|York College (43-14)||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||4||8||1|
|Sterling (Kan.) (45-14)||0||1||0||0||0||0||4||4||0||9||12||2|
|Great Bend, KS Great Bend Sports Complex|
|York College||Pitching||Sterling (Kan.)|
|York College||Indv. Stats||Sterling (Kan.)|
|#8 Anctil, Garrett||Doubles||None|
|#0 Johnson, Billy||Home Runs||3 Players|
After the Panthers won their first two games of the KCAC Tournament they are now on the brink of elimination after falling to Sterling College 9-4 Friday night. York had just beaten the Warriors 24 hours earlier to stay in the winner's bracket but now finds itself fighting its way into the championship game.
York scored early but couldn't hold onto their lead late in the game as the Warriors scored four runs each in the seventh and eighth innings. The Panthers held a 3-1 lead going into the seventh inning before the bats of Sterling knocked John Mead (SR/Martinez, CA) out of the game and reliever Jaraad Salas (JR/Ewa Beach, HI ) struggled to shut them down. In the eighth the Warriors had two runners on with one out before Salas intentionally walked Kendall Radcliffe to load the bases and put a force at every base. The Panthers looked to get a double play ball but after striking out the next batter Warriors' Beau Kallas hit a grand slam on a 2-0 count over the center field fence. That put the Warriors up by five runs and put a tough task for the Panthers in their final at bat.
York was able to get some base runners on in the ninth but a strike out by Nick Stoll (SR/Fresno, CA ) left the bases loaded and ended the ball game. The Panthers are still alive in the tournament but now face an elimination game against Oklahoma Wesleyan Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The winner of that game will face Sterling in the championship game at 4 p.m.
Billy Johnson (JR/Oakland, CA) hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to up his season total to 12. Garrett Anctil (SR/Clovis, CA) and Joseph Terazon (SR/Miami, FL) were the only Panthers to record multiple hits in the game as they each had two. Anctil recorded his 10th double of the season.