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Koehl Hurls No-Hitter as Spartans Sweep Wolverines
YORK, PA – York College junior pitcher Sam Koehl (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) twirled a five-inning no-hitter in the second game of the Spartans’ doubleheader sweep of Wesley College on Sunday in York. The Spartans won game one 14-0 in five innings then rode Koehl’s no-hitter to a 10-0 win in the nightcap.
York improves to 21-7 overall and 7-1 in the CAC while the Wolverines fall to 3-12 overall and 0-6 in the CAC.
In Koehl’s no-hitter, just one Wolverine reached base as Wesley third baseman Carmen Walsh had a swinging bunt that fell in front of the plate with one out in the second inning. Spartan catcher Julie Norris (Frederick, Md./Frederick) popped out from behind the dish, collecting the ball cleanly but her throw hit Walsh on the way down to first for an error. Walsh was quickly erased three pitches later as Lacey Smith popped into a double play.
The Spartan offense got all Koehl needed in the first as they exploded for six runs in the frame. The Spartans sent 11 hitters to the plate as they seized the early lead. York added two runs in the second and two more in the fourth to invoke the five- inning mercy rule.
Koehl struck out five and faced the minimum of 15 batters in the game. She improves to 11-3 with the win. She was backed by very solid Spartan defense in the game.
Lyndsey Ellsworth suffered the loss as she allowed eight runs on nine hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts in the loss. She falls to 0-3 for the campaign. Megan Street came on in relief and allowed two runs on three hits with a walk in her one inning of action.
The Spartans’ game two offense was led by Megan Boyer (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) as she was 2-for-2 with four RBI and a run scored. Megan Van Meter (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding) was 2-for-3 with two RBI while Kristen Gray (Mickleton, N.J./Kingsway Regional) was 2-for-2 with three runs scored. Norris added two hits with two runs scored while Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) contributed two hits, one run scored, and an RBI.
Game one for the Spartans saw the Green and White offense get three runs in the first and three more in the second before exploding for eight third inning tallies.
The offense made life easy on starter Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) as the freshman cruised through her five innings of action. Therres improved to 10-4 as she allowed two hits in her five innings of work. She struck out five and walked just one.
Street was battered for 14 runs on 12 hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work. Ellsworth relieved Street and did not allow a run with two walks in 1.2 innings of action.
The Spartan offense was powered by Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) and Koehl. Bormann was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI. Koehl was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. She banged out her team-leading sixth home run of the year with a solo blast in the third inning. Smith was 2-for-2 with three runs scored while Norris was 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Therres helped her own cause with two hits, two RBI and a run scored.
Nikki Barton had both of the Wolverines’ game one hits as she singled in the second and doubled in the fifth.
The Spartans put their five-game win streak on the line on Thursday as they host Hood College in a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader. Game one from Spartan Stadium is set for 3:00 pm.
Photo: Sam Koehl delivers a pitch to the plate in Sunday's second game.