KISSIMMEE, FLA – The nationally ranked York College softball squad concluded their 2009 spring trip to the Rebel Games with a split as they concluded their season-opening trip 11-3, the second best start in school history. The Spartans dropped a 7-4 decision to Trine in the opener before the Green and White bounced back with a 4-0 win over Shenandoah.
Against Trine, the 25th ranked Spartans had a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth but a Spartan error opened the floodgates for a five-run Trine outburst. The Spartans left the tying run at the plate in the top of the seventh inning as they suffered a tough loss.
Trine opened the scoring in the first with an unearned run off Spartan starter Sam Koehl (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson). The Thunder tacked on a second run in the third as Trine kept the Spartans off the board in the first three innings of the game.
York tied the game in the fourth as it was the Thunder’s turn to give back some runs with a two-run error in the frame.
The Spartans took a short-lived 3-2 lead in the sixth as Koehl led off the inning with a double. She stole third and then came around to score on a sacrifice bunt by Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty).
Koehl retired the first two batters she faced in the sixth but a Spartan miscue led to five unearned runs and the third Spartan loss of the year.
Koehl deserved better as she allowed seven runs with just one of those tallies being an earned run. She allowed nine hits as she struck out two and walked one. She falls to 5-2 with the loss.
Amber Matthews picked up the win as she allowed four runs, two earned, on nine hits with five strikeouts and two walks. She improves to 1-0 with the win.
Sallie Richardson led the Thunder as she was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Claire Will was 1-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored.
Koehl and Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) led the Spartans with three hits each. Koehl was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Smith was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Kristen Gray (Mickleton, N.J./Kingsway Regional) added two knocks to the Spartan offense.
In game two, freshman Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) was simply brilliant again as she twirled a four-hit shutout for the Green and White. Therres, who improved to 6-1 with the win, struck out two and did not walk a batter in her seven innings.
Shenandoah hurler Katie Haskins was up to the task as she held the Spartan offense in check over the first three innings. York finally got to Haskins in the fourth as Lawrence ripped a two-run single to give York the 2-0 lead.
York added to the lead in the sixth as Michelle Barwick (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) laced a two-run single to extend the Spartan lead to 4-0.
Haskins suffered the loss as she allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in six innings of work.
Offensively, Barwick went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI while Lawrence was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
Haskins led the Hornet offense as she collected two of their four hits.
The Spartans will return to York on Sunday as they begin
preparations for the Salisbury University Tournament on Friday and
Saturday. The Green and White face Moravian at 12:00 pm on Friday
followed by a game against Virginia Wesleyan at 4:00 pm.