Disappointing week for MCS and RCS baseball teams
Margaretville’s baseball team saw its slim chances for a Delaware League Upper Division title nearly disappear when they fell to Gilboa, 7-3, on the road last week. The loss was the Blue Devils second Delaware League defeat, one more than Windham, who owns the tiebreaker should the two teams finish in a tie.
Margaretville got on the board early, scoring a single run in the top of the first on Cooper Reither’s double, but squandered an opportunity for a big inning by leaving the bases loaded.
Gilboa opened with their bats ablaze. Zack Perry singled, stole second, and scored when Mike Smith singled. Hunter Grace drilled a 3-2 fastball for a run-scoring double, moved to third when a pick-off attempt squirted into short centerfield, and scampered home when Shawn VanValkenburg grounded out to short.
Three unearned Wildcat runs in the second were Margaretville’s undoing. After retiring the first two Gilboa batters, Matt VanValkenburg walked the number nine Wildcat hitter. Perry lined his second single in as many innings, but it appeared VanValkenburg was out of the inning when Smith hit a soft popup to third. The ball was dropped, extending the inning and three Wildcats would score before VanValkenburg shut the door.
Eric Mathiesen replaced VanValkenburg in the third and threw four innings of three-hit ball in relief, striking out three, walking only one, and allowing a single run.
Kyle Short’s RBI single got one run back for the Blue Devils in the fifth, and Reither’s second RBI hit, this time a single, plated another Margaretville run in the seventh. But single runs would not do the trick against Gilboa ace Hunter Grace. Grace pitched a complete game six hitter, striking out 12 and walking four.
The Blue Devils are 6-2 on the season.
Roxbury’s baseball team was the victim of the big inning when they dropped a 15-11 decision to Gilboa last week. The Wildcats amassed six runs in the top of the third and five more in their at bat in the fifth to secure the win.
Even so, the Rockets scratched and clawed and were within striking range, trailing only 12-10, as the game entered its final inning. Cole Fancher’s three-run triple for Gilboa was a backbreaker in the visitor’s seventh, allowing Gilboa’s pitchers all the insurance they would need.
Roxbury had 10 hits in the contest with Tyler Phillips and Skylar Fichtner both slamming doubles.
A seven-run run Downsville fifth inning busted up a 7-7 tie, lifting the Eagles past Roxbury 19-7 later in the week in Roxbury. Downsville capitalized on five hits in the big inning.
Austin Lamica went three for five for the Eagles, and Dylan Fisk went four for six with four RBIs.
Will Rendler had a three-hit game for Roxbury driving in two runs, and Beau O’Donnell went two for four including a double. Sam Nash also doubled for the Rockets.