York's Fifth-Inning Rally Forces Tie In Darkness-Shortened Game Two
YORK, Pa. – The York College softball team lost game one of a home twin bill with Washington College by a score of 7-2 before completing a six-run fifth-inning comeback in game two to earn a 6-6 tie prior to the game being called due to darkness.
On a day when she was honored as York's lone senior, Alyssa Molino (Montgomery, Pa./Montgomery) had a tremendous day at the plate as she went a combined 4-fo-6, including a home run and a double, with three RBI and two runs scored.
The Shorewomen (26-11-1) cruised to a 7-2 victory in game due to scoring two runs in the each of the second, third and fourth innings to put York (14-26-1) in a 6-0 hole after four innings of play.
The Spartans got on the board in the fifth following a big blast over the left field wall by Molino. Ashley Chenoweth (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) singled earlier in the inning and was the lone duck on the pond for Molino's home run.
Washington's Kristen Cooper earned the victory and improves to 11-4 as she tossed five innings, giving up two runs on three hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Jennifer Taff (Germantown, Md./Clarksburg) received credit for the loss and falls to 10-17 as she threw seven innings, allowing seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
Game two seemed to be heading towards a similar result as game one as the Shorewomen built a 6-0 lead through four and a half innings, but the script took a sharp left turn in the bottom of the fifth.
Amanda Lewis (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) led off the fifth with a single through the right side and was followed up by four straight hits by Katie Maloney (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley), Mackenzie Ewell (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert), Sara Thacker (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana), senior Alyssa Molino (Montgomery, Pa./Montgomery) before the first out was made.
Following back-to-back strikeouts, it seemed that the York's was offensive outburst coming to a close, but that was not the case. Morgan Wiernusz (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) kept the rally alive as she was hit by a pitch and then Lewis stepped to the plate for the second time in the inning and poked a two-RBI single to right field.
Now with the score tied and with the imminent threat of darkness, it was determined that the fifth inning would be the final inning. The Spartans still had a chance to break the tie as one out still had to be recorded and their best hitter, Maloney, was at bat with two runners on. However, Maloney was rung up on a questionable called third strike and York was unable to take pick up the win following a miraculous six-run, six-hit fifth-inning comeback.
York's starting pitcher, Thacker, threw five innings, allowing six runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and eight walks.
Washington's starter, Christine Anderson, tossed four innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Neither pitcher earned a decision as the game ended in a tie.
York will return to action for its final two games of the season in a twin bill on Tuesday at Susquehanna.
Peyton Hill photo and Alyssa Molino home run photos courtesy of Joe Rodgers