Margaretville falls in Legion Regionals
By John Bernhardt
Elmira-Heights 15 - Margaretville 0
There’s a whole different level of Legion baseball outside of Delaware County. Margaretville’s Post 216 found that out the hard way when they squared off against defending District champion Elmira-Heights Thursday at Chenango Valley High. After Walton dropped the opening round game, 18-0, Margaretville suffered a similar fate, falling, 15-0, in the nightcap to the defending champions.
Four extra-base hits in the top of the first inning ignited a six-run scoring explosion giving the Heights all the firepower they would need on. Three different Elmira pitchers overwhelmed Post 216 smothering any chance for a comeback. The first seven Margaretville batters went down on strikes before Nathan Tuck finally put a ball in play by grounding out to second base. Post 216’s only hit was a line drive by Grant Cure that glanced off a leaping Elmira first baseman’s glove.
The game was not without notable performances by individual members of Post 216. Patrick O’Connell turned in the two best defensive performances of the day. First, O’Connell gloved a hard ground ball with a backhand grab over the bag at third, leaping in the air and firing a strike with his feet still off the ground to Marshall Bouton at first. Later in the game, with the bases loaded and nobody out, O’Connell knocked down a screamer near the hot corner, grabbed the ball to step on third base for an unassisted put-out then gunned the runner down at first completing a double play. Later in the game, Cody Fronckowiak turned in a splendid play going towards the bag at second and just nipping the runner at first base.
On the hill, Nathan Tuck turned in two strong innings. Although Tuck gave up three runs, all were unearned as Post 216 misplayed three balls in the air during his time on the mound.
Margaretville and Walton met in Delhi the following day to decide the Delaware County Legion title and determine who would advance in the Regional play on Saturday. Persistent rain showers put a halt of things after only one-half inning of play with Margaretville out in front, 3-0. Walton agreed to return to Chenango Valley to represent Delaware County the following day.
At the News’ press deadline, no word was received about when or where the Delaware County Championship game would be rescheduled.