Davie's no-hit outing paces Lady Rockets
By Julia Green
Roxbury 2, H-T 1 (Tuesday)
Roxbury pitcher Heather Davie had been knocking on the door for quite awhile, and in last Tuesday’s home game against Hunter-Tannersville, the door finally opened. Davie, a junior, pitched the first no-hitter of her career, tallying eight strikeouts and four walks in the outing, which the Rockets won by a narrow 2-1 margin.
“She kept most everything in the infield,” said Roxbury Head Coach Jane Ware. “So she was just very consistent. Hunter is a good team and she just didn’t let down.”
The Rockets moved to 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the league with the win, in which they drew first blood with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Hunter pitcher Amy VanEtten walked Roxbury’s leadoff hitter, Rachel Meckes, who then stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. A sac bunt by Davie drove Meckes home.
The Lady Rockets maintained their one-run lead until the fourth inning, when Davie walked a Hunter batter who then stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball; an error by the Rockets’ infield allowed the tying run to cross the plate.
A leadoff triple by Danyelle Greene in the bottom of the fifth inning put the tying run at third, and Jenna Johnston grounded out to shortstop to drive home what would be the game-winning run.
“Hunter’s come around,” Ware said. “I mean, we played them earlier in the season in the snow and rain, and this game was a lot tougher. Hunter’s starting to peak at the right time.”
Margaretville 16, Gilboa 8 (Tuesday)
Despite allowing a two-run home run to put them in a one-run hole in the opening inning of Tuesday’s game at Gilboa, the Margaretville Lady Blue Devils battled back to post a convincing 16-8 victory over the host Wildcats. Gilboa tallied six runs over two innings to take an early lead, but were held scoreless over four innings by Margaretville, who tallied seven runs during that stretch to take a six-run lead.
“It was a wet game, we were playing in kind of drizzly conditions and the pitchers weren’t hitting their spots,” said Margaretville Assistant Coach Kyle Holden. “We had Karli Tait pitching for us and she was having a little trouble getting a grip on it, but in the middle innings she settled down and hit her spots, and she worked the corners really well for us that game.”
Tait tallied six strikeouts to lead the defense, while Caitlyn Roberts went 2-for-3 and tallied three RBIs and two runs to lead the Margaretville offense, which got two hits and two runs from Kaitlin Buerge.
“The girls settled back a little bit offensively and let the ball come to them,” Holden said. “They put some good swings on it, so we were happy with that, and everybody was getting into it. We hit the ball in play quite a bit.”
A solid defensive effort complemented the Blue Devils’ showing at the plate, as Margaretville tallied only two errors on the day despite some shuffling of positions in the infield.
“Defensively we did well,” Holden said. “The girls kept the ball in front of them and stayed down on it. We were a little out of sorts – we had Olivia Todd starting at first base and Brittney Hull played third base, so we were a little out of sorts at first, but the girls did well and made the plays, and Olivia did a real nice job at first base for us.”
Margaretville 12, Stamford 2 (Thursday)
“We wanted to come out of the gates strong against them,” said Margaretville Assistant Coach Kyle Holden of his team’s showing against Stamford at home on Thursday. “We thought that was a game we had a chance of being successful in, and we wanted to play from ahead rather than play catch-up.”
The Blue Devils were led by pitcher Karli Tait on the mound, who tallied seven strikeouts in the six-hitter, and Caitlyn Roberts at the plate, who connected for four hits as the Blue Devils added another one to the win column with a 12-2 victory.
“The girls did a really solid job of getting on base and being patient, and it was one of our better base running games, I thought, with the girls not missing signs,” Holden said. “We were happy with that.”
It was a solid offensive effort from the Blue Devils, who connected for 18 hits.
“We had production up and down the order,” Holden said. “It’s where we were struggling at the beginning of the year a little bit – usually it was one through five getting the hits for us, and now it’s from the top to the bottom of the order that we’re getting production. And Stamford can swing the bats – we knew they were able to put some runs on the board, so we just had to get our offense in gear to take care of things.”
Defense was also strong for Margaretville, who committed only two errors and got a key defensive play in the fifth inning from shortstop Erica Faulkner, who scooped up a drive to lay a tag on a base runner at second and make the play at first for a double play.
The Blue Devils put their record back at .500 with the win and faced off against Roxbury on Tuesday; no score was available at press time.
“We’re playing well,” Holden said, looking toward upcoming games against Hunter-Tannersville and non-league opponents Stamford and Windham. “The girls are loose, they’re confident, they’re having fun, and they’re doing a really nice job of keeping each other up – if we make an error, we’re doing a much better job of putting that behind us and picking teammates up. And when they play like that, anything can happen. We like our chances.”
Roxbury 12, South Kortright 2 (Friday)
Despite scoring two runs in the opening inning of their home game against the Roxbury Rockets on Friday, the South Kortright Rams were unable to keep the ball rolling as they dropped a 12-2 decision to the visiting Rockets, who held them scoreless after the first inning.
After the first batter struck out, the Rams’ second hitter got on base by an error, scoring on an RBI double. Another error put SK on base yet again, and another RBI double drove in the second run.
“Then, it looked like [SK’s] Cassie McMullen ripped one and my center fielder caught it and turned a double play on a bases loaded situation,” said Roxbury Head Coach Jane Ware.
That stellar defense showed up again in the sixth inning, when Roxbury’s Tarah DiBenedetto had a key catch that again turned into a double play.
Offensively, the Rockets got off to a strong start, tallying two runs in the opening inning. Rachel Meckes led off with a single and advanced to second and stole third, ultimately scoring the first run of the game on a passed ball. Karly Bolger walked and stole second, advancing to third on a wild pitch and then scoring on a fielder’s choice.
The Rockets tallied the bulk of their runs in the sixth inning.
“In the sixth, it was just hit, hit, hit,” Ware said. “Brianna George had a single, Marlise Cammer had a single, Rachel Meckes had a single, Karly Bolger had a double, Tarah was hit by a pitch, Jessica Utsler had a single… we scored seven run sin the sixth to make it 12-2.”
The Rockets moved to 10-2 overall after Friday’s win and hosted the visiting Blue Devils of Margaretville on Tuesday; no score was available at press time. The Rockets will face the undefeated Eagles of Downsville at home on Thursday in their last league game of the season.
“If we win that one we’re both tied for first place, and we would win the tie-breaker for head-to-head competition and go to the crossovers,” Ware said.
“Awesome, awesome,” she added of the way her team is playing. “This week they’re really psyched and I’m so excited that they have a shot at first place after being last place last year.”