G-A roundup: Blue Devils beat Northern to claim tie for 1st place

Greencastle-Antrim 5, Northern York 3: The Blue Devils exploded for all five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 3-0 deficit in a huge Mid Penn Colonial victory over the Polar Bears.

Darren Kline

Northern ace Tommy Molsky had limited G-A to two hits and three walks in a scoreless five innings. But the Blue Devils jumped on two relievers in the sixth, helped by bases-loaded walks to Carter Reid, Andrew Kerns and Aidan Grudzinski. The first run scored on an error and Darren Kline’s two-out single provided the go-ahead run. It was the only hit of the inning.

Blue Devil coach Eric Shaner said, “It was one of the more wild games I’ve ever been a part of. I told the kids if we win the game, we’ll probably have to win it ugly. Their pitcher is really good and we struck out a lot (10 times).

“But Logan (Layton) kept us in it, kept us in striking distance, even though our defense did not have a good game. It’d be hard to count all the little things you won’t see in a boxscore that helped us win. Like Connor Rohm playing shortstop in the last inning for the first time.”

Layton pitched five innings and allowed five hits, only one earned run, striking out eight and walking two. Rohm pitched a scoreless sixth and Reid earned a save with a scoreless seventh, with two punch-outs.

Greencastle (7-1, 5-1 MPC) is now tied for first in the Colonial with Northern and Waynesboro.

Northern York 10, Greencastle-Antrim 0: The Blue Devils managed only two hits and no runs off Polar Bear pitcher Paige Loudenslager and were handed a 10-0, five-inning defeat on Thursday in a Mid Penn Colonial game.

Bailee Martin-Irving and Adrianna Beeler accounted for the two hits for Greencastle (3-2, 3-2 MPC). Loudenslager walked one and struck out only two batters.

Northern, which got nine hits off Martin-Irving, scored three runs in the first inning and six in the fourth to put it away.