Devils top Rockets in baseball slugfest; RCS blanks MCS in softball

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Staff report
Perhaps it was something in the air. Maybe it was the alignment of the planets. Whatever the reason, homeruns where flying out of major league ballparks all over America on the last day of April, nearly 50 in all. The long ball phenomenon wasn’t limited to the big leagues, stretching all the way to Roxbury were high school sluggers from Margaretville and Roxbury added three long balls of their own as the Blue Devils out slugged the Rockets, 17-6.

All three home runs came in the final inning. The first was a three-run shot by Margaretville’s Kyle Short, followed by a solo smash off the bat of teammate Mitch Hull, and then topped off by a second three-run blast, this time by Roxbury’s Sam Nash.

Short gets things going
Short ignited some Blue Devils’ fireworks by hitting for the cycle, that’s a single double, triple and homerun, knocking home seven RBIs and scoring four times. Mitch Hull had three hits and drove in three runs for the victors.

A six-hit first inning helped Margaretville plate 10 runners, and then an error free Blue Devils’ defense behind starting pitcher Hull assured that margin held throughout the night. Hull allowed three runs over six innings, scattering six hits, walking six and striking out one.
Spencer Hinkley doubled for Roxbury and scored three times.
The win improves Margaretville’s record to 6-4.

Roxbury softball
Kendal Sprague threw a pair of shutouts as the Roxbury girls’ softball team won three times in four tries last week. Sprague got the week off with a bang by firing a two hitter and striking out 11 on Tuesday as Roxbury downed Margaretville 9-0. The senior flamethrower topped that effort with a one-hit shutout over Laurens in the first round of the Milford Tournament on Saturday.

Roxbury got all the runs they would need in their first at bat in Margaretville on Tuesday. Christina Chiarappa was hit by a pitch to lead off the contest. Shannon Sprague put down a perfect bunt and beat the throw to first for an infield single with Chiarappa legging it all the way to third. Roxbury’s senior catcher scored the game’s first run when Marissa Green grounded out to second base.

Davis keys action
Roxbury added three more runs in the inning, the big hit being the first of Lizzie Davis’s three singles. Seven different Rocket batters would register single hits in the outing.
The Rockets scored four runs in the sixth inning to carry an 11-5 lead over Stamford into the final frame on Thursday. The Indians would make it a game scoring five times in their final at bat but came up one run shy at 11-10. Freshman Sierra Mattice chalked up the win on the mound for Roxbury.

Kendal Sprague went two for two including a home run. Bailey O’Donnell and Chiarappa each had two hits for the Rockets.

Sprague’s shutout over Laurens propelled the Rockets into the championship round of the Milford Tournament with Roxbury squaring off against their undefeated hosts on Saturday. The game proved to be a nail biter with Milford holding off a group of determined Rockets, 6-5.

“This was an awesome game, just so exciting,” said a pleased Roxbury coach Jane Ware. “The kids on both teams played fantastic. All my kids took a big step forward this weekend. Other than one bad inning, this game would have been ours.”
The Roxbury surge improves the Rockets record to 8-3 on the year. Roxbury has lost only one time in the Delaware League.

Last week’s action
The Margaretville girls’ softball team eked out two key league victories last week, edging Hunter-Tannersville, 10-9, and South Kortright, 18-16, last week. The wins improve the Blue Devils DL record to 4-1 slightly ahead of Davenport (4-2) in the Upper Division standings.

Margaretville used four base-on-balls and singles by Tess Svoboda and Alexis Molnar to score 4 times in the first inning at Hunter. After The Wildcats got one back in their first at bat, Rachel Mathiesen's RBI single scored Svoboda with another Margaretville run in the second.
Things looked promising when Cora Bruno's single in the third drove home two more Blue Devils stretching the Margaretville lead to 7-1. A Kim Fairbairn single added on yet another tally for the Blue Devils in the fourth.

But, things can turn upside down in a hurry in a softball game, and Hunter rallied. The Wildcats added one run in their half of the fourth, then scored three times in the fifth to narrow the Margaretville advantage to 8-5.

Three walks and an infield error plated Bruno in the Margaretville sixth giving the visitors a 9-5 lead. Margaretville pitcher Rachel Mathiesen lost the plate walking four batters in the Hunter sixth and the Wildcats scored three more times without a hit and trailed, 10-9.

Crossing the plate
Mathiesen would score the game’s winning run after reaching first with a one out single in the seventh. Mathiesen advanced to third on Cecilia Galatioto's single then scored on a wild pitch.
After Hunter scored one more time in their final at bat, Mathiesen used her 4th strikeout to close the game for Margaretville.

The bats were booming in Margaretville on Monday when the Blue Devils came from behind to edge South Koprtright, 18-16 in another key DL encounter. Each team had a home run with Margaretville's Kelsey Buerge and SK's Lexi DuBois blasting four baggers.
Margaretville saw a 4-2 lead disappear when SK scored five times in the top of the fourth inning. Both teams scored single runs in their next at bats before the Blue Devils plated 9 runs in the home fifth to retake the lead 14-8.

Things got crazy down the stretch. The Rams added 2 runs in the sixth, then surrendered 4 to the Blue Devils before storming back to score 6 times in their final at bat. When the dust had cleared the Blue Devils were on top of the game, 18-16, and the Upper Division standings.
Cora Bruno went 3-for-4 for Margaretville as did Chauntaul Dunckle for SK. Kelsey Little finished 2-for-3 for the Rams.