YORK, PA-The York College baseball squad
continued to roll as the Spartans posted their tenth consecutive
win, downing Elizabethtown College 15-4 in a non-conference contest
on sunny, yet windy, Monday afternoon in York. The Spartans improve
to 17-4 overall while the Blue Jays fall to 11-7 for the year.
The Blue Jays struck first as they tallied single runs in the first, second, and third innings, taking the 3-0 lead through two and a half innings. The Spartans closed the gap with two runs in the third thanks to a Jeff Young (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine) sacrifice fly and a Ryan Craig (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) RBI single.
The Spartans took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth. Ryan Poff (York, PA/Spring Grove) started the inning by tying the game with a long homer to left centerfield. After a pitching change for the Blue Jays, Anthony Anzalone (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) stroked a one-out double and came around to score when catcher Mike Santoro (Manalapan, NJ/Manalapan) jacked a two-run homer, giving the Spartans a 5-3 lead.
York continued to build on the lead with three more runs in the fifth highlighted by a Bryan Bednarczyk (Columbia, MD/River Hill) two-run double to right-center.
The green and white blew the game open with a six-run seventh inning. That pushed the lead to 14-3. York scored a final run in the bottom of the eighth while the Blue Jays got one more run in the top of the ninth, providing for the final margin of the Spartan victory.
Sophomore Jake Hughes (Schwenksville, PA/Souderton) came out of the bullpen to record the win as he improves to 1-1. Hughes tossed 1.2 hitless innings for York. He did allow two walks but struck out two others. Freshman Randy Bond (Brandywine, MD/Riverdale Baptist) relieved Hughes and was solid with 2.2 innings of work as he allowed three hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
Dan Lauletta took the loss for the Blue Jays as he surrendered five runs, four earned, on five hits with two strikeouts and a walk in 1.1 innings of work out of the Elizabethtown pen. He falls to 1-1 for the campaign.
The green and white offense was paced by Poff as he was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI on his second homer of the year. Santoro, who was named the CAC Player of the Week earlier in the day, continued his torrid pace with two hits, three runs scored, and three RBI. Bednarczyk recorded two hits, three RBI and three runs scored while freshmen Mark Miloski (Calverton, NY/Riverhead) and Mike Connolly (Selden, NY/Newfield) each added a pair of hits.
The Blue Jays received two hits, one run, and an RBI each from Brandon Watson, Jared Morris, and Ryan White as the trio combined to collect six of the Blue Jays’ ten hits.
The Spartans put their win streak on the line on Tuesday afternoon as they travel to Lebanon Valley College. First pitch from LVC is scheduled for 3:30 pm.