As if it wasn’t hard enough coming back from having no season in 2020, COVID-19 dealt the Greencastle-Antrim softball team another hurdle when the team had go into quarantine during preseason practice this month.
The Blue Devils returned to practice Wednesday and will host Camp Hill on Friday in their season opener.
Needless to say, coach Mark DeCarli isn’t sure what to expect.
“Last year, we would have had a team that I think could have made a run at states,” he said. “But we lost seven girls who would have started for that team.
“This team will, I think, surprise some teams. We have a lot of potential — some pretty good seniors and a lot of good young players.”
Senior Bailee Martin-Irving will be a leader for the Blue Devils. She will be the shortstop and will likely also do some pitching. In 2019, Martin-Irving was selected as a Mid Penn Colonial second team all-star.
Adrianna Beeler (sr.) will carry the load as the top pitcher. Sophomore Sydney Orndorff will be the G-A catcher and Sydra Royer (sr.) will play centerfield.
DeCarli said, “Martin-Irving has been on the varsity since she was a freshman and she’s a special player. Orndorff will be a stud player and Royer will be very good, too.”
Other likely starters for Greencastle will be senior Taylor Appenzellar at second base, senior Amanda Grosh in right field and junior Abbi Cunningham in left field.
DeCarli said, “I’m thinking the favorites (in the MPC Colonial) should be Northern and Big Spring. We might be in the middle somewhere. Not too many people expect much from these girls, but they could really surprise.”