MCS softball win over Stamford a sweet finale for two seniors

Margaretville seniors Cec­il­ia Galatioto and Kate Short were determined to close out their high school athletic careers with a win. The Blue Devil senior duo went a combined eight of 10 at the plate and scored eight runs as Margaretville end­ed their season with a 19-12 victory over Stamford.
“It was nice to watch the girls grow this year,” explained Margaretville coach Kyle Holden after the game. “We had our bumps in the road but overall the kids showed some improvement. It was great to get a win in our last game, great for our seniors. We have nine of our 11 girls returning next year which gives us a good nucleus to make some forward progress.”
Two of those returners are sophomore pitchers Hailey Hunt­er and Ana Endaya. Holden noted Hunter had her best outing of the season. Hunter, who worked the first three innings allowing only a single run, returned to the mound in the final inning to close out the victory. Hunter allowed only one walk in the contest.
Margaretville’s Elia Tanzer set the offensive tone by blasting a triple in the first at bat of the game. The Blue Devils sent 11 batters to the plate in the opening frame, scoring six runs and rapping out eight hits.
The Blue Devils scored four more runs in the second and carried a 16-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning. Stamford would not roll over. The Indians rallied to put a 10 spot on the board in the bottom of the sixth to make it a game, but Stamford had too far to come and too few innings remaining to close the gap.
Margaretville amassed 21 hits in the contest with three girls; Elia Tanzer, Cora Bruno, and Shannon Fairbairn, each going three for five. Bruno blasted a solo home run leading off the fifth inning. Of course, the senior of pair of Galatioto and Short were the key cogs in the Blue Devils’ batting explosion.