MCS, Roxbury girls earn softball victories

Staff report
Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Margaretville bats finally came alive. The Blue Devils scored runs in each of the final frames to edge Gilboa, 5-4, in a Delaware League softball contest played Monday night in Margaretville.

Rachel Matheisen blasted a home run in the sixth to awaken the Blue Devil’s slumbering bats. Crafty base running helped Margaretville tie the game in the bottom of the seventh. Amy Filupeit singled, stole second, advanced to third tagging up on an outfield fly ball, and raced home on Tess Svoboda’s infield ground out.

Sarah Hagatore singled to lead off the Margaretville eighth, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error and scored the winning run when Kelsey Buerge singled. Buerge went two for four with her walk-off, game winning single. Hagatore and Filupeit had two hits apiece for the Blue Devils.

Danielle Hull was solid on the mound for the winners. Hull got stronger as the game progressed only allowing one run over the final six innings.

The win improves Margaretville’s Delaware League record to 7-1. The Blue Devils have won their fifth consecutive Upper Division title and will face Roxbury in the league crossover championship.

Roxbury softball
Brittany Keator and Alyce McIntosh combined to fire a two-hit shutout as Roxbury locked down the Mountain Division championship with a 10-0 win over Downsville last week. The Rockets, undefeated in Delaware League play, will face Margaretville for the league title.

A booming Rachel Sprague first-inning homerun was all the offense the Rockets needed. Sprague went three for five and knocked in four Roxbury runners. Keator had a double and an RBI for the Mountain Division champs.