KISSIMMEE, FLA – Freshly minted CAC Player-of-the-Week Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) twirled a no-hitter against Gwynedd-Mercy as the York College softball squad swept a double header on Monday afternoon in Kissimmee, Florida. The Spartans opened the day with a 7-5 win over St. Benedict before Therres spun her gem in the nightcap. The Spartans improve to 4-0 overall with the two victories.
In the nightcap win, the sophomore missed a perfect game with her walk to lead off hitter Maggie McSpadden in the top of the first. Therres was brilliant as she then retired 18 straight Griffins to post the no-no.
Against Gwynedd-Mercy, the Spartan offense got a pair of runs in the first to give Therres some breathing room. The York offense took a four-inning hiatus before closing out the Griffins with a six-run sixth inning, providing for the final eight run margin.
Therres struck out seven and walked one as she improves to 3-0 with her second complete game shutout in her last three starts.
McSpadden suffered the loss as she allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 11 hits with three walks and a strikeout in her 5.2 innings of work.
Senior captain Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) led the Spartan offense with two hits, two RBI and a run scored. Freshman Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) added two hits and a pair of runs scored while junior Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) was the third Spartan with multiple hits as she was 2-for-2 with a run scored.
In the opener, the Spartans got on the board one batter into the game as Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) doubled, stole second and scored on a passed ball. The game remained a one-run affair until the top of the fourth when the Spartans exploded for five runs. The big blow in the game came when Bormann plated two with a single while Kristen Gray (Mickleton, N.J./Kingsway Regional) and Megan Van Meter (Hanover, Md./Arbishop Spalding) also had RBI singles in the frame.
Therres allowed her first two runs of the year in the bottom of the fourth but York got a single run back in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the frame, freshman Corrine Majczan (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) relieved Therres and St. Benedict got to the freshman for a trio of runs, cutting the Spartan lead to 7-5 through five innings. Therres re-entered the game and cruised through the final two innings to close out the win.
Therres threw a total of six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Majczan allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits with a walk in her one inning stint.
Laura Althoff took the loss as she surrendered seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits with three walks and a strikeout. Elle Borba threw two scoreless innings of relief for St. Benedict.
Five Spartans had two hits in the win as Lawrence, Hugel, Van Meter, Julie Norris (Frederick, Md./Frederick), and Brittany Schlorff (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) contributed to the 12-hit Spartan attack. Lawrence scored two runs and drove in another while Van Meter had an RBI. Norris scored twice while Bormann plated a pair on one hit.
Alyssa Kubesh led St. Benedict as she was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Beth Hanson was 1-for-3 with two RBI while Kristen Herges contributed two hits and run scored.
The Spartans return to action on Tuesday
morning when they face Ferrum in a traditional doubleheader. The
Spartans and Panthers start game one at 9:00 am in Kissimmee.