Roxbury’s Hubbard squashes Stamford with bat and arm in Delaware baseball; MCS wins

By John Bernhardt
Pitching a no-hitter and hitting for the cycle are two of the rarest feats in baseball. Roxbury senior Steven Hubbard nearly realized both in Delaware League baseball last week. Even more impressive, Hubbard’s feats came in the same game, a 9-0 Rocket win over Stamford on Friday.
With Hubbard on the mound, Roxbury is almost untouchable. The lean right-hander fanned 17 batters in a victory over Windham earlier in the season. Friday, Hubbard flirted with a no-hitter throwing five and one-third hitless innings against the Indians. Nick DeVita spoiled the fun, blooping a single just over the Roxbury second baseman’s glove with one out in the sixth.
DeVita’s single was the only hit of the game for Stamford. Hubbard struck out nine in logging the complete game victory.
The senior hurler’s dramatics were not limited to the pitching hill. Hubbard sizzled at the plate going 3-for-4 and just missing hitting for the cycle. The gifted Rocket finished the day with a single, triple, and home run, lacking only a two-bagger to complete the cycle.
Hubbard showed off his batting power in the bottom of the sixth, first blasting a foul ball that reached the parking lot well past the Roxbury playing field. On the next pitch, Hubbard crushed a drive clearing the left field fence that landed in the river.
Hubbard wasn’t the only hot Rocket at the plate. Lucas Brewer went 3-for-3 and slammed a double and Adam Arvanete was 3-for-4. Arvanete’s two-out single in the first inning gave Hubbard all the firepower needed to support his pitching gem.
The win improved Roxbury’s Mountain Division record to 3-1. The Rockets played a crucial contest with Hunter-Tannersville last night in Roxbury. Details about that contest were not available by the submission deadline for this week’s News.

Lady Rockets win first
Heather Davie turned in a strong performance on the mound, tossing a three-hitter as Roxbury upended Stamford, 12-3, to win their first game of the season. Davie struck out seven for the visitors.
Karly Bolger was the hitting star going 3-for-5, blasting a double and driving in two runs for Roxbury. Teammate Riley Cammer also doubled for the Rockets.
The Rockets battled hard dropping an exciting 8-6 decision to Hunter-Tannersville earlier in the week. Down by two in the bottom of the seventh, Roxbury rallied to tie the score 6-6.
Nobody scored for the first two extra innings forcing the use of the international tie-breaking rule in the tenth. Following the rule, H-T started the third extra frame with Amy VanEtten on second base. Roxbury secured two outs before two walks loaded the bases. VanEtten scored the winning run on a wild pitch.
Roxbury outhit the Wildcats 11-4 and logged four extra base hits. Heather Davie, Briana George and Jessica Martin all smashed doubles. Danyelle Greene blasted a Rocket triple.

Blue Devils make Section IV push
Every game is a big one as the Margaretville girls’ softball schedule winds down. Margaretville won contests on the road last week in South Kortright and Windham to push their won-loss record one above the “Magic .500” mark they need to qualify to play in the Section IV Tournament.
The Blue Devils finished ahead in a rollercoaster contest in SK. Leading 9-3 in the bottom of the fifth, Margaretville saw the Rams eliminate their entire lead and more. South Kortright scored eight times to take an 11-9 advantage.
But, the Blue Devils stormed back, scoring five times in both the sixth and seventh innings to secure a 19-12 victory.
Sarah Batka was the hitting star for Margaretville. Batka hit for the cycle, her homerun blast a two-run shot in the Blue Devils opening at bat. Batka went 5-for-6 with five RBI’s.
Margaretville had five extra base hits in the contest. Erica Faulkner and Caitlin Roberts joined Batka with doubles. Roberts also clubbed a home run.
Brittney Hull pitched a complete game for the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils slammed 17 hits in a 10-4 win later in the week at Windham. Four Margaretville starters had multiple hit games. Margaretville got three hits from Emily Kelly and two each from Julia Brophy, Erica Faulkner and Natalie Shaffer. Brophy had the only extra base hit in the game with a double.
Karli Tait went the distance on the hill for Margaretville.

Margaretville bests Windham
One day after suffering a disheartening loss to South Kortright, the Margaretville baseball team proved they have some grit. Trailing 5-3 entering the fourth inning, the Blue Devils rallied to upend Windham, 12-7. The win improves Margaretville’s win/loss mark to 8-2, and qualifies the Blue Devils to take part in Section IV postseason play.
Leading 6-5 in the top of the sixth, Margaretville scored four times to secure the victory. Patrick O’Connell and Brian Conine nailed back-to-back run scoring singles during the rally. Guy Nobile also had an RBI single for the Blue Devils.
Mike Iacono flashed some batting power going 2-for-3 and slamming a triple and double for the Warriors. Evan Goettsche had a double for Windham and Nathan Tuck a two-base hit for Margaretville.
Brian Conine pitched six innings to pick up the win for Margaretville. Conine got relief help from Brian Faulkner in the seventh.
The Windham win helped relieve the sting from a 14-1 spanking from South Kortright the previous day. The lopsided loss to SK was the Blue Devils first defeat in Delaware League play.
Sloppy play in the visitors’ third took Margaretville out of the SK contest. A defensive meltdown yielded three errors, and Blue Devil pitchers granted two free passes to spearhead a seven-run Rams’ outburst.
The big inning provided more than enough support for SK pitcher Dan Many. With his fast ball popping early in the game and his breaking ball finding the mark in the late innings, Many was almost impossible to hit. Margaretville had only three hits in the game, one a run-scoring single by Tuck.
Eric Burns went 3-for-5 to pace a 12-hit SK attack. Burns opened the scoring in the visitor’s second, slamming a solo homerun.