SPORTS

BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 4-20-11

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A’s Denton Ensminger puts the tag on a Waynesboro player. (Bob Stoler Photo)

BASEBALL

There are few things better than defeating always-tough Camp Hill, except probably downing rival Waynesboro. That was the story for the G-A varsity baseball team (4-2, 3-2 MPC-Colonial) last week.

While it looked like the Devils might sail easily over Camp Hill as well, the Lions came back from being down 8-0 to put up a six-spot in the top of the seventh. Freshman Ryan Ricci had held the Lions to just one hit in five innings of work. He fanned four in the winning effort. His middle relief struggled, yielding five hits and five walks in the sixth to contribute to the Camp Hill rally, but Josh Young got the save in the 8-6 final score. G-A’s fire power was key. It included two doubles from Cody Ezolt (3-for-4, 3 RBIs), one double from Devin Schaeffer (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) and a monster home run by Denton Ensminger (2-for-4, 3 RBIs).

Riding the arm of Devin Schaeffer, the Devils again had hot bats and thumped Waynesboro 11-1. Schaeffer gave up just a solo homer in the Indian second and G-A got contributions from its whole order for the 11-hit attack. Adam Moore (3-for-3, double) and Ensminger (2-for-3, triple) each knocked in a pair of runs. Ezolt and Hunter Szaflarski each doubled. Drew Deshong opened the G-A scoring with a solo homer.

In junior varsity action last week, Greencastle-Antrim erased a 5-3 deficit by scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth to escape with an 8-5 victory over visiting West Perry Monday. Jake Crist was a catalyst early and late with a home run in the first and setting the table in the sixth. Steven McFetridge, Eli Englehart and Parker Blubaugh added RBI singles. Crist and McFetridge combined on the three-hitter.  McFetridge helped the cause by doing 3-for-4 with two RBIs

“I was real proud of the guys and how they responded to come back and win, they showed a lot of heart,” said G-A jayvee head coach Todd Nicarry.

“We still struggle at times in making routine plays and eventually you are going to get burned by that, today we were real lucky to come away with a win.”

GIRLS’ SOCCER

The Blue Devil soccer team (4-1-2, 2-1-1 MPC-Colonial) went into the week unbeaten, but came out showing some wear. A lead late in the game against Camp Hill evaporated into a tie and Gettysburg came to town and left the Devils with their first loss of the season.

On Camp Hill’s turf the teams played to a scoreless first half and the Lions finally got on the board by a G-A own goal. The Devils rebounded to tie it as Taylor Campbell found the corner over the keeper’s head from 40 yards out. The seesaw would continue as Camp Hill scored on a scramble in front of the goal and G-A tied it on a shot from Sarah Gipe. The Devils appeared to have gained some momentum as Heather Sanders produced a lead with a 30-yard shot off a Campbell assist with 12 minutes to play. A handball call three minutes later led to a penalty kick that Camp Hill made good on to tie the game. The overtime periods left a 3-3 tie.

"We have been on the road for five of our first six games and we have a 4-0-2 record against some strong teams,” said G-A head coach Greg Cole following the game.

“We did not pressure the ball defensively tonight as we have in previous contests. We created alot of opportunities for ourselves through our athleticism and unwillingness to concede the loss. We let one slip away tonight.”

G-A led in shots, 9-8, and in corners, 5-3. Krista Kelly had six saves for the Devils. Gettysburg and a rough schedule caught up with the Devils Thursday when the Warriors claimed a 3-0 win to hand the Devils their first loss of the season. Gettysburg led in shots, 13-8, while both teams had five corner kicks. Kelly made five saves and Alex Baughman made seven.

The Blue Devil junior varsity blanked Camp Hill, 3-0, on goals from Alicia Crider, Abby Denkovich and Ally Murray. G-A led in shots, 6-5 and Camp Hill edged in corner kicks, 3-1. Murray and Nadajah Vickers combined for five saves. Gettysburg got one up on the G-A jayvees with a 2-1 win.

SOFTBALL

The Blue Devil softball team (4-1, 3-1 MPC-Colonial) also saw its unblemished record fade last week as Waynesboro squeaked by 6-5 in a Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division matchup. Earlier in the week non-divisional Camp Hill was no match for G-A, who put up a 15-0 shutout in three innings.

Not only had G-A not lost a game going into Thursday’s showdown at Waynesboro, it had not trailed in a game this season. On its Route 16 rival’s field the Maidens jumped out to a 1-0 lead and rode it through three before breaking through with four in the fourth. G-A fought back, scoring in the final three frames, but coming up one short. Highlighting the Devil comeback was a two-run homer from Cassey Cordell in the sixth. Other RBIs were chalked up by Diamond Byers and Brittany Norling.

Kline followed a game-opening walk with nine straight strikeouts to silence Camp Hill. Meanwhile the Devil bats were producing plenty of offense to the tune of a 15-0 three-inning shellacking. Mary Ward (double) and Amanda Wink (triple) each had two hits and knocked in three runs. Wendy Wolff added two hits. Ten different Devils had hits on the afternoon and eight inked RBIs.

In junior varsity action last week, G-A tripped Waynesboro, 14-13.

TRACK AND FIELD

Weather limited the Blue Devils’ action last week. Some athletes did travel to the huge Shippensburg Invitational on a nasty weather day of Saturday and some events were canceled because of the conditions. Ashton Rockwell was 11th in the 100 high hurdles and Trentin Dixon was 11th in the long jump. The girls’ 3200 relay team of Gretchen Westley, Montana Duty, Caitlyn Hetrick and Lauren Powers was 17th and the boys’ 3200 relay team of Brandon Thrush, Dalton Monn, Josh Spoonhour and Danny Combs was 20th.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Volleyball

G-A's eighth-grade team split matches with its two closest rivals last week. The Blue Devil outlasted Waynesboro 2-1 before falling to James Buchanan by the same tally. Against JB the scores were 25-15, 25-27 and 15-10. Tarah Perry had five assists and two aces. Brooke Zeger contributed three digs and a pair of aces. With two kills each were Claudia Hissong, Ciera Stoner, Abby Eich and Brittany Benachowski.

In seventh-grade action, G-A dumped Waynesboro in straight games before falling to JB by the same measure in games of 27-25 and 25-18. Sydney Shepherd had three kills and two aces. Alyssa Rudy, Jessica Savage and Alison Shockey each had two aces.

G-A’s Brittany Norling is called out on this play at third against Camp Hill. (Bob Stoler Photos)