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Spartans Post CAC Sweep at Wesley
DOVER, DEL-The York College softball team kept rolling in the Capital Athletic Conference as the Spartans posted a twinbill sweep over Wesley College on Saturday afternoon in Dover, Del. The Spartans won game one 5-0 and they recorded a 13-3 win in five innings in the second contest. The Spartans improve to 15-5 overall and 6-0 in the CAC while the Wolverines fall to 3-17 overall and 2-8 in the CAC. The Spartans have won three straight and 11 of their last 12 games after starting the season 4-4.
In game one, the Spartans took the early lead courtesy of Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) as she singled, stole second, stole third and then scored on a passed ball. York added another run in the fourth as senior Andrea Tombesi (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown) launched a solo homer, her third round tripper of the year.
York struck for two more runs in the fifth. The rally was started by Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) as the sophomore walked, stole second and scored on a Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) RBI single. Smith then stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a Michelle Barwick (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) RBI single.
The Spartans closed out the scoring with a single run in the sixth when Afton Brugger (Westfield, Pa./Cowanesque Valley) walked, stole second and scored on a Lawrence double.
Senior Megan Mickles (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) earned the win as she threw five shutout innings. Mickles struck out eight, walked two, and allowed just two hits. She improves to 7-2 with the win. Nicole Kerfoot (Owings, Md./Northern) relieved Mickles an allowed two hits and a walk in her two-inning stint.
Megan Street took the loss as she allowed five runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and two walks in seven innings of work. She falls to 1-7 with the setback.
The Spartan offense was led by the trio of Lawrence, Smith, and Ali Merrifield (York, Pa./Dallastown) as they each had a pair of hits. Lawrence added an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base while Smith had an RBI, a run scored, and three stolen bases. Tombesi was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored courtesy of her long ball.
Lyndsey Ellsworth, Jessica Morgan, Kelly Caton, and Michele Mules each had a hit for the Wolverines. Caton’s hit was a double while Mules had a triple for Wesley.
In the second game, the Wolverines got more offensive production as they scored single runs in each of the first three innings. Unfortunately for them, the Spartans scored three in the first, two in the second and five in the third as they led 10-3 after three innings of play. The Spartans tacked on two runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth, providing for York’s final 10 run margin of victory.
The Spartans were led by Bormann and freshman Kristen Gray (Mickleton, N.J./Kingsway Regional) in the game two victory. Bormann was 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored. Bormann also stole her 11th base of the year and hit her first home run of the year, a two-run shot in the third. Gray was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Tombesi was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI. Sophomore Lindsay Wood (Owings, Md./Northern) chipped in with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.
Wesley had five players collect two hits for their 10 hit total. Jessica Morgan was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored as she had Wesley’s lone extra base hit with her double in the first inning. Street and Sue Goines each went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Kerfoot started for York but went just two innings as she allowed two runs on six hits in her start. She struck out one and did not get a decision. Freshman Megan Weaver (Wagontown, Pa./Coatesville Area Senior) earned the win in relief as she tossed three innings, allowing one run on four hits with one strikeout. Weaver is now 2-0 with the victory. For the day, Spartan pitchers walked just three in 12 innings. Two of those three walks came in the first inning of the first game.
Morgan absorbed the beating from the Spartans as she allowed all 13 runs on 12 hits with four walks and a strikeout in five innings of action. She falls to 2-4 with the loss.
The Spartans now must turn around and host McDaniel College on Sunday afternoon. Game one starts at 2:00 pm at Spartan Stadium.