DALLAS, Pa. – The York College women's softball team split a doubleheader against Misericordia on Sunday afternoon for the final game of the regular season. The Spartans came from behind in game one for a 9-8 victory in eight innings, but then fell 3-1 in the second game.
The Spartans finish out the 2013 regular season with an overall record of 10-28 and a Capital Athletic Conference record of 2-6. Misericordia's overall record stands at 14-16.
The Cougars took control of game one in the first inning, scoring four runs on five hits.
York cut the Cougars lead in the next innings after taking advantage of three big errors by Misericordia. The Spartans scored two runs on only one hit. Katie Wickert (Crownsville, Md./Old Mill Senior) was the first to cross the plate for the Green and White after scoring on a passed ball. Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) followed up with a single to third base that allowed Brooke LaBell (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley) to score a run.
Misericordia came back in the bottom of the second to add three more runs to their total. One cougar slammed a two-run homerun to centerfield and then a double to right center helped register their third run of the inning.
The Spartans added one run in the fourth after Wickert rounded the bases again, coming home off a single up the middle from LaBell. In the fifth inning, Sarah Harris (Collegeville, Pa./Methacton) bombed a homer over the fence for another Spartan run. Aryn Johnston (Bowie, Md./Bowie) followed with a homerun of her own in the sixth inning, cutting the Cougar lead to three heading into the seventh inning.
Payton Hill (Staunton, Va./Fort Defiance) recorded the fourth homerun of the game, the third for the Spartans, in the top of the seventh. Hill's homer would be the start of a big comeback for the Green and White. Alyssa Molino (Montgomery, Pa./Montgomery) stepped up to the plate with two outs and cracked a triple to right center field, allowing Sara Thacker (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) to score. Kayleen Bell (Herndon, Va./Westfield) then stepped up and singled to left field, helping Molino score the tying run.
Misericordia had no answer in the bottom of the seventh and was forced to head into extra innings.
Hill stepped up again for York and hit a single to centerfield, helping Johnston to score and give the Spartans their first lead of the day. The Green and White defense finished out the game strong in the bottom of the inning, allowing the Cougars zero hits.
Pacing the Spartan offense in game one was Hill. She finished 3-for-5 from the plate with one run and two RBI's. Johnston went 1-for-1 from the plate with two runs and one RBI.
Thacker earned the win in the circle for the Spartans. She pitched the final 4.2 innings of the game, allowing zero runs on two hits. Morgan Levine (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) threw for the first 0.2 innings of the game, allowing four runs on five hits with one walk and one strikeout. Cory Urkuski (Mohnton, Pa./Twin Valley) also pitched for 2.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits with one walk.
The Cougars were led by Caitlin Cromley and Kristi Seiler. Cromley finished 3-for-5 from the plate with three RBI's and two runs scored. Seiler was 3-for-4 from the plate with three runs scored and one RBI.
Cromley recorded the loss in the circle. She pitched all eight innings, allowing nine runs on 12 hits with one strikeout.
Despite scoring first in game two, the Spartans could not muster another come-from-behind win.
Both teams only managed to score runs in the second inning of game two. The Spartans registered just seven hits, while the Cougars had only four.
Molino got things started in the top of the second inning with a bomb out to left field, recording a homerun.
The Cougars erased the Spartan lead in the bottom of the same inning. Misericordia was able to take advantage of two Spartan errors and score three runs on two hits.
York could not find the offensive answer the needed to capture a second victory.
Leading the offense for the Green and White was Molino. She finished 1-for-2 from the plate with one run and one RBI. Urkuski went 2-for-3 from the plate, while Hugel, Johnston, Harris and Hill each registered a hit.
Thacker was the losing pitcher in game two. She allowed three runs on four hits with three strikeouts in six innings pitched.
Misericordia was paced on offense by Megan Gowe as she finished 2-for-2 from the plate with one run scored and one RBI.
Jess Armillay earned the win for the Cougars. Armillay pitched seven innings, allowing one run on seven hits with three walks and one strikeout.
The Spartans return to action on Tuesday for a CAC Play-In Game at home against Wesley. The winner will move on to the CAC tournament that begins April 26. Game time is set for 4:00 pm.