April 23, 2008

Spartans Get Back on Track with Sweep of Messiah

GRANTHAM, PA-The York College softball squad got back on the winning track with a doubleheader sweep of Messiah College in Grantham, PA on Wednesday. The Spartans won game one 4-0 and completed the sweep with a 2-1 victory in the nightcap. York improves to 25-10 overall while the Falcons fall to 21-17 for the campaign.

In game one, the starting pitchers dominated for the opening four innings of the game. In those opening frames, Messiah starter Jenna Batchelor held the Spartans to just one single while York starter Megan Mickles (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) was almost as good as she allowed two harmless singles.

The Spartans got on the board in the fifth courtesy of a Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) RBI single. The green and white added three key insurance runs in the sixth as Kristen Gray (Mickleton, N.J./Kingsway Regional) had an RBI single and Desiree Halaka (Southampton, N.Y./Southampton) slammed a two-run home run, the first collegiate jack of her career, as the Spartan lead grew to 4-0.

That would be enough for Mickles as the senior tossed six shutout innings in earning the win. She improves to 11-6 as she scattered three hits, walked one and struck out six. Freshman Monica Weaver (Wagontown, Pa./Coatesville Area) tossed a scoreless seventh inning to preserve the shutout.

Batchelor took the loss as she allowed three runs on four hits in 5.1 innings of action. Batchelor struck out five and walked two in her stint. She falls to 7-3 with the loss. Megan Rice threw the final 1.2 innings of the game as she allowed one run on four hits with a pair of strikeouts.

Bormann and Ali Merrifield (York, Pa./Dallastown) led the Spartan offense as they both had two hits. Bormann added an RBI while Merrifield scored a run for York. Halaka was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.

The Falcons received two singles from Rebecca Stackhouse while Rebekkah Funk also had a single for Messiah.

In the nightcap, Mickles was again outstanding. The senior surrendered two first inning hits to the Falcons but after that, she allowed just a walk in the second, a hit batter in the fifth, and a home run in the seventh.

Her offense would give her the two runs she needed in the third inning. In the frame, Megan Markland (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace) drew a lead off walk. She stole second and scored on a Bormann RBI single. Bormann proceeded to steal second, advance to third on a passed ball and then score on a wild pitch.

Mickles earned her 12th win of the year as she tossed a complete game. She allowed the one run on three hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Jessica Climenhaga took the loss as she allowed two runs on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Climenhaga falls to 8-5 with the loss.

The Spartan offense was paced by Merrifield as she had another two hits for the green and white. Bormann was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Amy Bowie was 1-for-3 with her fifth home run of the year as she was the offense for the Falcons.

York returns to action on Thursday afternoon as they travel to Susquehanna to face the Crusaders in a non-conference twinbill. Game one is scheduled to start at 3:30 pm.

GAME ONE BOX

GAME TWO BOX

Heather Bormann photo courtesy of Charlie Covell