BLOG: York County women help Messiah to special season
A few former York-Adams softball standouts have played pivotal roles in helping Messiah to its fifth appearance in the NCAA Division III College World Series.
The event is set for this weekend at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Virginia. Messiah's opener is Thursday night vs. Rowan University.
Dallastown High School graduate Amanda Jones, York Catholic graduate Carrie Fix and Gettysburg grad Madelyn Yannetti have helped power the Falcons to an overall record of 44-4 and a Commonwealth Conference championship. The Falcons were ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division III in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll.
Jones, a junior shortstop/outfielder, leads Messiah with a .438 average to go along with four homers and 37 RBIs. She also has a .616 slugging percentage, a .462 on-base percentage and 19 stolen bases in 21 attempts
Fix, a sophomore pitcher/utility player is hitting .377 with three homers and 29 RBIs. Her slugging percentage is .599 and her on-base percentage is .438. As a pitcher she is 9-2 with a 2.67 ERA.
Yannetti, a freshman from Gettysburg, is 9-1 with a 1.50 ERA on the mound. She's also hitting .307 with a homer and seven RBIs.
Two other York County women are also on the Messiah team, freshmen Haylee Anders (Dallastown) and Kyla Caruso (Central York).
Amy Weaver, in her 19th season at Messiah, has an overall record of 541-257-1.
The teams in Salem are separated into two pods of four, with a double-elimination format creating a winner from each pod. Those winners will meet in a best-of-3 championship series starting Monday. Messiah and No. 15 Rowan are joined in their pod by No. 18 Illinois Wesleyan University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The other pod features No. 3 University of Texas-Tyler, St. John Fisher College, No. 9 Emory University and No. 12 University of St. Thomas.
The Falcons, who would meet the winner of Illinois Wesleyan vs. MIT at 4 p.m. Friday if they win on Thursday, are in their first softball World Series since 2011. Messiah won its only national championship in 2009.
The Falcons got here by sweeping past Ferrum College and Christopher Newport University in the NCAA regional, and then taking out Haverford College two games to one in last weekend’s super regional.
This year Messiah set a program record for wins in a season, and starting pitcher Courtney Allen started the season 25-0 (and now carries a 26-1 record with a 1.52 ERA).
The offense is among the best in the country with a .346 batting average and 27 home runs.
Fans can visit www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/softball/d3 to follow along with the action.