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Spartans Hit a Pair of Homers to Upset #3 CNU, Salvage Split

Natalie Decena photo courtesy of David Sinclair photography
Natalie Decena photo courtesy of David Sinclair photography

NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – The Spartan softball team hit a pair of solo home runs and Ginger Lewis was dominant in the circle in game two as York upset #3 CNU with a doubleheader split on Sunday afternoon.


Team Records:

York (Pa.): 21-13, 6-4

#3 Christopher Newport: 24-4, 5-1


Game One Stats

Runs: York 7 / Christopher Newport 10
Hits: York 9 / Christopher Newport 9
Errors: York 0 / Christopher Newport 4
Left on Base: York 8 / Christopher Newport 5


York Offensive Leaders

Taylor Lindsay: 2-for-4, RBI, 1 run scored, HR

Natalie Decena: 2-for-4, RBI, 1 run scored

Mia Ruffalo: 1-for-4, RBI, 1 run scored, HR

Elle Meyer: 2-for-4, 1 run scored, SB


Christopher Newport Offensive Leaders

Kaitlyn Hasty: 2-for-4, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored, HR

Maddie Hool: 2-for-4, 3 RBI, 1 run scored, HR, SB

Sarah Proctor: 1-for-3, RBI, 2 runs scored, 2B

Grace Wild: 1-for-3, 2 runs scored, 2B, BB


Spartan Pitching

Shyla Pastore: 0.0 innings pitched, 3 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, BB (L, 3-2)

Hannah Vogt: 1.1 innings pitched, 3 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, K

Samantha Kiser: 0.0 innings pitched, 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs

Ginger Lewis: 4.2 innings pitched, 3 BB, 4 K


Christopher Newport Pitching

Trish Webb: 7.0 innings pitched, 9 hits, 7 runs, 2 earned runs, 3 BB, 7 K (W, 6-2)


How It Happened

• The Captains got off to an incredible start scoring seven runs in the first inning on just five hits. Maddie Hool started things off with a lead-off homer followed by two singles and a walk to load the bases with no outs. Kaitlyn Hasty would then single to right to bring in another run. Back-to-back bases-loaded hit by pitches pushed the score out to 4-0. Hool would come up again and deliver a two-run single followed by a double steal to complete the seven-run innings.

• York would answer right away in the second scoring six runs of their own on six hits while taking advantage of a pair of Captain errors. Mia Ruffalo led off the inning with a solo shot out to center field to put York on the board. Later, Julie Van O'Linda singled to right field to bring in Alexis Jury. A Natalie Decena bunt single would bring in another run followed by Van O'Linda scoring on a Captain error cutting the deficit to three. A wild pitch followed by an RBI-single by Shyla Pastore would complete the six-run frame for the Spartans as they were right back in the game.

• The Captains put up three more runs in the bottom half of the second stanza. Hasty launched a two-run homer to start the scoring in the inning. Sarah Proctor doubled to right followed by a Caroline Helmer RBI-single to push the lead back out to four runs.

• Over the next four innings there were just two hits combined with both coming off the bats of the Spartans. York would get one run back in the top half of the seventh on a lead-off homer by Taylor Lindsay to cut the Captain lead to three. York would be unable to get any closer and they fell in game one 10-7.


Game Two Stats

Runs: York 2 / Christopher Newport 1
Hits: York 5 / Christopher Newport 6
Errors: York 0 / Christopher Newport 2
Left on Base: York 7 / Christopher Newport 8


York Offensive Leaders

Natalie Decena: 2-for-3, RBI, 1 run scored, HR

Taylor Lindsay: 1-for-2, RBI, 1 run scored, HR, BB

Madison Brumagin: 1-for-3


Christopher Newport Offensive Leaders

Kaitlyn Hasty: 1-for-2, RBI, 1 run scored, HR, BB

Patty Maye Ohanian: 1-for-3, 2B

Maddie Hool: 1-for-3, BB


Spartan Pitching

Ginger Lewis: 7.0 innings pitched, 6 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 4 BB, 5 K (W, 10-4)


Christopher Newport Pitching

Emily Weatherholtz: 7.0 innings pitched, 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 BB, 10 K (L, 7-1)


How It Happened

• It was the Captains again who got on the board first in the bottom of the second when Kaitlyn Hasty hit a lead-off home run to left field to grab an early 1-0 lead.

• The Spartans would respond the next two innings as Natalie Decena and Taylor Lindsay each hit lead-off home runs, one in the third and one in the fourth, to take a 2-1 lead after four innings over the Captains.

Ginger Lewis would continue to roll in the circle as she allowed just two hits over the final five innings and York completed the upset over #3 Christopher Newport in game two by a 2-1 score to salvage the split.



The Spartans are now 4-13 all-time against the Captains … the Spartans are now 12-6 in games where they hit a home run and have hit five homers in their last three games … the Spartans struck out 10 times in game two but York is now 3-1 in games where they have double-digit strikeouts … York has hit 33 home runs now this year as they continue to run away from their previous team record for a season … the Spartans have outscored their opponents 172-100 on the season … Natalie Decena hit her first career homer in the game two win … she is the seventh Spartan to hit a home run this year … Mia Ruffalo hit her eighth longball in game one and she is now third in the league followed by Taylor Lindsay who is tied for fourth with seven homers on the year … Ginger Lewis lowered her ERA to 1.19 and now leads the CAC in that category … she also leads the conference with 89 strikeouts … the Spartans are now fourth in the CAC with just two games left in the conference regular season … York is now 8-4 on the road this year.



The Spartans will return home to conclude their regular season CAC schedule with a doubleheader against Frostburg State on Friday. First pitch slated for 3:00 pm at Spartan Softball Stadium.