G-A roundup: Softball team wins Colonial division title

Greencastle-Antrim 7, West Perry 1: The Blue Devils defeated the Mustangs on Thursday afternoon on the road in a Mid Penn Colonial game, which wrapped up the-championship of the division.

Sydney Orndorff

Greencastle (15-3, 12-2 MPC) and Northern each had two division losses, but G-A beat Northern twice. So the Blue Devils will represent the Colonial in the Mid Penn playoffs next week.

“The girls just played their hearts out to get the division title,” Greencastle coach Mark DeCarli said. “Hopefully, we can keep it going in the district playoffs.”

Sophie Layton ran her record to 7-0 by hurling a 2-hitter, allowing 3 walks and 1 run while striking out 1.

Greencastle scored a run in the first, then after the Mustangs tied it, tallied 2 runs in the third, 2 more in the fourth and added 2 in the seventh.

Leadoff batter Sydney Orndorff was an excellent table setter at the leadoff spot, getting 3 hits in 4 trips, scoring 4 runs and stealing 5 bases.

Caroline Logsdon, batting behind Orndorff, was 2-for-4 with a trio of runs batted in and Meadow Gambacurta was also 2-for-4 with 3 runs knocked in. Makayla Jerin also had an RBI and Annika Gaus picked up a pair of hits.

The Blue Devils, currently ranked No. 5 in the District 3 Class 5A rankings, will likely host a first-round game on Monday, May 22. G-A plays at Chambersburg on Friday in their regular season finale.

Greencastle-Antrim 4, West Perry 3: Aidan Grudzinski rapped a single to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday afternoon to lift the Blue Devils over the Mustangs in a key Mid Penn Colonial home game.

Aidan Grudzinski

West Perry (9-10) had tied the score 3-3 with a trio of runs in the sixth. But in the seventh, Carter Reid drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. After Ethan Ford was hit by a pitch, Grudzinski delivered the game-winning hit.

“This was a huge win, and it was the perfect kind of game to play before the playoffs,” G-A coach Eric Shaner said. “West Perry is so disciplined and they put a lot of pressure on you.”

Reid was 2-for-4 and scored 3 times, Ford was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Grudzinski drew 2 walks in addition to his big hit.

Shaner said, “They had a chance to score more than three in the sixth, but with two outs and a runner on third, Reid made a great play at shortstop, going to the hole and throwing out their fastest kid by half a step.

“We just told them to take disciplined at-bats in the seventh and they executed well. Now we see what fate will bring us for the playoffs.”

Greencastle started Landon Huth, who threw 6 innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks and 2 earned runs while fanning 10. Adam Horst allowed one hit in his only inning to grab the win.

The Blue Devils (14-4, 10-4 MPC) have now won 9 straight games. Boiling Springs still leads the division with 3 losses, but must play Shippensburg on Monday. Greencastle currently holds the No. 4 ranking in District 3 Class 5A and would host a first-round playoff game on Friday, May 19.



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