Tough week for RCS softball club; MCS softball washed out this week
It was a frustrating week of ‘could have beens’ for the Roxbury girls’ softball team last week. The Rockets carried a one-run lead into the final inning in Gilboa, but the undefeated Wildcats eked out two scores to squeak past their guests in walk-off style, 12-11.
A rare triple play squelched a big Rocket comeback rally in the opening round of the Milford Tournament with Roxbury falling 12-7 to Laurens. Then, with Roxbury in front 4-1, and needing only three more outs to make a complete game, rain washed out a possible win in consolation play later in the day.
Trailing 4-0 in the top of the third in Gilboa, Roxbury scored six times to take a two-run lead. The Wildcats countered with five runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to go back on top, 9-6.
The Gilboa rally could have been a breaking point for a young Rockets’ team. It wasn’t. The Rockets put together a three-run fourth to tie the game, then scored two more runs in the fifth and led, 11-9. The Wildcat’s added a run in their at bat in the fifth. setting up the ‘down to the wire’ finish.
Trailing by a run, Kendall Thorington singled to open the bottom of the seventh. Thorington used a passed ball to advance to second and scored on Sinzia Reese’s single. Reese stole second, went to third on an infield ground out, and raced home with the winning run when winning pitcher Allison McGuire singled to right field.
McGuire, who struck out 13, went two for four with two RBIs. Samantha Sprague went two for four with a triple for Roxbury.
Devin Fox turned in her best pitching performance of the season in Roxbury’s 14-3 win over Downsville on Thursday. Fox, a sophomore, struck out 11 and walked six in throwing a complete game victory for the Rockets.
Big bats were key
Roxbury got some long ball offensive fireworks in the contest. Shannon Sprague went two for five with a triple. Lizzie Davis continued her torrid extra base hitting with a double and triple for the victors. Stacey Sprague also had two hits for the Rockets.
Trailing 8-2 in the top of the fifth against Laurens in the Milford Tourney, the Rockets would rally to score three times and had runners on first and second with nobody out.
Devin Fox slammed a screaming shot to third base that was fielded cleanly by Laurens’ third baseman who stepped on the bag for a force out and fired to first to complete a double play. The Roxbury runner going to second base became confused when she thought the lead runner had started back toward second, and headed back to first, almost running into the ball, to complete a most unusual triple play. Had Fox’s shot been three or four feet in either direction the entire complexion of the game may have changed.
Laurens hung on for a 12-7 victory.
Taylor Peters had a huge night at the plate for Roxbury going three for four with a double. Davis doubled and tripled for the second game in a row. Stacey Sprague and Gina Candaleria both had two hits for the Rockets, one a Candaleria double.
Pitching in her first varsity game, Candaleria needed just three more outs to nail down a victory when rain washed away her impressive outing. Pitching to contact, Candaleria allowed only one hit, struck out six and got her other six outs in the infield through four innings of work.
Roxbury led 4-1 after 4 and-one-half innings when the field was ruled to wet to continue.
The Rockets scored three of their four runs in their first at bat with Stacey Sprague’s single driving in the first two runs and Caroline Davis’s sacrifice fly plating Sprague later in the inning.
“We’re coming,” said Roxbury coach Jane Ware when assessing her team’s progress. “The kids are hitting well. Our base running has been great. We have to continue to work on the little things, on our execution. We’re still not always sure what we want to do with the ball when it comes our way. Even so, our defense keeps getting better.”
The Rockets are 7-4 on the season and host Margaretville on Friday.
Rain washed out the entire Margaretville girls’ softball slate last week. The Blue Devils will host Downsville in a non-league contest tomorrow and will be on the road in Roxbury on Friday.