Margaretville, RCS girls post softball wins

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By Julia Green
Roxbury Rockets
The Roxbury girls posted an 18-3 win over the visiting Wildcats of Gilboa on Thursday. Led by Sydney Peters, who went 2-for-2 with three RBIs, two runs and a triple, the Rockets moved to 4-0 overall and in league play.
Gilboa came out swinging in the top of the first inning, getting on the board for three runs to take an early lead, but the Rockets battled back in the bottom of the inning, posting two runs to get within one. A stingy Roxbury defense held Gilboa scoreless in the top of the second and added three more runs to take a 5-3 lead. The offensive onslaught continued in the third inning, when Kennedy Faraci connected for a two-run homerun to make it 7-3, and the Rockets kept up the pressure in the fifth, when they went on an 11-run tear to end the game by the 15-run mercy rule.
Roxbury pitcher Heather Davie continued her unbeaten streak, earning the win for the Rockets and moving to 4-0.
Nevada Schuman and Peters tripled for Roxbury. The Rockets will face the host Indians of Stamford on Tuesday, April 27.

Margaretville Blue Devils
The Margaretville girls posted a convincing 31-10 win over the host South Kortright Rams on Thursday. The Blue Devils were led by Jessica Barringer, who went 4-for-6 in the batter’s box with three doubles and seven RBIs. Senior shortstop Erica Faulkner tripled for Margaretville.
Margaretville pitcher Danielle Hull earned the win for the Blue Devils, who moved to 4-2 overall.
A game scheduled for last Friday at Onteora was postponed due to inclement weather; it has not yet been rescheduled.

Andes Mountaineers
The Mountaineers dropped a tough 6-4 loss to the Downsville Eagles on Thursday.
“We started off OK,” said Andes Head Coach Tamara Snyder. “We were hitting the ball really well – we just kept hitting it to them, and we couldn’t get anybody on base.”
The Eagles took a two-run lead in the second inning and added three more in the third to take a 5-0 lead. Downsville added a run in the top of the sixth, and the Mountaineers went on a four-run scoring rally in the sixth inning to get within two runs. They had the chance to continue causing damage in the bottom of the seventh, when they had runners on second and third with two outs, but were unable to tie it up.
“It was a really good game,” Snyder said. “Yes we lost, but they did a lot of things right.”
The Mountaineers out-hit the Eagles with seven hits to Downsville’s four, and Andes pitcher Karli Tait tallied eight strikeouts while Downsville’s pitcher had five. The downfall for the Mountaineers was errors: Downsville scored five runs on six errors.
“I thought they played well – they hit the ball well, they did everything right – it’s just those errors really hurt them. Karli keeps us in games, and we’ve been hitting the ball really well, so as long as we keep our errors down, we’ll do really well. I’m proud of them.”
The Mountaineers’ offense was led by Rachel Andrews, who went 2-for-4, and Ashley Terry, who doubled for Andes. Andrews’ batting average is currently over .400, while catcher Mariah Ruff is batting over .600.
The Mountaineers will travel to face the host Wildcats of Gilboa on Tuesday, April 27

BASEBALL
Margaretville 10, South Kortright 4
Ian Williams pitched six of seven innings for the Margaretville Blue Devils and tallied six strikeouts as they posted a 10-4 win over the visiting South Kortright Rams on Thursday. Cody Fronckowiak came in as a reliever in the seventh.
Marshall Bouton kick-started the Blue Devils’ offense in the first inning, connecting for a two-RBI double to give Margaretville a 2-1 lead. Patrick O’Connell, who tallied two hits and a sac fly, drove in a third run to make it 3-1.
The Devils’ offense was led by Jon Fairbairn, who went 4-for-4 with four singles and scored three of his four times on base.
The Blue Devils did some more damage in the fifth inning, when they added four runs to take a 10-2 lead. Fronckowiak walked, followed by a Fairbairn single; O’Connell connected to send Fronckowiak home and Williams had an RBI double.
The Blue Devils moved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in league play. They will face visiting Windham on Monday.

Gilboa 8, Roxbury 5
The Roxbury Rockets dropped a tough 8-5 loss to the host Gilboa Wildcats on Thursday. The Rockets jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning but were unable to keep the lead, as Gilboa tallied two runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 2-1.
The Wildcats widened their lead in the second inning, adding another run to make it 3-1, but the Rockets scored in the top of the fourth to bring it back within one.
Roxbury senior Garrett Hall put the Rockets ahead again in the top of the sixth inning, when he connected for a triple to give the Rockets a 5-3 lead.
Roxbury was unable to hold on, however, as the Wildcats tallied five runs in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead and, ultimately, earn the win.
Roxbury was led on the mound by pitcher Kyle Ciaravino, who was relieved in the sixth inning by Andy Merwin.