Offense Erupts as Spartans Sweep Wednesday Pair

Offense Erupts as Spartans Sweep Wednesday Pair

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The York College baseball team notched a pair of wins in a windy Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Wednesday. The Spartans downed North Carolina Wesleyan 12-3 in the opener and completed the sweep with a 10-2 victory over Mt. Aloyisus in the nightcap.

The Spartans improve to 4-2 overall while NC Wesleyan is now 7-12 and Mt. Aloyisus is 3-5.

In the opener, the Spartans jumped on the Battling Bishops for three runs in the top of the first. The inning was unusual because York got the three runs on just one hit with no NC Wesleyan errors. Zach Collins started for the Bishops and never made it out of the first as he walked five in two thirds of an inning.

Wesleyan got two runs back on a pair of hits in the bottom of the first, trimming the York lead to 3-2.

After a scoreless second, the Spartans got an RBI single from J.J. Oleniacz (Great Falls, Va./Langley) in the top of the third. York then scored two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to take an 8-2 lead.

Both squads scored in the seventh and York would close out the scoring with two runs in the eighth and one more in the ninth to provide for the final nine run margin of victory.

Junior catcher Colbe Herr (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) led the Spartans as he banged out a career-high four hits while he also had an RBI and a run scored. Senior captain Justin Cohen (Severn, Md./Old Mill) added three hits, four RBI and two runs scored. All three of Cohen's hits were for extra bases as he banged out his first home run of the year in addition to notching a pair of doubles. Senior captain Jimmy King (Frederick, Md./Frederick) added two hits, an RBI and a run scored.

Jason Riley led the Bishops with an RBI triple and a run scored.

Sophomore Josh Miller (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y./Briarcliff) earned the win as he tossed six strong innings. Miller allowed two runs in the first inning but then settled in as he struck out six, walked three and allowed four hits. He improves to 1-0. Sophomore Zach Philippi (Levittown, Pa./Harry S. Truman) allowed an unearned run in his three hitless innings of work. Phillippi struck out five in his relief stint.

Collins suffered the loss for the Bishops as he allowed three runs on one hit in 0.2 innings of work. He walked five and struck out two. The Bishop bullpen didn't provide much relief as three different hurlers combined to allow nine runs on 14 hits with eight walks and five strikeouts.

In the nightcap, the Spartans opened the scoring with a single run in the bottom of the first as Drew Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) stroked a double to score King who opened the inning with a walk.

The Spartans would be held off the board over the next three innings before striking for two in the bottom of the fifth. Oleniacz banged out an RBI single and then eventually came around to score on an Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) sacrifice fly.

York blew open the game in the sixth with a seven-run uprising as the lead ballooned to 10-0.

Mt. Aloyisus avoided the shutout with two runs in the top of the eighth.

Junior Brad Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) threw eight strong innings as he allowed two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks. He improves to 1-0 with the win. It was the longest outing by a Spartan starter this year. Chris Wolf (Staten Island, N.Y./Moore Catholic) pitched a perfect ninth for York.

Cameron Kyle took the loss as he allowed three runs on four hits in 4.1 innings of action. Three other Mountie pitchers combined to allow seven runs in the remaining 3.2 innings of the game.

Frankenfield and Colin Porter (Hanover, Pa./South Western) each banged out three hits to pace the Spartans. Frankenfield drove in three while Porter scored twice and drove in another. Cohen was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Oleniacz and Derek Pitzer (York, Pa./Dallastown) each had a pair of hits while Oleniacz scored twice and drove in another.

Ian Helsel led Mt. Aloyisus as he was 3-for-4 with a run scored.

The Spartans finished the day with 22 runs on 29 hits while they also drew 16 walks in 18 innings of play.

York concludes the trip with a 9:00 am contest against Eastern University on Thursday morning.

Justin Cohen photo courtesy of David Sinclair (