Keator is perfect in Roxbury rout

By John Bernhardt
Roxbury Central School’s Brittany Keator keeps reaching new heights on the pitching mound this spring. The Rockets’ senior followed back-to-back one-hit shutouts with a pitching rarity, a perfect game Thursday over Delaware League rival Stamford that was called after five innings by the “mercy” rule. Keator’s slice of perfection was the second perfect game thrown by a Roxbury pitcher in the school’s history.

Keator was also a hitting star in her team’s 15-0 victory over Stamford, blasting a two-run homer to go along with a three-run blast off the bat of teammate Kendal Sprague.
Keator struck out nine batters in her perfect outing.

The other perfect game for Roxbury took place 12 years earlier when Tamara Snyder fired seven perfect innings in an 18-strikeout effort over Downsville. Snyder, now Tamara Titch, now teaches music at Andes Central School and coaches the South Kortright girls’ softball team.

Keator followed up her ideal pitching effort with a 13 strikeout, three-hit outing Friday against Davenport. The Rockets ran their record to 7-0 with the 9-4 win.

The Roxbury win streak was snapped in Hancock over the weekend when the Rockets tested the waters preparing for post-season play by facing Hancock, a Mid-State Conference softball power. Roxbury fell 12-0 in the non-league encounter. A nine-run fifth inning was the Rockets undoing.
Winning pitcher Lindsay McGraw was a terror on both the mound and in the batter’s box firing a two-hit shutout and coming a double short of hitting for the cycle. McGraw went three-for-three from the plate, blasting a single, triple and home run. The Wildcats slammed a pair of triples and three doubles in the contest.