Devils answer each call to bypass Northern in baseball

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
When Justin Hovey isn’t playing second base for the Blue Devils he may be throwing a one-hitter as he did against James Buchanan last week.

Northern may have last years’ state championship trophy and the long ball against the Blue Devils last week, but it was Greencastle-Antrim that had the winning combination in a 3-2 Mid-Penn Conference baseball win.

Each time Northern’s Jon Mayer slugged a fence shot, the Devils came up with a response. In the bottom of the fourth Ashtin Byers knocked in Denver Cordell with a double. Adam Moore set the table with a sac bunt to move Byers to third and Danny Stepler came through with a base knock to drive in the go-ahead run. Mayer again tied the game in the top of the sixth with another dinger. But G-A likewise answered. Stepler was walked and was on third with steals shortly later. Denton Cordell put the ball in play and Stepler came in under a high throw home. From the mound, Josh Young and Ryan Ricci combined to one-hit the Bears with four Ks.

G-A was up by 11 over James Buchanan Thursday before the fourth inning to cruise in this division contest. Justin Hovey tossed a five-inning one-hitter as the mercy rule was put into effect by the hot hitting Devils. Denver Cordell was 3-for-3 with a trio of RBIs. Byers (triple) also drove in three on two hits. Jake Crist also collected two hits and Luke Myers rang up a pair of RBIs. Hovey struck out four without a walk.