BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 5-12-10

PAT FRIDGEN
Katrina Wright throws the discus for the final time on Kaley Field. The school record holder in the discus and shot put is expected to make lots of noise during the postseason meets.

TRACK AND FIELD

Greencastle-Antrim ended its regular season at the top of the Route 16 rivalry, winning both the boys’ and girls’ meet with James Buchanan and Waynesboro on the home Kaley Field. The Blue Devil girls topped the tri-meet field with 86 points. JB scored 66 and Waynesboro was a distant third with 32 points. G-A’s boys netted 80 points to JB’s 72. Waynesboro was third with 37 points. The meet saw several Kaley Field records set and a G-A school record fall.

The G-A girls (2-2-1, 1-2-1 MPC-Capital) claimed two of the three relays and dominated in the first place points with eight wins. Katrina Wright (shot put, discus) and Ashton Rockwell (long jump, 100 high hurdles) each had two individual wins. The 400 relay team set a new stadium record with a time of 52.1. Kortney Gipe (400) and Gretchen Westley (800) and the 1600 relay team accounted for G-A’s other wins on the track. In the field events, Nakita Gearhart (high jump) and Rachelle Piper (triple jump) completed G-A’s sweep of the wins in the jumps. Helping the home team to pile up the points were Danae Timmons, Montana Duty, Savannah Fritz, Brooke Kerstetter, Lauren Durniak, Rebecca Florentine, Gearhart and Piper.

The G-A boys (3-1-1, 2-1-1 MPC-Capital) held off Buchanan with just four individual wins, but with solid depth and taking all three relays. The 400 and 1600 crews each set new stadium records. The 1600 team also secured a school record time of 3:27.7. Alex Yoder won the 100 and Greg Boyer delivered the 300 hurdle race on the track. In the throws, Ben Leitzel claimed the discus and Brandon Trefelner delivered the javelin win. Taylor Kirkpatrick was a key placer for the Devils with thirds in the high jump and pole vault and fourth in the 400. Precious points were added to the G-A tally by Yoder, Trentin Dixon, Jacob Statler, Chris Kinzey, Jesse Herman, Daulton Monn, Gabe Martin, Shaun Frost, Kevin Castellar, David Spinder, Josh Pluta, Ryan Hickey and Stephen Ernharth.

Earlier in the week, the G-A boys tied Shippensburg 75-75 and the unbeaten Greyhound girls prevailed 80.5-69.5 over the Blue Devil girls. Still Wright was the star of the show, hurling the discus 142-4 1/2 feet to break her own school record yet again. The distance is the top in Pennsylvania this season and 27th in the nation.

Wright also captured first in the shot put, while G-A’s other wins came from Rockwell (100 hurdles, long jump), Timmons (100), Gearhart (high jump) and Piper (javelin). The 400 relay team of Duty, Rockwell, Westley and Timmons won, as did Westley, Duty, Timmons with Gipe in the 1600 relay. Contributing points for seconds and thirds were Duty, Gipe, Westley, Kerstetter, Florentine, Marita Shaffer, Gearhart, Benner and Piper.

Yoder took the 100 and 200 against Shippensburg. Kinzey claimed the 400 and Boyer the 300 hurdles. Kirkpatrick won the high jump, Leitzel the discus and Trefelner the javelin. Statler, Kevin Piper, Dixon and Yoder teamed for the 400 relay win and G-A also took the 1600 relay. Adding points were Statler, Dixon, Herman, Knight, Pluta, Castellar, Hickey and Rawlings.

G-A’s track and field athletes will compete in the Mid-Penn Conference Meet Friday and Saturday.

SOFTBALL

The Blue Devil softball team (14-4, 9-1 MPC-Capital) had an easy divisional warmup last week before a very competitive and blustery weekend in Chambersburg. In the end G-A gave the quad-A Trojans all they could handle before settling for a 5-0 loss.

The Devils came into the championship game of the County Clash Softball Tournament by virtue of a 4-2 win over Southwestern. Sophomore pitcher Amanda Wink allowed just two hits over seven innings to the Trojans and Chambersburg returned the favor setting up extra innings. Chambersburg finally found its groove in the top of the eighth and scored five runs to secure the win. Wink had two of G-A’s six hits in the game and fanned eight in the loss.

G-A used a three-spot in the bottom of the sixth in a comeback win over the Mustangs. Wink was key in that win by delivering a two-run double as a pinch hitter with two outs in the sixth. Mary Ward provided insurance with an RBI-double. Rachel Kline struck out 13 in the circle for the Devils.

Tuesday and Wednesday were more like business as usual for the Devils with shutouts of divisional foes Milton Hershey (21-0) and Boiling Springs (14-0). The scoring came early and often and got bigger as the innings went along. With seven in the third and nine in the fourth the Devils ended the game by the mercy rule over the Spartans, who committed seven errors. Kline allowed two hits in the four-inning win and helped her cause with two hits. Wendy Wolff went 3-for-3. Driving in two runs each were Katy Bobbitt, Kali Ball and Ali Stouffer.

Boiling Springs, which normally provides a much tougher test, did not have it Wednesday as the Devils capitalized on four Bubbler errors and rode the arm of Autumn Appleby to the lopsided shutout. Appleby tossed a five-inning no-hitter and K’d 11 batters while Carly Mowen provided the offensive punch with five RBIs on a 3-for-4 outing. With two hits each were Wolff, Kline, Jenna Crunkleton and Brittany Norling.

In the junior varsity section of the Chambersburg tourney, G-A fell to the hosts 10-8.

BASEBALL

The Blue Devil varsity baseball team (16-2, 12-0 MPC-Capital) showed no signs of slowing down last week, blanking three divisional foes by a combined 43-0 and showing something to some quad-A teams as well by winning the Red Lion Tournament Saturday.

By winning the tourney over Muhlenberg and Red Lion the Devils ran their win streak to 14 games and will look to lock up an undefeated divisional title this week. G-A connected for 10 hits and got a complete-game victory from Dylan Schaeffer in a 9-3 win over Muhlenberg. Cole Sellers (home run) drove in three runs in a 2-for-4 outing. Eric Schanzenbacher tripled twice and drove in a run. Schaeffer and Jared Grove each had two hits.

The championship game against host Red Lion was more of a runaway. The Devils tallied a dozen hits en route to a 17-3 final. Devin Schaeffer and Brad Kiracofe combined for a three-hitter on the mound. Sellers (triple, double), Dylan Schaeffer and Grove each delivered two hits and three RBIs. Cody Ezolt chalked up two hits.

G-A started the week with a 15-0 three-inning drubbing of Milton Hershey. Devin Schaeffer allowed one hit in the three-inning appearance. He helped his cause with a two-run homer in the first inning. Sellers delivered a grand slam and two RBIs were rung up by Josh Short and Grove.

Boiling Spring was also no match for the Devils. In addition to piling up nine hits, G-A capitalized on nine walks issued by Bubbler pitching en route to the 13-0 blanking. Dylan Schaeffer pitched four innings of two-hit ball for the win. Brett Myers threw an inning of hitless relief. Short went 3-for-4 at the plate. Dylan Schaeffer and Devin Schaeffer each drove in three runs.

Last up was Steel-High, who G-A dispatched 15-0 for the Devils’ eight straight shutout victory. Andrew Zeger was 3-for-3 and an RBI. With two hits each were Devin Schaeffer, Dyland Schaeffer, Sellers and Schanzenbacher. J.T. Root got the pitching win.

The junior varsity Blue Devils improved their unblemished record to 14-0 last week. Three Devil pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout as the Blue Devils posted a 6-0 win over Boiling Springs. “Our pitchers threw extremely well again as they have all season,” said G-A jayvee head coach Todd Nicarry. “We struggled at the plate a little today with only seven hits but we took advantage of what they gave us which is what you have to do to win close ball games.  Our defense was solid once again.”

Denver Cordell was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, home run and four RBIs as G-A cruised to a 15-4 five-inning victory over Milton Hershey. Cameron Christman went the distance in the win. Danny Stepler doubled twice with an RBI.

SOCCER

G-A’s girls’ soccer team (3-10, 2-9 MPC-Capital) ended its divisional season on a high note with a 3-0 shutout of Milton Hershey. The Blue Devils took a 2-0 halftime lead on scores from Linda Stollburges and Sarah Gipe. Sharon Juarez added insurance with a goal in the second half. G-A led in shots on goal, 17-4. Alex Baughman made four saves for the Devils.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

VOLLEYBALL

The middle school eighth-grade volleyball team dropped a 2-0 match to Faust last week by scores of 25-14 and 25-21. Ashlynn Schaeffer had three kills and two digs. Nicole Garns recorded four digs, while Tabitha Rudy and Courtney Stump added three each. Abbey Pool delivered a pair of kills.

The squad dominated Big Spring 2-0 with scores of 25-8 and 25-14. Pool secured three kills in the match and Chloe Hoover delivered five assists. Garns chalked up three kills and Rudy had four assists.

In seventh-grade action, G-A prevailed 2-0 over both Faust (25-22, 25-18) and Big Spring (25-11, 25-6).  Against Faust, Katie Gelsinger and Brooke Zeger each delivered two kills. Gelsinger also had three assists and Zeger three digs. In the Big Spring match, Bailey Hopkins had three kills and Brianna Uglow a pair.

Taylor Kirkpatrick clears the high jump bar in the tri-meet Friday.