YORK, Pa. – The York College women's softball team swept the Lions of Penn St.-Altoona in a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans snagged a 6-3 win in their first game, followed by a 4-3 extra-inning victory.
With the win, the Spartans snap a four game losing streak and improve to 8-24 overall. The Lions overall record falls to 17-7.
In game one, the Lions jumped out to a quick 3-0 start. Penn St.-Altoona had four hits in the top of the first inning and scored three runs off a homerun bomb.
The Spartans answered back in the bottom of the inning with two runs, cutting the Lions lead to one. Aryn Johnston (Bowie, Md./Bowie) slammed a ball out to the fence in left field for a double that helped Jessica Canami (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) to score the Spartans first run. Payton Hill (Staunton, Va./Fort Defiance) came up two batters later and hit a single to right field, allowing Johnston to score.
The Green and White were able to hold the Lions scoreless the remainder of the game. In the bottom of the second inning, the Spartans took advantage of two Lions errors to tie the game. Katie Wickert (Crownsville, Md./Old Mill Senior) reached home after Brooke LaBell (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley) was caught stealing and the Lions shortstop followed up with a throwing error that made its way into the Spartan dugout.
In the fourth inning, York took the lead that they would not relinquish with three runs on four hits. Another Lion throwing error helped the Spartans score again, as Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) crossed homeplate. Next up, Canami hit a single along the left field line and helped Jena Ruby (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) score. Sarah Harris (Collegeville, Pa./Methacton) added a single to shortstop that allowed LaBell to add another run.
The final three innings saw both teams compile only four hits and score zero runs.
Pacing the Spartans offense was Canami as she finished 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI. LaBell recorded one run and one RBI, finishing 1-for-1 from the plate.
Leading the Lions offensively was Amanda Brennan as she hit a homerun and finished 2-for-3 with three RBI's and one run.
Earning the win in the circle was freshman Morgan Levine (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills). Levine came in to relieve Cory Urkuski (Mohnton, Pa./Twin Valley) after 0.2 innings. She pitched the remaining 6.1 innings, allowing zero runs on five hits and recording three strikeouts.
Jackie Smith recorded the loss for the Lions. Smith pitched six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and four walks.
Game two was a much closer contest. The Spartans were the first to get on the board this time. Hugel scored off a sacrifice fly from Harris to take a 1-0 lead. The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Green and White added another run. Kayleen Bell (Herndon, Va./Westfield) raced home for a run off a single from LaBell.
Penn St.-Altoona was not ready to give up and tied up the game with two runs off two big Spartan errors in the top of the seventh inning. York could not muster a hit in the bottom of the seventh causing the game to go into extra innings.
Both teams had opportunities to score in the eighth inning, but came up just short. The Lions scored a run in the top of the ninth but the Spartans were able to put away the game in the bottom of the inning with two runs. LaBell finished off a strong day with a rip through the left side of the field. LaBell's big hit allowed Mendez and Ashley Chenoweth (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) to score.
LaBell led the Spartans offense in game two. She finished 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI's. Hugel recorded one run and also went 3-for-4.
Levine earned another win in the circle for the Spartans. Levine pitched all nine innings, allowing three runs on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Kelly Chambers who finished 2-for-4 with one RBI led the Lions on offense in game two.
Raychel DeArmitt pitched eight innings and recorded the loss for Penn St.-Altoona. She allowed four runs on 12 hits and recorded four strikeouts.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday at Spartan Stadium for Senior Day against Bridgewater College. The doubleheader is set to begin at 2:00 pm.