G-A softball team makes most of divisional play last week

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Amanda Wink heads to third with a key triple against Big Spring as the ball heads back to the infield.

Greencastle-Antrim put itself right back where it wanted in the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division race last week. The Blue Devils bypassed rival James Buchanan and then took care of business against front-running Big Spring with a 5-1 win.

Friday’s showdown with the Bulldogs, who had tripped the Devils the first time around the schedule, would have the Devils not even considering a repeat. Instead G-A took a 2-0 lead in the second and iced it with a three-run fifth while riding the arm of Amanda Wink, who tossed a two-hitter with eight strikeouts.

The Devils took adavantage of four walks in the second and a Cassey Cordell bunt to round up the first pair. In the fifth, Rachel Kline came through with a double to score Jenna Crunkleton, who had walked ahead of her. Wink helped her own cause by pushing Kline home with a triple. Cordell hit a fly ball for the sac and a 5-1 G-A lead that held.

G-A found little to stop them earlier in the week on a trip to Mercersburg. Wink fashioned a one-hit shutout in the game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule. G-A’s offense delivered 11 hits, including two homeruns from Kline (2-for-4, 4 RBIs). Crunkleton also went yard in the contest. Mary Ward and Makenzie Gayman each doubled with Gayman racking up four RBIs.

The Devils finished a busy week with three more games on Saturday at the Big Spring invitational. G-A trumped Muhlenberg 8-0 and dismantled Kennard-Dale 18-1 before dropping a high-scoring affair with Chambersburg, 11-8. Wink limited Muhlenberg to four hits in the shutout, paced by a five-run first inning from the offense. Against Kennard-Dale, the Devils unleashed a 20-hit attack behind a four-hit five-inning win for Kelsey Brewbaker in the circle. Chambersburg fashioned a six-run second and held off a rally by the Devils in the late innings to preserve the three-run victory.

For the tourney, Kline tallied seven RBIs on seven hits that included two homers against K-D. Crunkleton rang up eight hits to drive in three runs. Cordell added six hits and three RBIs.