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Keely Rochard proved dominant in the circle and at the plate for Warhill during Wednesday's Conference 25 semifinal game against Park View.
Rochard threw a complete-game no-hitter, striking out 13 batters and shutting down the Dragons offense completely. At the plate, Rochard smacked a pair of solo home runs to help give the Lions a 4-0 win.
"You can't say enough about Keely Rochard and her performance today," Warhill Coach Meredith Powell said. "She's a ballplayer through and through. We moved her up a spot in the lineup and I think it helped her confidence a bit."
Rochard hit her first home run – a hard line drive that sailed over the right-field fence – in the bottom of the second inning to put the Lions up 1-0.
Her second homer came in the bottom of the fifth on the first at-bat of the inning. Rochard took a ball up in the zone and sent a line drive over the center field fence to give Warhill a 2-0 advantage.
Outside of the home runs from Rochard, Park View pitcher Odicci Alexander kept the Lions in check for most of the game. Alexander, the Conference 25 Pitcher of the Year last season, held a hard-hitting Warhill lineup to five hits.
"She's a tremendous pitcher," Powell said about Alexander. "We knew the key to our game was putting the bat to the ball. We've done that all year and they proved they could do that today."
The Lions also managed to display some heads-up base running on Wednesday. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Olivia Schulz advanced to third base after a Rochard walk.
The fourth ball sailed over the head of the Park View catcher and, while Alexander had her back turned to the play, Schulz headed home and narrowly beat the catcher to home plate.
On the following at-bat, Jewel Walter smacked a double to left field that drove in Colby Norris for the game's final run.
Warhill (19-3) will automatically advance to the 3A East tournament, but will host York in the Conference 25 championship game Thursday.
Park View: 000;000;0 – 0 0 0
Warhill: 010;012;x – 4 5 2
WP: Keely Rochard
LP: Odicci Alexander
Park View: Madison Tucker (BB)
Warhill: Keely Rochard (2-2, 2 HR, 2 RBIs), Jewel Walters (1-3, RBI)
York Defeats Colonial Heights to Reach Conference 25 Finals
York's softball team took advantage of six Colonial Heights errors en route to a 4-2 win on the road during the Conference 25 semifinals Wednesday.
Chelsea Evans pitched a complete-game one hitter, striking out 11 batters in the process for York. Evans' lone hit given up was a home run.
Despite recording five hits in the game, none of York's runs were earned as the Colonials committed costly errors early in the contest.
The win automatically guarantees the Falcons (14-6) an appearance in the 3A East tournament, but not before visiting Warhill for the Conference 25 championship game Thursday.
York: 013;000;0 – 4 5 1
Colonial Heights: 000;002;0 – 2 1 6
WP: Chelsea Evans
York: Destiny Martinez (2-4, R), Chelsea Evans (1-3, R)