Lady Greyhounds handle Blue Devils in softball opener

Shippensburg at Greencastle5by Greg Hoover
The softball team picked to be the top team in the Mid Penn Colonial Division showed why Wednesday evening with a convincing 7-2 win over the defending division champs as the Shippensburg Greyhounds opened up the season with a key early season win over the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils.

It was the experienced team against the young team, and the experienced Greyhounds wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as they pushed three runs across the plate in their first a bat and never looked back.  They expanded the lead to 5-0 before the Blue Devils scored their first run in the bottom of the fifth and tacked on their second run in their last at bat.

With two starting dominating pitchers returning for both clubs, a pitcher-controlled game was thought to be in order.  It was not the case.  The two teams combined for 18 hits, with Shippensburg registering 10 including three doubles while Greencastle countered with eight, with only one going for extra bases.

Emily Wenner went the distance for the win, striking out six and allowing just three walks.  Olivia Remenick suffered the setback striking out five while issuing eight free passes, including three straight in that crucial first inning.

Despite the offensive displayed, each team left their fair share of runners on base.  The Blue Devils left six on during the first three innings, ending with eight.  With the exception of the third inning, the Greyhounds stranded at least one runner in every other inning totaling 12 for the game.

Sami Barmont lead the hitting for Shippensburg, going three for five.  Amber Orndorff and Jessica Lindsay were both two of three.  Greencastle-Antrim was lead at the plate by Remenick and Hannah Beeler as they both collected two hits each.

Greencastle-Antrim travels to James Buchanan for a Friday afternoon game.  Shippensburg will entertain Waynesboro Friday in another key Colonial Division matchup.