G-A takes control of Colonial in softball
Greencastle-Antrim raced to an early lead, but had to hold on late for a 6-4 victory over visiting Shippensburg in a crucial Mid-Penn Colonial Division softball game Monday afternoon.
The Blue Devils are now alone in first place in the division after the teams entered the day even.
"We didn't have much fire or intensity until the seventh inning today and I'm not sure where it was," Ship coach Mike Peters said. "Greencastle is a tough team and they're even tougher at home."
G-A (10-5, 7-1) got to Greyhound sophomore Emily Wenner for four runs in the second inning with Olivia Remenick, Hannah Beeler and Ally Brown all singling home runs and Bailey Schaeffer doubling one home.
The Devils chased Wenner after 1 2/3 innings in the circle.
"We came out on fire today and hit the ball really well," Greencastle coach Mark DeCarli said.
Brown singled home Beeler in the fourth and Remenick followed Abby Reitz's lead off triple in the fifth with an RBI single.
Meanwhile, Remenick had it on cruise control through the first five frames as the Hounds managed just two hits before the sixth inning.
The G-A hurler worked around a pair of hits in the sixth to hang another zero, but the seventh was a different story.
Down to its final out, Ship (9-5, 6-2 MPC) cut the lead to 6-2 when Sami Barmont singled home Baille Jones and Rachel Kline. A walk drawn by Courtney Coy brought Morgan Fetter to the plate and she boomed a double off the fence in right-center that scored Barmont and Coy.
With the tying run at the plate, Remenick induced a ground out from Madison Miller to wrap things up.
"For once, I went into the final inning feeling good," DeCarli said. "But they made us sweat there at the end."
For the game, Remenick allowed four runs and seven hits with four strikeouts and four walks. She also had a trio of hits and two RBI.
"Most everything was working for me today until the last inning," Remenick said. "I left a few pitches in the middle of the plate and they hit them hard."
G-A piled up 12 hits with Brown joining Remenick with three knocks to pace the offense.