Playing with all the poise and confidence of the championship team they are, the Central York Panthers turned in a near-perfect performance Monday afternoon.
Banging out 18 hits while getting shutout pitching from right-hander Taylor Rohrbaugh, the Panthers trounced a young South Western team, 17-0, on the Mustangs' own field.
Their totals would have been impressive for a seven-inning game but this game was called after five innings by the 10-run rule.
"We try to get up for every game," Panthers coach Barry Brenneman said. "We don't take anyone for granted, especially right now when we are playing for a position in districts. We come out and try to play our best every night."
The Panthers (17-2, 11-2 YAIAA Division I) went to work in the second inning against South Western pitcher Allie Fleming. Kelsey Wisner started things by leading off with a walk. After stealing second base she moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored moments later on another wild pitch.
That opened the door for the Panthers to score five more runs. Using five hits, two walks and two errors by the Mustangs, the Panthers opened up a 6-0 lead. The two errors made two of the runs unearned. Rohrbaugh had the big hit when she doubled with the bases loaded.
After Fleming shut Central down in the third inning, the Panthers were back at it in the fourth inning. Ally Dziwis knocked in one run with a single while Rohrbaugh knocked in a couple more runs with a home run to straightaway center field. Defense again hurt the Mustangs, as a fielding error made two of the runs unearned.
After allowing three hits in the first two innings, Rohrbaugh settled in and allowed only one more hit over the final three innings.
"I kept telling Taylor I was going to take her out and she kept telling me don't," Brenneman said. "We have a game (Tuesday) against at Wilson and I wasn't even going to pitch her tonight. She never wants to come out of a game so I kept reminding her she has to go tomorrow."
Central put a little icing on the cake when it put up five more runs in the fifth inning. Kelly Shifflett, Haley Klunk, Kayla Resh and Kyla Caruso all drove in runs.
It was senior night for the Mustangs (8-11, 6-7), and the team they put on the field will probably be the team they open next season with. Their lone senior, Taylor Leonard, didn't play because of an injury.
"They played very well tonight," South Western coach Megan Pilarcik said. "Taylor is the quickest pitcher we've seen all year. We had to make some adjustments. We had to shorten our swings just to get through the zone. Also our defense wasn't as good tonight as it usually is. We still have a game at Waynesboro so we want to win that one to make the summer a little easier."
CENTRAL YORK 17, SOUTH WESTERN 0 (5)
Central York 060 65 -- 17 13 1
South Western 000 00 -- 0 4 5
CY, Taylor Rohrbaugh and Ally Dziwis; SW, Allie Fleming and Danni Savino. SO-BB -- Rohrbaugh 7-0; Fleming 0-4. W -- Rohrbaugh. L -- Fleming. HR -- CY, Rohrbaugh.