Devils navigate busy week on the baseball diamond

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Hunter Szaflarski hurries to third for the Blue Devils.

What started off well didn’t end with a bang for the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devil varsity baseball team. After playing the ungracious host in handing Big Spring a 4-3 setback, G-A fell to Waynesboro and then to non-divisional Red Land in weekend action.

The Blue Devils made the most of their six basehits while using five Big Spring errors in the division win. G-A did all of its offensive damage in the fourth highlighted by a two-run double from Denver Cordell. Josh Young (win) and Justin Hovey (save) teamed up from the mound to hold off the Bulldogs.

Each G-A and Waynesboro had seven hits during the skirmish at Indian Field. It was the Tribe that capitalized, inking two runs in each of three innings. G-A scored just one in the fifth and one in the seventh in an attempt to rebound. Hunter Szaflarski and Danny Stepler each had two hits.

The Red Land game held in Greencastle Saturday featured 25 runs combined with the Patriots taking the spoils at 17-8. Red Land started the game with five runs in the first and didn’t really back down. The Devils did their share of offensive work as well, but trailed 11-8 going into the seventh. That’s when the Patriots scored a six-spot to clinch the decision. Ashtin Byers chalked up three RBIs and Adam Moore drove in two. Moore was the lone Devil to record more than one hit on the afternoon.

Junior varsity

The junior varsity Blue Devils scored four runs in the sixth to pull away and claim an 11-4 victory over the visiting Waynesboro Indians. Kristian Sheeley (three RBIs) tripled twice to fuel the offense. Kurt Hansen tripled as part of a 3-for-4 plate outing. Eli Englehart doubled on a three RBI day. Dom Guess inked the win and Eugene Byers collected a save.

“Our pitching was outstanding today but I would still like to see us eliminate some of the walks,” said jayvee head coach Todd Nicarry.

After spotting Big Spring two unearned runs in the first, the Blue Devils woke up in time to down the Dogs 10-4. Hansen, Conner Shank and Josh Ehko combined on the mound en route to the victory for the Devils.