SALISBURY, MD-The York College softball team saw their run in the 2008 Capital Athletic Conference tournament come to a stunning end as the sixth-seeded Villa Julie Mustangs upset the second-seeded Spartans 3-2 in Salisbury on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans fall to 23-10 with the loss while the Mustangs improve to 12-12 overall. It is the first time in school history that the Spartans have lost to the Mustangs.
The Mustangs got all the runs they needed in the third inning. Spartan starter Megan Mickles (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) struggled with her control all game and the third inning started with a walk to Samantha Rice. After a strikeout, Elizabeth Penniman singled to center. A Spartan error loaded the bases but Mickles got a pop up for what should have been the third out of the inning. Jessica Banzwolek then ripped a three-run double, giving the Mustangs a 3-0 lead.
York got a run back in the fourth as Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) singled, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on an Andrea Tombesi (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown) RBI single to left. Pinch runner Karen Carr (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) stole second but was left stranded, as the next two Spartans could not get a hit to drive her home.
The Spartans left a runner on third in the sixth before scoring again in the seventh. The seventh started off with a Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) double to left. Michelle Barwick (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) then singled to left, moving Smith to third. Barwick stole second before Lindsay Wood (Owings, Md./Northern) grounded out to short, scoring Smith with York's second run. Barwick moved to third which is where she would end the game as York had two cracks at getting her home to tie the game but a ground out and a fly out denied the green and white the chance to tie the game.
Mickles took the loss as she allowed three unearned runs in three innings as she falls to 10-6. Mickles walked four, allowed two hits and struck out two. Megan Lahner (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) relieved Mickles and threw the final four innings. She allowed just one hit as she struck out two and walked three.
Sarah Moelter earned the win as she allowed two runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk. She improves to 7-4 with the win.
Bandzwolek led the Mustangs, as she was 1-for-3 with three RBI. Penniman and Laura Bedgar had the other hits for Villa Julie.
Five different Spartans had hits for the green and white with Smith's double being the only extra base hit for the green and white.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Messiah to face the Falcons in a non-conference twin bill. Game one is set to start at 3:30 pm.