Margaretville, Roxbury split pair in Legion baseball action
By Julia Green
Two local teams faced off in legion baseball action this week as squads from Margaretville and Roxbury split a doubleheader in Margaretville on Thursday. Although Margaretville posted a solid 14-0 victory in the first match-up, Roxbury bounced back to take the second game 3-1.
While the games were shortened to five innings as per an agreement between the coaches, there was no shortage of action in either one.
“We were the beneficiary of a lot of walks,” said Margaretville Head Coach Rick Funck, whose team received 11 walks from the Roxbury pitching staff. Kyle Short pitched the first four innings for Margaretville, giving up only two hits.
“He pitched very well,” Funck said. “He didn’t give up any runs and we played pretty good defense behind him. We only made one error in those first four innings.”
Cody Fronckowiak led the Margaretville offense, scoring three runs in three at-bats and connecting for a two-RBI single. Mitch Hull added three more runs for Margaretville, drawing two walks and getting hit by a pitch.
Fronckowiak also entered the game as the relief pitcher in the fifth inning and gave up only one hit.
Roxbury battled back in the second game led by pitcher Kyle Ciaravino, who pitched a one-hitter. He held Margaretville hitless until the fourth inning, when Grant Cure connected for a single. Ciaravino tallied eight strikeouts and walked four batters over five innings.
Jon Fairbairn pitched the first four innings for Margaretville and gave up three runs, tallying seven strikeouts and five walks. Fronckowiak pitched the fifth inning for Margaretville.
Garrett Hall sparked the Roxbury offense in the first inning with an RBI single and Derek Cowan added another RBI single in the fourth inning; the third run for Roxbury came on a Margaretville error.
Margaretville’s run came in the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs; Fronckowiak reached on an error and stole second and third and ultimately reached home on a wild pitch.
“We’re playing OK,” Funck said of his team. “I’m continuing to get everybody in the game, and trying to get as many guys who haven’t had much pitching experience and might be on varsity next year some pitching experience.”
He added that he’s also shuffling players around in the infield and outfield, hoping to broaden their experience at various positions prior to next year’s modified and varsity seasons.
“We’ve got a bunch of guys going on vacations, and once July rolls around some of the more experienced guys are gone,” he said. “That’s bad in the sense that we’re going to have a more difficult time competing, but on the other hand it’s going to give some of the younger guys some more playing time, and that’s what summer’s all about in my book.”
The Margaretville boys fell to visiting Stamford 7-4 on Monday night, despite some early liveliness from its offense. Fronckowiak singled and scored on an RBI-double by Grant Cure in the first inning, and a long two-run homerun by Mitch Hull in the second inning drove in Marshall Bouton, who started the inning with a double.
Stamford kept up, however, loading the bases in the third inning and scoring two unearned runs.
“We gave them a bunch of runs,” said Funck, whose team gave up 13 walks during the game and committed three errors. “It wasn’t a very well-played ball game in terms of our pitching, which was a little erratic. We actually outhit them 8-7, but we just put way too many guys on base with walks and hit-by pitches.”
Ian Williams started on the mound for Margaretville, pitching the first three innings and leaving the game when it was tied, 3-3. Jake Brophy entered in relief to pitch the fourth and fifth innings, giving up one run in the top of the fifth to make it 4-3. Fronckowiak took over from Brophy in the sixth and Bouton pitched the seventh.
“A combination of walks, hit-by pitches and a couple singles, they scored three runs to go ahead 7-3,” Funck said. “We scored in the bottom of the sixth on a leadoff double by Ian, and Marshall singled him in, but after that we went pretty quiet. Then I pitched Marshall in the seventh, so I got four guys in to throw last night, which was good.”
Margaretville will play in Delhi on Thursday and in Hancock the following Thursday; they will host Bainbridge in their final home game of the regular season on July 12.
Roxbury will host Delhi on Thursday, July 8 and will play at Stamford on July 12.
Playoffs will begin on July 15.