YORK, PA – York College softball head coach Jen Petteys announced that seniors Joanna Marmo (Merrick, NY/Sanford Calhoun) and Mia Ruffalo (Audobon, NJ/Audobon) will serve as Team #40's co-captains for the Spartans' 2019 campaign.
"I am extremely excited for these young ladies to be the duo to lead our team and who will set the standards for our program," states Petteys. "They have an innate ability to lead and their work ethic is something the younger players will strive to emulate."
Marmo is a four year starter for the Spartans primarily in the outfield but will transition to catcher in her senior year to lead the Green and White behind the plate.
"Without hesitation, Marmo has accepted the transition to catcher with grace and I am confident in her abilities to be the general of our infield," said Petteys. "Her dedication and ability to excel off the field is also a major factor in her ability to be an excellent leader of our Spartan squad for her senior season."
Ruffalo is slated to be a starter this season and will lead the outfield. She has been a leader both on and off the field as a role model to teammates by always demonstrating a strong work ethic and doing whatever was necessary to set the team up for success. Ruffalo has truly become bigger, stronger and faster and has earned the selection as co-captain of York softball's Team #40.
"Mia plays with an edge and competitiveness that the team feeds off," Petteys says. "She is one of those girls that is the epitome of what it means to be all-in. She is one of the most dedicated young ladies I have coached and she has earned the respect of her teammates for the standard she sets every day, both on and off the field."
The Spartans are coming off a strong season on the field as well as in the classroom. York ended the season at 27-16-1 and 9-5 in the Capital Athletic Conference. In the classroom, softball was awarded the William DeMeester Academic trophy for the second consecutive year. Also, each year, Easton and NFCA recognize the top academic teams and for the third straight year, the Spartans were recognized as a top performing team. For the 2017-18 academic year, York College softball was ranked 12th in the nation among NCAA Division III schools with an impressive 3.590 team GPA, just .006 from cracking the top ten.
York will begin the season on their annual trip to Clermont, FL where they will take the field against Augustana College (IL) on March 2. Spartan Stadium will host the home opener at 3:00 pm on March 19 in a non-conference matchup against Franklin & Marshall College.