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Spartans Pick Up Pair of Nail-biters
YORK, PA - The York College softball team snagged two tight victories on Sunday afternoon, topping visiting DeSales 3-2 in game one before mounting a late come-from-behind 6-5 triumph in game two. With the two wins, the Spartans head into the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament with a standout 30-6 mark. The Bulldogs drop to 13-13 in 2010.
In both games, the Spartans would need clutch seventh-inning performances in order to secure the victory.
In the first contest, the Spartans held a slight 3-2 margin heading into the top of the seventh. Christine Petrilla opened DaSales’ half with a ringing double for the Bulldogs. With a runner in scoring position and nobody out, Spartan starter Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) looked to be in a precarious position. However, that would prove no matter to the York ace. She induced a groundout to third and a pop-out to short to record the inning’s first two outs. She then left no doubt as she rung up Kristen Cybularz on a called third strike to end the game.
In game two, it would be the offense that needed to come through in the final frame. The Spartans were on the short end of a 5-4 score heading into the bottom of the seventh. Despite the slim deficit, the Green and White showed the spunk they had displayed for much of the 2010 campaign. Speedy left-fielder Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) led off the inning with an infield single to short. Veteran Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) followed with a shot through the middle of the infield. After Hugel was later caught trying to steal third, Lawrence stood on second and then advanced to third on a Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) rip back up the middle that knocked off Bulldog pitcher Jen Lococo’s glove and slowed down just enough to give Bormann time to get to first. Threatening to at least tie the score, clean-up hitter Meghan Van Meter (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding) drew a walk to load the bases. Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) then proved the game-two hero when she banged line drive down the right field line which scored both Lawrence and Bormann to win the game in walk-off fashion.
Corrine Majczan (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) secured the win in the circle for the Green and White in that eventful second game. After giving up three in the first inning, Majczen did not allow a Bulldog run during the rest of her time in the circle. She was lifted for Therres after five full innings, but returned after the Spartan ace struggled. Majczen finished the game, tossing a total of 6.1 innings, striking out three, and walking two.
Bormann had a tremendous day as she posted a 5-for-6 performance over the two games. She drove in each of York’s three runs in the opener before scoring two times, including the game-winner, in the afternoon’s second tilt. Hugel, York’s lead-off hitter, went 4-for-8 at the dish and scored a trio of run. Smith finished with a 3-for-7 performance and added three RBI to her season total.
York also played outstanding defense throughout the day. The Spartans made all the routine plays, as they did not commit a single error during either game, while making several difficult defensive plays.
For the Bulldogs, Petrilla registered a solid day at the plate as she went a combined 4-for-6. Two of those four hits were of the home-run variety as she blasted two over Spartan Stadium’s right field wall – registering both during her first at-bat in each game. She totaled five RBI and two runs scored. Kate Steiner finished the day by going 4-for-6 at the plate.
In game one, Therres tossed the full seven innings to nab her 21st win of the season against a mere three defeats. She scattered four hits and only allowed two runs – both of which came on Petrilla’s first big fly – while striking out six and not allowing a walk.
Petrilla suffered the loss in the first game as she threw 3.1 innings and allowed all three Spartan runs. Lococo took the defeat in game two as she tossed 6.1 innings, allowing 11 hits and four earned runs.
The Spartans now turn their collective attention to the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, April 13. York hosts Stevenson in the first round tilt slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.
Photo: Corrine Majczan threw a terrific game in the latter tilt against DeSales - courtesy of Brent Duffy