Some former York County standouts have come up just short of winning an NCAA Division III softball national championship with Messiah College.
The Falcons' dream season ended on Monday with a pair of losses to the Patriots of the University of Texas at Tyler, 3-0 and 7-0.
The Texas team swept the best-of-3 national title series, 2-0.
The national championship was the first in program history for UT-Tyler (49-5). In this weekend's softball championships, the Patriots outscored their opponents 30-2 across six games.
Messiah (47-6) fell just short of its first national crown since 2009. Their 47 wins is a new program record, four more wins than they had in 2009.
Dallastown High School graduate Amanda Jones led Messiah with a .425 batting average to go with four homers, 38 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. The junior shortstop/outfielder also had a .450 on-base percentage and a .600 slugging percentage.
York Catholic grad Carrie Fix excelled on the mound and at the plate for Messiah. The sophomore utility player/pitcher hit .362 with three homers and 30 RBIs, She had a .419 on-base percentage and a .568 slugging percentage. On the mound, she finished 9-3 with a 2.86 ERA.
Another former York-Adams League standout, Madelyn Yannetti, a freshman pitcher/infielder from Gettysburg, was 11-2 as a pitcher with a 1.43 ERA. She also hit .292 with a homer and eight RBIs.
Two other York County players were also members of the team, Dallastown grad Haylee Anders and Central York grad Kyla Caruso. Both are freshmen.