April 18, 2009

Spartans Shutout Hood to Advance in CAC Tournament

SALISBURY, MD – The York College softball squad faced a second elimination game on Saturday and, for the second time, they advanced in the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. This time it was a 6-0 win over Hood College. The Spartans improve to 27-11 with the win while Hood falls to 11-23.

The first two and a half innings were scoreless before the Spartans opened the scoring in the bottom of the third. Sophomore standout Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) tripled with one out. She scored when Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) singled, giving the Spartans the 1-0 lead.

York blew the game open in the fourth with a four-run frame. The uprising started with a Meghan Van Meter (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding) double to left. After Sam Koehl (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) walked, Caitlin Keppler (Owing, Md./Northern) moved Van Meter and Koehl up one base each. Julie Norris (Frederick, Md./Frederick) singled to center, scoring Van Meter. Karen Carr (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) singled to score Koehl and would come around to score on a Smith double to left. Bormann then plated Smith with the inning’s fourth run courtesy of an RBI single.

York added their final run of the game on another Bormann RBI single to left, providing for the final 6-0 margin of victory.

That would be more than enough for Koehl as she twirled her seventh shutout of the year. Koehl scattered four hits with seven strikeouts and no walks as she improves to 14-4 for the year.

Bridgette Ringley suffered the loss as she allowed five runs on seven hits with two walks in 3.2 innings of work. She falls to 6-14 for the campaign.

Bormann paced the offense as she was 3-for-4 with three RBI while Smith was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Carr was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored while Norris was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Jen Willison was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles as she was the Hood offense. Jacquie LeMar picked up Hood’s other hit with her third inning single.

The Spartans will face Mary Washington in an elimination game on Sunday morning at 10:00 am. The winner of that contest will face Salisbury in the first championship game. The Spartans or Eagles will need to beat Salisbury twice to earn the CAC championship trophy.

GAME BOX

Photo: Junior captain Heather Bormann had three hits in York's win over Hood.