Prep Softball: Blue Devils blast Boiling Springs

April 04, 2013|By SAM STEWART | Staff Correspondent
  • Greencastle-Antrim's Casey German connects with a Kim Rogers offering for a two-run triple in the third inning of the Blue Devils' game against Boiling Springs on Thursday.
By Sam Stewart, Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Liz Ward was stellar inside the pitcher’s circle in her high school debut, while Erin Bontrager knocked in a team-high five runs as the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils rode an 11-run third inning to a 13-1 victory over Boiling Springs on Thursday afternoon.

After blowing a late lead in a demoralizing 8-7 loss to Shippensburg in its Mid-Penn Colonial opener on Tuesday, Greencastle got contributions from the entire batting order as each Blue Devil registered at least one hit in the rout over the Bubblers.

Boiling Springs’ bats were alive in the first inning as the Bubblers took advantage of a shaky start from Ward. Heather Martinez and Kim Rogers both worked the counts to earn walks, and both advanced on the basepaths from Ward’s wild pitches.

Martinez gave the Bubblers an early 1-0 advantage when she raced home after a Ward offering bounced in the dirt and scurried to the backstop.

However, the momentum shifted quickly in Greencastle’s favor. Greencastle left fielder Mary Ward gunned out Rogers on a play at the plate, ending the threat and allowing Ward to escape the jam.

“That was a huge play to get out of that inning,” Greencastle coach Mark DeCarli said. “That took the wind out of their sails a bit and gave us a spark.”

The Blue Devils were struggling at the plate, often fooled by off-speed pitches from Rogers.

“It took us a couple innings to get adjusted to the pitching but once they got adjusted they started tagging that ball,” DeCarli said. “Everything was hit hard after that.”

Once they adjusted, the Blue Devils scored six runs before the Bubblers could register an out in the bottom of the third inning. Bontrager recorded four RBIs in the inning, both on extra-base hits to the gap in left-center. Jen Patton and Whitley Mongan also recorded RBIs in the inning, giving the Blue Devils a comfortable 12-run cushion.

Ward was shaky in the beginning of the game, walking three batters in the first three innings. However, she escaped jams in the first and second innings by moving the ball around the plate and fooling the Bubblers with her off-speed pitches.

“She settled down and did what she had to do. She threw strikes and moved the ball around the plate.”

Ward retired the Bubblers in order in the fourth and fifth innings to close out the win.

“Liz did a great job first time out there pitching. It looked like she pitched plenty of games for us this year,” DeCarli said.

Ward finished the game with two strikeouts while scattering four hits in five innings. Bontrager led the team with three hits — a home run shy of the cycle.

Rogers went four innings, allowing 13 runs on 15 hits while striking out two. Lauren Otto picked up two hits for the Bubblers in the loss.

Greencastle 13, Boiling Springs 1
Boiling Springs    100    00    —    1    4    2
Greencastle    11(11)    0x    —    13    15    0
Rogers and Otto. Ward and German. WP — Ward (1-0). LP — Rogers (0-1).

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