BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 5-19-10

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A’s Katrina Wright won both the shot put and the discus in the Mid-Penn Conference Championships last weekend.

TRACK AND FIELD

Greencastle-Antrim’s Katrina Wright couldn’t have had a better warmup for district competition last weekend by winning both the shotput and discus in the Mid-Penn Conference Championships. Wright won the shotput Saturday with a distance of 37-7. A day earlier the Blue Devil senior claimed not only victory in the discus, but her distance of 139-11 set a new Class AAA record in the meet.

Blue Devil freshman Ashton Rockwell was fifth in the 100 high hurdles with a time of 16.21. The winning mark was 14.91. G-A senior Rachelle Piper captured eighth in the javelin with a distance of 110-6. The efforts of the seniors and freshman put 25 points on the board for G-A, good enough for 12th place in the team standings. Gretchen Westley also competed for the Devils in the 800.

G-A’s boys missed out on the scoring, but had good showings just the same. The 1600 relay team of Alex Yoder, Jesse Herman, Chris Kinzey and Greg Boyer finished 10th. Boyer competed in the 300 hurdles, just missing a place in the finals from his preliminary time of 41.93. Yoder was also edged out of the finals in the 200, where he clocked a preliminary time of 22.94. Also competing for the Devils was the 400 relay team of Jacob Statler, Kevin Piper, Trentin Dixon and Yoder, Taylor Kirkpatrick (high jump), Hunter Rawlings (high jump, long jump), Dixon (long jump), Ben Leitzel (discus), Ryan Hickey (discus) and Herman (800).

BASEBALL

The Blue Devil varsity baseball team (18-2, 14-0 MPC-Capital) put itself in the best possible position last week, making a clean sweep of its divisional foes to clinch a spot in the Mid-Penn Conference Tournament. G-A wrapped up its unbeaten Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division championship with wins over Trinity (11-6) and Harrisburg (15-0). The position gives the Devils a warmup for districts in the conference tourney this week. This was the fourth straight divisional title for the G-A program.

The win over Trinity was the 15th straight for the Blue Devils. G-A built a 6-0 lead through five innings before Trinity put up a challenge in the late innings and came within three. The Devils plated two in the top of the seventh to close the door. Denton Ensminger led the hit parade, going 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Also racking up two RBIs were Cody Ezolt and Josh Short (two-for-two, double). Dylan Schaeffer scored three runs. Cole Sellers struck out nine batters in six innings for the win. Brett Meyers threw an inning of hitless relief.

With number 16 straight, G-A made its Capital campaign complete with a 15-0 landslide over Harrisburg that took just four innings. Cody DeVos was a walk short of a perfect four innings from the mound. He fanned six in the outing. Offensively, G-A broke out big in the third with eight runs. Ten different Devils had basehits. Brad Kiracofe (2-for-2), Patrick Hudson, Devin Schaeffer and Jared Grove each drove in two runs in G-A’s 16th straight win of the season.

SOFTBALL

The G-A varsity softball team (16-4, 11-1 MPC-Capital) had one more tough hump en route to a sixth straight Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division title for the program. The Blue Devils came through with a 2-0 victory over Trinity thanks to the arm of Autumn Appleby, who tossed a complete-game three-hit shutout with nine Ks, and the bat of Rachel Kline, who accounted for the scoring with a two-run fence shot to center in the bottom of the third. Kline’s homer was one of just four hits from the Devils. Mary Ward was 2-for-2.

The clincher for the title was a 16-0 breeze over Harrisburg in four frames. Kline struck out 10 in throwing four perfect innings. Jenna Crunkleton (triple) knocked in two runs. Amanda Wink went 2-for-2.

SOCCER

G-A’s girls’ soccer team (4-11, 3-9 MPC-Capital) ended its season with a tall order in playing Chambersburg at the Trojans field. The Blue Devils fell 5-0. G-A trailed 1-0 at the half, but the Trojans clicked in the second half to put the game away. Chambersburg led in shots, 19-5. Krista Kelly recorded six saves for the Devils.

Rachel Kline delivers her fence shot (Bob Stoler Photos) that lifted the Blue Devils to a 2-0 win over Trinity.