Rife's revenge - No. 3 Trojans blank No. 2 Devils

May 10, 2007|by ANDREW MASON

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Entering Wednesday's game with a 1-2 career record against Greencastle-Antrim, Chambersburg senior ace Allee Rife had something to prove in her final start against the rival Blue Devils in their Mid-Penn nondivision matchup.

"We just take it so personally, me especially," Rife said. "It's always just been Greencastle that I've wanted to beat. The whole team just really wanted to win. We were thinking about it all the past two weeks."

The Trojans, who lost to the Blue Devils in their lone matchup last year, got their revenge Wednesday. Rife pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts and went 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run as No. 3 Chambersburg prevailed 8-0 over No. 2 Greencastle (14-4).

"It's more of a personal game, I think, than it is anything," said Rife (10-2). "We take them very seriously because they're huge rivals, and they're always very good. So beating them feels incredible."


After two scoreless innings, the Trojans (14-4) rallied for four runs against star hurler Sarah Signore (8-4) in the top of the third on five hits and a pair of Greencastle errors. Freshman Delanie Dunham started the inning with her first varsity home run - a shot to deep left field - and Rife and Katie Culbertson each had an RBI single.

"That was actually our plan," Rife said. "We knew from facing (Signore) in the past that if you start getting hits off her, she starts getting down on herself. And that's what we did. We started getting hits, she got rattled up and we kept on going."

Signore, who fell to 2-2 against Chambersburg for her career, was done for the day after the third. She stayed on the bench with an ice pack on her back as Brittany Main pitched the rest of the way.

"She just probably tweaked it. She'll be fine. She'll be OK," Greencastle coach Jamie Richardson said. "We took her out because we figured we weren't going to risk anything and take a chance. We have too much to lose down the road."

The Trojans added two runs in the fifth on Rife's solo homer to center and Jill Monn's RBI single and made it 7-0 in the sixth on an RBI single by Jordan Sanders. They scored their final run in the seventh as pinch-hitter Brandi Timmons drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored on an error.

"Mentally and physically, we weren't quite there," Richardson said. "They put the ball in play and hit the ball bard, and we didn't make some plays. They played a great game and deserved to win. They're peaking at the right time."

Sanders had three of Chambersburg's 13 hits, while Dunham and Tara Cole each had two.

The Blue Devils face Trinity on the road today with at least a share of the Capital Division title on the line.

"We're going to bounce back tomorrow. ... We're going to put forth our best effort with or without (Signore)," Richardson said.

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