YORK, PA – Freshman outfielder Logan Countryman (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) gave York a walk-off win with a ninth inning single as the York College Spartans earned a Capital Athletic Conference split with Christopher Newport on a brilliantly sunny Saturday afternoon in York.
The Spartans won game two 9-8 on Countryman's single after the Captains earned a 7-2 win in the opener.
York is now 20-4 overall and finished their CAC schedule with a league-best record of 14-2. The Captains are now 20-13 overall and 11-5 in the league. York is the top seed in next week's conference tournament while the Captains will be the league's third seed and own the final first round home game on Tuesday.
The nightcap was a thriller as Countryman's heroics capped a wild back and forth game. The Captains tallied single runs in the second and third innings before the Spartans tied the game at two in the bottom of the third. York took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on a Scott Steffy (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) sacrifice fly.
York took a 6-2 lead when Wenzel scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh.
The Captains turned the game around in the eighth as they dented the plate for six runs, turning a four run deficit into a two run lead. The uprising was aided by a Spartan error, as four of the runs were unearned. The big blow in the inning came when Jacob Huston blasted a three-run double to left center to clear the bases and give the Captains a stunning 8-6 lead.
The Green and White got a single run back in the bottom of the eight as Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) registered an infield single to drive in a run as York headed to the ninth down one.
After the Captains went down in the ninth, senior Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) blasted the first pitch he saw from Justin Garber over the left field wall, tying the game at eight. Stephen Miele (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury) followed with a bullet to right field that Captains' right fielder Tommy Vitaletti lost in the sun, allowing Miele to go to second with a double. After Garber got a foul out to third, he walked Colin Porter (Hanover, Pa./South Western) to put Spartans at the corners. That set the stage for Countryman as the freshman was down in the count 1-2 before working the at-bat back to a full count. He fouled the first full count pitch off before hitting the second one past shortstop Billy Steel into left field for the game winner.
Herr finished the game with three hits, two RBI and a run scored including his fourth homer of the year. Hershey also had a trio of hits while he scored twice and drove in another. Wenzel extended his hit streak to 14 games with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored while he also made a number of tough plays in left field. Miele, Pitzer, and Countryman added two hits each as York banged out 16 hits.
Third baseman Kyle Corwin led the Captains with three hits and a run scored while Houston was 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Justin Weaver, A.J. Nicely, and Travis Younger each added a pair of hits.
Miele earned the win in relief as he improves to 4-1. Miele tossed the final 1.2 innings of the game as he allowed two unearned runs on two hits with two strikeouts. Freshman Elliot Mortimer (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) got the no decision despite pitching well in his seven innings of work. The right-hander struck out four and walked two in his seven innings of work.
Garber suffered the loss as he allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits in one inning of work. He is now 0-3. Nick Santalucia started but tossed just two scoreless innings with two hits and three strikeouts.
Jordan Boze threw the third and allowed two runs on three hits. Michael Thomas hurled three innings for CNU as he allowed three runs, two earned on five hits. Side-armer Kyle Goddard threw 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
In the opener, the Spartans struck first in the bottom of the second as Porter singled to right, stole second and moved to third on a Countryman single. Porter then scored on a Steffy single to center. The Spartans had runners at second and third with one out but Captain starter Bryan Bierlein got a strikeout and a ground out to end the threat.
The Captains blew game two open in the fourth with five singles and a hit batter as they plated five runs to take a 5-1 lead. The Spartans had chances in the fourth and fifth innings but Bierlein coaxed the Green and White into a pair of double plays, as York could not get on track against the Captains' senior right-hander.
CNU tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the ninth when Steel doubled to left and came home on a home run by Houston.
York got an unearned run in the ninth to provide for the final 7-2 margin.
The Captains had four players with multiple hits led by Houston, as he was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Steel added two hits and two runs scored while Young was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Nicely was the fourth Captain with two hits as he was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Countryman led the Spartans with two hits in the opener. Bierlein limited the Spartans to just seven hits, their lowest hit total in seven games. Steffy was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Bierlein earned the win for the Captains as he tossed his fifth complete game of the year. He allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits with six strikeouts and a walk. He improves to 5-3 with the win.
David Walker (Hanover, Pa./South Western) suffered the loss as he allowed five runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and a walk in 7.1 innings of work. He is now 4-2 for the season.
The Spartans return to action on Sunday afternoon when the Spartans host Rutgers-Camden in a non-conference contest. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 pm at Jaquet Field.