YORK – A 3-1 record over the weekend against Central Baptist was not enough to give the York College Panthers the regular season title in the MCAC (Midland Collegiate Athletic Conference).
The loss in the first game on Friday at Levitt Stadium, coupled with a four game sweep by Bellevue over the College of the Ozarks in Omaha, means the Bruins will host the Conference Tournament starting Wednesday at Westgate Field in Omaha.
After a 12-7 loss in the opener, York pitcher Aaron Conyers turned the Panthers fortunes around as he tossed a no-hitter and the offense took out some frustrations in a 14 hit attack, 10-0 win.
On Saturday, the Panthers celebrated Senior Day with a 9-5 and 5-1 wins to improve to 39-10 and 17-3 in the MCAC.
Both Bellevue and YC ended the year with three losses in conference play, but the Bruins have a better win percentage 19-3, since the Panthers could not complete their four game series with Waldorf College in late March in York.
In Friday’s no hit performance by Conyers, York’s Zach Garcia had three hits, drove in two runs, and scored two runs, while Alec Abend went 2-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Conyers struckout 12 of the 21 batters he faced, with the only base runner reaching on an error.
On Saturday, the CB team out hit York 12-8, but a four run Panthers seventh opened the margin to 9-2 and despite a three run eighth by the visitors, the Panthers held on for the win.
Both teams hit one home run as AJ Allen homered for CB and Zach Garcia hit one out for the Panthers. Garcia was 3-5 with a HR and three batted in. On the bump, Tom Korn went 7.1 innings and he picked up the win.
In the second game, both teams had seven hits, but YC starter Josh Knoll was able to keep the CB team off balance with five strike outs and he did not walk a batter.
Offensively the Panthers were led by seven players with one hit each, RBIs collected by Matt Owen, Abend, Brett Wise and Tyler Helms with a HR.
The MCAC Tournament opens Wednesday, and the YC Panthers are the No. 2 seed and will face Oklahoma Wesleyan at 12 N. The other first round game is at 3 p.m. start and Bellevue will face Central Baptist.