G-A ball teams in district semis, Garns sets new mark at states

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A second baseman Mackenzie Gayman tosses the ball to first baseman Jen Patton for the assist.

Greencastle-Antrim is in position to put two teams into state competition for this spring season, while two track and field athletes ended their 2013 campaigns on the state stage.

Both the Blue Devil baseball and softball teams have moved through the District 3-AAA Championships to the semifinals. Both however had to wait a day to play in the semifinals, now scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Carlisle for the softball team and at 6 p.m. in Dillsburg for the baseball team.

The baseball team has played the upset artist while the softball team has methodically moved through the bracket. Both advanced to the district semifinal after solid performances Thursday. And Blue Devil track athletes Nikki Garns and Taylor Kirkpatrick took their turns at the state championships.

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 (two RBIs, triple), Danny Stepler and Adam Moore (double) all drove in runs. Ashtin Byers also doubled.

Ryan Ricci entered the Lancaster Catholic game after a third of an inning of the opponent’s at bat and delivered. The junior allowed just two hits the rest of the way for the win with six strikeouts. Offensively Crist put up a two-run double in the fourth for a G-A lead and pushed home another run in the fifth for some insurance. Crist ended up with four RBIs. He, Danny Stepler, Justin Hover and Hunter Szaflarski each had two hits on the game.

G-A will next take on sixth-seeded West York in the semifinals Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the Northern York High School field in Dillsburg. 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 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jen Patton doubled in the opening run. Elizabeth Ward scattered five hits and fanned five for the win in the circle.

The Devils’ 7-3 opening round win over Middletown was a consistent barrage of offense. Mary Ward (2 RBIs, triple) and Whitley Mongan each had two hits. Ashlynn Schaeffer delivered a sacrifice fly. Elizabeth Ward scattered four hits in the pitching win.

The win will pit the third-seeded Devils against Donegal, the second seed, in Wednesday’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 also competed at the state level in the high jump, however didn’t record a height.

HIGH SCHOOL

BASEBALL

DISTRICT 3-AAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

FIRST ROUND

G-A 9, Lancaster Catholic 6

G-A    1    3    0    2    0    1    2    —    9

Lan. Cath.    5    0    0    0    0    0    1    —    6

Danny Stelper 2-for-4, 3 runs, 1 RBI; Justin Hovey 2-for-3, double, 2 RBIs, stolen base; Jake Crist 2-for-4, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs; Hunter Szaflarski 2-for-4, stolen base; Kurt Hansen 2pfor-4, 2 RBIs, stolen base. WP— Ricci (IP6.2, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 5BB, 6SO).

QUARTERFINAL

G-A 7, Oley Valley 1

G-A    1    1    2    1    0    1    1    —    7

OV    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    —    1

Szaflarski 2-for-4, triple, 2RBIs; Adam Moore, double, RBI; Ashtin Byers, double. SB— Szaflarski 2, Hansen. WP—Myles Gayman (7IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5SO).

SOFTBALL

DISTRICT 3-AAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

FIRST ROUND

G-A 7, MIDDLETOWN 3

Middletown    0    0    2    0    0    0    1    —    3

G-A            1    0    3    1    0    2    x    —    7

Mary Ward 2-for-4, 2 RBI, triple. Whitley Mongan 2-for-4, 2 runs, stolen base. Casey German, stolen base, sacrifice. Ashlynn Schaeffer sacrifice fly. WP—Elizabeth Ward 7IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 3SO.

QUARTERFINAL

G-A 2, Kennard-Dale 1

K-D    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    —    1

G-A    0    1    0    0    0    0    1    —    2

M. Ward double, RBI; Jen Patton, double, RBI; SB—Mongan. WP—E. Ward (7IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 5SO).