YORK, PA – The York College baseball squad stretched their winning streak to six on Thursday with an 11-4 victory over Messiah on a beautiful afternoon in York. The Spartans now stand at 12-9 for the season while the Falcons drop to 8-10.
The Green and White jumped out front early with a two-run first. Designated hitter Dustin Worthman (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) led off the bottom half of the inning with a single into left center and eventually scored two batters later. The Spartans added another as clean-up man Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield), who has been scalding hot over the past several games, crushed a round-tripper down the right field line to give York a 2-0 advantage.
Two innings later, the Spartans tacked on another as Worthman led off York’s half with another single. He stole second and was pushed to third when Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford), in a piece of smart hitting grounded out to second allowing Worthman to move up a bag. Rick Shumway (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area) then brought in Worthman with a single into left.
The Spartan bats then exploded in the fourth scratching across four runs in the frame. Rightfielder Joe Doyle (Stewartstown, Pa./Red Lion ) hoisted a homerun over the elevated right field fence, giving York a 4-0 lead. Shortstop Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional) followed with a ringing double to left center before Matt Monti (Easton, Pa./Easton) added a single through the left side. Monti then stole second, putting runners at second and third with no outs. Worthman would strike out, but a wild pitch allowed Worthman to reach first and Klinck to come in to score. With Monti now standing on third, Worthman then stole second as the Spartans found themselves in familiar position with runners at second and third and nobody out. Shumway proceeded to single up the middle brining in both Monti and Worthman. Up 7-0, the Spartans never looked back.
Messiah broke up the Spartans shutout in the sixth, as an Alex Lentz double scored Drew Frankenfield, but only tallied one. Spartan starter Joey Couch (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) successfully navigated the danger as he coaxed Jon Shenk to groundout to short to end the inning.
York would add four more runs in their final two at-bats before Messiah tacked on three in the ninth. However, it proved too little too late for the Falcons as the Green and White captured the 11-4 non-conference triumph.
Couch takes the victory on the mound as he threw a strong six innings. The rookie hurler scattered six hits and only allowing one run while striking out three and walking just two. Andy Rosenzweig (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock), Chris Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon), and Tom Moran (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) each tossed an inning over the final three frames to complete the win.
York reached Falcon starter Travis Thome, who suffered the loss, for nine hits and seven runs during the pitcher’s 3.1 innings outing.
Worthman was a spark for the Green and White at the top of the line up going 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Doyle posted a 3-for-5 day, including his towering homer, while Cook, Shumway, Connolly, and Klinck each banged out two hits.
Connolly has simply torn up opposing pitching during York’s six-game run. The left-handed swinging Connolly has hit a torrid .500 on an 11-for-22 performance while hitting a pair of homeruns and recording six RBI since March 24.
Connolly and the Spartans will look to continue their respective hot streaks when York hosts Mary Washington on Friday, April 1. The Capital Athletic Conference tilt is slated for a 3:00 p.m. start from Jaquet Field.
Photo: Mike Connolly went 2-for-4 with a homerun and a RBI in York's 11-4 win over Messiah