YORK – Both the baseball and the softball team were in action this past weekend as the winter weather moved out of the Oklahoma area allowing spring sports to get back in action.
Also taking place this past weekend was the NAIA Division II National Wrestling Championships in Des Moines, Iowa where the Panthers had five in action this weekend.
The NAIA National Track and Field Meet was also held this past weekend in Geneva, Ohio and two York College athletes represented the school in track and field action.
The York College Men’s Wrestling team sent five to the NAIA National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa and the best finish was a fourth place by Jason Arreola. Arreola a junior from Anaheim, California posted a record of 3-2 with one bye to take home fourth place in the 133 pound weight bracket.
In his first match he defeated Miguel Baltazar of Southern Oregon with a 12-4 major decision, and moved to 2-0 with a 7-5 win over Jacob McCombs of Lindsey Wilson.
His first loss came to Cameron Neiss of MSU Northern by the score of 3-2, but he bounced back to pick up a 10-3 win over Baltazar for the second time in the tournament.
In his bid to claim third place, Arreola was defeated by Aaron Garcia of Bethany College 11-3. The fourth place finish earned Arreola All American status.
The rest of the team results rounds out as follows, at 125 pounds, Oscar Marin went (2-2), Nichols Clark at 149 posted a record of (2-2), senior Bard Carls was (3-2) and at heavyweight, Saia Lotulelei, a freshman was 0-2 with a pair of byes.
The team championship went to Grand View for the second consecutive year with 159 points, second was Southern Oregon with 153 and third went to MSU-Northern with 104 points. York College earned 22 points and finished 18th.
Track and Field
York College senior Shayla Carlock of Tourney, Missouri had her career best throw on her final attempt in the women’s shot put and she took fourth in the all around standings in the event.
Carlock who earned All American status last week, threw the shot 49-6 to finish in fourth by almost three inches over the fifth place thrower. Carlock came into the championships ranked as the nations No. 14 best thrower.
In the Men’s shot put event, YC senior Andrew Aragon came in ranked No. 8, but ended up faulting on all three of his throws.
Aragon, of Delta, Colorado also earned All-American status least week.
It was a solid weekend for the York College Panthers Softball team as they took two games from Hillsdale Baptist (no scores available), a game each from Dordt College and Tabor College, while dropping a doubleheader by the final scores of 3-0 and 12-1 in five innings to the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes.
The York College baseball team ended up splitting a two game series with St. Gregory’s winning 3-2 while the Panthers took the second game 7-4.
In the loss the hosts scored single runs in the first and the second innings, while the Panthers tied the score at 2-2 on a seventh inning two run double off the bat of Matt Owen to score Josh Nuyten and Alec Abend.
The Panthers gave up a run in the bottom of the seventh to fall to 9-6 on the year.
York starter Aaron Conyers allowed six hits and struckout four going the distance.
In the second game, the Panthers scored four runs in the fifth to wipe out a 2-1 St. Gregory’s lead and added two more in the sixth to secure the win.
At the plate the Panthers had eight hits, led by Owen with a 2-4 effort and one RBI, also with two hits in three at bats was Isidro Carrizoza and he drove in a run.
Picking up the win was Josh Knoll as he went five innings, allowed three earned runs on six hits and struckout five.
On Saturday the Panthers got a two hit shutout performance from Tom Korn as they defeated the Midland Warriors 3-0 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
The Panthers were charted with six hits and the game was scoreless till the sixth when the YC team plated two runs and added an insurance run in the seventh. Offensively the Panthers were led by Tyler Helms with two hits, including a round tripper and he drove in two runs.
The YC team also picked up a 6-2 win over McPherson College as Julio Angulo allowed four hits in 4.2 innings of work to get the win. Angulo struckout seven and walked two batters.
York scored two in each the first, fourth and fifth innings to pick up the win.
YC’s Zach Garcia led the team with three hits and one RBI, while Jordan Leis had one hit and drove in two runs. The Panthers other game was a 9-7 loss to Mount Mercy but no other details were available.
The Panthers who were scheduled to open their 2013 home season this weekend hosting Tabor College, will travel to Tabor instead due to wet grounds.