Softball Adds Two More Wins

Softball Adds Two More Wins

CLERMONT, Fla. – The York College softball team continued its winning ways with a pair of wins in Clermont, Fla. defeating Finlandia 10-2 and New England College 4-0 on Saturday. York concluded its Spring Break trip at 9-3.

York (Pa.): 9-3
Finlandia: 4-1
New England College: 0-1

Game One Stats

Runs: York 10 / Finlandia 2
Hits: York 13 / Finlandia 1
Errors: York 1 / Finlandia 3
Left on Base: York 3 / Finlandia 3

York Offensive Leaders

Haley Hirn: 2-for-3, 3 RBI, run scored, 2B

Jordan Vazquez: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, run scored

Julie Van O'Linda: 2-for-2, run scored

Shyla Pastore: 2-for-3, RBI, run scored

Finlandia Offensive Leaders

Mekanna Gorham: 1-for-2, RBI

Kassandra Avila: 1-for-1, BB, RBI

Spartan Pitching

Samantha Kiser: 0.2 innings pitched, 1 hit, 2 runs, 0 earned runs, 2 BB

Ginger Lewis: 4.1 innings pitched, 0 hits, 0 runs, 9 K (W, 4-1)

Finlandia Pitching

Kassandra Avila: 4.1 innings pitched, 12 hits, 10 runs, 7 earned runs, 2 BB, 2 K (L, 3-1)

Kyndell Coffman: 0.0 innings pitched, 1 hit, 0 runs

How It Happened
• Finlandia scored both of its runs in its first time at the plate. On one hit and an error, the Lions capitalized by bringing two runners home and jumping out to an early 2-0 lead. Ginger Lewis relieved Samantha Kiser with two outs in the inning and the bases loaded, but Lewis earned a strikeout, getting out of the jam.

• York had the answer in the bottom of the first. Eryn Bailey led off with a strikeout, but advanced on a throwing error. She moved to second when Julie Van O'Linda laid down a sacrifice bunt. Van O'Linda reached first, though, and the pair each advanced another base on a passed ball. Madison Bowen managed a walk to load the bases with nobody out before Haley Hirn came through with a single to left field, scoring both Bailey and Van O'Linda. Hirn advanced to second and Bowen was thrown out at third when Joanna Marmo singled to left. Next up in the hit parade was Savannah Galati, who knocked one to right field, bringing in Hirn. Marmo came home on a single from Jordan Vazquez as York used four hits and an error to bring four home in the bottom half of the first, taking a 4-2 lead to the second.

• The Spartans expanded on their big first with a pair of runs in the second. Bailey scored when Van O'Linda attempted to steal second. Bowen, who reached on a dropped fly ball, scored when Hirn doubled to center and York led 6-2 after two innings.

• Finlandia was held hitless in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but the Spartans busted loose again in the bottom half of the fifth. Mia Ruffalo, while pinch-hitting for Marmo, singled to get things started. Shyla Pastore doubled to drive in Ruffalo, and eventually scored when Vazquez singled up the middle. Next was Savannah Zittle, who also launched a double to center, scoring Vazquez. Zittle scored before the inning was over, for the 10th run, en route to a 10-2 victory over the Lions.

Game Two Stats
Runs: York 4/New England Col. 0
Hits: York 7 / New England Col. 7
Errors: York 0 /New England Col. 1
Left on Base: York 5 / New England Col. 7

York Offensive Leaders
Savannah Galati: 3-for-3, 2 2B

Savannah Zittle: 1-for-3, RBI, run scored

Madison Bowen: 1-for-2, run scored

Eryn Bailey: 1-for-2, BB

New England Col. Offensive Leaders
Taylor Barbour: 1-for-2, BB, 2B

Gabriella Marcheschi: 1-for-2, BB

Spartan Pitching
Melissa Jurkiewicz: 7.0 innings pitched, 6 hits, 0 runs, 2 BB, 4 K (W, 3-2

New England Col. Pitching

Taylor Barbour: 6.0 innings pitched, 7 hits, 4 runs, 1 earned run, 2 BB, 4 K (L, 0-1)

How It Happened
• York jumped all over the Pilgrims early, scoring all four runs in the first two innings, before cruising to a 4-0 win. In the bottom of the first, Eryn Bailey singled to center to lead off. Madison Bowen was hit by a pitch and then Hirn reached on a fielder's choice to set up Savannah Galati with two on and two out. She singled, scoring both Hirn and Bowen before the inning ended. 

• The Spartans got two more in the bottom of half of the second on a pair of hits. With one out, Savannah Zittle doubled to left center, scoring Jordan Vazquez, who singled just before. Bailey walked, Zittle advanced to third on a passed ball and then came home on a wild pitch. 

• Four runs was all Melissa Jurkiewicz needed in the circle. She threw a complete game shutout, while allowing just six hits on the afternoon. Furthermore, she was never in danger of allowing a run. Never in an inning did she allow multiple hits, limiting all damage.

York is now 24-9 all-time in Clermont, Fla. … York is 9-3 on this season's Spring Break trip … Ginger Lewis and Melissa Jurkiewicz have a combined seven wins in the circle … Savannah Galati is hitting .600 with four doubles and seven RBI … five batters with at least 20 at-bats are hitting over .350.

York returns to Pa. and will take on Messiah College on Wednesday in a road double header. The first pitch will be thrown at 2:30 p.m.