RCS softball club splits two this week

It’s a season of transition in Roxbury with a lot of new faces, and veteran softball coach Jane Ware is still figuring out what she does and does not have. One thing Ware has learned is that her girls can hit the softball. Roxbury banged out double digit batting outputs, 23 hits in all, several of the extra base variety, as her Rockets edged Stamford last Wednesday, 16-13, before falling to Gilboa, 14-7 on Thursday.
Letting it fly: Roxbury pitcher Devin Fox gets set to deliver a pitch during last week’s contest against Stamford. — Photos by Dick SanfordLetting it fly: Roxbury pitcher Devin Fox gets set to deliver a pitch during last week’s contest against Stamford. — Photos by Dick Sanford
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the third inning of their opener, Roxbury broke loose scoring five runs in each of the third and fourth frames. Five Rockets had multiple hit games with Katie Van Loan going three for four to lead the way. Van Loan would score three times. Shannon Sprague, Devin Fox, and Lizzie Davis rapped out a pair of hits with Davis plated three times, and Fox blasting a triple.
If the first two Roxbury contests are an indicator, Ware has a power-hitting catcher in Stacey Sprague. Sprague was an extra base machine last week, slamming a double and a triple in the victory over Stamford and a homerun and two RBI singles in the loss to Gilboa.
“It’s early,” said Ware when explaining her team’s performance. “We allowed too many bases-on-balls and made two many errors but our kids are young and lack experience. I’m already seeing progress.”
Ware is impressed with how quickly her gang is picking up base-running fundamentals and is looking forward to aggressive play on the base paths.
“We’re hitting the ball hard,” added Ware. “Sure, our young pitchers need to cut down on the walks, but it’s gonna come. They’re becoming more comfortable and already starting to improve."