BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 5-5-10

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A’s Josh Short heads for third against Camp Hill last week.

TRACK AND FIELD

Katrina Wright continues to amaze as the Blue Devil track and field season makes the turn toward the conference championships. The senior thrower won both the discus and shot put Saturday at the Stan Morgan Track and Field Invitational at Carlisle High School. Also at the big meet, G-A’s 1600 relay team of Alex Yoder, Chris Kinzey, Greg Boyer and Jesse Herman set a new school record with a time of 3:25.74. It was good for fourth in the meet.

Wright delivered the discus win with a throw of 125-8 and the shot put at 37-9 3/4. Also in the girls’ competition Ashton Rockwell was sixth in the 100 hurdles and seventh in the long jump. Rachelle Piper was fifth in the javelin. As a team G-A finished in eighth place with 22 points. The Devils also had teams in the 400 and 1600 relays.

In the boys’ meet, Kinzey was third in the 400 and Yoder fourth in the 100. Also competing for the Devils were Brandon Trefelner, Trentin Dixon and Taylor Kirkpatrick.

Earlier in the week G-A’s track and field teams suffered their first dual meet losses of the season, to division-leading Boiling Springs. The Devil boys dropped a 95-55 decision and the girls’ were bested 86-64. Still Yoder made the best of it by running the 200 in a school-record time of 22.5. He also won the 100 during the meet.

Yoder was also involved in a pair of relay wins for the Devils, with Jacob Statler, Aaron Bumbaugh and Dixon in the 400 relay and with Kinzey, Boyer and Herman in the 1600 relay. Herman won the 800 to complete the Devil wins. Also scoring points were Kinzey, Statler, Dixon, Travis Rawlings, Kevin Castellar, David Spinder, Ben Leitzel, Ryan Hickey Trefelner, Tyler Coleman and Kirkpatrick.

In the girls’ meet, Wright came through with the shot and discus wins, while Nakita Gearhart and Piper were each double winners as G-A dominated the field event. Gearhart won the javelin and high jump. Piper took the long and triple jumps. On the track, Rockwell won the 100 high hurdles. The Devils’ only other win came with the 400 relay team of Montana Duty, Rockwell, Gretchen Westley and Danae Timmons. With other points for the team were Duty, Kortney Gipe, Brooke Kerstetter, Rebecca Florentine, Piper and Halleigh Benner.

SOFTBALL

Despite a rare divisional loss last week, the Blue Devil softball team (11-3, 9-1 MPC-Capital) bounced back in a meaningful way by winning the very-competitive Lower Dauphin Tournament over three Class AAAA teams. G-A rebounded from a loss to James Buchanan to defeat State College and Lower Dauphin for the title. Autumn Appleby ended up with pitching wins in both games. She fanned 12 in a one-hit 5-0 shutout of Lower Dauphin in the opening game of the tournament. Appleby came on in relief during the title game where G-A rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the last of the seventh to win. Katy Bobbitt went 2-for-4 with a triple in the opener, while Wendy Wolff and Carly Mowen each also drove in runs.

State College advanced to the title game by handing Chambersburg its first loss of the season, 7-2. And G-A got down 3-1 against the Little Lions early. G-A knotted the score in the bottom of the fourth and Appleby came on in relief and tossed three scoreless innings. Two Devil errors plated two State College runs in the top of the seventh. Facing a two-run-down and last-chance situation the Devils rallied. Jenna Crunkleton’s bases-loaded single brought the Devils to within one. Diamond Byers was up next and delivered a single that scored a pair for the win. Byers was 3-for-3 for the game.

On the two consecutive days before the tourney, G-A easily notched a pair of divisional wins. The Devils beat Camp Hill 22-0 behind the hitting of Mowen (4-for-4, two doubles, two RBIs), Rachel Kline (3-for-3, two doubles, four RBIs), Bobbitt (3-for-3, two doubles, three RBIs), Byers (triple, three RBIs) and Crunkleton (2-for-2). Kline went all three innings in the shortened game with eight Ks and allowing just one hit. Amanda Wink tossed a three-inning, no-hitter  and helped her cause with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate in the 19-0 rout of Harrisburg. Wink doubled and tripled and drove in three runs. Kline went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Wolff went 3-for-4 and Mowen 2-for-2 with three RBIs. Crunkleton cracked a homer.

It was a date with James Buchanan Wednesday that proved the only chink in the Blue Devil armor for the week. G-A and JB were tied 1-1 when rain suspended play earlier in the month. Wednesday was scheduled for completion and the second game of the season between the two and it was played in Greencastle. In the first a three-run homer by the Rockets sealed a 4-2 victory for JB. G-A rebounded for an 8-1 dominating win in the second. The result left the teams tied at the top of the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division.

In the continued game G-A took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth on a Rocket error. In the bottom of the inning an error and a hit batter set the table for JB’s Jamie Ross, who lifted a ball over the right field fence for the walkoff win. It was the G-A program’s first divisional loss in two years — a string of 24 games.

The Devils didn’t stay down long, but instead scored an 8-1 convincing win in the full game. The Rockets took a 1-0 lead through two and a half innings, but G-A answered with its eight runs over the next four frames. Crunkleton drove in three runs on a 2-for-4 outing. Mowen doubled going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Bobbitt and Kline each had two hits. Appleby scattered three hits in going the distance for the Devils in the circle.

BASEBALL

It was a blowout kind of week for the Blue Devil varsity baseball team (11-2, 9-0 MPC-Capital). Each of G-A’s four wins on the week were by double digit margins.

First up was a sort of a doubleheader as G-A and James Buchanan completed a suspended game from earlier in the season and played the regularly scheduled game as well. The Devils added to an 8-0 lead with three in the bottom of the sixth to complete the first game quickly by the mercy rule. The second game stayed on the same plane with G-A capturing a 13-0 win in five frames .

Denton Ensminger was hot with the bat to say the least. The junior catcher racked up 10 RBIs in the two games. His two-run homer ended the first game and was 4-for-6 for the two games. He drove in five runs in each contest with a fence shot in each game. Adding to the potent offense in the first was Eric Schanzenbacher with two hits and two RBIs. Cody Ezolt went 2-for-2. Adding to Ensminger’s offense in game two was again Schanzenbacher with another two RBIs. Ezolt also added two more base hits and Drew Deshong had a pair.

In addition to playing errorless ball, G-A’s Dylan Schaeffer was key on the mound. He got the win in both games. He threw four innings of two-hit ball in the first with four Ks. Four innings in the second game notched the win with five more strikeouts. Brett Meyers provided solid relief in both games, tossing a combined three innings of one-hit ball.

The Devils stayed stingy all week with wins of 18-0 and 10-0 over Harrisburg and Camp Hill, respectively. Besides capitalizing on five walks and six errors by the Cougars, G-A cashed with 14 hits for the win. Josh Short went 3-for-3 to lead the way and knocked in three runs. In all, 11 different Devils had base hits. Devin Schaeffer chalked up two RBIs and Dylan Schaeffer had two hits. From the mound, Brad Kiracofe went all five innings, allowing two hits and striking out eight while not walking a batter.

G-A made it four wins when Camp Hill came to town. Cole Sellers scattered three hits in the five innings with nine Ks for the pitching win. Offensively the Devils pounded out 12 hits for the romp that ended a four-game run where they have outscored the competition 52-0. On this day Sellers helped his cause with a first-inning homer. Ezolt also had a fence shot in the frame. Sellers, Schanzenbacher, Ensminger and Jared Grove each had two hits in the contest.

G-A’s junior varsity team stayed unscathed on the season with wins over Harrisburg, 12-2; James Buchanan, 16-1; and Trinity, 7-1. The little Blue Devils improved to 12-0.

Austin Scott threw six innings of four-hit ball while striking out six and helped himself at the plate going 2-3 with a triple and two RBIs to lead the Blue Devils in a 12-2 victory of visiting Harrisburg. Scott, Luke Myers and Denton Cordell each had two hits for G-A. 

“We continue to swing the bats extremely well and are getting solid pitching and defense,” said G-A jayvee head coach Todd Nicarry. “The guys continue to work hard and fix their mistakes and they are seeing the rewards of their hard work.”

Justin Root threw four innings of two-hit ball with six strikeouts and drove in three runs to led the Devils to a 16-1 win over JB in a game that lasted only four innings because of the 15-run rule. Root, Denver and Denton Cordell all had two hits for the Devils with Denton picking up a double and Denver driving in two runs. Scott added a double and two RBIs with Myers also driving in two.

Root tossed five innings of two-hit ball while striking out 12 to lead G-A to a 7-1 win over Trinity. Root helped himself at the plate going 2-3 with two RBIs.  Denver Cordell chipped in two hits. Denver Cordell threw two innings of no hit relief to pick up the save.

SOCCER

G-A’s girls’ soccer team (3-10, 2-9 MPC-Capital) continued to play close, but winning was not in the cards last week. The Devils came up with 10 shots on goal, but were denied any corners. Meanwhile Shippensburg took 17 shots and completed four corners. One shot made it in for a 1-0 final. Kristy Kelly made 16 saves for G-A.

The Devils played a strong second half against Boiling Springs, however the Bubblers already had a 3-0 lead. Boiling won 4-1 with G-A’s goal coming on a penalty kick put in by Linda Stolburges. Kelly had six saves in the game.

G-A hosted Big Spring Saturday. Down 2-0 at the half the Devils against staged a comeback. Heather Sanders scored twice from her right forward position to keep the Devils in the ballgame. The Bulldogs rallied and closed the deal late in the game with a goal with 3:45 left.

“This is the fourth game that we have been down by at least two and we have come charging back to make a game of it,” said G-A head coach Greg Cole.

G-A actually led in shots, 22-15, while Big Spring led in corners, 3-1. Dani Morgan made a dozen saves for the Devils.

In junior varsity action, Ship turned back the Devils 4-1.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

TRACK AND FIELD

The G-AMS track and field team ended the season on a school record note. The girls’ team completed an unbeaten season with wins over Waynesboro (58-42) and Faust (73-27) and with two school records in the books. Meanwhile the Blue Devil boys bested Waynesboro 57-43, but had to settle with a split for the week as Faust prevailed 75-25.

At Waynesboro the 1600 relay team of Jane Herman, Hannah Westley, Lauren Powers and Erin Garns delivered a win in school record time of 4:31, nearly two seconds less than the old mark. That win, plus nine others, fueled the team victory. Individual winners were Kasey Sweitzer (200), Hannah Peterson (400), Garns (1600), Samantha Morgan (shot put) Alexandra Mowen (discus) and Erica Helm (long jump) The 400 relay team of Sweitzer, Andrea Hammer, Tessa Cordell and Molly Nowell completed the wins. Getting points for G-A were Hammer, Herman, Powers, Caitlyn Hetrick, Cordell, Peterson, Heidi Stein and Morgan.

Garns broke her own school record in the 1600 during the meet at Faust to close her memorable season. She clocked a time of 5:02.4 and also won the 800. G-A came out determined against Faust and got other wins from Peterson (hurdles, 400), Sweitzer (100, 200), Mowen (discus), Hammer (high jump) and Helm (long jump). Both relays also won, with Hammer, Cordell, Nowell and Sweitzer in the 400 and Powers, Westley, Herman and Garns in the 1600. With points for seconds and thirds were Hammer, Powers, Hetrick, Peterson, Nowell, Abby Siner, Ellie Kotrady, Mowen and Katie Sensenig.

The G-A boys didn’t win a relay against Waynesboro, but did dominate the first place points and showed good depth in the team victory. Devin Statler (100, high jump), Matt Montedoro (400, hurdles), Nick Layton (200, long jump) and Nolan Carbaugh (shot put, discus) were each double winners. Fueling the place and show points were Steven McFetridge, Nathan Monn, Kristian Sheeley, Jared Starliper and Bobby Rider.

Points were more difficult to come by against Faust. Carbaugh, however, continued to dominate the throws, again taking both the shot put and discus.  Statler had the other win for the Blue Devils by taking the high jump. Other point scorers were Montedoro, Statler, McFetridge, Ryan Ricci, Layton and Starliper.

VOLLEYBALL

The middle school eighth-grade volleyball team picked up a pair of wins last week. G-A blanked Waynesboro 2-0 with scores of 25-14 and 25-16 and then also swept Shippensburg 2-0 in scores of 25-14 and 25-19. Against the Maidens, Abbey Denkovich put down a pair of kills. In the Ship match Tabitha Rudy chalked up three kills, four digs and two assists. Chloe Hoover delivered a trio of kills, while Ashlynn Schaeffer and Courtney Stump each added three digs. Pool had two digs and two assists. Denkovich added two digs.

In seventh-grade action, Waynesboro outlasted G-A 2-1 with game scores of 26-24, 21-25 and 15-12. Statistically Katie Gelsinger delivered two kills and four assists. Claudia Hissong collected three kills and Alana Ebbitt had two kills. Abigail Eich added two kills and two assists. Against Shippensburg, G-A won in two games, 27-25 and 25-11. Ebbitt had two kills and Hissong three assists. Gelsinger added two digs.

G-A’s Josh Short comes into third safely ahead of the tag against Camp Hill last week.