Devils pound RCS in baseball contest

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Staff report
He did it with his bat, he did it was his glove, he did it with his pitching arm, and he did it with his legs. Blue Devil Matt VanValkenburg was a multipurpose weapon Wednesday as the Margaretville baseball team downed Roxbury, 11-3, in its non-league home opener.

VanValkenburg’s all-around game took central stage on Wednesday. The first baseman went three-for-three at the plate, worked two base-on-balls, stole a pair of bases and scored three runs. The sophomore lefty also pitched the final three innings of the game, yielding only a single run while striking out three and successfully handling five comebackers.

Short chips in
Margaretville starting pitcher Kyle Short was also a leading character in the victory. Short won his second game in as many starts by going four strong innings, striking out nine, walking five and allowing five hits. Short has 22 strikeouts in 10 innings of work in the young season.
After Short set down the side in order to open the game, Margaretville plated six runs in the first. Base hits by VanValkenburg, Mitch Hull, and Cooper Reither, two Rocket errors, four base-on-balls and a third strike that got away from the catcher did the damage.

Dakota Caronia led off the second with a single to right field, stole second, and third, and scored Roxbury’s first run when, with two men out, Short lost the strike zone and walked three consecutive batters. A one-out Sam Nash double to deep left field set up the Rockets’ second run in the third. Nash moved to third base on Nick Hamil’s  infield single and scored on a wild pitch, cutting the Blue Devils’ lead to 6-2.

Key double
Ethan Bush ripped a two-out single to left field driving in two runners in Margaretville’s half of the fourth.

Both teams scored single runs in the fifth, a Chris Clark single plating the Roxbury run, and Short’s RBI single adding a Margaretville tally.

Bush chalked up his third RBI of the game by singling home Dan Goodell, who had doubled with one out in Margaretville sixth. Eric Mathiesen’s RBI single to right drove in the game’s final run.
Both teams have 2-1 records on the season.