PORT CHARLOTTE, FL-The York College baseball
team improved to 3-3 as they downed Concordia Moorhead 15-3 in the
second game of their five-game Florida stretch in Port Charlotte,
FL. The Cobbers fall to 1-3 while the Spartans have won two
straight and three of their last four.
The green and white wasted little time in jumping on Cobber starter Anthony Stern. Senior Jeff Young (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine) was hit by a pitch to open the game. After Young stole second, Bryan Bednarczyk (Columbia, MD/River Hill) walked and then both Spartan runners advanced one base on a Stern wild pitch. Sophomore Ryan Poff (Spring Grove, PA/Spring Grove) delivered Young with a sacrifice fly and Bednarczyk scored on an Anthony Anzalone (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) single to left.
Young gave the Spartans a 3-0 lead in the second as he drove home Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, NY/St. Anthony’s) after Maxim singled and stole second.
The Spartans blew the game wide open in the sixth as they plated nine runs. The green and white banged out five hits in the inning while the outburst was aided by two Concordia errors. Maxim had a trio of RBI in the frame while Bednarczyk had a pair of RBI. Poff and Anzalone each had one run batted in during the inning.
That offensive outburst would be more than enough for Spartan ace Chris Brower (Mont Clare, PA/Spring-Ford) as the senior righty scattered four hits in six innings of work as he improves to 1-0. Brower struck out three as he is now 11 punchouts short of breaking the York College career record for strikeouts.
York added two runs in the seventh on Poff’s first home run of the year and one more in the eight. Concordia got on the board in the seventh with a run while they closed out the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Stern took the loss for the Cobbers as he allowed three runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. Stern struck out two and walked two others. Chris Fellows relieved Stern and was tagged for five runs on two hits with four walks and one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning of work.
Poff and Maxim led the Spartan offense with three hits each. Poff was 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored while Maxim was 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Young chipped in two hits, two runs, and an RBI while Anzalone was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
Ryan Johnson led the Cobbers as he was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a runs scored. Brian Knoblauch added a two-run double for Concordia.
The Spartans continue their trip on Thursday when they face Alma (MI) in their third game in Port Charlotte. Game time is set for 3:00 pm.