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Central York beats South Western to avenge only loss of season

Central York avenged its only loss of the season by defeating South Western, 10-1, in YAIAA Division I softball action on a chilly, cloudy Monday afternoon at South Western.

The Panthers' victory runs their winning streak to nine.

"They've been a focused group all year, and they were loose on the bus on the way here today," Central head coach Shane Walker said when asked if there was talk of revenge. "The girls have bought into doing their job for the team and not worrying about their own individual statistics."

Central (15-1, 11-1 YAIAA I) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when it managed to manufacture a run following Kelsey Wisner's leadoff single. Wisner took second on Rachel Butler's groundout, moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a throwing error.

South Western (9-6, 6-5) tied the game with two outs in its half of the second when Bailey Moses and Tessa Gracey executed a double steal with Moses swiping the plate.

The hosts had a chance to take a lead in the fourth. Jordan Chell led off with a single, then Moses reached on an error with one out. However, Allie Fleming lined into a double play that ended the inning.

"We hit some balls hard today, too bad they were at people most of the time," South Western head coach Megan Pilarcik said.

The Panthers took advantage of a pair of Mustang miscues in the fifth to plate three runs. Kyla Caruso knocked in a run with a sac fly, and an error on a ball hit by Wisner allowed two more runs to come home.

By that time, Central hurler Kayla Resh was in complete control from the circle, and she finished the game in 87 pitches, 49 of them strikes. She allowed one run and three hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

"That's a good-hitting team over there. South Western is a good team," Walker said. "Kayla did a great job today and the last time we played them. She allowed one earned run in ten innings when we played them last time."

Central exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach. Monica Albers doubled home two runs, Courtney Coppersmith knocked in two with a single, Wisner supplied a run-scoring single and Caruso plated a run with a sac fly.

"We hung with them for a long time," Pilarcik said. "They got hot late, started to hit the ball well and found some holes. Softball can be a game where one hit sparks another, and that's what happened for them today."

Briannah Dobson paced the Panthers' 11-hit attack with three singles, while Wisner, Butler and Coppersmith each had two knocks.

Central York 10, South Western 1

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CY, Kayla Resh and Briannah Dobson. SW, Allie Fleming and Katie Chell.

SO-BB — CY, Resh 5-2. SW, Fleming 2-5; W — Resh; L — Fleming; 2B — CY, Rachel Butler, Mocia Albers.