SPORTS

BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 4-7-10

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

GIRL’S SOCCER

The Blue Devil girls’ soccer team (1-2, 0-1 MPC-Capital) found that playing rivals can be sweet and the reverse as it clipped Waynesboro 3-2 last week and then dropped a 2-0 decision to James Buchanan.

The weather made a tough day for the Devils and Maidens on Kaley Field Tuesday. Waynesboro got on the board first, but G-A came back with three straight goals. Ema Bobbitt tied the game and Caitlyn Hoover put in the tying and eventual winning goal.

“The unfortunate thing about this game was the weather,” said G-A head coach Greg Cole. “The wind was a factor for both keepers. The weather is always the equalizer between two good sides.

“We played well, but I have to give kudos to the defense.”

G-A had a slight lead in shots on goals, 11-9, while Waynesboro led in corners, 3-1.

Despite much nicer weather Thursday the Blue Devils couldn’t find the same groove in a 2-0 loss to James Buchanan. G-A didn’t take advantage of its 11 shots on goal and unfortunately JB found some room on two of its 17 shots. Krista Kelly made 12 saves on goal for the Devils.

In junior varsity action, G-A dropped games to Waynesboro, 2-0, and to JB, 2-1.

SOFTBALL

The Blue Devil softball team (1-1) began defense of its 2009 state championship by clubbing Gettysburg 17-8 in non-divisional action. G-A took the early lead, but the Warriors fought back and held the advantage until the fourth and then the Devils rounded up nine runs in the sixth to close the door. G-A netted 17 hits and capitalized on six walks to help counteract three errors. Carly Mowen accounted for six of the runs with three triples. Wendy Wolf added three more RBIs on two hits and Crunkleton had three hits. Rachel Kline was the winning pitcher and Amanda Wink provided three innings of relief. Kline doubled and Ali Stouffer tripled.

A tougher second game had the Devils taking on a Class AAAA in rival Waynesboro. The Maidens got the upper hand in this one by a 3-2 margin. A homerun opened Waynesboro’s scoring and a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth got the Maidens up 3-0. G-A fought back with two in the top of the sixth. An error, fielder’s choice, back-to-back hits from Mary Ward (two hits) and Kali Ball and a run-scoring double off the bat of Jenna Crunkleton, her second of the day, produced the rally.

On the junior varsity diamond the Devils prevailed over Waynesboro in a slugfest, 8-7. Haleigh Regal was 4-for-4 and Cassey Cordell struck for three hits, including a triple and double. Kelsie Brubaker fanned seven for the pitching win.

BASEBALL

After starting the season with a solid 16-4 win over Gettysburg on the home turf, Whitey Barkdoll Field was kind to Waynesboro in a five-run sixth inning that was the difference in an 8-4 battle between the two rivals.

G-A easily pounded out 15 hits off Gettysburg to take a five-inning victory by the mercy rule. Tied 2-2 after two innings, the Blue Devils inked seven in each of the next two frames for the rout. Cody Ezolt and Cole Sellers each cleared the fence on White Barkdoll Field for consecutive homers in the second inning and Ezolt unleased a run-scoring double in the third and Sellers added another fence shot to power G-A. Eric Schanzenbacher drove in two runs with two hits, including a triple. Dylan Schaeffer notched the mound win while helping his cause, going 3-for-3.

Waynesboro caused the Devils much more of a problem. G-A answered a three-run first by the Tribe with three runs of its own in the second in one shot with Devin Schaeffer connecting for a three-run homer. Sellers (2-for-3) and Denton Ensminger had singled ahead of Schaeffer.

After three scoreless innings Waynesboro broke through for a five spot. A triple, two walks and a passed ball helped lead to the rally. G-A scored a single run in the last of the seventh on a Jared Grove double for its final effort at the lead.

The junior varsity Devil team has put together a 4-0 start on the season with wins over Waynesboro, Gettysburg and a twinbill over Smithsburg.

G-A used solid pitching and timely hitting to down Waynesboro 8-4. Denton Cordell got things started with a two-run triple  and later Denver Cordell launched a two-run homer to right to highlight a Devil offense that stayed a step ahead of the Indians. Justin Root inked the win and Denver Cordell the save in two and two-thirds inning of relief work.

“Offensively our bats stayed hot and we got some very timely hitting with five of our eight runs coming with two outs,” said G-A head coach Todd Nicarry. “It’s always a good day when you can leave Waynesboro with a win.”

On Saturday the Devils clipped Smithsburg 14-2 and 15-9. Root tossed a one-hitter with five strikeouts while the offense collected 17 hits in the opener. Denton and Denver Cordell lead the hit parade with three. The Devil bats stayed hot in game two with G-A stroking 16 hits, four of which went for extra bases. Danny Stepler lead the Devils with three hits including two doubles.  Cody Young picked up the win on the mound.

The G-A offense really warmed up fast in the season opener with a 24-2 drubbing of Gettysburg. Corey Meyers pitched a complete game two-hitter striking out six while not issuing a walk in a game ended after four innings because of the 15-run mercy rule. Meanwhile offensively G-A pounded out 16 hits and took advantage of 16 walks issued by Warrior pitching.  Denver Cordell was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

VOLLEYBALL

Greencastle-Antrim fell 2-0 to Gettysburg by scores of 25-20 and 25-8 in eighth-grade volleyball. Ashlynn Schaeffer had three digs. Tabitha Rudy and Nicole Garns each had two assists.

The seventh-grade Devils also dropped a 2-0 match with scores of 25-15 and 25-14. Brooke Zeger scored two kills for G-A.