Spartans Roll Past Alma in Florida

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL-The York College baseball team rolled to their third straight game with a 17-7 win over Alma College from Michigan in the Spartans’ third game of their five-game Port Charlotte trip on Thursday. The Spartans, winners of three straight, improve to 4-3 overall while the Scots fall to 1-4 for the campaign.
    The green and white, much like they have during the Port Charlotte portion of the spring trip, jumped out to an early lead. York struck for one run in the first as Jeff Young (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine) doubled and scored on a Ryan Craig (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) single.
    The Spartans tallied five runs in the second as Dennis Maxim (Port Jefferson Station, NY/St. Anthony’s) and Young each drove in a run to make it 3-0 York. Senior Bryan Bednarczyk (Columbia, MD/River Hill) made it 5-0 with a two-run single. Freshman Anthony Anzalone (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) drove in the final run of the frame with an RBI single.
    York added another five spot in the third as Bednarczyk singled in a run with the bases loaded. Craig then stepped to the plate and jacked a grand slam for his first collegiate home run as the Spartan lead grew to 11-0.
    Alma got on the board in the top of the fourth but York answered with three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Craig continued his career day with a two-run double while Anzalone added a sacrifice fly as the Spartan lead ballooned to 14-1.
    The Scots scored two runs in the top of the sixth and four more in the top of the eighth but the Spartans closed out the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a Jimmy Meehan (Mastic, NY/Eastport-South Manor Central) RBI single and a two-run knock from Dan Smith (Farmingville, NY/Sachem East).
    Tim Frisch (New Freedom, PA/Susquehannock) earned his first win in the green and white with seven innings of work. Frisch allowed three runs on 10 hits with nine strikeouts and no walks as he now stands at 1-0.
    Joe Thiry took the loss as he allowed 11 runs on 13 hits in 2.1 innings of action. Thiry walked one and struck out another. Tom Montgomery and David Lewis followed Thiry to the mound and they each surrendered three Spartan runs.
    Craig led the Spartan offense with three hits and a career-high seven RBI. Young was 4-for-4 with four runs scored and an RBI while Bednarczyk was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Designated hitter Mike Connolly (Selden, NY/Newfield) added three hits and two runs scored. Maxim and Ryan Poff (Spring Grove, PA/Spring Grove) were the other two Spartans with multiple hits as they both collected a pair of knocks.
    Josh Reece paced the Scot offense with four hits and a pair of runs scored. Mike Slesinski added three hits and two runs scored. Centerfielder Dan Merian was 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI.
    The green and white continue their stay in Port Charlotte on Friday when they face Johnson & Wales in an 11:30 am contest.