Strong Pitching and Timely Hitting Power Spartans to Home Opening Sweep

Ginger Lewis photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Ginger Lewis photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

YORK, PA – The York College softball squad opened their 2018 home campaign with a doubleheader sweep of Eastern University on a cloudy and brisk Thursday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans won game one 9-1 in six innings and followed with an 8-0 six inning win in the nightcap.

The twin bill was originally scheduled to be played at Eastern but a wet field allowed the Green and White to open their home season a little bit early.



York (Pa.): 11-5

Eastern: 4-4


Game One

Score: York 9, Eastern 1

Hits: York 11, Eastern 2

Errors: York 2, Eastern 3

Left on Base: York 4, Eastern 3

Doubles: York 1, Eastern 0

Triples: York 1, Eastern 0

Home Runs: York 3, Eastern 0


How It Happened

• York opened the scoring in the bottom of the first as Eryn Bailey walked with one out. She stole second and then scored on a two-out RBI single from Joanna Marmo.

• The Eagles tied the game in the third inning. Melissa Irick drew a lead-off walk to start the frame. After a strikeout, pinch hitter Alyssa Bolger hit a little flare over the head of pitcher Ginger Lewis to put runners at first and second. After another strikeout, Jess Snader flared a single down the left field line, scoring Irick to tie the game. An error allowed runners to advance to second and third but Lewis got a strikeout to end the threat.

• The game remained tied until the fifth when York exploded for five runs. Shyla Pastore kicked off the inning with a single to left. Then senior Savannah Zittle was allowed to swing away in a bunt situation and the Spartan first baseman responded with a bomb to left field, giving York the 3-1 lead. Freshman Ashley Meekins followed Zittle with a home run of her own to left, pushing the York lead to 4-1. After the Eagles got two outs, Marmo singled to center. She came around to score when Haley Hirn hit a missile deep over the wall in left center as the York lead grew to 6-1.

• York closed out the game in the sixth with a three spot highlighted by a Meekins RBI double to right center. Bailey tripled in Meekins and then scored on an Eagle error to end the game.

• Lewis picked up the win with a career-high 15 strikeouts as she dominated the contest. Her 15 strikeouts broke  the school record that was almost ten years old as Megan Mickles struck out 14 at Hood College on April 10, 2008. 


Spartan Offensive Leaders

Shyla Pastore: 3-for-3, 1 run scored

Ashley Meekins: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 2B, HR

Joanna Marmo: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 run scored

Savannah Zittle: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, HR

Eryn Bailey: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, 3B

Haley Hirn: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 run scored, HR


Eagle Offensive Leaders

Alyssa Bolger: 1-for-2

Jess Snader: 1-for-3


Spartan Pitching

Ginger Lewis: 6.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 15 K, 1 BB (Win, 5-2)


Eagle Pitching

Melissa Irick: 4.0 IP, 6 hits, 4 earned runs, 3 K, 1 BB (Loss, 2-2)

Meghan Johnson: 1.2 IP, 5 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned runs


Game Two

Score: York 8, Eastern 0

Hits: York 12, Eastern 4

Errors: York 1, Eastern 0

Left on Base: York 9, Eastern 4

Doubles: York 2, Eastern 1

Triples: York 1, Eastern 0

Home Runs: York 1, Eastern 0


How It Happened

• York again opened the scoring in the bottom of the first in game one. Ashley Meekins tripled to lead off the Spartans' half of the frame. She came around to score on an RBI ground out from Joanna Marmo as York took the early lead.

• York tacked on a pair of runs in the third on a Julie Van O'Linda bases loaded RBI double down the left field line as the Spartans led 3-0 through three innings.

• The Green and White added two more runs in the fourth as Pastore singled to right center to lead off the frame. After she was forced out on a fielder's choice, Meekins smoked a rocket down the left field line for a two-run shot, pushing York's lead to 5-0.

• York tallied a single run on an RBI ground out from Savannah Zittle in the fifth.

• The Spartans closed out the win in the sixth inning as Quinn Fisher ripped a bases loaded single with two outs in the inning to plate the final two runs of the game.


Spartan Offensive Leaders

Madison Bowen: 4-for-4, 2 runs scored, 2B

Ashley Meekins: 2-for-4, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, HR

Quinn Fisher: 2-for-2, 2 RBI

Joanna Marmo: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 run scored

Julie Van O'Linda: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 2B


Eagle Offensive Leaders

Grace Gonzalez: 2-for-3, 2B

Shelby O'Neill: 1-for-2

Alexandria Strausser: 1-for-2


Spartan Pitching

Melissa Jurkiewicz: 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs, 3 K, 0 BB (Win, 4-3)


Eagle Pitching

Meagan Quinn: 3.2 IP, 9 hits, 5 earned runs, 1 BB, 0 K (Loss, 1-1)

Melissa Irick: 2.0 IP, 3 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 BB, 0 K



York has now won six in a row against the Eagles as they have swept the last three doubleheaders … York has outscored Eastern 44-5 during that six game win streak … Senior Melissa Jurkiewicz tossed her eighth career shutout and her 39th career complete game as she also earned her 36th career win … Lewis' 15 strikeouts bested her previous career high of 12 set earlier this year … freshman Madison Bowen banged out a career-high four hits in the nightcap … the Spartans recorded 23 hits in the two wins … the three home runs in game one was a new season high for York … York did not strike out at the plate in game two and that's the second time that has happened this season … Jurkiewicz and Lewis combined to strikeout 18 and walk just one in 12 innings of work in the sweep … freshman Ashley Meekins now leads the team in home runs with three from the lead-off spot … York has out-homered their opponents 8-3 while they have amassed a 12-3 advantage in triples and a 27-19 edge in doubles.  


Up Next

The Spartans return to action on Tuesday, March 20 when they host Hood College in a non-conference doubleheader at Spartan Stadium. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 3:00 pm in York.