SPORTS

BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 4-27-11

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Alex Yoder rounds the first turn of the 200 which he eventually won. He also won the 100.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

After recent action for the G-A soccer team (5-2-2, 3-2-1 MPC-Colonial) yielded a couple of ties and a loss, the Blue Devils bounced back with a 1-0 dispatching of rival Waynesboro before a narrow 1-0 loss to first-place Northern.

The Devils hosted the Maidens and the teams played an even game for the first half. G-A came out strong in the second and Emiley Maiorana scored 16 minutes into the stanza.

“We adjusted some things in practice the last couple of days after our loss to Gettysburg,” said G-A head coach Greg Cole. “We were too defensive minded, playing to stop the other team, not to create offensive chances for ourselves, which we had done earlier in the season. We showed the ability to play tonight, but more importantly the desire to play was evident throughout."

G-A led in shots, 9-6. Each team had a pair of corner kicks. Krista Kelly made four saves.

Divisional unbeaten Northern kept it that way despite a valiant effort by the Devils. It was a slow rolling ball late in the first half that got by the Devils and was the only score in the game. Northern led in shots, 7-5, while G-A had three corners to two for the Polar Bears. Kelly added eight saves.

Cole said, “We missed a golden opportunity this evening. I asked the girls to raise their expectations of themselves for tonight’s match. We did not sit back and wait on the divisional leader to dictate the flow of play, we took the initiative and made a statement.”

In junior varsity scores available from last week, G-A played to a scoreless tie with Waynesboro and dropped a 3-0 decision to Northern.

BASEBALL

Weather allowed just one game for the G-A varsity baseball team (5-2, 4-2 MPC-Colonial) last week, however the Blue Devils made the most of it with a 10-7 win over Big Spring. G-A scored in six of the seven frames to back up a complete-game effort from Devin Schaeffer on the mound.

G-A was up 10-3 going into the bottom of the seventh when Big Spring fought back. Schaeffer had fanned 10 in the effort. Josh Young closed the door by getting the final out.

Drew Deshong carried a hot bat, slugging three doubles and driving in a pair. Denton Ensminger went 3-for-3 with four RBIs on a two-run homer and a double. Chad Miller knocked in two runs on a 2-for-3 night.

In junior varsity action, Jesse Beeler tossed a two-hitter with six strikeouts and the Blue Devils cruised to a 10-0 five-inning win over visiting Big Spring. Ashtin Byers led the Devils at the plate going 3-for-3 with a single, double and home run with two RBIs.

“It was nice to finally get back on the field after a week off because of weather,” said G-A jayvee head coach Todd Nicarry.

A week earlier the Devils outlasted Waynesboro, 17-13. The visiting Devils erupted in the third inning sending 18 men to plate collecting 13 hits and 13 runs to erase a 5-2 Indian lead. G-A added two more runs in the fourth, then hung on to escape with a wild 17-13 victory. Byers led the way at the plate once again for the Devils, ending the day hitting for the cycle with a single, double, triple, homerun and five RBIs. McFetridge and Beeler also picked up four hits with each driving in a pair of runs.

Nicarry said, “It was one of the ugliest games I have ever been a part of as both teams took turns giving the other extra outs, but I'll take a win any way I can get it.”

SOFTBALL

The G-A softball team (5-1, 4-1 MPC-Colonial) also took care of business against Big Spring, with Autumn Appleby serving up a 4-0 shutout. Appleby struck out 10 in going the distance and limited the Bulldogs to just three hits.

The senior hurler was backed up by seven hits grouped by the Devils for two runs in the second and two insurance marks in the sixth. Brittany Norling drove in two of the runs with a single and a sacrifice fly. Tiffany Briggs tripled to knock in another run. Jenna Crunkleton had two hits and Rachel Kline doubled.

In junior varsity scores available from last week, G-A edged Waynesboro, 14-13.

TRACK AND FIELD

A long wait to get back on the competitive track proved amenable to the Blue Devil track and field teams. G-A’s boys doubled up on Big Spring for a 100-50 Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division win. Meanwhile the girls were nearly as dominant in an 85-60 decision.

The G-A boys captured 10 of the 15 individual firsts and two of the three relays. Alex Yoder won both the 100 and 200 and anchored the winning team of Trentin Dixon, Austin Scott and Denton Cordell in the 400 relay. Dixon added two individual wins by taking the long jump and the triple jump. Gabe Fridgen was in the zone, claiming both the high jump and the 110 hurdles. Ben Leitzel completed the wins in the throws, while Greg Boyer (300 hurdles), Noah Graham (400) and Josh Spoonhour (800) wrapped up the track wins. Cordell, Graham, Scott and Boyer ended the meet with the 1600 relay victory.

Adding points for the Devils were Matt Montedoro, Scott, Aaron Bumbaugh, Fridgen, Cordell, Kyle Hickey, Graham, Kareem Aiken, Dixon, Brandon Thrush, Dan Combs, Eli Bock, David Spinder, Mike Hohl, Dalton Monn, Brandon Thrush and Cody George.

In the girls’ meet, G-A flexed its muscles on the track and showed good depth in the field events for the win.

Danae Timmons (100, 400), Ashton Rockwell (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Lauren Powers (800, 1600) were each double winners on the track, while Nakita Gearthart (javelin, high jump) took two in the field events. Molly Nowell claimed the 200 and Caitlyn Hetrick the 3200. The Devils iced the meet with a win in the 1600 relay on the team of Timmons, Powers, Nowell and Gretchen Wesley.

Also producing points for the Devils were Morgynn McKenzie, Nowell, Andrea Hammer and Desirae Shaffer.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Volleyball

The Blue Devil eighth-grade team posted a comeback win over Carlisle last week.

After a 25-22 setback in the Carlisle opening game, G-A came back to win 25-23 and close the match with a 16-14 tally. Brooke Zeger, Claudia Hissong, Abbey Eich and Katie Gelsinger all had two kills. Zeger added five assists and Hannah Zimmerman had three digs. Tarah Perry chalked up five aces.

The G-A seventh-grade team dropped a straight sets contest with Gettysburg by scores of 25-29 and 25-28 and went the distance against Gettysburg in a 2-1 loss with scores of 25-7, 25-27 and 15-4. Alyssa Rudy and Jessica Savage each had two kills. Sydney Shepherd, Halle Myers and Shayna Harbaugh all delivered two aces.

Ashton Rockwell is in the midst of clearing a hurdle during her 100 meter win.