MCS baseball team wins twice
With one out in the seventh inning, and two strikes on Danny Conroy, the Margaretville baseball team was desperate for bat to meet ball Monday afternoon. The Blue Devils trailed 1-0. Kyle Short led off third base representing the tying run, knowing that if Conroy couldn’t connect with the ball, he might very well come out on the short side of one of the best baseball outings of his life. But, Conroy lined a single to center, field tying the score, and breathing new life into the Blue Devils.
Short was virtually unhittable in Davenport. Technically, the home score book is the official score book in a baseball game, and Davenport’s book credits one hit to the Wildcats, a leadoff bunt in the home team’s fifth. Margaretville was looking for the bunt and a charging third baseman Conroy dropped the ball rolling down the third base line, quickly recovered then threw the ball to first too late to get a speedy Matt Finne.
“It was a tough call,” said Margaretville coach John Bernhardt. “I really believe if Danny had fielded the ball cleanly, he would have thrown the runner out at first. In our book we called it an error. I’ll always consider Kyle’s game a no-hitter. However it’s scored, he was simply unhittable today.”
Davenport used small ball to score their only run in the third. Short retired the first batter he faced in the game on an unassisted ground out to first base then struck out the next five batters in order. The Wildcats decided if they couldn’t hit the ball they would bunt. Mike Libby dropped a bunt down in front of the plate to open the third that Margaretville catcher Cooper Reither fielded cleanly but threw wide of first base, pulling Matt VanValkenburg off the bag. Libby stole second, advanced to third on a bunt and scored on a safety squeeze.
With their two bunts, Libby and Finne were only two batters to reach base in the game. Yet, until Conroy’s seventh inning, two strike single, that one run almost withstood the test of time.
Davenport’s Josh Davi matched Short stride for stride throwing six and-one-third innings of no-hit ball for the Wildcats. It was Short who would bust up the no-no, blasting a leadoff double in the Blue Devils’ seventh. Short advanced to third on Cooper Reither’s ground out and touched home with the tying run when Conroy singled.
With one man down, Colby Russo got things started in the visitor’s eighth, reaching second base on an infield throwing error. Matt VanValkenburg belted a triple to deep right-center field to drive home Russo with the game winner. Eric Mathiesen lined a two-strike fastball to center field plating VanValkenburg with the Blue Devils’ third run. Cooper Reither then drove a hanging curveball deep over the left field wall, a two-run home run, giving the Blue Devils a 5-1 lead.
Short struck out 15 batters and handled five come backers while only allowing the two base runners to reach base on misplayed bunts. Ethan Bush continued his strong outfield defensive work hauling in two fly balls for Margaretville, and Nick Plante made key defensive plays at second base to nail down the leadoff hitter in both the seventh and eighth innings.
Davi was impressive on the hill for Davenport going the distance allowing five hits, all in the final two innings, striking out 15 and walking only one.
Short was the batting star, hitting a bases-loaded triple and then scoring the fourth Margaretville run in the fourth inning as the Blue Devils bested South Kortright 7-5 on Friday.
Matt VanValkenburg worked one out shy of a complete game, striking out 10 and walking only one for Margaretville. VanValkenburg was the victim of some bad luck in the first inning when he struck out four batters and still allowed two runs. A hard-dropping curveball resulted in two Rams reaching first base on strikeouts that squirted by the catcher with both runners scoring to give SK an early 2-0 lead.
Eric Mathiesen singled, stole second and scored on Copper Reither’s RBI single to get one run back in the Blue Devils’ first. Another Reither RBI single tied the game in the third with Ethan Bush singling home Reither giving the Blue Devils a 3-2 lead.
Short’s blast ignited the four-run Margaretville fourth stretching the Blue Devils’ advantage to 7-2.
SK got two back in their fifth. Brandon Scherer singled to start the inning. VanValkenberg surrendered his only walk of the game before Sam Fabrykiewicz reached base on an infield error to plate Scherer. Dan Lutz hit the first to two RBI singles to make it 7-4.
VanValkenburg coasted, retiring the next six batters in order and was one out away from a complete game when SK rallied. Down to his last strike, Griff Metzko beat out an infield single. Fabrykiewicz reached base on an infield error before Lutz lined his second RBI single making it 7-5.
Short came on to relieve VanValkenburg, walked Ty Lamport to load the bases then struck out the final batter to pick up the save.
The wins improve Margaretville’s record to 5-1, 3-1 in Delaware League play. The Blue Devils host Stamford today and are then on the road in Gilboa on Thursday and in Hunter on Saturday.
Undefeated Stamford exploded for seven first-inning runs as the Indians toppled Roxbury 19-7 Monday in Delaware League baseball play. Matt and Steve Anderson had RBI singles and Glenn Cioecari slammed a two-run single during the onslaught.
Roxbury had grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the opening inning without getting a hit before the Stamford run explosion.
Roxbury’s Will Rendler had a good day at the plate going two for three. Sam Nash also had a pair of hits for the Rockets.
It was a Roxbury seven-run first inning that proved decisive in a contest earlier in the week. Trailing 1-0 to Jefferson, the Rockets used a Chris Clark double to knot the score at 1-1, then scored six more times with two outs. A walk, two hit batsmen, and a J-Hawk infield error aided the Roxbury cause, but it was Will Render’s three run triple that did the real damage for the Rockets.
RBI singles by Jon Quagliano and Mike Cammer got two runs back for Jefferson in the top of the fourth. The J-Hawks scored four more times to knot the score at 7-7 the following inning.
Chris Clark replaced Sam Nash during the Jay Hawk fifth, then pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh to pick up the win.
Darin Scudder’s lead-off double got the Rockets going in their final at bat. Scudder moved to third on a passed ball then used a Kyle Faraci fly ball to centerfield to tag up and score the game winner.
Beau O’ Donnell had a monster game at the plate earlier in the week for the Rockets. The Roxbury catcher went 5-7 with a double, knocked home six runs and scored four times when the Rockets outlasted South Kortright 29-22.
Ram and Rocket pitchers combined for 33 walks during the six-inning marathon.