, scoring twice and stealing two bases.

The Eagles' 1-0 duel with Suburban was one for youth. The Trojans sport three freshmen and four sophomores in their lineup.

"We are a young team with a lot of talent in the younger levels," Suburban coach Steph Barnes said.

One of her freshmen, Olivia Eytcheson nearly matched Dover's Gohn in the morning with six strikeouts and two walks.
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Championship Game
Northeastern   000 00 --   0   2 3
Dover   400 7x -- 11 10 0
   Northeastern, Maddie Renard, Allie Sweitzer (4) and Katelynn Reed; Dover, Lexi Gohn and Allie Howard. SO-BB -- Ne, Renard 1-2, Sweitzer 1-0; D, Gohn 7-3. W -- Gohn. L -- Renard. 2B --D, Kirstyn Swancer, Erika Myers.
Consolation Game
Suburban   048 20 -- 14 15 1
Tech   011 10 -- 3 6 1
   York Suburban, Emmy Turybury and Britt Dalton; York County Tech, Lindsay McWilliams and Dani Aikins. SO-BB -- YS, Turybury 4-5; YCT, McWilliams 2-3. W -- Turybury. L -- McWilliams. 2B -- YS, Brooke Day, Olivia Eytcheson (2).
Suburban   000 000 0 -- 0 2 0
Dover   000 001 x -- 1 5 0
   York Suburban, Olivia Eytcheson and Emmy Turybury; Dover, Lexi Gohn and Allie Howard; SO-BB -- YS, Eytcheson 6-2; D, Gohn 7-2. W -- Gohn. L -- Eytcheson. 2B -- D, Gohn.
Northeastern   100 441 -- 10 13 0
Tech   000 000 -- 0 4 6
   Northeastern, Allie Sweitzer and Katelynn Reed; York County Tech, Lyndsay McWilliams and Dani Aikins. SO-BB -- Ne, Sweitzer 11-0; YCT, McWilliams 1-4. W -- Sweitzer. L -- McWilliams. 2B -- Ne, Erica Anderson; YCT, Aikins, Alexis Boie.