Roxbury downs Blue Devils in Crossover
By John Bernhardt
There’s not much Brittany Keator can’t do on the softball diamond. All season long the Roxbury senior has carried her team with one stellar pitching performance after another. Thursday in the Delaware League crossover championship game at Neahwa Park in Oneonta, she spoke with her bat as well as her arm, leading the Rockets to a 10-3 title win over Margaretville.
Keator went two for three in the batter’s box scoring three runs and knocking home three RBIs. Her batting heroics coupled with a complete game three-hitter helped Roxbury stop a two-year Margaretville DL championship run with the Rockets claiming their first DL title since 2009.
Roxbury was off and running from the start, scoring often in the early innings. The Rockets scored all 10 runs in the first four frames.
Kennedy Faraci worked a leadoff walk to start the game. Sharon Sprague singled, setting the table for Keator’s first run-scoring tally, a two-run single. Keator scampered home later in the inning when Christina Chiarappa grounded out.
Margaretville got one run back in their half of the first. Amy Filupeit led off the inning with a single and raced all the way around when Rachel Mathesien doubled.
Roxbury went back to work in the top of the third. Sprague reached base on an infield error, advanced to third on Keator’s single and scored on a Coach Jane Ware softball staple, the double steal. Chiarappa singled Keator home for the second time in the game giving the Rockets a 5-1 lead.
Filupeit did her best to get Margaretville back in the game in the Blue Devils’ third. The speedy Margaretville catcher drew a leadoff walk, stole second and third and scored on an infield error.
Base running is a central tenet of the Roxbury offense. The Rockets used daring on the base paths to score five more times in the fourth to lock down the win. Angela Perazone walked to get things rolling. Perazone took second and third on Sam Sprague’s infield groundout then scored on a Bailey O’Donnell single. O’Donnell pilfered second and raced home at the end of another Chiarappa single.
When the dust settled the Rockets had scored five times, taking a 10-2 lead, an advantage that proved to be too tall for Margaretville to overcome with Keator on the mound.
In winning the DL crown, Roxbury improves to 14-1 on the season. The Rockets are seeded fourth in the Section IV, Class D tournament and host Davenport on Thursday.
Margaretville, 8-3, is seeded eighth and will host ninth-seeded Milford on the same day.