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Raiders bedeviled in playoffs; Falcons ousted by No. 1 CV

Posted 5/28/13

Middletown was eliminated from the District 3 Class AAA softball playoffs by a senior-laden Greencastle-Antrim team, 7-3 on Tuesday, May 21 at Carlisle.

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Raiders bedeviled in playoffs; Falcons ousted by No. 1 CV

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softball5 29 13Photo by Phil Hrobak MIddletown shortstop Halle Marion ignited a Blue Raider rally with the first of four consecutive hits that gave her team a brief 2-1 lead over Greencastle-Antrim. The Blue Devils rallied to eliminate Middletown, 7-3.The Blue Devils, the third seed, boast nine seniors, many of whom contributed to G-A’s victory over the Blue Raiders (10-10), the 14th seed.

The Devils’ Whitley Mongan singled, stole second and, two batters later, stole home to give Greencastle-Antrim a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Middletown took the lead in the top of the third. Shortstop Halle Marion started a Raider rally with a single, one of four consecutive Middletown hits. Catcher Emily Mattes hit an RBI single to tie the game, and pitcher Sarah Gossard walked with the bases loaded to drive in a second run that gave the Raiders a 2-1 lead.

The Devils (16-6) scored two runs on a Middletown throwing error on an infield grounder in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good, 3-2. Ashlynn Schaeffer’s sacrifice fly in the same inning made it 4-2.

Two Middletown errors led to three unearned Devil runs.

Lower Dauphin won its first game in the District 3 Class AAAA playoffs, beating Red Lion, 7-4 on Tuesday, May 21 in York.

Falcon outfielder Elaine Gross preserved the victory in the third inning with a sensational running catch on a powerful shot to right-center field by Red Lion batter Hailey Orwig with runners on first and third. Gross grabbed the ball on the fly and threw to first, doubling up the runner there to preserve a 4-2 Lower Dauphin lead.

The Falcons’ Maddi Lillock drove in two runs for Lower Dauphin.

The Falcons, the eighth-seed, were eliminated in the quarterfinals, 6-2 by top-seeded Cumberland Valley (22-2) on Thursday, May 23 in Carlisle.

CV pitcher Kayla Sullenberger limited Lower Dauphin to six hits and two runs, while driving in two runs herself.

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