YORK COLLEGE: Softball team sweeps past Lycoming


Losses have been few and far between for the York College softball team this season.

York College Spartans

Entering play on Thursday, the Spartans were 11-5, but mired in their only losing streak of the year after suffering a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Messiah last Thursday. With a week to sit on those losses, York came out on Thursday poised to snap the losing streak. It did so in a big way, sweeping the road doubleheader at Lycoming.

In the second game of the day, the Spartans (13-5) completed the road sweep of the Warriors with a 5-0 win in six innings. Haley Hirn drove in two runs for York, while starting pitcher Jenny Coyle allowed just three hits and a walk over six scoreless innings.

The first game needed extra innings to complete, tied 8-8 after seven innings. But, the York bats erupted in the top half of the eighth, scoring 10 times to earn an 18-8 victory. The Spartans needed two runs in the top of the seventh just to force extra innings, but wound up scoring the final 12 runs in the high-scoring contest.

Ashley Werner led all players in the game with four RBIs for York, while Savannah Galati and Katie Maloney each drove in three runs.

Spartans come back to force rare baseball tie: The York College baseball team seemed destined to suffer another lopsided defeat on Thursday.

Trailing No. 6 Randolph-Macon 12-4 with just six outs to play, the Spartans scored eight times in the bottom of the eighth, tying the game at 12-12 and forcing extra innings. However, all the momentum they had quickly went away in the top of the 10th, when the Yellow Jackets scored three times to open a 15-12 lead. However, in the bottom half of the frame, the game was called due to darkness and since York didn't finish its at-bat, the game reverted to the last completed inning's score, resulting in a 12-12 tie.

Seven different Spartans (6-15-1) drove in runs in the contest, including two apiece from Patrick Clement, Luke Knott and Clayton Hoff at the bottom of the order. Still, it was another rough pitching performance for the York staff, which entered the game allowing more than nine runs a game.