Seniors Lead York to Ninth Win in Eleven Games

Senior Day photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Senior Day photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

YORK, Pa. – The York College baseball team scored in seven of their eight offensive innings, blitzing Penn St.-Berks for 22 hits in a 24-12 win on Senior Day on Thursday evening at Jaquet Field in non-conference action. Seniors Christian Bilan, Luke Knott and Collin Crowell all homered, while fellow seniors Seth Brosius and Devin Chapman also notched extra base hits on the afternoon.

Records:

York: 17-14-1

Penn State-Berks: 17-9

Score: York 24, Penn State-Berks 12

Hits: York 22, Penn State-Berks 7
Errors: York 1, Penn State-Berks 2

Left on Base: York 13, Penn State-Berks 14

How it Happened

• Penn State-Berks earned four runs in the top of the first inning, spoiling Ben Demchak's Senior Day start, despite him keeping the Lions hitless. All four Lion runs came on seven walks, the final one from Brandon Haggerty, who relieved Demchak.

• In the bottom half of the first, though, York delivered its response. Grant Oberholtzer led off with a double, igniting a five-run first, pushing the Spartans ahead 5-4 after one. Oberholtzer moved to second on a ground out from Zach Hossler, and then scored on a wild pitch for York's first run. Then, with two outs, Christian Bilan walked and ended up on third on a passed ball and wild pitch. He eventually scored on a wild pitch, which led to a walk for Garrett Southern. Luke Knott rifled a triple to the center field fence, scoring Southern and giving Collin Crowell a shot with a man in scoring position. Crowell, one of the eight seniors honored for Senior Day festivities before the game, delivered with a shot off the top of the left field fence, just inches from a homer, to score Knott. For the final run of the inning, Patrick Clement, another senior, singled to center. The Green and White racked up five hits to take the lead early on.

• In the bottom of the second, Hossler led with a roped single through the right side, and after two walks, was on third when Southern singled up the middle to make it 6-4. After a fielder's choice, Crowell, who just missed a homer in the first inning, cleared the fence this time to clear the bases for a grand slam and give York a 10-4 advantage.

• Bilan absolutely hammered a ball in the bottom of the third for a solo shot. It was the senior's second long ball of his season, and seventh for his career.

• York erupted again in the bottom of the fourth, starting with walks for Clement and Crowell. Devin Chapman, yet another senior, launched a double, clearing the bases. He would eventually score on a throwing error, Hossler scored on a Bilan double, and then back-to-back jacks from Southern and Knott made it 18-5.

• Meanwhile, Haggerty was strong on the mound, going five-and-a-third, allowing just 2 runs on three hits, while striking out three. He took the win, improving to 4-0 on the season, while Jake Herr, Frank Merlis and Zac Stoll. The Spartans bats hammered the Lions for 24 runs on 22 hits to take the 24-12 victory.

Spartan Offensive Leaders

Christian Bilan: 3-for-3, 4 RBI, 5 runs scored, 2 BB, 2 2B, HR

Luke Knott: 3-for-5, 3 RBI, 3 runs scored, HR, 3B, 2B

Garrett Southern: 3-for-4, 4 RBI, 3 runs scored, HR, 2 BB

Collin Crowell: 2-for-4, 5 RBI, 3 runs scored, BB, HR, 2B

Lion Offensive Leaders

Tate Yergey: 2-for-4, 2 runs scored, RBI, 2 BB

Brandon Griesemer: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 2 BB

Spartan Pitching

Ben Demchak: 0.2 IP, 0 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 6 BB, K

Brandon Haggerty: 5.1 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 4 BB, 3 K (W, 4-0)

Jake Herr: 1.0 IP, 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 BB, K

Frank Merlis: 0.1 IP, 0 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 3 BB

Zac Stoll: 1.2 IP, 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 4 K

Lion Pitching

Drew Skrocki: 1.0 IP, 6 hits, 7 runs, 7 earned runs, 3 BB (L, 0-2)

Jon Davis: 2.0 IP, 3 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 3 BB, K

Chase Endy: 0.2 IP, 4 hits, 7 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 BB

Calen Reigner: 2.0 IP, 5 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned runs, 4 BB

Justin Butler: 1.1 IP, 2 hits, BB

Ben Wanner: 1.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run

Game Notes

Twelve different Spartans earned a hit on Thursday … York has won nine of its last 11 … Brandon Haggerty improved to 4-0 … the Spartans hit five home runs … Collin Crowell hit a grand slam and finished with five RBI … his total was one off his career high, set last season against Mary Washington … Luke Knott was a single away from the cycle … his three hits in the game are a career high … he hit his first triple of his career … Christian Bilan had two doubles, the sixth time he's done that in a game in his career … his five runs scored sets a career high … York's 24 runs is the most this season … its 22 hits are the second-most this year.

Up Next

On Saturday, the Spartans travel to Mary Washington to take on the Eagles for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 12:00 p.m.

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