Outstanding Spartan Season Closes with Disappointing Loss

LANCASTER, PA-The York College softball squad saw their outstanding 2008 season come to a disappointing end as the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats upset the Spartans 3-2 in eight innings in a non-conference contest on Thursday in Lancaster, PA. The Spartans end the season with a mark of 27-11 while the Diplomats improve to 10-21 for the year.

The game was a pitchers dual for the first five and a half innings as York starter Megan Mickles (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) and Diplomat hurler Bonnie Crouthamel took turns putting up zeros on the board.

The Spartans were no-hit until the sixth inning when Kristen Gray (Mickleton, N.J./Kingsway Regional) singled to right center to lead off the inning. York would be unable to push her home as the game remained scoreless.

The Diplomats got on the board in the bottom of the sixth as they scored two runs on three hits in the inning.

The Spartans responded in the top of the seventh as Amanda Atieh (West Milford, N.J./West Milford) drew a one out walk. Freshman Desiree Halaka (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) then jacked a two-run, game-tying home run.

Mickles retired the Diplomats in order in the seventh to force extra innings.

The Spartans squandered their chance to score in the eighth. After Lindsay Wood (Owings, Md./Northern) was placed on second as part of the extra-inning tiebreaker, the Spartans failed to get her home as Crouthamel got two bunt outs and a line out to get herself out of the inning unscathed.

Mickles would not be as lucky as the Diplomats loaded the bases and Liz Iannaconi knocked in the game-winner with a single.

Crouthamel earned the win as she allowed two runs on two hits with four strikeouts and one walk in eight innings. She improves to 6-16 for the year.

Mickles ends her stellar Spartan career with a hard-luck loss. She allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. She concludes her season with a mark of 13-7. She finishes her career holding the Spartan career records for wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, and ERA as she will go down as the greatest pitcher in York College softball history.

Iannaconi came into the game as a substitute and went 2-for-2 with two RBI. Meredith Morgan had the Diplomats’ other RBI while Kristina Fietkiewicz went 1-for-4 with two runs scored.

Halaka led the Spartans as she was 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Gray had York’s other hit as the Spartans had just two hits, their second lowest single game output of the season.

The Spartans have a bright outlook for next year as Mickles is the only letter winner not slated to return for 2009. York’s 27 victories is the second-highest total in school history.

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Kristen Gray photo courtesy of Charlie Covell