NEWVILLE, Pa. - For two years, Greencastle-Antrim was unable to get past the first round of the PIAA District 3 softball playoffs against Muhlenberg. It was a different opponent, but the way things were going on Tuesday, it looked like the Blue Devils might fail again in the tournament.
After leaving the bases loaded in the first inning and runners on in each of the next three, the Blue Devils were locked in a 0-0 tie with West York.
"I thought, 'Let's not go through this again,'" said Greencastle coach Jamie Richardson.
They didn't. The Blue Devils (21-3) manufactured two fifth-innings runs and held off the Bulldogs (12-9) for a 2-1 victory to gain a berth to play either Manheim Central or Susquehannock on Thursday.
"I felt good with what we were doing in the first inning but we couldn't get a run," said Richardson. "We didn't take (West York) lightly. Two years ago we were 12-8, so you learn not to take teams lightly."