BASEBALL

G-A baseball, softball head to district semifinals; Garns competes at states

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Greencastle-Antrim baseball and softball are district semifinal-bound after solid performances Thursday. And Blue Devil track athlete Nikki Garns took her turn at the state championships Friday in the 400 meter dash.

Baseball

The Blue Devil baseball team continues to knock off higher seeded teams in the District 3-AAA Championships. In Thursday’s quarterfinals it was fifth-seeded Oley Valley that was sent home by G-A by a 7-1 score. The 13th-seeded Devils had already eliminated fourth-seeded Lancaster Catholic in the opening round.

Myles Gayman tossed a two-hitter with no free passes to frustrate Oley Valley while the offense was a constant threat. Jake Crist, Hunter Szaflarski, Danny Stepler and Adam Moore all drove in runs.

G-A will next take on sixth-seeded West York in the semifinals Tuesday at a site and time to be announced. West York comes in at 16-7, while the Devils’ record stands at 13-7.

Advancement to the semifinals assures the team of two shots at state qualification as three of the final four entries will go on.

Softball

The G-A softball team used a run in the seventh inning to bypass Kennard Dale in its quarterfinal action of the District 3-AAA Championships. Mary Ward doubled in the winning run. Elizabeth Ward scattered five hits and fanned five for the win in the circle.

The win will pit the third-seeded Devils against Donegal, the second seed, in Tuesday’s semifinal. That game is set for 4:30 p.m. at Carlisle Area High School. G-A’s record is now 17-6, while Donegal holds a 20-3 mark.

Advancement to the semifinals assures the team of two shots at state qualification as three of the final four entries will go on.

Track and field

Nikki Garns set and reset the school record in the 400 meter dash this season and ended with a trip to the PIAA State Championships at Shippensburg University Friday. The junior did it again by lowering her personal best and school record time to 58.57 round the oval in the Friday preliminaries. Her record was 58.62. Despite the incredible feat, the Blue Devil was denied a ticket to Saturday’s finals in a fast field. Garns was third in her heat. The winner of each heat and the next four best times advanced, leaving Garns just out of the running for the finals but with a fine season.

Senior Taylor Kirkpatrick will compete at states in the high jump during the 9 a.m. session Saturday.