Blue Devils struggle to stop skid on baseball diamond
The Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devil varsity baseball team has definitely had better weeks. After being stung by rival James Buchanan, the Devils were edged by Big Spring to put its Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division mark at 6-4. G-A is now 7-6 overall.
The Rockets were able to hold the Devils to three late runs with a complete game outing from their pitcher. While G-A starter Justin Hovey had five of the JB runs scored on his watch, one was earned as the Devils committed three errors. JB built a 6-0 lead through six at bats, using six hits and the Devil miscues to their best advantage. G-A’s offense came too late. Two in the sixth came on a two-run triple from Ashtin Byers. With two outs in the last-chance seventh, the Devils filled the bases on hits from Corey Meyers, Holden Baker and Hunter Szaflarski before the Rockets closed the door. Szaflarski went 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot and Byers was 2-for-3. Hovey fanned seven in the loss.
Szaflarski looked to change the Devils’ fortunes in Newville with a leadoff homer against Big Spring. G-A’s 2-0 lead in the first would not stand and Big Spring tied it in the third and took a 4-2 lead in the fifth. Adam Moore drove in a run with a double in the top of the sixth, but that ended the G-A production. Denver Cordell and Byers had two hits each. Ryan Ricci struck out seven in going all six on the hill for the Devils.
The weekend didn’t do much to help G-A out of its skid. The Blue Devils put together two close games at the Red Lion Tournament, but ended up on the short end of both, 6-5 to Muhlenberg and 10-8 to Exeter. Muhlenberg scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, including the winning run on a wild pitch, to come from behind against the Devils. For the event, Byers was 5-for-8 with a triple. Szaflarski scored five runs and had three hits. Jovey was 3-for-3 against Exeter and Jake Crist tallied three hits on the day.
G-A (11-2) scored three in the sixth and one in the seventh to come from behind and defeat James Buchanan, 5-4. Down 3-1 after 5 the Devils finally showed shome life. A double from Kristian Sheeley and a Thomas Bowers triple highlighted the offense. Dom Guess threw a scoreless seventh to earn the save for Kurt Hansen, who went six innings scattering seven hits while striking out seven and walking only two. Bowers, Sheeley, Elijah Webster and Eugene Byers lead G-A at the plate with each collecting two hits.
Guess and Conner Shank combined on a one-hitter as the Devils cruised to a 10-0 mercy rule win over Gettysburg. Sheeley and Dalton Webster had two hits with Sheeley collecting a triple and three RBIs.
Central Dauphin got strong pitching and took advantage of several G-A defensive miscues and held on for a 4-2 victory in a game that was suspended by rain. Dalton Webster lead the Devils’ offense with two hits, including a triple. Jesse Beeler and Wayne Kline added RBI singles.