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Two tough rounds for local teams

Posted 5/27/14

After two rounds of District 3 baseball and softball playoffs, only one local team remains.

Lower Dauphin advanced to the semifinals of the District 3 Class AAAA softball playoffs with a 6-1 victory over second-seeded Central York (19-3), 6-1 on …

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Two tough rounds for local teams

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After two rounds of District 3 baseball and softball playoffs, only one local team remains.

Lower Dauphin advanced to the semifinals of the District 3 Class AAAA softball playoffs with a 6-1 victory over second-seeded Central York (19-3), 6-1 on Thursday, May 22 at Messiah College, Grantham.

 

The Falcons (19-4), the seventh seed, eliminated 10th-seeded Central Dauphin 6-4 in the opening round on Tuesday, May 20 at Messiah.

 

SOFTBALL

Lower Dauphin faced Solanco (16-3), the No. 6 seed, in one semifinal on Tuesday, May 27 at Millersville University. If the Falcons won, they were scheduled to face the winner of a semifinal game between No. 8 Cumberland Valley (18-5) and No. 4 Manheim Twp. (19-3) on Thursday, May 29 at a site and time to be determined.

 

Even a Falcons loss would not eliminate them from earning a spot in the PIAA state championships. The losers of the two semifinal games are scheduled to meet in a consolation game on Thursday, May 29 at a site and time to be determined, with the winner advancing to the state tournament. The top three teams in District 3 qualify for the state championships.

 

Middletown (14-6) was eliminated in the first round of the District 3 Class AAA softball championships in a 1-0 loss to Kennard-Dale (16-4) on Tuesday, May 20 in Spring Grove.

 

Kennard-Dale pitcher Alexis Valentine threw a no-hitter against the Blue Raiders, striking out 12 batters. Middletown pitcher Sarah Gossard pitched well, too, giving up only three hits and striking out five batters.

 

BASEBALL

Lower Dauphin, the No. 2 seed in Class AAAA, was stunned by No. 7 Cedar Cliff, 4-3 on Thursday, May 22 in Dillsburg in the second round of the district tournament. Lower Dauphin was held to just three hits.

 

The Falcons ended their season with a record of 18-4, while Cedar Cliff improved to 15-7 and moved on to face No. 6 Exeter Twp., the highest seed remaining, in a semifinal game.

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