Delaware League names softball and baseball All Stars
By John Bernhardt
Several local athletes have been recognized by the Delaware League for the outstanding performance on the baseball field of softball diamond this spring.
Margaretville senior Kyle Short was named a first-team Delaware League All-Star. Short was the mainstay of the Margaretville pitching staff, winning five times against two losses and striking out 77 batters in just under 40 innings on the mound.
Short’s contributions weren’t limited to just the pitching hill as he led the Blue Devils in several hitting categories including batting average (.421), extra base hits (six) base-on-balls, (12) and on-base-percentage. Short reached first base in almost two of every three plate appearances.
Blue Devil first baseman Matt VanValkenburg was selected as a second-team all-star. VanValkenburg, who had the fewest errors (two) of any of the Margaretville defenders, hit .302 and led the team in stolen bases and runs scored. VanValkenburg pitched nearly 23 innings for Margaretville striking out 28 and walking only eight.
Roxbury, too, had a first baseman named as a second-team all-star. Jacob Davis was recognized for both his offensive prowess in the batter’s box and his defensive work around the bag. Davis, found his batting groove sometime around the middle of the season and was in a slugging tear as the season came to a close. The Rocket first baseman hits for power and racked up several extra base hits. When needed, the Roxbury sophomore took the ball to give the Rockets a huge boost by gobbling up some innings on the pitching mound.
Cooper Reither, Danny Conroy and Will Rendler received honorable mention recognition. Reither, the Margaretville catcher, threw out four runners stealing and hit .304. A clutch hitter, two late inning Reither home runs helped secure victories this spring.
Conroy’s all around baseball improvement was recognized. The Blue Devils sophomore third baseman lead the team in infield assists and made marked improvement in almost every batting category.
A junior, Rendler was a leader of the Roxbury squad, a versatile and dependable player manning multiple positions on the field. A good contact hitter, Rendler was a tough out at the plate.
Senior Lizzie Davis had a spectacular softball season at Roxbury earning her a first team Delaware League all-star selection. The Roxbury second baseman, Davis had solid glove and provided senior leadership for a young team that exceeded early season expectations. Davis was a long-ball hitting machine amassing extra base hits in over half the games.
Sure hands and a powerful throwing arm made junior Shannon Sprague one of the leading softball infielders in the DL. A good contact hitter and excellent base running skills made Sprague a table setter of the offense.
Another Sprague, Stacey Sprague, the Roxbury catcher was named a second team all-star. Sprague was steady and strong behind the plate on defense and waved a power hitting stick.
Two Margaretville Blue Devils joined Stacey Sprague on the DL all-star second team. Junior Elia Tanzer started the season in center field and was shifted to third base in the mid season. Tanzer made her mark in the batting box hitting .436 with a sparkling .655 on base percentage and scored a team high 27 runs.
A young Margaretville squad got much needed leadership from senior first baseman Cecilia Galatioto. One of the best fielding first baseman in the league, Galatioto reached base 60 percent of the time, batted .300 and was second on the team in runs scored.
Margaretville’s second baseman Carly Schultis and Roxbury’s shortstop Kaelie VanLoan were recognized with honorable mention status. Schultis has a solid glove and moved runners around well with her bat from the number two slot of the Blue Devil line-up. VanLoan has good range and natural playing instincts in the field and saw improved outputs from the batter’s box as the season progressed.