Blue Devils get short warmup for district play

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Cassey Cordell connects with a pitch. (Bob Stoler Photos)

The Blue Devil softball team (14-6, 10-2 MPC-Colonial) never got to finish its defense of the Mid-Penn Conference Championship last week, but it got things off to a great start.

The Blue Devil (15-6) crunched Commonwealth Division champion Central Dauphin by a 7-0 score Monday, but a rainy rest of the week disrupted any chance at getting back on the field prior to the start of the district tournament.

Instead, the Devils will ride the solid shutout of the Class AAAA team into the District 3-AAA Tournament as the sixth seed where they will pit their 14-6 record against 11th seed Hamburg with its 14-5 mark.

Rachel Kline provided the bulk of the offense with a fifth inning grand slam. Diamond Byers drove in two runs in the seven with a double. Seven different Devils had hits.

Autumn Appleby had no trouble controlling the Rams from the circle. She fanned a dozen in the four-hit shutout.

Central Dauphin had come into the conference clash with a 16-2 record. It's unclear when or if the tournament will be completed. If the final of the tourney is held, G-A will face Lower Dauphin, a team the Devils handled easily earlier in the season. Lower Dauphin defeated Boiling Springs 3-2 in the other semifinal.

G-A takes on Hamburg at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Carlisle High School field. Ironically if the Devils win, they will take on the winner of the Big Spring/Shippensburg game. Both the Bulldogs and Greyhounds are fellow members of the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division and familiar opponents.