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Preps Area Roundup -- Blue Devils, Maidens advance to state semis

June 05, 2009

PREP SOFTBALL



Greencastle-Antrim 3, Punxsutawney 2

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. -- Rochelle Christman hit a two-run double, Rachel Stotler drove in the winning run with a fielder's choice in the sixth inning, and Rachel Kline tossed a five-hitter as Greencastle-Antrim advanced to the PIAA Class AAA state semifinals with a victory over Punxsutawney in the quarterfinals Thursday.

The Blue Devils (23-3) committed four errors -- both of Punxsutawney's runs were unearned -- but made enough plays behind Kline to pull out the victory and go a step further than last year's playoff run.

Punxsutawney (20-3) took a 1-0 lead in the second with the help of two Greencastle errors. The Blue Devils responded with a pair of runs in the third for a 2-1 lead. Diamond Byers led off with a single, Meghin Palmer hit a one-out single and Christman lashed her two-run double with two outs.

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Punxsutawney tied the game in the fifth with two two-out singles and a Blue Devils error.

Greencastle scored the final run in the sixth. Katy Bobbitt led off with a double, Christman was intentionally walked and both runners moved up a base on a passed ball. Stotler's fielder's choice grounder scored Bobbitt.

Kline was not overpowering -- she only struck out one hitter -- but she allowed no walks, and 15 of the 21 outs she recorded came on groundouts, eight to Bobbitt at second base.

Greencastle, the District 3 champion, will play in the semifinals on Monday against Trinity, out of District 7, at a time and place to be announced.

Greencastle-Antrim 3, Punxsutawney 2
P'tawney 010 010 0 -- 2 5 0
Greencastle 002 001 x -- 3 7 4

Burke and Ruehle. Kline and Christman. WP -- Kline (11-1). LP -- Burke.

Waynesboro 6, Saint Huberts 2

KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Mallory Wishard had three hits and four RBIs and Taryn Ashway pitched a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts as Waynesboro beat Saint Huberts (20-4) in the PIAA Class AAAA state quarterfinals.

The Maidens (23-3) scored four runs in the top of first inning, highlighted by Wishard's two-run single. Wishard hit another two-run single in the fifth to give Waynesboro a 6-1 lead.

Megan Baker and Ashway each added two hits for the Maidens, who had nine in the game.

Waynesboro will face Parkland in the semifinals Monday at a site and time to be determined.

Waynesboro 6, Saint Huberts 2
Waynesboro 400 020 0 -- 6 9 2
Saint Huberts 000 110 0 -- 2 4 1

Ashway and Decker. Robinson and Foley. WP -- Ashway (19-3). LP -- Robinson.

PREP BASEBALL



Rain postpones W.Va. tourney

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Rain has postponed play at the West Virginia high school baseball tournament in Charleston.

Two Class AAA semifinal games were washed out Thursday and now will be played on Saturday at Appalachian Power Park. The first game between Logan and Martinsburg is set for 10 a.m. and the second semifinal between Nitro and John Marshall will follow 30 minutes afterward.

The Class AAA championship game is now set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Class AA and A semifinal games will be played today and the championship games will be held on Saturday. The Class AA title game is now scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday with the Class A championship game set for 45 minutes after the Class AA game's awards ceremony.

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