YORK – A pair of six-run innings in each game of Monday night’s doubleheader between the York Fusion 14-U and the Grand Island Stingers at the York Ballpark Complex was the deciding factor in both contests.
York was on the verge of closing out a win over the Stingers in the first game as they led 4-3 with the Stingers batting in the top of the sixth.
The Grand Island crew plated six-runs in the frame and went on to post a 9-4 win.
In the second game the final score was nearly identical to the first, but it was Stingers from the start as they posted a six-run second inning to open a 7-0 lead and went on to the 9-3 win.
Grand Island 9,York 4
Grand Island went on top 1-0 in the first but York answered with two in the bottom half of the inning.
The Stingers posted two runs in the top of the second and the score stayed 3-2 with Grand Island leading until the fifth, when York took back the lead at 4-3. That was before the Stingers hit the York girls with a six-spot to secure the first-game win.
York’s four runs came on four hits as Hailey Lindburg was 1 or 2 with a run batted. Kenzie Wruble was 1 for 3 and drove in a pair of runs while both Kassidy Stuckey and Kynli Combs went 1 for 3.
Grand Island recorded 12 hits and committed three errors while the Fusion had two errors in the field.
Stuckey took the loss on the mound as she worked all six innings. She allowed 12 hits, nine runs and struck out four while walking two.
Grand Island 9, York 3
Both teams ended up with four hits, but Grand Island also used four walks and two York errors to pull away early in the contest.
Grand Island went on top 1-0 in the first and then a six-run second put York down seven runs after two.
The Fusion nearly cut the Stingers’ lead in half with a three-run third, but the offense could not mount any rally over the final two frames.
The offense was led by Ellie Peterson (2 for 2) along with Baylie Holthus (1 for 3, two runs batted in and a double) and Lindburg (1 for 2).
On the mound, Lauryn Haggadone worked four innings. She gave up four hits with nine runs while striking out seven.
The next action for the York Fusion 14-U will be next Wednesday when they travel to Milford.