FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The York College baseball squad fell 9-6 to Shenandoah on Thursday afternoon in Fayetteville, NC. The loss, which eliminates the Spartans from the South Regional Tournament, closes the books on their 2010 campaign as the Green and White finish the year with a 28-16 record.
After York starter Andy Rosenzweig (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) mowed down the Hornets 1-2-3 in the top of the frame, the Spartans jumped out front early with a two-run first inning. With two out, Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) singled home Dustin Worthman (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) to plate York’s first run. Back-to-back base knocks from CT Stanley (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall College) and Steve Tretter (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata) would bring home Connolly for York’s 2-0 lead as things looked good for the Spartans early.
The Green and White would own the lead, at 3-2, until the fourth when the Hornets chalked up four runs. A lead-off walk to Mike Smith set the stage for a four-hit, four-run, fourth inning which allowed the Shenandoah squad to secure a 6-3 advantage.
York responded with one in the bottom of the frame to cut the Hornet lead to 6-4. Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional) and Jim Meehan (Mastic, N.Y./Eastport-South Manor Central) combined to scratch across the run, with some help from a Shenandoah wild pitch.
The Hornets would tally three more however in the top of the sixth, increasing their lead to 9-4. With the bases full, Cory Nelson singled to left to plate two of the three scores in the frame. Smith then added a single of his own to notch the third run of the inning.
Despite the six-run deficit, the Green and White continued to battle.
The Spartans loaded the bases in both the seventh and eighth innings but could only scratch across one run. Both bases-loaded efforts came with two outs giving York not much chance to add additional runs.
Down 9-5 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Spartans look as if they would mount a significant two-out comeback. After groundouts from the first two Spartan batters, Matt Monti (Easton, Pa./Easton) laced a clutch single to keep the York squad alive. Meehan followed with a single of his own before Worthman plated Monti from second with a single into right center. Now down only three at 9-6, the Spartans sent the tying run to the plate in the form of Kyle Cook (Pylesville, Md./North Harford). Unfortunately for the Green and White, Cook did not repeat the heroics from Wednesday evening as he grounded out to short to end the contest.
For the game, the Spartans and Hornets each banged out 17 hits while each position player recorded at least one hit.
Jon Holcomb, Jesse Henry, and Alexander Woods each notched 3-for-5 performances while Nelson drove in three runs. Smith records the victory on the mound after tossing three innings and only allowing one run.
For the Spartans, Connolly and Stanley each registered three hits. Worthman went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Rosenzweig suffers the loss as he threw 5.2 innings for the Spartan side.
With the loss, the Spartans officially conclude their 2010 campaign. York bids adieu to their seven seniors – Connolly, Meehan, Monti, Rick Shumway (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area), Jason Christenberry (Yoe, Pa./Dallastown), Chris Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon), and Jeff Benchich (Salt Point, N.Y./Millbrook). Over the last four seasons, the Spartans amassed a terrific 102-74 record and appeared in three NCAA Tournaments.
Photo: Mike Connolly recorded three hits against the Hornets on Thursday