Boys Varsity Baseball
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- May 4, 2017
- : 14
Yesterday was Senior Day for the York Tech baseball team. Our senior players were accompanied by family and friends to celebrate and honor their dedication to our school. Tyler Smith, Christian Slyder, Kyle Slyder and Brian Honeychuck could not have written a better ending than what played out here at Tech yesterday.
In the top of the 1st inning the Fairfield Knights scored 6 runs, thanks to 4 walks, 4 hits and multiple Spartan errors. With several members of the York Tech administration on hand along with all of the faithful Spartan supporters, Senior Day looked like it may end in a mercy rule loss… To make matters worse, each of the first 2 hitters in Tech’s lineup made quick, easy outs and with 2 outs and nobody on base Luke Greisler (Jr.) ripped a triple into Right-Center field. When he got to third he looked me in the eye and said, “That’s how we get something started!”… He seemed to know something none of our fans or anyone on the other team could have seen coming. Back to back hits by Juan Lopez (So.) and Tyler Smith (Sr.) made it 6-2. The Spartans added 1 more in the inning, helped by a Christian Slyder (Sr.) walk, to cut the deficit to 6-3. Lopez took over on the mound and shut down the Knights in the second. 2 more runs in the bottom of the second, including another Senior Day hit for senior Tyler Smith made the score 6-5.
A single Knight run in the 3rd made it 7-5 and then the flood gates opened for the Spartans. For the second time this season Tech unloaded for a 7 run inning that included a huge hit from senior Christian Slyder and multiple hits by Lopez, Cam Schanberger (So.), Zadin Zorbaugh (Fr.), Jake Perry (So.), Joey VonRohr (Fr.) and Nathan Chronister (Jr.)… 2 and half innings after trailing 6-0 the Spartans now led by 5.
Tech added 2 more runs and allowed just 1, ultimately winning 14-8 against a tough divisional opponent. Fairfield had beaten Tech each of the last 3 times: 1 mercy rule, and 2 walk-off extra inning victories.
The season has been an incredible story of growth, and this game was such an important result for the players. They have experienced adversity in every way you can imagine on the baseball field. And after each heart-breaking defeat, they got right back up ready to compete together again the next day… finally that perseverance paid off over these last 2 games. The players have become a very tight knit group and Coach Brown and I could not be more proud of the little family they’ve become. With 1 game left the Spartans have surpassed last season’s win total and are looking to end the year on a 3 game win streak on Monday @ Hanover.
Thank you for your continued support!