Roxbury wins 3; Devils split pair
In the midst of a hitting streak, major league baseball players often claim they see the ball so well that it looks more like softball than a baseball. If that’s the case, for Roxbury junior Eric Shultis the baseball must have seemed like a beach ball last week.
Shultis went on a torrid hitting streak going 6-11 with a double, triple and homerun to lead his Rockets team to three straight victories and thrust Roxbury back in the hunt for a post-season playoff berth.
Roxbury proved how difficult nailing down the final three outs of a high school baseball game when they scored four times in their final at bat to edge Stamford, 9-8, to cap their three-game win streak.
Sam Nash got the first big hit of the inning drilling a two-run single to draw the Rockets within a run. Shultis followed with a game tying, RBI single. A base-on-balls and an infield error loaded the bases sending Patrick Hanrahan to the plate. Hanrahan mashed an infield chopper to the shortstop with Shultis beating the throw to home plate for the game- winning score.
Shultis had a huge game for Roxbury. The lanky junior relieved Nick Hamil on the mound in the sixth inning and became the pitcher of record on the long side after the four-run, seventh- inning rally. Shultis had two hits, his game tying single and a long three-run triple. In fact, four of Roxbury’s six hits went for extra bases with Danny Bird, Hamil and Trent Perry all slamming doubles.
Roxbury’s final inning, come-from-behind victory over Stamford wasn’t their only nail biter of the week. The Rockets edged Windham, 7-6, on Wednesday, this time scoring the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Derek Cowan drove in the winning tally singling home Trent Perry from third to snap a 6-6 tie.
Roxbury scored two in the second and three in the third to take a 5-2 lead before the Warriors clawed their way back into the contest. Nick Hamil had a two-run single in the third. Hamil and Sam Nash both had doubles for Roxbury.
Once again Shultis was a hitting star, going two for four for the Rockets.
The following day, the Rockets scored early and often plating 10 runs in the first three innings of an 11-5 victory over Gilboa. Shultis’s torrid hitting streak continued as he smacked a three-run homer during four-run Rockets second inning. Shultis went two for three, both hits the extra base variety, scored three runs and knocked home four more for Roxbury.
A 16-hit attack propelled Margaretville past Gilboa, 12 -1, in a Delaware League contest Monday night. The Blue Devils pounded out six extra-base hits and scored in every inning to win their second contest of the season.
Kyle Short was on the mound for Margaretville, tossing a four-hit complete game. Short carried a no hitter into the fifth inning before Nick Losito lined a one-out single to centerfield. The Blue Devils sophomore struck out 14 Wildcats and walked only one.
Mitch Hull, Brandon Bush and Cooper Reither all had three-hit games for Margaretville. Reither and Hull doubled once with Bush slamming two doubles. Marshall Bouton went two-for-four with a homer and four RBIs.
Rams top MCS
The Blue Devils rebounded from a 5-1 defeat late last week to South Kortright. Mitch Hull turned in a credible pitching performance starting his first ever varsity game for Margaretville. The big right hander kept his team within striking distance and pitched into the sixth inning.
SK scored single runs in the first three innings of the game with the Blue Devils plating their only run in the fourth inning. Rams catcher Dylan Cole played a huge role in the SK victory by throwing out one Blue Devil attempting to steal second and picking off another Margaretville runner at third. Cole went two for four, scored a run and stole two bases. Zak Wozniak, also, had a pair of hits for SK.
Southpaws Griff Metzko and Cody Burns combined to throw a four hitter for SK.