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Greencastle defends District 3-AAA softball title

May 28, 2009|By CHRISTIAN WORSTELL

ANNVILLE, Pa. -- Call it female intuition or just plain optimism.

Rachel Kline just knew the Blue Devils would score a run eventually.

Rachel Statler's bases-loaded infield single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Greencastle-Antrim to a 1-0 win over Twin Valley for the Devils' second straight PIAA District 3 Class AAA gold medal on Thursday.

Statler's slow roller to short with one out alleviated Greencastle of its missed opportunity one inning earlier.

The Devils loaded the bases with nobody out in the sixth, but two strikeouts and a popout later, Twin Valley sprinted off the field with the scoreless tie still intact and the momentum clearly in its favor.

"That was very deflating," Greencastle coach Jamie Richardson said. "All we needed was a base hit or a ball to the outfield. It was a great opportunity and we didn't cash in. But I was impressed with how the girls came out and said, 'Let's just play defense.'"

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"We still had a chance and I knew we would score a run," said Kline, a freshman pitcher who scattered five hits and went 2-for-2 with a triple.

Twin Valley knows all about missed opportunities.

In three seperate innings, the Raiders had two runners on base with less than two outs and came away empty.

Twin Valley stranded six runners in scoring position and was 1-for-11 with runners on base.

"Just not timely hits. It happens," Raiders coach Natalie Guiseppe said.

"I know I have a good defense that can get people out," Kline said. "I just tried not to throw anything down the middle that they could hit and I kept going to my bread-and-butter, which is the fastball."

Wendy Wolff led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to left for the Devils. After an out, Katy Bobbitt laid down a bunt. Raiders third baseman Chauntel Durez lost her footing on the throw to first, sending the ball out of reach of the first baseman, and Wolff moved up to third on the error.

The Raiders then issued a four-pitch walk to Greencastle slugger Rochelle Christman to load the bases for Statler. She hit a soft grounder to Twin Valley shortstop Cory Urkuski, who didn't even make a throw as the speedy Wolff scored easily.

"You can only escape (the jams) for so long," Guiseppe said. "We didn't score a run and it's tough to hold someone else scoreless for seven innings."

The Devils held on despite having three calls go in Twin Valley's favor. Greencastle leadoff hitter Meghin Palmer was twice called out for stepping out of the batter's box, and an out at second base was overturned when Wolff was ruled to have interfered with a Raiders base runner.

"I asked Rochelle if this one was better than last year and she said they were both special," Richardson said. "Last year we kind of snuck up on people and this year we expected to be here. Our attitude this year was that we've been there before so why not again?"

Greencastle 1, Twin Valley 0
Twin Valley 000 000 0 -- 0 5 2
Greencastle 000 000 1 -- 1 8 0

Antosh and Rosenbaum. Kline and Christman. WP -- Kline. LP -- Antosh.

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