MCS stops Gilboa in softball play
Place Margaretville pitcher Kyle Short in a big baseball venue and you can expect an equally big performance result. Last spring, Short took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a season- ending game at Cooperstown’s Double Day Field, eventually settling for a 1-0, one-hit shutout. Monday night Short fired a two-hitter at Oneonta’s Damaschke Field, helping the Blue Devils to a 5-2 “must win” victory over Gilboa. The win evened Margaretville’s record at 7-7, earning the Blue Devils a slot in the Section IV playoffs.
Mike Smith led off the game with a single up the middle for the Wildcats but was gunned down trying to steal second base by Cooper Reither. The Smith single was the last hit Gilboa would manage until Shawn VanValkenburg led off the seventh with a second Wildcat single to centerfield.
Gilboa took a 2-0 lead in the third without a hit. Short walked Pat Kuzma to start the frame. Smith followed with an infield grounder, but when a Blue Devil infielder threw the ball beyond first base,
Gilboa runners danced off second and third.
From that point forward Short retired 15 of the final 16 batters he faced, the first two on infield ground outs that plated the two Gilboa runs. Short would strike out 10 and walk only two on the day.
Matt VanValkenburg had a hand in almost all Margaretville’s scoring. Alex Serdiouk was hit by a pitch leading off the Blue Devils’ third, advanced to second on a VanValkenburg single and later scurried home on a wild pitch.
The Blue Devils went ahead to stay in the fifth. A one-out VanValkenburg single started a three-run rally. Eric Mathiesen singled, sending VanValkenburg to second. The Blue Devils pair pulled off a double steal with VanValkenburg scoring the tying run when the Gilboa catcher’s throw went past third base into left field. Kyle Short walked, then stole second, and Mathiesen and Short both scored when Mitch Hull singled to left.
VanValkenburg’s RBI single, his third hit of the game, drove home the Blue Devils’ last run in their final at bat.