Central Dauphin defeated the Warwick Warriors 1-0 in the finals of the District 3, Class 6A championship game today at York College.
In the last 4 games Warwick had only scored a total of 7 runs. Today was a repeat of that pattern.
They did have runners on second base in both the first and second innings but could not push any runs across. They also put two runners on in the fourth inning but a double play wiped out the threat.
Central Dauphin’s Gress struck out 12 Warwick hitters. Six in a row at one point. She is a D-1 North Carolina recruit and looked the part. Tall and she can throw with authority.
She only gave up 3 hits all game while walking 3.
She also scored the winning run on a passed ball giving Central Dauphin its second-straight District 3 Class 6A championship.
Warwick’s pitcher Katelyn Minney kept the Warriors in the game with 5 strike outs and no walks while giving up just the one run which was unearned.
The No.1 seed Warwick (18-4), making its fourth District 3 final, was looking to win its first district crown since toppling Central Dauphin for the 2003 Class 3A gold. The L-L League representatives had their chances in the early innings, but the Warriors couldn’t catch up to Gress over the final five frames.
No. 2 Central Dauphin (21-2), making its 14thDistrict 3 softball title game appearance, is now 8-6 in those contests. The Rams, who beat Central York, 1-0, in last year’s district final, are also undefeated in their last five District 3 championship games (2011-13, 2018-19).
The number one seeded Warwick (18-4), making its fourth District 3 final, was looking to win its first district crown since beating Central Dauphin for the 2003 Class 3A gold.
Central Dauphin will now play WPIAL runner-up North Allegheny (15-7) in the first round of the PIAA Class 6A tournament on Monday at a site and time to be determined. Warwick draws District 10 champion McDowell (17-5) in Monday’s state tournament opener.