Margaretville teams hit their strides on baseball, softball diamonds

 

It’s been many years since both the Margaretville softball and baseball teams entered the final weeks of the season with a shot at winning their respective Mountain Division titles.  With the season winding down, both teams have legitimate chances to play for the Delaware League title.

Both Margaretville teams played critical games last night against Hunter-Tannersville.  The winner of those contests will have one leg up in the battle for the Mountain Division Crown.  The H-T baseball team trails the Blue Devils by one game in the standings.  Still, Margaretville needs to beat the Wildcats to win the title.  Should H-T prevail, and the teams finish in a dead heat, the Wildcats will advance to the Crossover game based on their advantage in head-to-head play.  

On the girls’ side, H-T has a one-game advantage over the Blue Devils, but both teams are tied in the loss column in Delaware League play.  Going into Tuesday’s contest H-T’s record stood at 9-2.  The Blue Devils are 7-2 in league play.

The results of the big games were not received by the publishing deadline and could not be reported in this week’s edition of the News.

The Blue Devils kept their title hopes alive with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Stamford early last week.  Trailing 6-4 in the bottom of their final at bat, Margaretville was down to their last out.  The bases were loaded with Blue Devils with Nathan Tuck at the plate.  Tuck, who had fanned in each of three previous encounters with Stamford hurler Jesse Bright, delivered when it counted by ripping a single between first and second base to score Jon Fairbairn from third and Patrick O’Connell from second to tie the score.  Brian Faulkner’s opposite field bloop single just inside the left field foul line was a walk-off winner for Margaretville.

The Blue Devils won their 10th game of the year the next day in Gilboa pounding the Wildcats, 20-3.  Patrick O’Connell keyed an 11-hit Blue Devils’ attack going 3-for-5 and smashing a triple.  Guy Nobile had two hits for Margaretville, one, another three-bagger.  

The Blue Devils took advantage of a rash of Gilboa fielding miscues throughout the contest.  Gilboa’s defenders made 13 errors in the contest.

Margaretville’s Karli Tait and Gilboa’s Caitlin McGuire locked in a pitching duel Tuesday on the Blue Devils’ home field.  Tait threw five scoreless innings and took a 4-0 shutout into the sixth.  The sophomore hurler tired in the final frames surrendering two runs in the sixth and a single tally in the seventh.  Gilboa had the tying run on second when Tait got an infield pop out to Erica Faulkner at shortstop to end the game.  Tait struck out eight Wildcats and issued three walks in pushing her record to 5-1 on the year.

Faulkner was a hitting star for Margaretville slamming a double and home run. Natalie Shaffer chipped in two hits for the Blue Devils.

Brittney Hull struck out seven and walked four to help Margaretville past Stamford, 8-3, the previous day.  The Margaretville pitcher had a sparkling day at the plate going 3-for-4.

In other softball action, Roxbury pitcher Heather Davie (pictured below), threw a two-hit complete game against the Lady Blue Devils in Margaretville Monday afternoon on her way to an 8-4 victory. Davie struck out four and walked three. Erica Faulkner and Natalie Shaffer led the attack for Margaretville with one hit each. Rachel Meckes and Marlise Cammer had two-hits each for Roxbury.