SALISBURY, MD – The second-seeded York College Spartans saw their 2010 Capital Athletic Conference tournament run come to an end with a tough 5-4, 12-inning loss to the Wesley Wolverines on Saturday afternoon in Salisbury.
The Spartans fall to 18-12 overall while the Wolverines improve to 18-11. Wesley now advances to Sunday's championship round where the need to win a pair to capture the championship.
The Wolverines got off to a great start with a three run bottom of the first inning off Spartan starter Chris Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon). The uprising with aided by a Spartan error as York found themselves behind the eight ball in the critical elimination game. Kevin Murphy had an RBI single up the middle while Tyler Burns had a two run single to provide for the three runs in the frame.
York trimmed the Wesley lead by one in the third as Dustin Worthman (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) singled, stole second, moved to third on a Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) single through the right side. Worthman scored on a Rick Shumway (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area) RBI single to left.
York cut the lead to one in the seventh courtesy of a Cook RBI single to left center that scored Matt Monti (Easton, Md./Easton). Unfortunately for York, the Wolverines got that run right back in the bottom of the frame on a Bryan Reshetar sacrifice fly.
The Spartans forced extra innings in the top of the ninth as Cook doubled to start the inning. Wesley pitcher Kyle McGuire got the next two hitters out as the Spartans were down to their last out in the tournament before C.T. Stanley (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall) singled to put runners at first and third. Steve Tretter (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata) singled to scored Cook as Stanley moved to second. Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional) then scored Stanley with a single to right center as the Spartans tied the game at four.
After three scoreless at-bats by each team, the Wolverines won the game in the bottom of the 12th. The inning started with Greg McKee reaching on a Spartan throwing error. McKee moved to second on a wild pitch and then scored when Seth Hastings doubled down the left field line to score McKee with the game-winner.
Ryan Doran was the last of five Wesley pitchers as he earned the win. He threw 2.2 innings of scoreless ball, scattering just two hits, walking two. Doran improves to 3-1 with the win. DJ Keckler started and threw seven strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with six punch outs and one walk.
Brian Lusby (Prince Frederick, Md./Huntingtown) earned the loss as he allowed one unearned run courtesy of the Spartan error in the bottom of the 12th inning. He falls to 0-1 with the loss. Frankenfield started but was lifted after the first inning. Freshman Joey Couch (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) then came in and was brilliant in relief. Couch allowed one run on six hits with eight strikeouts and four walks in 7.1 innings of work. He was a large reason the game even made it to extra innings.
Grant Morlock led the Wolverines as he was 3-for-5 with a run scored. Murphy and Hastings were the other two Wesley hitters with multiple hits as they both had a pair of knocks while they also drove in a run. Byrnes had a pair of RBI on his first inning hit.
Cook led the Spartan offense as the junior tied a school record with six hits in seven at bats. He scored one and drove in another for York. Klinck was the only other player to have multiple hits as the duo combined for eight of the Spartans' 14 hits.
The Spartans return to action with a doubleheader at home against Immaculata on Tuesday, April 20. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 2:00 pm.