West York’s  Sarah Markel bunts in the second inning. She was thrown out at first during the play.
West York's Sarah Markel bunts in the second inning. She was thrown out at first during the play. (For the Daily Record/Sunday News - John Zeedick)
Fastpitch softball is normally dominated by a shutdown pitcher who has a couple of effective pitches and can record numerous outs via strikeout.

However, on Tuesday, West York pitcher Colleen Andrews didn't record any strikeouts. The junior righty let Susquehannock put the ball in play, and the Bulldogs defense made nearly all the plays as they held on for a 2-1 win in their District 3 Class AAA first-round win at Memorial Stadium.

It also helped that the Bulldogs recorded eight hits, two off the bat of their No. 9 hitter Erin Smith.

No. 7 West York (15-5) advances to the quarterfinal round on Thursday, where they will play No. 2 Muhlenberg at a site and time to be determined.

"That has been a strong suit for us," Bulldogs head coach Dave Beard said. "Defense, pitching and getting everybody hitting. If you want to win at this level, you need to get everybody hitting."

Holding a 2-0 lead going into the top of the seventh, the No. 10 Warriors mounted a rally.

Hannah Bentz led off the inning by hitting a ball towards the hole between first and second. The West York second baseman made a nice play going to her left, but she threw the ball away, giving the Warriors momentum.

Following a ground out that advanced Bentz to second, Lindsey Rosenzweig singled to left field, putting runners at the corners. Rosenzweig had a nice game out of the Warriors No. 9 hole, getting two of the Warriors five total hits.

Leadoff hitter Katie Swade hit a low blooper to center, but West York centerfielder Toni Sanders made a great running catch on for the second out.


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Sanders recorded four putouts for West York, including a few on the run.

"Toni isn't really a softball player, she's a hockey player," Beard said of the senior who has a full NCAA Division I scholarship to play women's ice hockey at Rensselaer Polytech Institute in Troy, N.Y. "But she can run and track a ball down."

But the Warriors (10-7) wouldn't go quietly, as Chelsea Shockey singled to left to score Bentz.

Andrews responded by getting Carley Nickles to fly out to Sanders in center to end the game.

"We battled till the end," Susquehannock head coach Ross Winterson said. "It was a solid game. West York played just a little bit better."

Andrews allowed five hits over seven innings, while walking two and striking out none.

"Colleen is developing," Beard said of his first-year varsity starter. "We said lets get her through this year and next year as she develops a couple more pitches, she'll get more consistent. We try to pitch to our strength which is our defense this year."

West York got on the board first in the third inning off an unusual play.

After the first three Bulldogs reached via two base hits and a Susquehannock error, Warriors pitcher Connie Fike was in quite a hole.

The Warriors senior nearly got out of the mess as she got a popout, then a fielder's choice out at home.

Then, a strange thing happened as Fike was called for an illegal pitch -- for the second time in the game -- this time it cost the Warriors a run. All the West York runners advanced a base and Kierstin Richter scored the first Bulldogs run.

"That's tough to bring in a run that way and those are the breaks of the game," Winterson said. "I think that was the first time in Connie's career that she's been called for that."

West York scored its final run in the fourth inning, off an RBI single by Smith (2-for-3). The sophomore recently switched to being a left hander hitter only a few weeks ago and thus far the move has paid off for her and the team.

"I felt really good, but I was nervous," Smith said of her at-bats. "It's only my second year of softball and this feels amazing."

Susque.  000 000 1 -- 1 5 1
West York  001 100 x -- 2 8 3

   Sus, Connie Fike and Alexys Bryan; WY, Colleen Andrews and Sara Gohn. SO-BB -- Sus, Fike 6-0; WY, Andrews 0-2. W -- Andrews. L -- Fike.