Signore rings up 400th K as Devils rock Rockets

May 02, 2006|By CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

MERCERSBURG, Pa. ? Greencastle-Antrim pitcher Sarah Signore had a night to remember on Monday.

The Blue Devils junior fired a three-hitter and reached yet another milestone to add to an already splendid career.

Signore picked up her 400th strikeout in the second inning of Greencastle's 12-0 six-inning Mid-Penn Colonial victory over rival James Buchanan at the Tuscarora Softball Complex.

Signore (9-2), who struck out 12, now has 408 for her career with the Blue Devils (13-2, 11-1)

"I guess all in all it means my career is coming along and I'm progressing," she said.

Signore used a versatile collection of pitches and rendered JB (9-7, 8-5) virtually powerless at the plate. She held the Rockets to just one hit until giving up back-to-back singles in the sixth.

"The screwball was working because they were standing close to the plate and I could get the inside corner," Signore said. "I also threw the changeup. Usually I'm at about 60 (mph) and I can throw the changeup at about 30 and they're not expecting it."


That dramatic change in speed left several Rockets batters off balance and vulnerable to the strikeout.

"She's going to get you those strikeouts and the good thing is that she's not going to walk a bunch, and that keeps people off the bases," said Greencastle coach Jamie Richardson. "She's in her third year and she has control of her pitches. We always say that if we can get a couple of runs for her then we're going to win a lot of games."

The Blue Devils gave Signore more than a couple of runs Monday. Signore led off the game with a triple and scored when the ball was misplayed in the outfield for a quick 1-0 lead. Freshman Rochelle Christman had a two-run single and Emily Wissinger added an RBI single to up the Blue Devils' lead to 4-0 before the Rockets had even batted.

"We've been waiting for a game like this. I know we're capable of hitting like this and it's good to see," Richardson said. "And a lot of different people are hitting the ball, which I like."

The Blue Devils tallied 12 hits by six different players Monday. Signore went 4-for-4, while Christman, Kris Root and Brittany Main each added two hits. Christman finished with three RBI, Root had two and junior Amanda Ritchey came off the bench to launch a three-run home run in the top of the sixth to enforce the 10-run rule.

"I believe that was her first home run and she can really hit the ball," Richardson said. "When she's had the opportunity she's really impressed, like she did tonight."

JB's Tiff Bock broke up Signore's no-hit bid with a two-out single in the third. Seven more Rockets went down before the next hit ? a single to left field by Tara Vosberg in the sixth. Trista Morris then singled, but both runners were stranded as Signore fanned the final two.

Despite the loss, the Rockets still can clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win over Steel-High on Wednesday.

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