KISSIMMEE, FL – The York College softball team opened their 10-game stay at the Rebel Games in Kissimmee, FL with a pair of big wins on Monday. The Spartans defeated Eastern University, 8-3, and then downed Eastern Mennonite 8-0, in five innings, as the Green and White improve to a perfect 6-0.
The Spartans opened the day with two runs in the top of the first inning as Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick) singled, stole second and came home on a Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) RBI single. Smith would eventually come around to score on an Eagle error as the Spartans handed freshman standout Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles got on the board in the bottom of the first thanks to a pair of Spartan errors. Therres surrendered three runs in the bottom of the first but two of the three runs were unearned thanks to the Spartan miscues.
After the second and third innings were quiet, the Spartans fashioned an uprising in the fourth. With two outs, freshmen Caitlin Keppler (Owings, Md./Northern) and Megan Van Meter (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding) started the rally with back-to-back singles. Bormann then singled to plate Keppler and Van Meter, pushing the York advantage to 4-3. Bormann then came home on a Smith RBI double to cap the rally.
The Spartans added a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to provide for their final 8-3 margin.
Therres was outstanding again as she went the distance, allowing three runs, one earned, on seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. She did not walk a batter for her third straight outing. Therres improves to 3-0 for the season.
Kristine Rosko absorbed the loss as she allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 13 hits with one walk and a strikeout in her six innings of work.
Smith led the Spartan offense as she was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Bormann was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Junior Sam Koehl (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) and Keppler each chipped in with two hits.
Alissa Brubaker and Karen Hertzog each had two hits to pace the Eagle offense. Hertzog drove in two runs and scored another for Eastern.
In the game against EMU, the Spartans jumped on the Royals early. Bormann led off the bottom of the first with a double. After a pair of groundouts moved Bormann to third, Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) walked and got to second with a stolen base. Bormann and Lawrence then came home on an RBI single by Kristen Gray (Mickleton, N.J./Kingsway Regional), giving York the 2-0 lead.
That 2-0 lead would be more than enough for Koehl as she was outstanding in the circle for the Spartans. Koehl, who tossed York’s third shutout in six games, allowed just three hits in five innings of work. She struck out one and did not walk a batter for the Spartans as she improves to 3-0 with the win.
The Spartan offense struck again in the fourth inning. Smith had the big blow in the frame with a two-run double. Smith would then come around to score on a Lawrence RBI ground out.
York closed out the game in the fifth with three more runs as the Royals committed two errors in the frame to aid the Spartan effort. The three runs put the eight-run rule in affect as the Spartans completed the day 2-0.
Smith had two more hits, two RBI and a run scored while Bormann also banged out two hits, had a pair of runs scored and an RBI. Gray was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI.
The Royals were limited to three singles in the game as Lisa Lee, Nicole Shelton, and Nicole Wade had EMU’s hits in the game.
The Spartans return to action on Tuesday as they face Widener at 11:00 am followed by a 3:00 pm tilt against Adrian.