A total of 25 women’s teams in softball classifications 2A and 3A in softball.
Of these 25 teams, 12 will go to the district tournament, and of the 12, only four will go to the state PIAA tournament. Currently, three of these four seats may well be occupied by Times Area teams.
Sure, you need to play games first, but of the seven Times Area teams, six seem to qualify for the postseason, four of which will make the top three.
We start with Class 2A, where Brandywine Heights (15-4) of the Berks Softball League seems to have finished first overall. However, behind the bullets lie a pair of area teams in the form of division champion YAIAA 4 Fairfield and division champion Delaunay Catholic, who took second place.
The Knights (14-4) have been flying in the postseason on the crown of their first division since 1996, before they became members of the YAIAA. Their head coach Terry Wickert remained the same. The name among the pitcher, Wickert, remains the same, but now it is the youngest daughter of Terry Cyrus, more than 25 years younger than Kelly’s older sister, who heads Fairfield.
Kira has conceded just two jointly earned races in her last three starts for the Knights, all victories as they were able to play the division crown against nine-time reigning champion Delaunay Catholic.
It’s not just the pitching that led to Fairfield, however. The offense averaged 11.8 runs per game in May, and you have to go back to losing to Millersburg on April 20 11-3 to find out when the Knights last scored less than five runs in the competition.
Despite the fall of the Crown Division at Fairfield, the Squirets pose a major threat as the postseason approaches. At 13-6 they sit right behind the Knights in the 2A power rankings, and a deep lineup led by Tigan Funkhauser, Alma Partenza and Amy Anderson poses a threat to anyone. In fact, Delaunay was able to take revenge with a score of 11-5 on Wednesday over the Knights.
Anderson, who also plays in the Squirets circle, will have to show more consistency in his hand if Delaunay wants to do a deep run. She has conceded at least five runs in each of the last three starts against teams that have reached the playoffs.
In Class 3A, the Times Area teams ranked each of the top two in the power rankings and occupied it for most of the season. After winning the 3rd Division YAIAA a year ago, Littlestown was disappointingly prematurely eliminated from the district tournament. Instead of lowering their heads, the Thunderbolts are back with full force and have a 17-3 record, claiming a share of the Y3 title in the process and leading the power rankings.
Chelsea’s junior star Chelsea Stonesifer has found her way into the circle recently, completing a full game with 15 draws on Thursday to lead her team to a 2-1 victory over South Western. The Bolts ’attack proved a little sharper, but a trio of Carly Thayer, Bailey Racker and Stonesifer at the top of the line provided timely strikes throughout the season.
Littlestown will share the Y3 crown this season with last year’s Bermuda Springs runner-up. The Eagles reinforced their magical session with a 16-3 season, thanks to which they took second place in the district power rankings. Littlestown and Bermuda shared a series of seasons, with each team winning at home. Ace of Eagles Tori Murren has sometimes experienced difficulties, including the recent shellac from Kenard Dale, but she did a better job against the Bolts, missing four wounds, only two of which were earned, identifying 22 rebounds in 13⅔ innings of work.
Most likely, the “Bolts” will start their district tournament against Biglerville (8-11), which came out of nowhere to take eighth place in the district ranking of the authorities thanks to four victories in the last five games. Freshman Riley Brewer has taken a breath of fresh air for the Canaries in a circle, while the attack has averaged 12.2 runs per game over the past five games led by sophomore stars Alexis Pickett and Olivia Miller at the center of the lineup.
The last Times Area team to head to the postseason is New Oxford, led by freshman coach Jason Miller. The Colonials and their strong attack climbed to 7th place in the Class 5A power rankings after defeating the Northeast with a score of 14-5 on May 3rd. But since then Ox has lost three of its last six regular season games, including mutual losses of mercy rules in Central York and North to close the year. This leaves them in 14th place out of 16 teams in the playoffs, although it is within the line of scoring.
Senior Mallory Topper, junior Eight Leahy and sophomore Hannah Becker organized a crime that showed it could explode at any moment. Whether senior pitcher Paige Deal can deliver more consistently can determine the fate of the colonies in the postseason.
The Class 3A and 5A district tournaments are scheduled to begin on Monday, May 23, while Fairfield and Delaunay have nearly two weeks off before possibly meeting each other in the Class 2A district semifinals on Thursday, May 26, and the winner will head in the district title game and a guaranteed place in the state tournament.