YORK, PA – York College senior centerfielder Steve Tretter had a career-high tying four hits as the Spartans rolled past Elizabethtown College 13-5 in a non-conference contest at a windy Jaquet Field on Monday. Tretter had two doubles, a home run and a single in the win as he narrowly missed hitting for the cycle in the game.
York got on the board in the bottom of the first as Tretter took advantage of the jet stream to right, slamming an opposite field shot over the 18-foot high wall for the early 1-0 lead.
The Spartans got a rally cooking in the second as they loaded the bases with one out courtesy of a walk, a single and an error. Blue Jay starter Mark Minisce almost escaped the inning unscathed with a pop out for the second out of the frame. However, senior Dustin Worthman lined a single to center, scoring two as the Spartans took advantage of the Elizabethtown error in the inning. After Tretter legged out an infield single to short, Drew Frankenfield drew a bases loaded walk, increasing the Spartan lead to 4-0.
The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the top of the third but Spartan starter Joey Couch managed to work out of the jam without any damage. He got a fielder's choice ground out, a strikeout and then got some help with a great diving play by Frankenfield in right for the third out of the inning.
Elizabethtown loaded the bases in the top of the fourth courtesy of a walk and a pair of base hits. This time Couch wasn't so fortunate as Tyler Weary, the Blue Jays' ninth hitter in the lineup, stroked a two-run double to left center as the guests trimmed their lead in half. After Couch got a strikeout, Kyle Gable further dug into the Spartan lead with a single to center, scoring Ryan Haggerty with the Blue Jays' third run of the inning. Frankenfield made another outstanding diving play near the line for the second out of the inning but that web gem only delayed the Blue Jays' scoring one batter as Dillon Tagle slammed a 2-2 pitch up the middle to plate two more runs as the guest took a 5-4 lead.
York wasted little time in recapturing the lead thanks to some two-out magic from the top of the Spartan lineup. Worthman began the rally by getting hit by a pitch. Tretter then moved him to third with a double that snuck just inside the rightfield line. Frankenfield then delivered Worthman and Tretter with a first-pitch single to center as York took a 6-5 lead.
The Green and White added to the lead thanks to back-to-back doubles from Worthman and Tretter extended the Spartan lead to 7-5. Cohen next plated Tretter, who had advanced to third on an error by the leftfielder, pushing York's lead to 8-5.
The Spartan offense continued to click in the seventh as Nic Long launched a big fly to left for his second home run of the year. York then loaded the bases setting the stage for Frankenfield to drive in two more with a sharp single to center.
While the Spartan offense was rolling, the York bullpen led by senior KC Beshore and junior Dan McNamara was fantastic. Beshore earned the win as he improves to 1-2. He threw two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit as he struck out two in the victory. McNamara closed out the game for his first save as he threw three scoreless innings, allowing one hit with two walks and strikeout.
Minisce took the loss as he allowed eight runs, four earned, on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks in his 5.2 innings of work. Three Blue Jay relievers combined to allowed five runs on six hits with three walks in 2.1 innings of action.
Tretter finished the day 4-for-4 with two RBI, three runs scored and a walk. Frankenfield drove in a career-high five with two hits while Worthman was a catalyst at the top of the order as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. Long and Herr each had two hits for the 15-hit Spartan attack. Herr contributed two RBI and a run scored while Long scored three runs and drove in another.
Weary led Elizabethtown as he was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
The Spartans improve to 13-16 with the win while the Blue Jays fall to 15-12 with the setback.
York heads to Messiah tomorrow to face the Falcons in another non-conference contest. Game time in Grantham, PA is set for 3:30 pm.