Spartan Softball Blanks Wesley Twice in CAC Finale

Melissa Jurkiewicz photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Melissa Jurkiewicz photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

DOVER, DEL – The York College softball squad concluded their 2018 Capital Athletic Conference regular season with a sweep of Wesley College on Saturday afternoon in Dover, Delaware. The Spartans won game one 8-0 and completed the sweep with a 1-0 win in the nightcap.

The Spartans secured a third place finish in the league heading into next week's CAC Tournament opening round. York will travel to Salisbury for the opening weekend next Friday.  

Records:

York (Pa.): 23-12-1 (9-5 CAC)

Wesley College: 13-17-2 (3-10-1 CAC)

 

Game One

Score: York 8, Wesley 0

Hits: York 7, Wesley 3

Errors: York 1, Wesley 0

Left on Base: York 9, Wesley 7

Doubles: York 2, Wesley 0

Triples: York 0, Wesley 0

Home Runs: York 0, Wesley 0

 

How It Happened

• The Spartans jumped all over the Wolverines early as the first three Spartans reached base to start the game. Savannah Zittle was hit by a pitch and Shyla Pastore followed with a single. Haley Hirn walked to load the bases for Joanna Marmo. Marmo drew a bases loaded walk for the first run of the game. After a pitching change, Ashley Meekins walked to score Pastore with York's second run. Ashley Werner then stroked a two-run double to right as York led 4-0. The Spartans left two runners on as reliever Dori Loukopoulos retired the next three Spartans to minimize the damange.

• York tacked on three runs in the third inning. Julie Van O'Linda had an RBI double to start the scoring in the inning. Savannah Galati had a pinch hit RBI single to make it 6-0 York. Madison Bowen added an RBI single of her own as the York lead grew to 7-0.

• The Spartans closed out the game with a run in the sixth as pinch runner Mia Ruffalo scored on a wild pitch.

• Starter Ginger Lewis went the distance as she scattered three hits in the shutout, her third shutout of the year.  

 

Spartan Leaders

Shyla Pastore: 2-for-4, 1 run scored

Joanna Marmo: 1-for-3, 1 run scored, 1 RBI

Ashley Werner: 1-for-2, 2 RBI, 2B

Julie Van O'Linda: 1-for-4, 1 run scored, 2 RBI

 

Wolverine Leaders

Megan DiRubbio: 1-for-3

Ashley Royer: 1-for-3

Bianca Newsom: 1-for-1

 

York Pitching

Ginger Lewis: 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 3 BB, 3 K (Win, 10-6)   

 

Wesley Pitching

Abbye Mayse: 0.0 IP, 1 hit, 4 earned runs, 2 BB (Loss, 4-8)

Dori Loukopoulos: 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 4 earned runs, 6 BB, 0 K

 

Game Two

Score: York 1, Wesley 0

Hits: York 5, Wesley 5

Errors: York 0, Wesley 1

Left on Base: York 5, Wesley 5

Doubles: York 1, Wesley 0

Triples: York 0, Wesley 0

Home Runs: York 0, Wesley 0

 

How It Happened

• The Spartans got the only run they would need in the top of the second inning. Ashley Werner singled with one out. Jordyn Reith pinch ran for Werner and moved to second on a wild pitch. Reith then got to third on a passed ball. Julie Van O'Linda laid down a bunt single that scored Reith. Van O'Linda stole second and moved to third on a throwing error. The Spartans had two cracks to get Van O'Linda home but would not be able to extend the lead.

• The Wolverines had their most significant threat in the fifth as a pair of batters reached but Spartan starter Melissa Jurkiewicz got out of the jam with a pop out to second.

• Jurkiewicz and Ginger Lewis dominated the Wolverines as no Wesley runner got past second base in the game. The shutout was the ninth of the Spartan season.

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Spartan Leaders

Shyla Pastore: 2-for-3, 2B

Julie Van O'Linda: 2-for-3, RBI, SB

Ashley Werner: 1-for-3

 

Wolverine Leaders

Bianca Newsom: 2-for-2

Ashley Royer: 1-for-3

Brooke Retkowski: 1-for-3

 

York Pitching

Melissa Jurkiewicz: 5.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 runs, 3 K (Win, 10-5)

Ginger Lewis: 2.0 IP, 2 K (Save, 4)

 

Wesley Pitching

Abbey Mayse: 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 BB, 2 K (Loss, 4-9)  

 

Notes:

The Spartans are now 21-1 against the Wolverines as CAC opponents … Wesley is leaving the CAC after this spring season for a new seven team conference based in the mid-Atlantic … the Spartans picked up back-to-back shutouts as they now have nine for the year … the Spartans won nine CAC games for the first time in the tenure of head coach Jen Petteys … the nine conference wins betters last years total of eight … the Spartans have four non-conference games before starting the CAC tournament on Friday in Salisbury.

 

Up Next

The Spartans return to action on Monday afternoon as they travel to Albright to face the Lions in a non-conference contest. First pitch is set for 3:30 pm in Reading.  

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