YORK – The York Fusion 12-U girls softball team capped a great year on the diamond this past weekend by winning the Seward/Lancaster/Saline League Tournament at the York Ballpark Complex.
The Fusion went 3-0 as it defeated the Gresham Blackbirds 7-5 in the championship game. The tournament opened with those same two teams playing extra time as the clock ran out with the score tied at 4-4.
Gresham scored two in the seventh inning, and York answered with three in the bottom of the frame to post the 7-6 win.
Sandwiched in between those two games was a 5-1 win over the Cross County Velocity.
York 7, Gresham 5 (championship)
The two teams were locked in a pitcher’s duel as York’s Lauryn Mattox held the Gresham bats to just one run, and Gresham’s pitcher had given up just two runs.
As the Fusion came to bat in the bottom of the fourth still on top 2-1, Lauren Hills executed a bunt single that started a five-run bottom of the fourth.
Gresham refused to fold, however, as they plated four in the top half of the fifth to make it 7-5.
Mattox retired Gresham’s Clara Booth on a line drive to York third baseman Maggie Rauert to clinch the win and the league title.
The Fusion’s offense was led by Reese Hirschfeld, who had two hits including a double.
Both Chloe Koch and Mattox scored two runs in the win.
York’s defense was led by Kali Warden, who made a diving catch on a ball hit to right field.
York 7, Gresham 6 (7 innings)
The opening game of the SLS Tournament was actually the rubber match between the Blackbirds and the Fusion. The two teams had split their first two contests this season.
Time expired with the score tied at 4-4, and Gresham took the lead in the extra frame scoring twice in the top of the seventh.
With two runs already across to tie the game at 6-6, Rauert drove in Megan Wright with the winning run.
Mattox went the distance in the circle as she worked all seven frames.
Hirschfeld had a couple of doubles and scored three runs to lead the Fusion’s offense.
Wright, Mattox, Wardyn and Lily Kowalski all contributed single runs.
York 5, Cross County
Wright tossed six complete innings and allowed one run on just four hits for the win.
The offense was led by Koch, who scored twice and had three hits.
Mattox, Ellie Gartner and Rauert all had two hits in the win.