Blue Devils continue roller coaster baseball ride

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A first baseman Luke Myers settles under a pop for the catch as right fielder Cam Chilcote provides backup.

Greencastle-Antrim’s roller coaster season continued last week with the apex of a divisional win over rival Waynesboro and the dip of a 10-6 battle with Northern.

The Blue Devils rode the arm of Justin Hovey against the Indians. The sophomore one-hit Waynesboro in a complete-game performance that despite yielding seven walks also included five Ks and kept the Tribe off the scoreboard for a 3-0 final.

G-A got all the runs it would need in the first inning. Ashtin Byers slugged a sacrifice fly for the first run and some alert base running led to another. Byers drove in the third and final run as well with a ground out in the fifth that plated Hunter Szaflarski, who had two hits on the day. Waynesboro didn’t get to Hovey with a basehit until the seventh and the Devils played errorless defense. The win broke a five-game skid for the Devils and kept them in the hunt for postseason play.

Northern barely kept the Devils from upping their stock even more. Despite posting a 10-2 lead after three innings, G-A kept at it and chipped away to the tune of a 10-6 final. Luke Myers slugged a bases-loaded triple to fuel the comeback attempt. Byers added two more hits to his week. Danny Stepler doubled.

A non-divisional trip to Camp Hill ended the Devils’ week of action. This time G-A was one-hit by the Lions’ pitcher and were shut out 3-0. Hot-hitting Byers broke up a no-hit effort in the top of the seventh.

The Devils go into the final week of the regular season at 7-5 in the Colonial and 8-9 overall putting them on the bubble for postseason play.

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Greencastle could never get anything going offensively and committed four defensive errors as Northern came into Greencastle and easily left with an 8-2 victory. After recording 20 hits the day before the Greencastle offense managed only four hits on the day.

In a game that featured 33 hits, 20 by G-A and 13 by Waynesboro, and 26 runs the Blue Devils fought back and earned a wild 16-10 come from behind victory over the Indians. Thomas Bowers gained the win in relief, and helped his cause collecting four hits while driving in two.  Englehart, Kline and Byers all had three hits with Englehart and Byers collecting doubles and Englehart driving in four and Kline and Byers one each.

“They had us on the ropes early but we stayed focused and fought back which is what good baseball teams do,” said G-A jayvee head coach Todd Nicarry.

“They didn't give up and made it interesting in the seventh, but luckily we had the big cushion going in.”

After a shaky first inning, Josh Ehko settled in and threw four innings of shutout ball to lead G-A to a 9-2 victory over visiting Big Spring and ink his first mound win of the season. Conner Shank and Bowers each threw a scoreless inning to preserve the win for the Devils. Hansen, Bowers and Sheeley lead the Devils at the plate each collecting two hits.