Softball Devils go up 3-0

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A runner Whitley Mongan ran into some tough luck as Gettysburg was able to glove a hard shot and the Blue Devil junior was unable to get back to the bag.

The Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devil varsity softball team saw both sides of the coin last week in opening the spring season. A dramatic extra-inning affair was sandwiched between a pair of lopsided wins for the Devils who went 3-0 for the week.

Amanda Wink didn’t allow a hit, walked just two and fanned five batters in the three innings the Devils needed to bypass Biglerville 18-0 on opening day. Jenna Crunkleton had two hits and Rachel Kline (triple), Wink and Tiffany Briggs each drove in two runs for the Devils. Seven G-A players contributed to the display.

Shippensburg presented a much bigger challenge although it appeared that the Devils had a 4-1 decision in their pockets going into the bottom of the seventh. The Greyhounds were able to rally for three in the bottom of the seventh and force extra innings. Two more frames didn’t change the score, but with the international tie-breaker rule in effect in the 10th, G-A scored pinch runner Michaela Ensminger on a tough grounder from Casey German.

German had a 3-for-5 outing on the day, while Briggs and Kline each added two hits. Crunkleton and Briggs had RBIs. Wink went the full 10 innings with five Ks.

Again the level of competition changed for the Devils, who opened with a five-run first against Gettysburg. The runs just kept coming and the Devils closed the game by the 10-run rule after five. Wink scattered three hits in the duration with eight strikeouts. Seven Devils had multiple hits during the 16-hit parade. Whitley Mongan knocked in three runs. Crunkleton (double) had two RBIs.

The G-A junior varsity team also clobbered Biglerville, 20-0 by the 15-run rule in three innings. Things were fairly close until G-A plated 17 runs in the top of the third inning. Kierstyn Carter and Ashlynn Schaeffer each had grand slams and Jen Patton had a three-run homer. Kelsey Brewbaker fanned four and allowed three hits in the three innings of work from the circle.