MCS girls win Upper Delaware League crown
By John Bernhardt
Margaretville’s nonleague tune-up left a well-oiled machine as the Blue Devils pounded Hunter-Tannersville 16-1 on Tuesday. Margaretville will face Jefferson in the Delaware League crossover title game at SUNY Oneonta tomorrow.
Third baseman Sarah Batka was the Blue Devils’ hitting star with a three-hit game that included a grand slam home run. Natalie Shaffer and Caitlyn Roberts each had two hits for the victors.
Karlie Tait threw a complete game for Margaretville. The Blue Devils’ sophomore yielded five hits in winning her sixth game of the season against only one loss.
The Blue Devils won their 10th game of the season stopping Coleman, 14-6, on the road Monday night. Brittney Hull threw a complete game for the win.
Trailing 2-0, Margaretville rallied to score four times in the third, and six times in the fourth. Amanda Drizis had a bases loaded single and Caitlyn Roberts a run scoring base hit in the third. Sarah Batka’s bases full single scored two more in the fourth. Brandie Balcom also had an RBI single in the six-run outburst.
Coleman tried to make it a game rallying to narrow the score to 10-6, but the Blue Devils scored four times in their final at bat to put the game away. Emily Kelly and Batka had key hits in the inning with Batka slamming a long ground rule double that bounced over the fence in straight away center field.
Unbeaten in Delaware League Play Many masters Rockets
Whitey Herzog, a legendary major league baseball manager, used to say his teams needed three kinds of pitching: right-handed, left-handed and relief. On their home field Saturday, South Kortright needed only one and it was delivered by the strong arm of Dan Many. Many came two outs shy of hurling a no-hitter, pitching the Rams past Roxbury, 8-1, preserving the Rams’ perfect record in the Delaware League.
Shutting down Roxbury is not an easy feat. The Rockets have a tradition of fielding a batting lineup that resembles Murderer’s Row, and the 2008 Rocket edition is no exception. But, the hard throwing Many dominated, striking out seven and allowing only one hit, a one-out Andrew Camillone single in the seventh.
South Kortright entered the home half of the fourth inning with a narrow one-run lead. But, the Rams bunched together back to back multiple-run innings in the fourth and fifth. Tanner Metzko’s two-run double was the big blow in the SK fourth when the Rams scored three times to take a 4-0 lead. SK scored four more runs in the following inning.
Metzko went 2-for-4 for the Rams to compliment a three-hit game from Kyle Hotaling. Many also doubled for SK.
The win extended Many’s perfect record to 5-0. The Rams take an unblemished 9-0 Delaware League mark into Thursday’s Del-aware League cross-over final against Hunter-Tannersville. The title game will be played at SUNY Oneonta with a scheduled 5 p.m. start.
After an impressive late-season run positioned Roxbury for a chance at the Mountain Division title, the Rockets stumbled. Roxbury failed to hold two different leads eventually falling to Gilboa, 7-6, ending their title hopes in an extra-inning heartbreaker on Tuesday.
Trailing, 5-2, in their final at bat in home seventh, the Wildcats rallied to score three times to prolong the affair. Jefferson Piasek’s sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth put Roxbury back in front, 6-5.
But, Gilboa was determined. Joe Cooper’s one-out RBI single knotted the score at 6-6 in the Wildcats’ ninth. Doug Campbell made the upset official one out later with a walk-off single. The win was only Gilboa’s second of the season.
Steven Hubbard fired a one-hit, 12-strikeout complete game the following day in Margaretville. Brandon Lane’s two-run single in the home sixth was the Blue Devils only mark against Hubbard.
Adam Arvanete continued his torrid hitting going 4-for-4 for the Rockets. Arvanete drove in a pair of runs. Ryan Skipper had three singles and David Clark and Hubbard chalked up two hits apiece for the Rockets. One of Clark’s hits was a triple.
Wins Mtn. Division Crown; H-T outlasts Margaretville
It wasn’t pretty. There were 38 runs scored, 28 hits and 11 errors. But, in the end, Hunter-Tannersville outlasted Margaretville, 20-18, and in so doing, clinched the Delaware League Mountain Division crown.
The stakes were high in this winner-take-all affair. Mar-garetville entered play with a one-game lead over H-T, but whoever prevailed Tuesday would move to the crossover title game to take on South Kortright.
By the end of two innings, the outcome seemed academic. The Wildcats amassed six runs in the first inning and three more in the second to take a commanding 9-0 lead. With pitching ace Greg Mudge on the mound no one could imagine H-T would struggle.
But, struggle they did. Margaretville rallied to get four runs in the top of the third, but the Wildcats scored three times in the bottom of the inning to preserve a 12-4 advantage.
The Blue Devils tallied three more scores in the top of the fourth only to lose ground when H-T added five more runs later in the inning. The Wildcats lead 17-7 after four.
Six Blue Devil runs in the fifth narrowed the margin to 17-13. Margaretville finally held the Wildcats scoreless in the bottom of the inning, and made things really sticky when they scored two more times in their next at bat in the sixth.
It looked like H-T finally nailed the contest down when they surged to score three times and take a 20-15 lead into the final inning. But, there was no quit in the Blue Devils. Margaretville rallied one last time, scoring three more times in their final at bat and leaving the tying runs on base when the game’s final out was recorded.
The teams combined for 15 extra-base hits with the Wildcats’ Donald Pesciotta the batting king-for-a-day. Pesciotta slammed two triples and a double for the victors. Hunter logged an incredible nine doubles.
Brian Faulkner slammed a pair of doubles and Brandon Lane and Chris Costa both earned two-base hits. John Fairbairn and Faulkner had three hits each for the Blue Devils.
Margaretville will now begin preparations for the Section IV playoffs.
Lady Rockets win two of three
It took just a tad too long for the Roxbury girls to get started. After going winless for much of the season, the Lady Rockets turned things around near the end. Roxbury continued their improved play sandwiching victories over Margaretville and Gilboa around a tough loss to South Kortright.
Heather Davie fired a complete game two-hitter to lead the Rockets past Margaretville 8-4 on Wednesday night. Davie struck out four Blue Devils and walked two.
The Roxbury pitcher helped her cause at the plate by belting a double. Jessica Utsler slammed a triple for the Rockets. Rachel Meckes and Marlise Cammer had two-hit games for Roxbury.
Six South Kortright runs in the fifth inning spoiled a Roxbury upset attempt the following night. Roxbury had just taken a 3-1 lead scoring two times in the bottom of the fourth before the SK rally. Cassie McMullen’s RBI double and Robin Ward’s run-scoring triple were the big hits in the inning for the Rams.
Rachel Meckes and Davie had two-hit games for Roxbury. Morgan Romann slammed a double for the Rockets.
Roxbury ended their season on a winning note outlasting Gilboa, 8-5. Davie showed some spark on the mound striking out nine and scattering four hits for the Rockets.
Rieley Cammer and Carly Bolger smashed extra-base hits for Roxbury with Cammer nailing a triple.