MCS girls rally past Rams for softball win
By Julia Green
The old adage about the fat lady singing was never truer than last Tuesday, when the Margaretville Blue Devils’ softball team went on a seven-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs against them to post a 17-16 win over the Rams of South Kortright.
Junior Amy Filupeit’s RBI single was enough to drive in the winning run, which capped off an inning with six walks and three hits, including singles by Jessica Barringer and Christine Kelly. Kelly led the Margaretville offense with three hits while Barringer connected for two.
“That one had me worried,” Head Coach Bill Lonecke said of the game. “It was a win, but it wasn’t a pretty win. We walked out of there happy that we won it, but I was a little concerned about how we won.”
The two teams combined for a total of 34 walks in the game, which was the season opener for both squads.
Margaretville was led by pitcher Danielle Hull, who pitched all seven innings and tallied four strikeouts.
The Blue Devils continued their success on Monday, posting a convincing 27-7 win over the host Warriors of Windham.
“We had really, really great pitching,” Lonecke said. “Danielle Hull pitched until the fifth, and then Harley Shamro finished up, and they pitched a really great game.”
Hull and Shamro combined for five strikeouts.
The Margaretville offense managed to cross the plate in every inning except the second and once again posted a strong final inning, tallying 11 runs in the top of the seventh.
In addition to her success in the pitcher’s circle, Hull also sparked the Blue Devil offense, going 3-for-3 with a double. Senior Erica Faulkner was 3-for-5 with a double and Filupeit went 2-for-5 with a triple.
“I’m really pleased with our pitching,” Lonecke said. “We have two really good pitchers – three, if I ever need to use Amy Filupeit – and the girls throw really well. And I’m impressed with my infield defense; they’ve come through really well for me in the last two games.”
Lonecke said his team still needs to work on the offensive side of the game.
“We still have too many girls who are looking at a third strike,” he said. “If you’re going to strike out, go down swinging. But for the most part, I’m pleased with what I see right now. It’s going to be a good season.”
The Blue Devils were scheduled to play at home against the visiting Mountaineers of Andes on Tuesday, depending on field conditions; they will host the visiting Wildcats of Charlotte Valley on Friday.
The Andes Mountaineers dropped a tough 5-0 loss to the host Purple Devils of Franklin on Monday. Franklin took an early lead off a three-run homerun to left-center field in the bottom of the first inning and limited the Andes offense to one hit in the outing, which came from senior pitcher Karli Tait, who connected for a single.
The Mountaineers were scheduled to face the host Blue Devils of Margaretville on Tuesday; no score was available at press time. They will travel to play the host Rams of South Kortright on Friday.