FAYETTEVILLE — Greencastle-Antrim sent hits flying all over Norlo Park on Friday afternoon — 13 in all.
But the Blue Devils needed just one or two more line drives to fall in to pull off a big win over county rival Chambersburg.
The Trojans scored the game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning on a bases-loaded walk to escape with a 6-5 non-league win over the Blue Devils at Norlo Park, retaining the Battle of the Bats trophy for a third straight season.
“We just did enough to win,” Chambersburg coach Chris Skultety said. “That’s seven wins in nine days and I think we looked a little tired. But this team is finding ways to win that we didn’t do last year — we’re winning the close ones.”
Greencastle coach Mark DeCarli said, “We hit the ball pretty good — we did out-hit them (13-7). It just didn’t go our way today.”
“We’ve gone through some ebbs and flows with our hitting this year, but we’re doing pretty well now,” said G-A centerfielder Sydney Orndorff, who was 3-for-4 Friday is is 11-for-16 in her last four games. “I’ve been getting my groove back.”
The Blue Devils (15-4) took the lead early, getting a run in the first on Orndorff’s single, a fielder’s choice and a base hit by Meadow Gambacurta.
They made it 2-0 in a crazy top of the third. Orndorff singled, but was thrown out by catcher Sam Paetow trying to steal second base. Caroline Logsdon then ripped a triple to right. Makayla Jerin hit a line drive to shallow right and the throw home by Morgan Stockslager was on time and Paetow tagged Logsdon out.
But the Trojans (17-2) were called for obstruction, which counted the run and gave Jerin an RBI. Gambacurta then blasted a double, but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple.
Chambersburg got it going against G-A starter Kaidyn ZImmerman in the bottom of the third. Zimmerman had been helped by double plays in each of the first two innings, but lack of control eventually hurt her.
After an out, Bree Paetow tripled to left-center and came home on a single by Karley Skultety, who moved up on an error. Sam Paetow bounced a single to left to tie the game 2-2. A fielder’s choice and a single by Addison Gsell loaded the bases.
A walk to Saleen Null brought in a run and Abagail Newman was hit by a pitch to make it 4-2. Mackenzie Wingert relieved and was able to get the final out.
“I thought we were in pretty good shape when we got that lead,” coach Skultety said. “But we just didn’t make adjustments against (Wingert), who was not throwing as hard as the starter.”
Greencastle got within 4-3 in the fifth when Alexis Jones doubled and came in on a single by Jerin. But Chambersburg answered with a run on a base hit by Gsell and a double by Null.
In the sixth, the Blue Devils struck again. Emma Broadwater, Wingert and Annika Gaus started the inning with consecutive base hits. Orndorff’s infield single scored a run and Logsdon tied it up with a sacrifice fly to right. Jerin made the last out on a line drive to right.
Tied 5-5 heading to the bottom of the seventh, Stockslager led off with a single to left-center.
“I needed to get on base,” she said. “Just get something in the grass.”
Stockslager advanced on a wild pitch, then Gsell bunted her to third base. DeCarli then opted to intentionally walk Null and Newman, bringing up Jaden Stull. Wingert could not find the strike zone and Stull walked to end the game.
Stockslager said, “We knew they just won their division, and we saw them in a scrimmage, so we know they are good. I was nice to see a lot of people here because these teams are so close.”
“It was nice to play this kind of game going into the playoffs,” Orndorff said.
DeCarli said, “This was a good way to go into the playoffs. We played the No. 1 6A team right to the end. The defense just let us down a little today.”
NOTES: Every batter in the G-A lineup had at least a hit … The Trojans had only 7 hits, but drew 8 walks (2 intentional) and had 2 hit batters … Chambersburg plays at Mifflin County on Monday to end the regular season … The Blue Devils play next week in the Mid Penn tournament, but details have not yet been released.
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