Baseball, softball clubs get season off to chilly start
Roxbury softball coach Jane Ware marveled at the fact that by April 2 her team had already played three softball games. The Rockets have started their season by winning three straight.
“When you beat the team that nudged you out of a division title the previous season, upend the league’s defending champion, and go to Hunter and bring home a win, you have to be feeling pretty good,” laughed Ware.
Ware’s charges toppled Gilboa, 11-7, last Thursday, toppled Margaretville, 9-5, on Friday, and battered Hunter, 30-2, Monday night.
A seven-run Rockets’ fifth inning was the difference against Gilboa. Roxbury jumped out ahead of Margaretville early and then hung on when the Wildcats’ bats came alive late in the game. The first five hitters in Ware’s lineup had multiple hit games in Monday’s win at Hunter.
Roxbury faces a stern test when they host Margaretville tomorrow.
Solid pitching, near flawless defensive play, and timely hitting lifted Roxbury over Margaretville, 5-0, in the Rockets’ non-league opener last Friday. Derek Cowan pitched four strong innings, allowing two hits, walking two and striking out five for the Rockets. Dakota Caronia’s two-out double spearheaded a two-run Roxbury first inning, and Sam Nash’s singe played a big role in the Rockets’ two-run fourth. Two stellar Danny Bird defensive plays sealed the deal, robbing Margaretville of at least two runs.
The Blue Devils got dominating early-game pitching from Kyle Short. The sophomore hurler had command of an array of pitches striking out seven, picking off a runner, walking two and allowing only one hit in three innings on the hill.
After Short struck out the first two Rockets in the first, Bird worked a walk on a 3-2 count. Short hung a curveball that Corona blasted to deep left-center field to plate the only earned run of the game. Nick Hamil’s infield ground ball scooted between the Margaretville second baseman’s legs to plate Corona.
Roxbury added an unearned run in the third and two in the four to complete the scoring. The Rockets dodged two bullets working out of bases loaded jams in both the fourth and fifth innings. Hamil came on in relief, retiring the Blue Devils number three and four hitters, to close the door in the fifth.
The two teams will face off again tomorrow afternoon in Margaretville.
Reno Romito threw a two-hit shutout as Hunter-Tannersville blanked the Rockets, 4-0, on Monday. Romito went the distance walking only one batter. The H-T pitcher also tripled.
A walk and two defensive errors put the Rockets in a 2-0 first-inning hole. The Rockets were robbed of an opportunity to get back in the game in the fifth. With two men on base and no outs, Derek Cowan lined a shot that H-T leftfielder Tanner Slutsky hauled in with an over the shoulder catch.
H-T’s leadoff hitter, Nick Jones reached base four times going three-for-three with a walk. Nick Hamil and Sam Nash had hits for Roxbury.
Shaky Margaretville defense resulted in two big Jefferson innings as the JayHawks downed the Blue Devils, 10-4, in each team’s Delaware League opener Monday night. Jimmy Reeves had good command of his fastball, pitching a complete game and scattering seven hits for Jefferson. Reeves struck out eight and didn’t walk a single batter.
Ian William’s turned in a credible pitching performance for Margaretville. The senior breezed through the first three innings before two defense miscues and a short lapse where Williams struggled to find the plate resulted in four unearned Jefferson runs in the fourth. Leading 4-2, the JayHawks added three more unearned runs in a four-run sixth inning to put the game away.
Jacob Pasa had a big offensive game for Jefferson going three for five with a double.
Marshall Bouton and Williams both had two hit games for Margaretville. Bouton is three for six in the young season and has reached base in five of his six plate appearances.
Cooper Reither doubled for Margaretville.
Margaretville’s offensive exploded as Rachel Mathiesen and Amy Filupiet logged four-hit games as the Blue Devils routed Jefferson, 22-2, in girls’ softball play Monday. Mathiesen scored six runs and knocked in three RBI’s and Filupeit scored five times for the victors. The Blue Devils scored 11 times in the fifth inning.