Blue Devils collect key division baseball wins

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A middle infielder Justin Hovey takes the throw as a Central Dauphin runner slides into second.

Greencastle-Antrim took control of its Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division schedule last week, clipping Shippensburg 9-4 in a key matchup and then dominating Gettysburg 14-4. A non-divisional 9-2 loss to Central Dauphin ended the week Saturday. The week put the Devils at 6-2 in the division and 7-4 overall.

While Ryan Ricci and the Blue Devil defense held off the Greyhounds, the G-A offense just kept building. Two runs in the first set the Devils up in front. Shippensburg, which had edged G-A 7-5 earlier in the season, shot back with two in the bottom of the third. Again, the Devils rallied for the lead in the fifth and added a four spot in the seventh. The Hounds scored two in their last chance at bat, but Ricci held them off for the win.

Denver Cordell carried the biggest stick in the 12-hit outing for the Blue Devils. The senior went 3-for-4 (double, triple) and knocked in five of the Devils’ nine runs. Hunter Szaflarksi was 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Ashtin Byers added a pair of hits including a double. Jake Crist also doubled.

Ricci inked the complete game win with three strikeouts and two earned runs.

After Gettysburg opened with two runs in the top of the first, the Blue Devils rebounded quickly with six runs in the bottom of  the opening frame. Adam Moore delivered the big blow with a two-run homer. Crist added a run-scoring double in the rally. While Josh Young settled in to control the Warrior bats, the Devils didn’t stop and they also took advantage of a couple of walks and some errors to plate seven runs in the second which set the stage for an early ending. G-A won by the 10-run rule in the fifth by a 14-4 margin. Jesse Beeler provided four-hit, three-K relief in the final three stanzas.

Moore and Byers (triple) each drove in three runs on the day. The pair, along with Danny Stepler and Crist, each had a pair of hits. Crist, Stepler and Corey Meyers each had two RBIs.

Central Dauphin came to town Saturday and went right to work with five runs in the top of the first. The Blue Devils slowed the Rams down, but weren’t able to generate runs despite putting many runners on base.  G-A had eight hits and were issued nine free passes by CD pitching, but the Devils were not able to capitalize. Twice the bases were left full with a dozen runners left stranded on the day.

Meyers, Crist and Luke Myers (double) had two hits each. Young yielded just three hits and two runs in four innings of relief on the hill.

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G-A got a stellar pitching performance from Kurt Hansen and one inning of offense to avenge its only loss of the season to date by downing the Shippensburg Greyhounds, 4-0. Hansen went six strong innings allowing only four hits while striking out eight and not walking a batter to move his record to 3-0 on the season. The Devil offense awoke in the fifth, keyed by a Thomas Bowers double. A double play and a scoreless seventh worked by Dom Guess inked the win.

The Devils also handled Red Land 8-3. G-A used some strong pitching, a timely defensive gem and one inning of offense for the win. Bowers and Kristian Sheeley each had two hits to pace the Devils, who scored seven runs in the second frame. While Bowers and Jesse Beeler did the work from the hill, Hansen provided a highlight-reel catch in centerfield to key the defense.

G-A middle infielder Justin Hovey takes the throw as a Central Dauphin runner slides into second.