F-F Highlights: G-A softball is moving full speed ahead
The Greencastle-Antrim softball team is on a roll in the last half of the season, winning nine of their last 10 games - all by impressive margins.
The team's most recent win, a 15-0 non-league victory over Hershey on Monday, moved the Blue Devils up one spot in the District 3 Class 5A rankings to seventh in the 16-team bracket with one game left in the regular season.
In its current four-game winning streak, G-A has outscored opponents 50-14, thanks in part to top performances from the entire batting order.
Monday was no different as every Blue Devil starter registered a hit, including six multiple-hit performances. Leading G-A was Hannah Beeler who had two hits and brought in four runs against Hershey. Jenna Carty was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Baylee Schaeffer had a two-run walkoff single to end the game in four innings.
Ally Brown earned the win in the circle, throwing a one-hitter through four innings and fanning six batters along the way.
MOVING UP: The James Buchanan baseball team claimed is fifth straight win in a 3-1 victory over Susquenita to make a jump in the District 3 Class 4A rankings.
Previously, the Rockets were ranked fourth in the district, but Monday's win bumped them up to second. Berks Catholic is the top seed as of Monday night with one game left in the regular season.
MERCERSBURG SWEEPS: The Mercersburg Academy track & field teams swept the IPSL championships on Saturday with a pair of dominant team wins. The boys squad claimed first place with 210 points, outscoring the second-place team by 117 points. The girls team won the conference with 169 points.
For the boys, Mikale Williams won the triple jump (45-05.75) and the long jump (21-09.75), while Alden Littlefield claimed a pair of wins in the throwing events. Littlefield won the javelin with a throw of 154-09, and the shot put in 54-09.
Carlos Austin was a three-time winner, claiming the high jump - clearing 5-08, and was the lead leg of the winning 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.
On the girls side, Finley Stewart was a three-time winner with a first-place finish in the 100 (13.02), the 400 (1:02.29) and aided the girls 4x400 relay to a first-place finish. Isiuwa Oghagbon continued to dominate the throws with wins in the shot put (38-11.5) and the discus (114-04).
"The field events rarely get enough credit," Mercersburg coach Nikki Walker said. "I have to credit our success this year to extremely strong performances in both the jumps and throws. We are stacked with talent and hope to carry that forward into the most important week of our season."
TIE GAME: The Southern Fulton baseball team was forced to settle for a 7-7 tie with Clear Spring after its nine-inning effort was called due to darkness.
Branden Lynch was 2-for-2 for the Indians and brought in three runs, while Dylan Gordon hit in two RBIs off two hits.
- Cole Funk got Fannett-Metal out of a hitting funk of its own Monday in a 10-2 win over Hyndman. Funk batted in four RBIs on three hits, including a double and a bases-loaded triple, aiding the Tigers to their first win in seven games. Kyler Goshorn got the win on the mound, striking out three batters through five innings of work.
- Shippensburg's Morgan Fetter worked the count and hit a two RBI double with two outs in the third inning of a 5-2 non-league win over Mechanicsburg. Courtney Coy set the win up with a two-run home run in the first inning, and also earned the win in the circle. She allowed just three hits through seven innings and struck out four.
- Destiny Hall had a stellar outing for McConnellsburg in a close 7-6 SHL/ICC win over Forbes Road, batting 2-for-3 with four RBIs in the win. For the Cardinals, Courtney Schoen struck out six in the loss and had two hits. Mara Broadwater brought in two runs for Forbes Road.
- Emily Bard had two goals and an assist in CV Christian's 5-3 MDCC win over Grace Academy. Isabel Beard had a goal and an assist in the win.
Girls track & field
- Shippensburg's Sarah Strohm was a double winner at the Rt. 16 Invite in Greencastle, claiming the girls 100 hurdles (16.58) and the triple jump with a leap of 33-0. She also placed second in the long jump (16-01) behind Greencastle's Alexis Dougherty.
Boys track & field
- Darius Carter won both hurdles events at Greencastle's Rt. 16 Invite, winning the 110 in 16.24, and the 300 in 42.77. His teammate Campbell Parker also won two events, the shot put (49-02.75) and the discus (181-02).
- Shippensburg's Cody Gustafson won the long jump (20-09) and the triple jump (42-06.25).
Mechanicsburg 4, Shippensburg (5-10) 0
Southern Fulton (12-3-1) 7, Clear Springs 7
James Buchanan (14-4) 3, Susquenita 1
McConnellsburg (7-7, 7-5 SHL/ 7-4 ICC) 3, Forbes Road (5-7, 4-7 SHL/ 4-5 ICC) 2
Waynesboro (9-7, 7-4 MPC) 4, Boiling Springs 2
Fannett-Metal 10 (5-12), Hyndman 2
Shippensburg (12-5) 5, Mechanicsburg 2
McConnellsburg (7-6, 6-6 SHL/ 6-4 ICC) 7, Forbes Road (4-8, 4-7 SHL/ 4-5 ICC) 6
Greencastle-Antrim (13-5) 15, Hershey 0, 4 innings
Chambersburg (11-5) 3, New Oxford 1
Track & field
Rt. 16 Last Chance Invite at Greencastle
ICC Meet at Northern Bedford
Cumberland Valley Christian (7-5, 6-5 MDCC) 5, Grace 3
Mercersburg 5, St. Maria Goretti 0
Mercersburg 5, St. James 0