Roxbury pitcher tallies three wins in three days, two one-hitters
By Julia Green
Windham 1, Roxbury 12
Roxbury pitcher Heather Davie won three games in three days, two of which were one-hitters as the Roxbury Rockets posted wins over Windham, Hunter-Tannersville and Davenport this week.
In last Wednesday’s game against Windham, Davie also went 4-for-4 and had a double while teammate Tarah DiBenedetto went 3-for-4.
“We didn’t think we were going to get that game in with the weather, but we went over there anyway,” said Roxbury Head Coach Jane Ware. “Their pitcher throws a little slower than we were used to, so it took us at least one at-bat to get used to her, and then we had Rachel, Karly and Heather get hits and then we just started hitting it.”
The Rockets had six hits and two walks in the third inning, during which they tallied six runs.
Davie had a no-hitter going until the sixth inning, when Windham got on base with two outs. She tallied 11 strikeouts and one walk against Windham.
“That was an excellent game for her,” Ware said.
Roxbury 15, H-T 7 (Thursday)
A five-run third inning lifted the Roxbury Rockets over host Hunter-Tannersville on Thursday. Rockets pitcher Heather Davie tallied 12 strikeouts and five Roxbury players had doubles in the win.
“The key part of that game was the third inning,” Ware said. “We got five runs, which helped us a lot. Tarah DiBenedetto led with a walk, Marlise Cammer hit one of her singles, Rachel Meckes walked, Jenna Johnston walked, and Briana George hit a key double in the third inning, which put us on top.”
The Rockets complemented the strong third inning with four more runs in the fourth to take an 11-5 lead over the host Wildcats.
“Briana had two key hits in that game, one in the third and one in the fourth,” Ware said of George, who added a two-RBI single in the fourth inning.
“If their pitcher didn’t walk the three batters in the third, I think the game would have been a little more interesting,” Ware said.
Jefferson 13, Margaretville 6 (Friday)
The Margaretville Blue Devils dropped a tough 13-6 decision to visiting Jefferson on Friday, despite going into the final inning tied at five.
Margaretville pitcher Karli Tait tallied eight strikeouts and three walks in the match-up, in which the Blue Devils committed six errors. Rachel Andrews led the Blue Devils offensively with a double and a single.
Back-to-back RBI triples in the seventh by Jefferson’s Vanessa Speenburgh and Alyssa Jonker sealed the league win for the visiting J-Hawks, as a one-run final at-bat wasn’t enough for the host Blue Devils.
Roxbury 13, Davenport 2 (Friday)
Roxbury’s third win of the week came on Friday, when the Rockets posted a 13-2 win over visiting Davenport. The Rockets were led offensively by Karly Bolger, who had back-to-back homers including a three-run homer to right-center field in the second inning.
“We had 18 hits – we just hit her very well,” Ware said of Davenport pitcher Jackie Gilley. “Karly had two homeruns, her first coming in the second inning with two people on – she had the game-winning run and RBI.”
Roxbury pitcher Heather Davie went 4-for-4 with two doubles and tallied 13 strikeouts in her second one-hitter of the week and third one-hitter of the year.
Davenport’s lone hit came in the fourth inning, when Sam Meyerhoff had an RBI triple.
“That was a cool play at the plate in the fourth inning,” Ware said. “We led off with a strikeout and then Gilley walked and the next girl was hit by a pitch, so we had two runners on. Then Meyerhoff got up and hit her triple and we threw Ryder out at the plate and left Meyerhoff on third, so we had an excellent play. It was a key play in the game; it just shut them right down.”
The Rockets move to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in league play.
“They’re playing as a team,” Ware said of her squad. “They’re just coming together and leaving stuff that’s off the field off the field and the stuff that’s on the field is working really well. They’ve come together a ton – I hope they keep it up.”
Roxbury faces Gilboa, Stamford and Milford this week before facing two undefeated teams, Jefferson and Downsville, next week.
“Next week will size us up to where we sit,” Ware said.
South Kortright 14, Margaretville 11 (Monday)
The host Margaretville Blue Devils committed six errors in their 14-11 loss against the visiting Rams of South Kortright on Monday. Two of those errors came in the first inning, when the Rams scored three runs.
“They jumped us,” said MCS Assistant Coach Kyle Holden. “We came right out and their first batter struck out, so we started with that, but then on the second batter we had an error, so they started rolling there and they just kept it rolling. We put ourselves in the hole. We didn’t walk anybody in that inning, but we had a few defensive gaps before we could get our legs under us.”
The Rams took an early lead following a three-run first inning and added a run in the third to make it four, but a solid five-run third inning gave the Blue Devils a one-run lead. Margaretville’s Emily Kelly started the inning with a walk, followed by Erica Faulkner with a single and Brandi Balcom with a single. MCS catcher Caitlyn Roberts hit a double to drive in two runs, followed by a single by Kaitlyn Buerge.
“We got five runs across, got a little more aggressive that inning and had some better base running,” Holden said. “We were feeling good and took a one-run lead and fought back, and then we had an awful fourth inning.”
The Rams tallied seven runs – all earned – in the fourth inning.
“They hit the ball and got a couple walks,” Holden said. “They had six hits that inning and kept the trolley going. Two were huge hits, a triple by Chambers and a triple by Holdridge, so that put us back a little bit.”
The Blue Devils were in an 11-5 hole by the end of the inning, but battled back with three runs in the fifth to stay in the game.
“I was proud of the way they bounced back,” Holden said. “Brittney to her credit punched the strike zone really well.”
The Blue Devils had a chance in the seventh inning, scoring two runs and loading the bases with the tying run at the plate, but the batter tapped out to the pitcher to end the game.
The Blue Devils move to 1-3 on the season. Margaretville travels to Windham on Thursday and plays host to Downsville on Friday.
Roxbury 16, Gilboa 1 (Monday)
The Roxbury Rockets posted a convincing 16-1 victory over the host Wildcats of Gilboa on Monday. A six-run first inning gave the Rockets a comfortable early lead, aided by a two-run triple by senior Jessica Utsler, who tallied four RBIs on the day.
Another six-run inning in the third widened Roxbury’s gap to 12, and another four runs in the fourth inning made it a 16-0 game.
Gilboa’s lone run came in the fifth inning.
Roxbury plays host to Stamford on Thursday.