KISSIMMEE, FLA – The York College softball squad closed out their 12-game, seven day spring trip odyssey to Kissimmee, Florida with mixed results. The Spartans began the day with a 4-0 win over #5 Coe College before falling to Aurora College 2-0 in their final game in sunny Florida.
The Spartans conclude the trip with a record of 11-1, one of the best starts in school history.
The win over Coe established a new school standard as that is the highest ranked team that the Spartans have ever beaten. The Kohawks, who were the Division III national runner-ups last year, entered the first NFCA national ranking at number five after their NCAA Tournament run.
The Spartans gave ace Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) some much-needed early support with two runs in the top of the first. Senior catcher Julie Norris (Frederick, Md./Frederick) gave her battery mate the lead courtesy of a clutch two-out, two-run single.
Therres was very good from the start as she limited the Kohawks to five base runners over the first five innings.
The Spartans gave Therres two more runs in the fifth with the help of the Coe defense. The Kohawks committed three errors in the fifth inning that led to the Spartans’ two runs in the frame as the York lead grew to 4-0.
Coe put two runners on base in the sixth and then loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh but Therres escaped unscathed in posting her third shutout of the year. Therres improves to 8-0 with the win as she scattered four hits, striking out two and walking five. Micah Nardini suffered the loss as she allowed four unearned runs on six hits with three walks and a strikeout in her seven inning stint.
Freshman Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) continues to be an offensive force for the Green and White as she went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Norris was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Megan Van Meter (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding) added the Spartans’ lone extra base hit with her fifth double of the year.
Four Kohawks had singles in the loss as Katie Gibson, Amanda Hanson, Chelsea Zaugg, and Sidney Ridout had the Coe base hits.
In the nightcap, the emotion of the biggest win in Spartan softball history caught up with York as they came out flat for the Aurora game. Aurora is also a talented group as they posted 31 wins last season.
The Aurora Spartans got to York Spartan starter Corrine Majczan (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) for a single run in the top of the second courtesy of a sacrifice fly.
The Spartans weren’t able to muster much offense early as they didn’t get a runner on base until Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) singled to lead off the third inning. Smith advanced to second but was stranded as Aurora starter Lindsay Decker got a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.
Tristan Wilcox jacked a one-out solo homer in the top of the fifth, chasing Majczan from the game. Therres kept Aurora off the board the rest of the way but York wouldn’t be able to reach Decker as she twirled a shutout. Decker allowed four hits and struck out five in her complete game.
Majczan was solid in her start as she allowed two runs on six hits with a pair of strikeouts and a walk in her 4.1 innings of action. Therres scattered three hits in her 2.2 inning stint. She struck out one and did not walk a batter.
Wilcox, Jessica Scott, and Brooke Spencer each had two hits for Aurora. Stephanie Lynch added a hit and an RBI in the win.
Michelle Barwick (Catonsville, Md./Dulaney) picked up two hits off the bench for the Spartans while Hugel and Smith were each 1-for-3.
The Spartans now get a little down time as
they have 10 days until they return to action on March 16 when they
travel to Selinsgrove, PA to face Susquehanna University in a
non-conference twin bill. The Green and White then make their home
debut on Thursday, March 18 against Juniata. That kicks off a
12-game home stand that runs through the end of March.
PHOTO: Sophomore Megan Van Meter