SPORTS

BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 4-6-11

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A first baseman Cody Ezolt prepares to tag a Gettysburg runner after fielding a bunt last week on “Whitey” Barkdoll Field.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

It would be difficult to find a better way to open the season than a pair of wins, including one against your closest rival. That’s just what the soccer team did to start off the 2011 campaign, a 4-2 win over East Pennsboro and then a 3-2 trip of Waynesboro.

Sharon Juarez put in a pair of goals to put the Devils up 2-0 at the half against East Penn. Sarah Gipe had an assist. Gipe then got G-A on the board in the second half with a 35-yard shot that went in. The Blue Devils completed the scoring on a corner play as Taylor Campbell booted a kick to Heather Sanders, who put it in the net. G-A led in shots, 8-4, and in corners, 4-2. Krista Kelly made two saves.

With its game against Waynesboro knotted at 2-2 and about 10 minutes left in regulation, Juarez received a header from Tabitha Rudy, who had collected a through ball from Gipe, and hit the net. It ended up the game winner. Juarez and Rudy had each scored in the first half. Statistically the Devils led in shots, 14-9 and in corner kicks, 2-1. Kelly made five saves in goal and Alex Baldwin made a pair.

The junior varsity is also off to a good start, not allowing a goal in two victories. Alli Murray scored both goals in a 2-0 win over East Pennsboro. G-A also defeated Waynesboro 1-0.

BASEBALL

G-A’s varsity baseball team went 1-1 to start the season last week. Following a 5-3 loss to Shippensburg to open the season, G-A bounced back Friday afternoon on the “Whitey” Barkdoll Field of King Playground to fashion an 8-3 win over Gettysburg. After falling behind 2-1 early the Devils put up a four-spot in the bottom of the second and never trailed. Josh Young went the distance on the mound, scattering four hits with four strikeouts. The Devils rounded up eight hits, including a pair from each Drew Deshong and Denver Cordell. Cordell (RBI) tripled and Deshong hammered a two-run homer in the fourth. Cody Ezolt slapped a ball into fenceless right field for a three-run homer in the second.

Earlier in the week the Devils had Shippensburg on the ropes in the seventh inning, but couldn’t deliver the knockout punch in dropping a 5-3 verdict. Down 5-2, the Devils put together a run on a Deshong walk and consecutive singles from Ezolt and Denton Ensminger before Shippensburg escaped. Ensminger ended up 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and drove in all three G-A runs.

SOFTBALL

Everybody hits was the rallying cry for the varsity softball team in starting its season with a 15-0 thumping of Shippensburg. Each Devil in the lineup had at least one hit. Diamond Byers and Rachel Kline each drove in three runs. Tiffany Briggs went 3-for-3, while Kline hit a pair of doubles. Jenna Crunkleton also doubled, while Mary Ward and Cassey Cordell (two RBIs) each tripled. Autumn Appleby limited Ship to just two hits in the three-inning game and recorded seven strikeouts.

TRACK AND FIELD

In general the Blue Devils struggled in the field events during setbacks to Gettysburg in the season-opening meet. The Warriors swept the firsts in all the field events in a 85-65 win and the Gettysburg girls limited G-A to just three points in the field during a 113-37 final.

Alex Yoder had a solid day by winning both the 100 and 400 and being part of the winning 400 and 1600 relays. Trentin Dixon, Austin Scott and Denton Cordell completed the 400 team and Dixon, Aaron Bumbaugh and Greg Boyer are part of the 1600 team. Bumbaugh also won the 400 and Boyer the 300 hurdles.

For the boys, other points came from Scott, Cordell, Boyer, Brandon Thrush, Hunter Rawlings, Dalton Monn, Noah Graham, Bumbaugh, Cody George, David Spinder, Caleb Bartlett and Ian Spencer.

The G-A girls had just two individual wins as Danae Timmons won the 200 and Lauren Powers took the 800. Timmons was also a part of two winning relays for the Devils. Gretchen Westley and Montana Duty shared the 1600 relay win.

Other point scorers for the Devils were Molly Nowell, Caitlyn Hetrick, Nakita Gearhart, Andrea Hammer and Westley.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Track and Field

The track and field team began its season with a trip to Boiling Springs and came home with a split as the girls defeated the Bubblers 79-21 and the boys fell 75-25.

Double winners on the afternoon were Jane Herman in the 400 and 800 and Rachel Bartlett with the shot put and discus.

Also racking up big points with victories were Hannah Peterson in the 100 hurdles, Caroline Schemel in the 1,600 meters and the 400 relay team of Annie Powers, Hannah Crist, Erica Helm and Jordan Pizzarro.

Showing solid depth, the G-A girls delivered a plethora of seconds and thirds by way of Peterson, Schemel, Crist, Helm, Pizzarro, Powers, Shelby Stouffer, Hope Boschert, Alaina Ebbitt and Katie Spinder.

In the boys' meet, the high jump was the highlight as Jake Kline and Justin Smalls tied for first in the high jump. Kline had the other win for the Blue Devils with the 110 hurdles.

G-A added points with seconds and thirds from Sam Calvin, Jake Hopper, Smalls, Joe Burns, Josh Ehko and Zach Hain.

Volleyball

G-A's eighth-grade volleyball team posted a pair of wins last week, downing Carlisle, 2-1 in a comeback from an opening-game loss with games of 25-14 and 15-12. Rachel Hain had five digs and three kills. Katie Gelsinger, Cierra Stoner and Claudia Hissong each added three kills. Hissong led in assists with five and Erin Koons delivered a trio of aces.

The Blue Devils also went three games with Shippensburg before prevailing in finals of 25-22, 28-30 and 15-7. Stoner led in kills with five. Brooke Zeger passed five digs and Tarah Perry had six assists. Koons again produced at the service line with three aces.

In seventh-grade action, G-A dropped its match with Carlisle in straight sets before being clipped in three sets by Ship (18-25, 25-21, 15-12). Alison Shockey had a pair of kills and with three aces each were Deidre Conway and Elizabeth Dagliano.

Diamond Byers knocked in three runs for the Blue Devil softball team in its home opener last week. (Bob Stoler Photo)