A recent shuffling of the lineup by Greencastle-Antrim head coach Eric Shaner has paid immediate dividends.

Last Friday, the Devils racked up 10 hits but managed only two runs in a loss to South Western.

With a new and improved lineup on Tuesday, the Devils downed Gettysburg, 12-2, in five innings in Mid-Penn Colonial division baseball action at Gettysburg. The victory followed Monday's 17-run explosion against Camp Hill.

"We knew that they (Gettysburg) could score, so we wanted to put pressure on them," Shaner said. "We got guys on, stole some bases, moved runners up and got hits with runners on. We did everything you need to do offensively to score runs."

Greencastle (5-2, 2-1 MP Colonial) busted out of the gate with three runs in the top of the first off of Gettysburg starter Jon Tarbox.

Ashtin Byers started the scoring with an RBI on a fielder's choice for the second out of the inning, but senior Hunter Szaflarski kept the rally alive when he laced Tarbox's first offering into the gap in right-center field for a triple that plated two more runs.

Blue Devil starter Justin Hovey worked around a two-out walk that he issued to Dane Purdy in the bottom of the first when centerfielder Danny Stepler caught Justin Martin's sinking line drive to end the inning.

Greencastle went right back to work in the second, sending 10 to the plate, scoring six runs and chasing Tarbox in the process.


Byers drove in two runs with a double to left that fell just short of a home run, then Szaflarski followed with a rocket to left-center for a double to score Byers. Hovey drove in Szaflarski with a double that he roped down the left field line.

"You have to tip your hat to them, they hit the ball hard," Gettysburg head coach Syril Kress said. "We made a couple of mistakes, but they played well and deserved to win today."

Gettysburg (3-4, 1-3) managed to score in the bottom of the second when Luke Wlazlak reached on an error that plated Josh Chorney.

Stepler singled with one out in the top of the third to give every player in the Greencastle starting lineup at least one hit, but he was stranded at third when Warrior reliever Tom Buxton retired the next two hitters.

That was a short reprieve for Gettysburg, though; the visitors went right back to work in the fourth.

Greencastle plated three additional runs in that frame to take a 12-1 lead.

Hovey's time on the mound was done after three innings as he gave way to Jake Crist. It was Hovey's first start since returning from bicep tendonitis. He worked three innings and allowed one unearned run on two hits and two walks. He threw 38 pitches, 21 of them strikes.

"It's important that we get Hovey back out there," Shaner said. "We're going to need him on the mound going forward."

Trying to avoid the mercy rule ending, Gettysburg pushed a run across when Martin doubled home Chorney with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, but Crist retired the next hitter on a strikeout to end the game.

Szaflarski, a Shippensburg University recruit, spearheaded Greencastle's 13-hit attack with three knocks and drove in four runs.

Dave Filler had two hits for the Warriors, who return to the diamond on Saturday with a road game at Milton Hershey at 11 a.m.