Two wins, tough loss for Roxbury softball
By John Bernhardt
Roxbury’s girls’ softball team sandwiched mercy rule wins around a heartbreaking 12-11 loss to Windham last week to run their season’s record to 6-2.
Jane Ware’s Rockets, long noted for their aggressive base running tactics, have added the long ball to their arsenal this spring. Roxbury used six extra base hits in downing Stamford, 21-4, on Monday. Shannon Sprague lead the potent offensive attack going five for five with a triple, four singles, and scored four times.
Lizzie Davis, Stacey Sprague, and Gina Candeleria all hit doubles for the Rockets with Devin Fox and Jade Meehan slamming home runs.
Ware was pleased with the mound work of her pitcher Devin Fox noting that Monday’s outing was the first time her young pitcher, who fanned eight batters, had struck out more girls than she walked.
The Rocket bats were booming last Friday in Windham, racking up four more extra base knocks. Stacey Sprague blasted a four bagger with Taylor Peters, Caroline Davis, and Shannon Sprague all getting two- base hits. All four Rocket batters had two hit games.
Trailing 12-11 with two outs in their final at bat and Shannon Sprague on second, it looked as if the Rockets might tie the game. Lizzie Davis cracked a hard fly ball over the center fielder’s head but the Warrior outfielder ran down the ball to make the catch, recording the final out of the game.
The Rockets rebounded on Saturday to down Hunter 23-7. Lizzie Davis, Caroline Davis, and Jade Meehen all scored three times in the contest for Roxbury. Lizzie Davis went three for five with two doubles, and Shannon Sprague had a two-hit game.
“We’re improving every day,” praised Ware. “We need to improve more on the situational stuff, but we’re getting a little better every time we take the field.”
Margaretville softball coach Kyle Holden would not mind seeing a rule change that required scorekeepers from each team to sit together throughout the course of a game. Unlike soccer or basketball, high school softball scorekeepers sit on opposite benches charting the progress of a game, an arrangement that can sometimes lead to confusion.
When the seventh inning ended last week in South Kortright, Holden and his girls celebrated thinking they had survived a hard fought 13-12 victory. The South Kortright scorebook told a different story, their book having the teams tied at 13 each. The home book is official, meaning the contest went into extra innings.
Holden was pleased his girls didn’t hang their heads, instead putting together a six-run inning in the top of the extra frame. Cecelia Galatioto had the big hit for the Blue Devils in the inning, one of her three hits for the game.
The six-run cushion was not enough as SK stormed back to score seven times in their final at bat to nail down a walk-off 20-19 victory. Two Ram blows in the inning proved decisive, the first a bases loaded triple by McKenzie Smith. Three batters later, Rosa Post’s two-run double sewed things up for SK.
Elia Tanzer, Katie Short, and Carly Schultis each had two-hit games for Margaretville, one a Schultis double.
For the first five inning on Monday, Margaretville turned in one of their best-played games of the year. The Blue Devils Ana Endaya was starting her first game on the mound and was pitching to contact and allowing her defense to do the work behind her. And, the Blue Devils defense responded well with two double plays highlighting a solid defensive effort. Although they could only muster a single hit at the plate, Margaretville only trailed, 4-2, heading into the visitor’s sixth.
That’s when the roof caved in. Davenport’s Bailey Hymers led off the inning with a double that may have shaken the young Blue Devils’ pitcher. Endaya struggled to find her location for the rest of the frame walking seven batters. Six of those seven batters would score helping Davenport plate 12 runners in the inning with the visitors eventually winning, 16-2.