The District 3 playoffs are here. These are the top baseball, softball players to watch

Matt Allibone Dylan Jacobs
York Daily Record

The District 3 playoffs start this week in baseball and softball.

Here are the top players to watch from the GameTimePA coverage area (York and Adams counties, Lebanon County, Franklin County).


Andrew Kerns celebrates a strikeout in Greencastle-Antrim's game against West Perry on Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The Class 2A tournament began last Friday but the rest of the tournaments kick off Monday. The Class 1A and Class 2A brackets conclude this Thursday while the rest of the tournaments run through next week.

Here were last year's championship matchups.

Class 1A: Greenwood 1, Halifax 0

Class 2A: Camp Hill 9, Newport 1

Class 3A: Oley Valley 5, Trinity 1

Class 4A: ELCO 10, Wyomissing 0

Class 5A: Red Land 7, Northern York 6

Class 6A: Wilson 11, Governor Mifflin 0

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Logan Houser and Joe Smith, Susquehannock

The ace pitchers for the Warriors, who are 18-4 and the No. 6 Seed in Class 5A. A senior, Houser is 7-1 with a 1.68 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 41.2 innings. Smith is 6-1 with a 1.84 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 49.1 innings.

Conner Barto, Dallastown

The junior is the top offensive threat for the Wildcats, hitting .449 with five home runs and 29 RBIs. He's also 3-1 with a team-best 0.81 ERA in a team-high 43.1 innings. Dallastown is 16-5 and the No. 5 seed in Class 6A.

Chase Morris, Red Lion

The senior pitcher is 4-1 with a 1.91 ERA for the 16-4 Lions, who are the No. 6 seed in Class 6A.

Jake Sherdel, Delone Catholic

The senior is the top pitcher for a 15-5 Squires team that will play Upper Dauphin in the Class 2A semifinals Monday. Sherdel is 5-0 with a 1.65 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. He also leads the team with 14 RBI.

Andrew Kerns and Jace Szflarski, Greencastle-Antrim

The two juniors are the top pitchers for the Blue Devils, who are 13-6 and the No. 8 seed in Class 5A. Kerns is just 2-4 but with a 1.18 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 47.1 innings. Szflarski is 7-1 with a 1.63 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 43 innings.

Other players to watch

Josh Pecunes, Susquehannock

Ben Koller, Susquehannock

A.J. Miller, Susquehannock

Luke Geiple, Susquehannock

Colin Ahr, Dallastown

Brady Altland, Dallastown

Kamden Sowers, Dallastown

Camden Flinchbaugh, Dallastown

Jakob Shaffer, Red Lion

Connor Lawrence, Red Lion

Jason Kreiger, Red Lion

Carlos Caraballo, South Western

Colton Hailey, New Oxford

Adam Pascoe, New Oxford

Mason Weaver, New Oxford

Branden Manning, Gettysburg

Bryce Rudisill, Gettysburg

Austin Bausman, Eastern York

Maddox Brooks, Waynesboro

Garrett Blount, Waynesboro


Central York's Ava Beamesderfer winds up to deliver to South Western during the YAIAA softball championship on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in Jackson Township. The Panthers won, 12-2, in six innings. The junior pitched a complete game giving up five hits and a walk while five striking out five.

The Class 4A, 5A and 6A tournaments run from Monday to June 2. The Class 3A bracket will run from May 23 to May 31 and the Class 2A bracket from Thursday to May 31. The Class 1A championship game will be played Wednesday.

Class 1A: Halifax 5, Millersburg 0

Class 2A: Brandywine Heights 2, Upper Dauphin 1

Class 3A: Pequea Valley 2, Bermudian Springs 1

Class 4A: Bishop McDevitt 5, Hamburg 0

Class 5A: Lampeter-Strasburg 5, Twin Valley 1

Class 6A: Warwick 10, Chambersburg 2

Ava Beamesderfer, Central York

The Appalachian State commit is the ace pitcher for the 20-1 Panthers, who are the top seed in Class 6A. Beamsderfer is 15-1 with a 1.75 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 119.2 innings. She's also hitting .382.

Rylee Dreyer, Central York

The senior center fielder does everything for the Panthers. She leads Central with a .541 batting average, seven home runs, 36 RBI, 40 hits and an incredible 26 stolen bases.

Cierra Bender, Shippensburg

The Mid-Penn Player of the Year, Bender is the leader of a Greyhounds team that is 17-3 and the No. 2 seed in Class 5A. The junior is hitting .500 with three home runs and 25 RBI. She's also 13-1 with a 1.34 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 99.1 innings as a pitcher.

Chelsey Stonesifer, Littlestown

The junior is the top pitcher and power hitter for the Bolts, who are 17-3 and the No. 1 seed in Class 3A. She had a game this year with eight RBI. She's also struck out more than 10 batters in a game on numerous occasions.

Samantha Krahling, Palmyra

The 5-foot-8 senior catcher is a Rutgers commit and the leader for a Cougars team that is 13-5 and the No. 7 seed in Class 5A. She's a power hitter capable of going deep on any pitch.

Autumn Bohr, Northern Lebanon

The senior is a star leadoff hitter and defensive center fielder for the Vikings, who are 17-3 and the No. 4 seed in Class 4A. She's got more than 100 career hits.

Northern Lebanon's Autumn Bohr (middle) gets a glove-bump from her pitcher Hope Ritchie (left) after she literally flew over the centerfield fence to save a Warwick home run and make the 3rd out of the inning.

Other players to watch

Brynn Weigle, Central York

Keira Devor, Central York

Tessa Thompson, Dallastown

Gabby Fowler, Dallastown

Stephanie Neuheimer, Dallastown

Emalee Reed, South Western

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Lyla Ambrose, Kennard-Dale

Carly Vaughan, Kennard-Dale

Tori Murren, Bermudian Springs

Teagan Funkhouser, Delone Catholic 

Amy Amderson, Delone Catholic

Kira Weikert, Fairfield 

Lyndsy Mauser, Northern Lebanon

Mollie White, Palmyra

Ella Andrews, Annville-Cleona

Danika Setlock, Annville-Cleona

Kylee Miller, Chambersburg

Alyssa Brechbill, Chambersburg

Hannah Runk, Chambersburg

Olivia Lebitz, Shippensburg