MYRTLE BEACH, SC. – The York College softball team opened up their spring trip hosted by Snowbird Softball with a 6-5 win over Ursinus and a 4-1 loss to Randolph at the Grand Park complex in Myrtle Beach, SC.
The Spartans now hold a 1-5 overall record this season.
In the opener against the Bears, the Spartans started things off quickly. Freshman Kayleen Bell (Herndon, Va./Westfield) singled to shortstop. Bell was able to advance to second off of a sacrifice bunt by Aryn Johnston (Bowie, Md./Bowie). Payton Hill (Staunton, Va./Fort Defiance) stepped up to the plate and got a solid hit to right field that allowed Bell to score and the Spartans to take a 1-0 lead.
The Bears answered right back in the bottom of the first with two runs of their own, taking a 2-1 lead.
The next two innings did not see a lot offensively from either team. In the top of the fourth the Spartans were able to tie up the score off a run from Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga). Jena Ruby (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) was credited with the RBI. Once again, Ursinus had the answer in the bottom of the inning and earned themselves another run off a hard hit double to left field.
The sixth inning saw a lot of action from both teams. Sara Thacker (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) slammed the ball out of the park for her first home run of the season. Two batters later, Sarah Harris (Collegeville, Pa./Methacton) got a piece of the ball and earned herself her first homerun of the season as well.
Despite going down 4-3, the Bears were not ready to give up. They recorded two RBI's off a shot to centerfield and regained the lead, 5-4.
Heading into the seventh, the Spartans were determined to get their first victory of the season. The Green and White loaded the bases for Hill. She stepped up and singled to center field. Following right behind, Thacker nearly hit the ball out of the park again. She ended up with a sacrifice fly and Johnston was able to tally another run for York. The Spartans played solid defense in the bottom of the seventh to seal the first victory of the 2013 campaign.
Thacker paced the Spartans as she was 2-for-3 with two RBI's and a run scored. Hugel also looked strong, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Adding to the Green and White offense was Bell with two hits and two runs scored, as well as Hill with two hits and two RBI's.
Freshman Morgan Levine (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) earned her first collegiate win. Levine allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Ursinus was led offensively by second basemen Zoe Heinke as she went 2-for-3 with three RBI's. Kelly Schymanski was 1-for-3, with two runs and an RBI.
On the mound for the Bears was Schymanski. She finished the game allowing six runs, all earned, on 12 hits with seven strikeouts and a walk.
In the second game of the day, the Spartans struggled to get the bats going. Randolph was the first to get on the scoreboard, taking a 1-0 lead off of a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield.
The Wildcats extended their lead by three runs after a big fifth inning from their bats and a few errors by the Spartan defense.
Hugel earned the only run for the Spartans, coming in the sixth inning off a sacrifice fly to left field by Thacker.
Leading the way for the Spartans offensively was Hugel, going 1-for-3 with a run scored. Hill went 2-for-3 from the plate. Bell, Thacker and Cara Rubinaccio (Boonton, N.J./Morris Knolls) each recorded a hit.
Levine was credited with the loss on the mound. She pitched 4.2 innings, allowing four runs, only two earned, on three hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Cory Urkuski (Mohnton, Pa./Twin Valley) came in for Levine in the top of the fifth. Urkuski pitched 2.1 innings. She allowed zero runs, zero hits and had zero walks.
The Wildcats were paced by Patti Vinson and Ashley Gardner. Vinson was 1-for-2 with an RBI and Gardner was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Brittney Via added a run and went 1-for-3.
Logan Carter earned the win for Randolph. She allowed one run, zero earned, on six hits with five strikeouts and zero walks.
The Spartans return to action on Tuesday for day two of the tournament. The Spartans face Eastern first at 9:00 am and then King's at 11:00 am.