Keator gem lifts Lady Rockets past Devils

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By John Bernhardt
Satchel Paige claimed his pitching philosophy was simple: keep the ball away from the bat. Last Thursday Roxbury softball pitcher Brittany Keator would have made the baseball pitching legend proud as she kept the ball far away from Margaretville’s bats while tossing a one-hit pitching gem to guide the Rockets past Margaretville, 8-0, in a key Delaware League match-up. Keator struck out 13 and walked one in her pitching masterpiece.

Brittany pitched very well,” reported Roxbury coach Jane Ware. “Even though it was cold she had her curveball and rise ball working well. When you can go high and tight and place the ball away from batters you can get outs.

Keator lost the no-hit bid with two outs in the sixth when Amy Filupeit lined a clean single to right center field. Filupeit stole second and third but failed to score preserving the shutout.
Cristina Chiarappa went two-for-three to lead a five-hit Roxbury attack. The Rockets were beneficiaries of nine Margaretville errors. A Chiarappa single drove in two Rocket runners in the fifth.

Ware was particularly pleased with her team’s base running, citing a play when Kaelie Vanloan scored for second on a Kennedy Faraci bunt. Faraci stole third later in the game and another Rockets’ runner went first to third on a bunt.

“We played nearly perfect ball,” praised Ware. “We didn’t have any physical errors and only one mental miscue.”

Roxbury has a busy week waiting after their return from vacation. The Rockets play five games in seven days starting with a home game against South Kortright on Tuesday.