BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 4-21-10

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Dylan Schaeffer struck out 11 in a 4-0 win over divisional rival Camp Hill.

TRACK AND FIELD

Greencastle-Antrim’s Katrina Wright brought a lot of luster to the Shippensburg University Invitational last week. After medaling in both the discus and shot put last season at the very competitive event, the senior Blue Devil claimed the gold in the discus. The third-place finisher in the 2009 PIAA State Championships, Wright outdistanced her competition by 12 feet. Wright threw the discus 131 feet for the win that also broke her own best and the school record in the event.

Wright added a fourth place in the shot put with a throw of 36 feet. She scored all 15 team points for G-A, which finished in a tie for 19th.

Wright helped to lead the Devil girls’ team to a 78-72 dual meet win over West Perry earlier in the week. The G-A boys’ team also produced an 84-66 victory. Wright won the shot and discus and was joined in the winners circle by Montana Duty (100), Danae Timmons (400) and Kortney Gipe (800). The girls also claimed all three relays: the 3200 with the team of Savannah Fritz, Jordyn Shepherd, Lauren Durniak and Gipe; the 400 with Duty, Ashton Rockwell and Gretchen Westley; and the 1600 with Durniak, Duty, Gipe and Westley. Adding to the G-A point totals were Westley, Duty, Durniak, Fritz, Rockwell, Rebecca Florentine, Rachelle Piper, Nakita Gearhart and Haleigh Benner.

The G-A boys were anchored by Alex Yoder, who won the 100 and 200 and was part of the winning 400 and 1600 relay. Chris Kinzey (400) and Jesse Herman (800) added to the wins on the track, while the Devils picked up four wins in the field events with Brandon Trefelner with the javelin, Taylor Kirkpatrick with the high jump, Travis Rawlings with the long jump and Trentin Dixon in the triple jump. Completing the 400 relay was Kevin Piper, Jacob Statler and Dixon and in the 1600 relay was Greg Boyer, Herman and Kinzey. With points for seconds and third were: Statler, Dixon, Kinzey, Noah Graham, Brandon Thrush, Kevin Castellar, Ben Leitzel, Tyler Coleman, Kareem Aiken and Piper.

SOFTBALL

The Blue Devil softball team (4-2, 2-0 MPC-Capital) gave the Chambersburg Trojans a lot of battle and closed the deal on a pair of divisional contests last week.

Notable was a five-inning perfect outing from junior pitcher Autumn Appleby. While Appleby K’d nine batters and got the defense she needed all along the way, the Blue Devil bats were alive, scoring 11 runs on nine hits. Jenna Crunkleton (2-for-3, double) and Brittany Norling each knocked in a pair of runs while Carly Mowen and Diamond Byers each doubled.

G-A had another lopsided victory as Camp Hill came to town and was no match for the Devils in a 15-0 final. Amanda Wink threw three innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts for the win. Offensively the Devils used seven hits, 11 walks and were hit three times en route to the 15 runs in less than three frames. The hits were quality ones as Mowen stroked a three-run homer and Katy Bobbitt had a triple.

Earlier in the week the Devils saw a much different caliber of competition in Chambersburg which used a solid combination of small ball and hitting en route to a 3-1 win over the Devils. The Trojans scored one unearned in the second and two in the fourth and G-A’s rally in the bottom of the sixth fell short. A hit batter and a walk in the sixth put two on for the Devils and Mowen delivered an RBI-hit. A fielder’s choice and a fly ball ended the threat. Byers had two of the Devils’ three hits.

BASEBALL

G-A’s (4-2, 2-0 MPC-Capital) varsity baseball team had similar results on the larger diamond last week. After taking a 10-0 thumping from Chambersburg, the Blue Devils bounced back in divisional action with a 4-0 win over Camp Hill and a 12-3 victory over Milton Hershey.

The Devils fell victim to a fine pitching performance against Chambersburg in which they were limited to just two hits. Cole Sellers and Andrew Zeger each had a hit for G-A.

G-A came back well against divisional rival Camp Hill as Dylan Schaeffer tossed a two-hit shutout and the Devils delivered timely hitting en route to the win. Cody Ezolt provided much of the fireworks with an RBI-triple in the first and a solo homer in the sixth. Eric Schanzenbacher and Patrick Hudson drove in the other two runs. Andrew Zeger doubled twice in the game. Schaeffer fanned 11 and issued just one free pass in the win.

The next day the Devils kept with the solid mound work as Devin Schaeffer threw five innings of two-hit ball and Brad Kiracofe finished with two of hitless relief. Kiracofe fanned three after Schaeffer had racked up seven Ks. Zeger delivered a three-run homer and Sellers had a solo shot. Drew Deshong and Denver Cordell each produced two-run doubles. Leading the way on seven stolen bases was Josh Short with three.

The junior varsity team collected a pair of wins, 6-2 over Chambersburg, and a 2-0 blanking of Shippensburg. Josh Young threw a complete game three-hitter and G-A used timely hitting to turn back Chambersburg. Danny Stepler had a three-run triple. JT Root went seven innings, fanning 14, while scattering six hits and walking five and heads up base running helped the Devils squeak by Shippensburg. Young doubled in the first run and then went home from third on Ship’s attempt to catch another runner at second.

SOCCER

The Blue Devil girls’ soccer team (2-7, 1-6 MPC-Capital) found the winning combination in the division with a 7-0 shutout of Milton Hershey last week. G-A dominated with 61 shots on goal. Ashley Frankenfield, Heather Sanders and Samantha Rudy each had a pair and Ema Bobbitt added the other. Sanders, Bobbitt and Sharon Juarez were each credited with a save. Defensively the Devils limited the Spartans to five shots. Alex Baughman had four saves.

“We have been talking about how to make the other teams defense work to our favor,” said G-A head coach Greg Cole. “And the girls put that to use tonight.”

G-A took a tough 2-0 loss to Big Spring and then a 4-0 setback to Middletown Saturday. Against the Bulldogs, the Devils outshot the winners 34-16 but couldn’t find the net. G-A also led in corners 7-1. Krista Kelly made seven saves for the Devils. Against Middletown Kelly added nine saves.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

TRACK AND FIELD

The middle school track and field teams opened the season with a busy schedule last week. The girls’ team picked up two wins and the boys’ squad went 1-1.

Nikki Garns highlighted the girls’ 56-44 win over Gettysburg with a school record time of 5:25.1 in the 1600 meter run. She added a win in the 800 and teamed with Jane Herman, Lauren Powers and Hannah Westley in the 1600 relay victory. Kara Timmons (long jump), Hannah Peterson (400) and Kasey Sweitzer (200) had the other individual wins, while Tessa Cordell, Andrea Hammer and Zoe Huston joined to win the 400 relay. Scoring points with seconds and third were Timmons, Westley, Sweitzer, Powers, Ellie Kotrady, Hammer, Desirae Shaffer, Alex Mowen and Erica Helm.

The boys fell short of Gettysburg, which won both relays, 63-37. Nolan Carbaugh won the shot put and discus and Steven McFetridge was also a dual winner, taking the 800 and 1600. Matt Montedoro (110 hurdles) and Devin Statler (100) also won events. Earning points for G-A were Alex Jackson, Nathan Monn, Jared Starliper, Montedoro and Statler.

Both G-A teams came up with wins over Big Spring two days later. The girls won by an 83-17 landslide and the boys made it a 53-47 victory despite taking neither of the relays.

Garns was again prime, this time winning the 400 and the 800. Hammer won the 200 and high jump. Hetrick won the 1600 for the Devils. In the field events, Kotrady (shot put) and Helm (long jump) won. The 400 relay team of Cordell, Hammer, Huston and Molly Nowell won the 400 relay and the team of Garns, Herman, Timmons and Westley won the 1600.

In the boys’ meet. McFetridge again doubled up with the 400 and 800 wins and Carbaugh in the shot and discus. Statler repeated winning the 100, as did Montedoro in the hurdles. Statler added a win in the high jump. Adding points were Nick Layton, Jake Bumbaugh, Jackson, Monn, Justin Smalls, Kristian Sheeley, Starliper and Montedoro.

VOLLEYBALL

Greencastle-Antrim faced Faust last week and forced a three-game set before dropping the matches. The eighth-grade team rallied from a 25-21 setback in the opening game to win 25-20 and even the score. G-A just fell short 15-13 in the decisive game. Chloe Hoover, Bailey Hopkins and Abbey Pool had two kills each. Courtney Stump and Hoover added three assists each and Ashlynn Schaeffer delivered six digs.

After a 25-20 win in the opening game G-A’s seventh-grade team dropped games of 25-13 and 15-7.

The ball gets away from Blue Devil Katy Bobbitt as a Camp Hill player nears second.