Doubleheaders are just part of life in college softball.
Teams that can regularly earn sweeps of those twin bills normally are in the playoff hunt when the season winds down.
The York College softball team was able to pull off sweeps in five of their first six doubleheaders, a major reason that Coach Jen Petteys and the Spartans entered Wednesday’s showdowns with Hood at 19-9.
After salvaging a split Tuesday against Franklin & Marshall, York hoped to claim a sixth sweep. The Blazers, however, raced out to a big lead before hanging on to win Game 1, 7-4.
Fortunately for the Spartans, sophomore standout Courtney Martin was able to keep things even. A day after earning a victory in a 12-1 triumph over F&M, Martin shut down Hood, limiting the visitors to just four hits en route to a 5-0 win in Game 2.
“I think that the disappointment and frustration sets in from the realization that they lost Game 1,” Petteys said. “This is a good team. They expect to win.”
Following a sweep of Albright on March 30, the Spartans (now 20-10) were swept by rival Christopher Newport before splitting three consecutive series in a row (Mary Washington, F&M, Hood). Most of those series came while Martin was nursing a broken finger suffered in a loss to Messiah on March 17.
Wednesday marked the third game back for the Lampeter-Strasburg graduate. She pitched well in a 3-2 loss to Mary Washington and has continued that the past two afternoons.
The right-hander held the visitors to one hit over six innings before getting into a bit of trouble in the seventh. A single with one out was followed by back-to-back two-out hits that loaded the bases. Martin, who improved to 6-3, was able to fan Maddy Collins to end the contest.
“This team is poised to do some great things,” Petteys said. “We just have to keep them mentally focused and driven like we’ve seen the past two days in Game 2.”
Martin, one of 14 freshmen or sophomores on the 17-player roster, agreed with her coach. She pointed to a special feeling that the team shares both on and off the field.
“We’re like one big family,” she said. “We all get along and like to have fun.”
The bottom part of the "family" did most of the damage for York in Game 2. Martin, who hit seventh, Courtney Gall and Katie Maloney combined for five hits, three RBIs and three runs scored.
In Game 1, the Spartans took a 1-0 lead in the second on a homer from Brittany Myers. The Blazers, however, tied up the game in top of the third against York starter Melissa Jurkiewicz. They added four more in the fourth before adding single runs in the sixth and seventh off reliever Jenny Coyle.
Maloney ripped a pair of doubles in Game 1, the only Spartan with more than one hit. York was held to just six hits in the loss. Hood starter Beth Laque picked up the victory.
OTHER LOCAL COLLEGE EVENTS
York baseball team lets late lead get away: At York, the Spartans' baseball team blew another late lead and then fell in extra innings to Frostburg State, 6-5, in 10 innings. York's losing streak was extended to six games. York led 4-1 going into the eighth, but allowed three runs to tie it up, and then allowed two more in the top of the 10th. York could only get one back in the bottom half of the 10th. Steve Miller drove in two of the Spartans’ five runs. York dropped to 7-20 overall and 5-8 in the Capital Athletic Conference.
Penn State York swept in baseball: Penn State York lost both games of its doubleheader against PSU Schuylkill. The local Lions dropped the first game, 4-0, and then didn’t fare much better in the second game, losing that one 5-1. The losses extended York’s losing streak to four games. The Yorkers are 2-10 overall and 2-4 in the Penn State University Athletic Conference.
No. 4 York rolls in men's lacrosse: The fourth-ranked York College men’s lacrosse team continued rolling this season, easily dispatching Wesley, 19-4, on Wednesday. The Spartans (12-1 overall, 5-0 CAC) recorded their second-largest victory this season, pushing its winning streak to five games. Joseph Joseph, Thomas Pfeiffer and Matt Whitcher each scored three goals for the Spartans.
Spartans dominate in women's lacrosse: The No. 17 York College women's lacrosse team dominated Frostburg State on the road Wednesday night, 16-4. York led 12-0 at the half. The Spartans improved to 8-5 overall and 3-3 in the CAC. Frostburg fell to 4-7 and 0-5. The Spartans were led by Katelyn Cattrano (two goals, three assists), Kayleigh Phillips (three goals), Melissa Meehling (three goals) and Brittany Noell (two goals, assist).
Spartans lose in men's tennis: The York College men’s tennis team dropped a 8-1 result in a rescheduled match at St. Mary’s on Wednesday. The loss was the Spartans' fourth in a row and dropped them to 4-6 overall and 0-4 in CAC action.
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