The Mid Penn Colonial Division has had its share of quality baseball teams through the years, with Waynesboro, Greencastle-Antrim and Shippensburg setting the standard.
For the 2021 season, two former PIAA champions — Northern York and West Perry — enter the division, which will make the competition that much stronger.
“The programs in this division are awesome,” G-A coach Eric Shaner said. “Northern is always good, West Perry is always good, Waynesboro is always good. There are a lot of blue-blood teams. It will be really competitive and really fun to follow.”
The Blue Devils, with only three seniors on the roster, and only one player who played on the varsity in 2019, are hoping their youthful talent can compete with the top teams.
“This group is talented, but young,” Shaner said. “They want to learn and are very coachable, and it’s a fun team to coach.”
Senior Logan Layton is the one returning varsity player and he will play shortstop and pitch for Greencastle. Sophomore Carter Reid will be the primary catcher, but will take over shortstop when Layton is pitching.
Logan Horst (jr.) will spell Reid behind the plate and play some first base, as will Hutson Trobaugh (so.). Austin Wyand (so.) should be the second baseman, while Connor Rohm (jr.) and Andrew Kerns (so.) will compete for third base. The outfield includes Caiden Smith (sr.) in left, Aidan Grudzinski (so.) in center and Shaun Eby (jr.) in right.
Shaner said, “We’ve been swinging the bats pretty well in our two scrimmages (Biglerville and Hanover). We’ve looked better at the plate early on than most of the teams we’ve had here, so that’s a promising sign.”
Behind Layton in the pitching ranks are Trobaugh, Rohm, Kerns, Wyand, Brady Diller (jr.) and Mason Wolff (jr.).
“In our two scrimmages, everything except our running game has been good,” Shaner said. “The pitchers have thrown well — we’ve had a ton of strikeouts and not many walks. We have some impressive young arms.”
Greencastle begins the season with an away game at Camp Hill on Friday.