Sports

Legion baseball program builds players

By John Bernhardt
It’s not all about winning in American Legion baseball. The beauty of legion ball is the baseball. Kids who play legion ball gain valuable experience that a cold, rain soaked Delaware League shortened season can’t provide. Thirty or more at bats, several innings on the mound, and experiencing live situational baseball are the assets that come with playing legion ball.


Margaretville title effort overruled

By John Bernhardt
It’s been said baseball is a game of inches. One play, one hit, one call can be a difference maker. That was the case last Tuesday when the Margaretville Blue Devils dropped a heartbreaking, 5-4, decision to Hancock in the Section IV, Class D, semifinals.

Margaretville (12-3) gave the defending champion Wildcats (16-4) all they could handle. In fact, heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, Margaretville led, 4-2 and only nine outs separated the Blue Devils from a trip to the finals.


Hynes, Hynes, Hynes and Hinkley score in golf tournament

Delhi — Fifteen teams turned out on Thursday, June 2 to play in the captain and crew 12th Annual Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at the Delhi College Golf Course. “I am very excited about this event,” said Chamber Executive Director Mary Beth Silano, and very appreciative of the support I have received from our members. Golfers began the day with lunch, followed by 18 holes of golf and ended with dinner. Tournament prizes and door prizes were then awarded.


Margaretville softball falls to Afton

By John Bernhardt
At long last the empire has fallen. After 16 consecutive Section IV, Class D girls’ softball championships, the Afton Crimson Knights are champions no more. Sadly, the upset occurred against Deposit, two games after the perennial champions ousted Margaretville, 25-3, in the quarterfinals.


MCS softball, baseball teams advance in sectional tourney

By John Bernhardt
The stakes were high. The pressure was heightened. The script was similar when the Margaretville Blue Devils girls’ softball team battled Gilboa in back-to-back contests last week. Margaretville came from behind on Tuesday to win its second straight Delaware League title, 6-4, in Jefferson.

The Blue Devils repeated the scenario, Friday night scoring eight times in the top of the fifth inning to erase a four-run deficit, when MCS ousted the Wildcats in Section IV opening round play.


Eric Reed advances in tennis sectionals

By John Bernhardt
Andes senior tennis ace Eric Reed advanced in the Section IC Class C/D bracket, winning in semifinal competition last Wednesday at SUNY Delhi to advance in a crossover competition that took place yesterday in Binghamton. The results of Reed’s tournament play on Tuesday could not be reached before the News deadline, and will be reported in next week’s edition.

The Section IV tennis brackets differ from those found in other team sports. Mirroring the bracket system used in the state finals, there is no Class D bracket in Section IV play.


Devils earn Crossover trophy on Brophy hit

By John Bernhardt
As he left the third base coaching box at the end of the sixth inning with his Blue Devils trailing Jefferson, 3-2, Margaretville baseball coach Rick Funck stopped to share a few thoughts with his Jefferson counterpart John Toroni.


Rockets blank Devils in tennis action

The Roxbury Central School varsity tennis team closed its 2011 season with a 9-0 victory over visiting Margaretville in a makeup match Monday afternoon.

The Rockets finished the season as the co-champions of the Delaware League, sharing the honor with the Hunter-Tannersville Wildcats.

In singles play Roxbury’s Kevin Lutz bested the Devils’ James Warner, 9-1, while Roxbury’s Christian Schor and Josh Riley shut out Margaretville’s Lawson Gavett and Claudia Bennett-Coss.


Roxbury Nine vintage baseball opens season on Saturday

Roxbury —  If you’re one of those fans who feel that baseball just isn’t what it used to be, then you haven’t seen a “vintage” base ball game lately. One of the finest examples of vintage ball in the Northeast can be seen in Roxbury’s Kirkside Park as the veteran Roxbury Nine open their 11th season of play this Saturday, May 21 at noon.


Local players take trophies in Delaware League tennis

The Delaware League Tennis Tournament was held at Margaretville Central School last Wednesday. Teams participating included Andes, Charlotte Valley, Hunter-Tannersville, Margaretville, Roxbury, Stamford and Windham-Ashland-Jewett.

The boys’ singles play began Wednesday but action was not concluded until Friday when number one seed Eric Reed of Andes defeated number two seed Kevin Lutz of Roxbury in three sets, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3.


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