FT. MYERS, FL – The York College softball team closed out their 2015 spring trip with a pair of one run games on Friday in Ft. Myers, Florida.
The Spartans dropped a 1-0 decision to St. John Fisher in the opener before bouncing back for a 3-2 ten inning win over Newbury in the nightcap.
The Spartans conclude the ten game trip with a record of 6-4. St. John Fisher stays perfect at 7-0 with their win over York while Newbury is now 3-5.
In the opener, the two teams were scoreless through five innings. The Cardinals finally got to Spartan starter Courtney Martin (Willow Street, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) in the top of the sixth. Shortstop Kate Disbrow opened the uprising with a bunt single in the top of the inning. Disbrow was sacrificed to second but was gunned down at third on a fielder's choice as it looked like Martin might wiggle off the hook. However, Lauren Owens ripped a double to left to plate Jennifer Knaak with the game's lone run.
The Spartans looked like they were going to get the run back and more in the bottom of the inning. Ashley Lechner (Willow Street, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) banged out a pinch hit single to get the inning started. Jayci Cristaudo (Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon) reached on an error to put Spartans at first and second with no outs. Cardinal hurler Lindsey Thayer got a strikeout and a pair of ground outs from the heart of the Spartan order as she was able to extricate herself out of the Spartan jam.
York went in order in the bottom of the seventh to drop their second one run loss of the trip.
Thayer earned the win as she allowed just two hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in the complete game shutout. She improves to 4-0 with the win. Martin took the hard-luck loss as she allowed one run on six hits with a strikeout in her seven innings of work.
Genevieve Paeglow banged out two hits for the Cardinals, as she was the only player to record multiple hits in the game. Owens had the only extra base hit of the game.
York got hits from Katie Maloney (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) and Lechner.
In the nightcap, offense was again at a premium as the game was scoreless through the first seven innings. The Nighthawks got a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to put Newbury on top.
York tied the game in the bottom of the eighth as Maloney came through with a sacrifice fly followed by a Payton Hill (Staunton, Va./Fort Defiance) RBI single to left.
After Martin shut down the Nighthawks in the ninth, York had two cracks to get a runner home from third base but Newbury hurler Olivia Kenyon escaped the frame unscathed as the contest headed to the tenth inning.
Martin cruised through the tenth, setting the stage for another walk off win for York. Freshman Savannah Zittle (Port Deposit, Md./Catholic High School of Baltimore) banged out a game-winning single, plating Lechner with the winning run. The game-winning RBI for Zittle was her second in the last four games.
Martin improved to 6-4 as she tossed ten innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Kenyon suffered the loss as she allowed three runs, one earned, on seven hits with six strikeouts and three walks in nine innings. She falls to 3-3 with the loss.
Offensively, Cristaudo set a new career-high with three hits while she also scored one of York's three runs. Zittle was 1-for-4 with an RBI while Hill was 1-for-1 with an RBI.
Kenyon led Newbury with a pair of hits in the loss. Naomi Ricciotti was 1-for-4 with an RBI while Tory Hoemke was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Spartans are scheduled to return to action on Wednesday, March 11 when they host Messiah College in a non-conference doubleheader at Spartan Stadium. First pitch in game one is scheduled for 3:00 pm.