MCS, Roxbury teams atop softball divisions
By Julia Green
The Roxbury Rockets came out firing on all cylinders in last Thursday’s match-up against the host Wildcats of Hunter-Tannersville, despite less-than-ideal weather conditions.
“It was a wind dome,” said Roxbury Head Coach Jane Ware. “You could throw a ball from first base to home plate on that field and it would move over six feet.”
The gusts didn’t ruffle the feathers of Roxbury pitcher Heather Davie, however, who led off the game with a home run.
“That just took the wind right out of them,” said Ware, whose team continued to connect with the ball and tallied five runs in the first inning.
Davie led the Rockets, going 3-for-5, and Sydney Peters tallied a number of RBIs for Roxbury.
The Rockets were unable to keep the momentum going on Friday, however, when they fell to host Milford 5-1. The loss also marked the end of a give-game winning streak for Davie.
“We had our opportunities, we just didn’t pull it off,” Ware said. “We had runners in scoring positions in three or four innings.”
Four of Milford’s runs came on two errors, without which Ware said the game could have been very different.
“We had two opportunities where they scored two runs that we could have held them and still been in the game with a one-run lead,” she said. “But we’re young, and we’re going to make those types of mistakes.”
The Rockets came back blazing on Monday night, when they posted a 17-2 win over the South Kortright Rams, highlighted by an 11-run fifth inning.
Rachel Meckes and Sydney Peters led the Roxbury offense, both going 2-for-5, and Peters doubled for the only extra-base hit for the Rockets.
“Sydney’s been playing really well for me,” Ware said.
Davie pitched the entire game for Roxbury, tallying seven strikeouts and giving up only two hits.
The Rockets moved to 6-1 overall; they will face the visiting Andes Mountaineers on Thursday and will travel to play at Margaretville on Friday.
“We just have to mature a little more and not make a lot of errors,” Ware said. “Andes is going to be a tough league game on Thursday, so we can’t get flat. We have to keep growing as a team.”
The Margaretville Blue Devils fell to the visiting Gilboa Wildcats 11-1 on Friday.
“We just played horribly,” said MCS Head Coach Bill Lonecke. “Gilboa played a solid game and we didn’t play very well at all.”
The Blue Devils committed seven errors during the game, and Lonecke said that on too many occasions, they gave up extra runs in an inning.
“It was mostly mental stuff, hesitation and girls not being sure,” he said. “Gilboa’s a good team – they took advantage of all our little mistakes and ran with them.”
The Blue Devils were led by pitcher Danielle Hull, who pitched the entire game and tallied nine strikeouts.
“Danielle probably pitched her game of the season in that game,” Lonecke said, adding, “and we would get up to bat and hit the ball hard, but right at the shortstop or right to the left fielder.”
Margaretville’s lone run came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Erica Faulkner got a base hit and stole second base; she scored when a single by Jess Barringer led to an error by the Gilboa shortstop.
The Blue Devils redeemed themselves on Monday, however, posting a 30-2 win over the host Stamford Indians.
Emily Kelly led the Blue Devils offense, going 3-for-4 with three singles; Amy Filupeit was 4-for-5 and Faulkner went 3-for-5 with two base hits and a double. Olivia Todd went 4-for-5 with three hits and a triple.
Hull pitched two innings and was relieved by Harley Shamro; altogether, the two pitchers had four strikeouts and combined for a three-hitter. A stingy Margaretville defense also limited Stamford’s offensive opportunities, giving them only 24 at-bats for 21 outs.
“My girls played well,” Lonecke said, “and Stamford played well; I thought it was a pretty good game.”
The Blue Devils will face the host Andes Mountaineers in a league game on Wednesday and will play Roxbury on Friday in another league game.
“We need to concentrate, to get our heads together and stop making the little mental mistakes we’re making,” Lonecke said. “They need to be a little more aggressive; they’re swinging the bats well, but they need to be more aggressive on defense and need to want the ball. There’s much too much shyness out there.”
The Blue Devils are currently 6-4 overall.
The Andes girls dropped a tough 15-3 loss to the visiting Jefferson JayHawks on Friday afternoon.
Despite a 1-0 Andes lead at the close of the first inning, the JayHawks’ bats came alive in the second inning, tallying six runs to take a 6-1 lead. They continued their offensive assault in the top of the third inning, adding three more runs to take a 9-1 lead.
The Andes offense showed signs of life in the third, earning another run, but Jefferson added three more in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to all but put it out of the Mountaineers’ reach.
Kelsey Little led the Andes offense with three hits and Rachel Andrews added two for the Mountaineers.
Karli Tait tallied 10 strikeouts for Andes, who moved to 4-3 overall and 4-2 in the league. They will travel to face host Cherry Valley-Springfield on Wednesday and will play at Roxbury on Thursday.