DALLASTOWN -- Scoring three runs against the Dallastown softball team doesn't normally result in a win.
Not against a potent Wildcats' offense that returns all nine starters from last year's District 3-AAAA runner-up team.
Somehow, though, junior Jenna Jacoby and her Spring Grove teammates found a way to come out with a 3-2 victory at Dallastown on a sunny but chilly Monday afternoon.
The win kept Spring Grove (7-2 division, 9-4 overall) atop York-Adams Division II, while handing Dallastown (8-1 Division I, 11-2 overall) its first loss in league competition. The Wildcats still lead Division I despite the loss, one game ahead of Central York (7-2, 10-2).
Scoring early: Spring Grove scored all of its runs in the top of the first inning, and all came without a single hit. Instead, the Rockets plated their three runs on two errors, a fielder's choice, a sacrifice fly by Jacoby and three walks.
"We knew we had to come out right away and get on top or it would be a close game all the way," Jacoby said. "It was (a close game) but it was nice to be on top the whole time."
The runs proved to be important for Spring Grove. Dallastown pitcher Kelsey Collins settled in after the first inning, holding the Rockets to three hits with six strikeouts in the final six innings.
Jacoby: The three-run cushion helped Jacoby maintain her composure on the mound. The right-hander held Dallastown to two runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks in seven innings.
Jacoby kept the Wildcats scoreless through the first five innings, working out a jams with a runner in scoring position in the second, fourth and fifth innings. Dallastown then loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but would only get one runner across the plate on a bases-loaded walk by Jacoby.
"I knew what I had to do," Jacoby said. "I had to bear down."
The Wildcats started a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh when Sam Hartman singled to center and stole second base. Teammate Amanda Jones knocked in Hartman on an RBI single to center to make it a one-run game. But Jacoby got Jenna Eckenrode to ground out to second base to seal the win.
Bouncing back: Spring Grove coach Mark Hull said Monday's win was important after his club lost to Central York, 14-0, last Friday. That same Central York team got hammered by Dallastown 10-0 last Tuesday.
"We just didn't show up for that game at all. And then coming to here I basically said 'girls, this will help us tremendously if we come out with a win,'" Hull said. "I've only carried three varsity players from last year, maybe four. A lot of these girls have not been in that situation where they know if we win here, we have a good shot at going to districts. It's a great feeling."
CENTRAL YORK 9, YORK SUBURBAN 0: Central York pitcher Kayla Resh held Suburban scoreless in seven innings, allowing just three hits while striking out 10 with no walks. The host Panthers scored four runs in the fourth inning, followed by a pair of runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings and one run in the sixth. Kayla Caruso (2-for-3, double, three RBIs, one run scored) and Taylor Rohrbaugh (two doubles, RBI, one run scored) paced Central's offense. Central improved to 10-2 overall and 7-2 in York-Adams Division I. The Panthers moved within one game of first-place Dallastown (8-1 in the division).
RED LION 7, DOVER 1: At Red Lion, Mackenzie Rumburg pitched a complete-game four-hitter to lead the Lions. She struck out four and walked one. Red Lion scored six of its seven runs in the third inning, sparked by four hits, a walk and two Dover errors. Hailey Orwig had three hits for the winners, including a double, to go with a stolen base. Alexa Taylor and Kelsey Clever each added a hit and two walks for Red Lion. Alyssa Lawnton had two of Dover's four hits. Alexis Gohn pitched a complete-game seven-hitter for Dover. Red Lion improved to 8-3 overall and 6-2 in York-Adams Division I. The Lions moved within 11/2 games of first-place Dallastown (8-1 in the division).
SOUTH WESTERN 4, NORTHEASTERN 0: At Hanover, Allie Fleming and Kylie Toomey combined on a six-hit shutout for the Mustangs. They combined for six strikeouts and one walk. Hannah Glover (two hits, RBI), Taylor Leonard (two hits, double, RBI) and Heather Dell (two hits) led South Western's offense. Maddie Renard pitched a complete-game seven-hitter for Northeastern, striking out two without a walk.
EASTERN YORK 9, FAIRFIELD 1: At Fairfield, Sierra Arnold pitched a complete-game five-hitter for Eastern, striking out six and walking two. Lauren Reichard (three hits), Mariah Miller (two hits, RBI), Arnold (two hits) and Leann Lugowski (double) led Eastern's offense. Eastern improved to 6-6 overall and 6-2 in York-Adams Division III.
YORK CATHOLIC 2, WEST YORK 1: At York Catholic, Liz Lynch's two-run homer was the difference in the York-Adams crossover game. Lynch lined a drive over the left-fielder's head, with Sinead O'Callaghan on base, in the fifth. Callaghan led off the inning with a single. West York answered with a run in the sixth on Kayla Michael's RBI triple, but the Bulldogs weren't able to push the trying run across the plate. Carrie Fix won the pitchers' duel by holding West York to four hits. Fix struck out 11 and walked three. Bulldogs' pitcher Sarah Godfrey recorded three strikeouts while not allowing any walks. Godfrey gave up eight hits.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.