ATLANTA, GA-The York College baseball team
opened its 2007 season with a tough 3-2 10-inning loss to Virginia
Wesleyan on Friday morning in the opening round of the Rawlings
Southern Classic hosted by Emory University in Atlanta. The Marlins
have won four straight to start their season including three over
ranked teams including Rowan and Salisbury. The Spartans fall to
0-1 with the loss.
The green and white struck early as senior Jeff Young (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine) drew a two-out walk and advanced to third on an error by the Marlin first baseman. Sophomore Ryan Poff (Spring Grove, PA/Spring Grove) promptly drove Young home with a singled to left.
The score would remain 1-0 for the next six innings until the Marlins finally reached Spartan ace Chris Brower (Mont Clare, PA/Spring-Ford) for a single run in the bottom of the seventh. Mike Marion doubled to start the inning and pinch runner Sam Smith was sacrificed to third on a fielder’s choice. After a strikeout, Phil Cadle lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Smith and tying the game at one.
Neither team threatened in the eight or ninth innings as they headed to an extra frame. In the top of the tenth, freshman Anthony Anzalone (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) singled to center. Fellow freshman Mark Miloski (Calverton, NY/Riverhead) sacrificed Anzalone to second. Senior Bryan Bednarczyk (Columbia, MD/River Hill) notched an infield single, putting runners at the corners with one out. Sophomore Ryan Craig (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) ripped a double that scored Anzalone and put Bednarczyk at third. Chris Deanes relieved Brett Horowitz and coaxed Young into a pop up to second. Deanes hit Poff to load the bases but designated hitter Matt Austin (Shrewsbury, PA/Susquehannock) grounded out to end the Spartan threat.
Cadle began the bottom of the tenth with a double and Brian Schweers had a bunt single to put runners at first and third. Schweers advanced to second on a wild pitch but Spartan reliever Randy Bond (Brandywine, MD/Riverdale Baptist) got a pop up for the first out of the inning. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Bond balked home a run, tying the game at two. Ricky Allred then won the game for the Marlins with a sacrifice fly to center as Schweers scored.
Deanes got the win with two-thirds of an inning of work. He faced three hitters as he improves to 1-0 for the year. Marlin starter Jesse Freeman went 5.1 innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Bond absorbed the loss for the Spartans as he allowed two runs on three hits with one strikeout and one walk in 1.2 innings of action. Brower was very good in his first start of his senior year with one run on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks in seven innings of work.
Schweers led the Marlin offense with two hits and a run scored while Cadle was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Allred was also 1-for-3 in addition to collecting the game-winning RBI.
Bednarczyk, Craig and Poff each had two hits as the first four hitters in the order were 7-for-17 while the remaining five hitters were 1-for-20. Craig and Poff each and an RBI for the Spartans while Young and Anzalone scored the Spartan runs.
York returns to action on Saturday with a pair of games in the tournament. The Spartans face the host Eagles on Saturday at 10:00 am followed with a second game against the Marlins at 2:00 pm.