YORK, PA – The York College softball team concluded their 2018 season with a doubleheader split with Stevenson University on a sun-splashed Tuesday afternoon in York. The Spartans won game one 1-0 and the Mustangs earned the split with a 3-2 win in the nightcap.
York (Pa.): 27-16-1
Score: York 1, Stevenson 0
Hits: York 5, Stevenson 4
Errors: York 0, Stevenson 2
Left on Base: York 3, Stevenson 4
Doubles: York 0, Stevenson 0
Triples: York 0, Stevenson 0
Home Runs: York 0, Stevenson 0
How It Happened
• Both teams had chances in the first inning. Stevenson got back-to-back singles to open the game but Spartan starter Ginger Lewis got a pop up, a strikeout and a soft line out to first to get out of the inning unscathed. York got a pair of one-out singles from Eryn Bailey and Haley Hirn but Mustang starter Morghan Fulton got a strikeout and a ground out to end York's threat.
• The Spartans broke the scoreless tie in the third inning. Savannah Zittle drew a lead off work and moved to second on a wild pitch. Joanna Marmo reached on an error to put Spartans at the corners with no outs. Bailey executed a perfect squeeze bunt as Zittle cruised home with the game's first run. Hirn then hit a ball to center and Marmo was thrown out attempting to go to third, ending the Spartan threat.
• After the Spartans scored in the third, the best scoring chance came from the Mustangs in the top of the seventh. Kate Finnen drew a lead off walk in the top of the frame. Gina D'Andrea pinch ran for Finnen and moved to second on a one-out sacrifice bunt. Haley Lennon then stroked a single to right. Spartan centerfielder Madison Bowen came up throwing and nailed D'Andrea trying to score from second to end the game.
• Lewis notched her seventh shutout of the year in her final start of the campaign as she allowed just four hits, all singles, in picking up her 14th win of the year.
Haley Hirn: 2-for-3
Ashley Werner: 1-for-2
Savannah Zittle: 1-for-1, 1 run scored
Eryn Bailey: 1-for-2, RBI
Erin Stephey: 1-for-3
Tiffany McKee: 1-for-3
Danielle Ebbighausen: 1-for-2
Haley Lennon: 1-for-2
Ginger Lewis: 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs, 6 K, 2 BB (Win, 14-7)
Morghan Fulton: 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 2 K, 1 BB (Loss, 10-7)
Score: York 2, Stevenson 3
Hits: York 5, Stevenson 11
Errors: York 4, Stevenson 1
Left on Base: York 4, Stevenson 11
Doubles: York 1, Stevenson 3
Triples: York 1, Stevenson 0
Home Runs: York 0, Stevenson 1
How It Happened
• The Mustangs got on the board early as Tiffany McKee notched a solo home run that just cleared the fence in left with one out in the first. Jasmyn Ogletree doubled to center with two outs but York starter Melissa Jurkiewicz was able to get out of the jam with a fly out to right.
• The Mustangs threatened again in the second with two singles. Samantha Kiser came in to relieve Jurkiewicz and was able to extricate the Spartans from the uprising with a shallow fly out and a ground out.
• Mustang starter Haley Monahan stymied the Spartans through the first five innings, limiting the Green and White to just two base runners with both coming on singles.
• The Mustangs added to the lead in the sixth with a single run but it could have been worse as Kiser did a nice job of minimizing the damage. Alexandra Digrande had an RBI single to plate an unearned run in the inning. Kiser got out of a bases loaded jam to keep the deficit manageable for the Spartans.
• York finally broke up the shutout with two outs in the sixth inning. Eryn Bailey singled to center and came around to score on an Ashley Meekins triple down the left field line. Senior Ashley Werner then roped an RBI double to left center, scoring Meekins and tying the game at two.
• McKee opened the top of the seventh with a booming double to right center, setting the stage for a rally for the Mustangs. After failing to get a pair of bunts down, Brooke Steinbach poked a single to right. McKee had stopped a third but a Spartan outfield error allowed her to come home with the go-ahead run. Kiser again got out of it as the Mustangs left the bases loaded for the second straight inning.
• Monahan set the Spartans down in order in the seventh as she earned the win for the Mustangs.
Eryn Bailey: 2-for-2, 1 run scored
Ashley Meekins: 1-for-3, 1 run scored, 1 RBI, 3B
Ashley Werner: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 2B
Tiffany McKee: 2-for-4, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI, HR, 2B
Jasmyn Ogletree: 3-for-4, 2 2B
Alexandra Digrande: 3-for-3, 1 RBI
Melissa Jurkiewicz: 1.1 IP, 4 hits, 1 earned run, 0 K, 0 BB
Samantha Kiser: 5.2 IP, 7 hits, 2 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 K, 0 BB (Loss, 3-1
Haley Monahan: 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 K, 0 BB (Win, 3-2)
The Spartans conclude the season with 27 wins, one less than they recorded in 2017 … the Spartans had not played Stevenson since the Spartans swept the Mustangs on April 11, 2012 …. York is now 11-2 all-time against the Mustangs … the Spartan senior class finished their careers with an overall mark of 103-67-1 … York won at least 23 games in all four years of their careers … York committed a season-high four errors (also on February 27 vs. Hanover) in the game two loss … all three of Stevenson's game two runs were unearned … York finished the season with 67 doubles, 17 triples and 22 home runs … freshman Ashley Meekins led the Spartans with seven triples and eight home runs … Meekins also had a team-high 87 total bases and 33 RBI … senior Savannah Zittle led York with 11 doubles as she was the only Spartan to reach double figures in that category … senior Melissa Jurkiewicz ended her career holding the distinction of allowing the fewest walks per seven innings as she averaged 0.84 walks per seven innings of work … Jurkiewicz issued 54 career walks in 449.1 innings of work … Jurkiewicz finished her career with 43 wins for York … sophomore Ginger Lewis now sits third on the all-time shutouts list as she has 11 career shutouts in two years as a Spartan.
The games close out the Spartans' 2018 campaign. The Spartans will say goodbye to a strong senior class as Savannah Zittle, Haley Hirn, Melissa Jurkiewicz, and Ashley Werner have completed their York College careers. Head coach Jen Petteys will enter her seventh season at the helm with a strong core of returners as York looks to continue its accent in the Capital Athletic Conference.