Roxbury Lady Rockets win Mountain Division title
By Julia Green
The Roxbury girls’ softball team, which finished last in 2008, completed a stunning turnaround on Monday by beating visiting Downsville, 1-0, to clinch the Delaware Mountain League division title.
The Rockets, 12-2, clinched the title, thanks, in large part, to a strong showing by Roxbury pitcher Heather Davie both in the circle and at the plate. Davie tallied 13 strikeouts and four walks, limiting the visiting Eagles to a mere three hits, and hit what would be the game-winning RBI double in the sixth inning for the Rockets, who committed no errors in the outing.
“Heather had a good game,” said Roxbury Head Coach Jane Ware. “Her pitches were working really, really well, she had control, the ball was moving – everything looked really well. She probably pitched one of the best games of her career.”
With the win, the Rockets ensured their place in Thursday’s crossover game in Stamford and earned a piece of the Mountain Division title – their first title in five years and a marked difference from last year, when they finished the season with a 3-13 overall record.
“It was a great game,” Ware said. “Both teams played very well – there was only one error in the entire game. They’re flying, still.”
The game remained scoreless through the bottom of the sixth inning, when Roxbury’s Rachel Meckes reached base thanks to the lone error of the game, committed by Downsville’s shortstop. Karly Bolger laid down a key sacrifice bunt that allowed Meckes to advance to third, and Davie’s hit to right-center field drove in what would be the game-winner.
Strong defense was also key for the Rockets, who were able to maintain possession of their narrow lead in the bottom of the inning when Downsville’s Sabrina Yancey led off with a long fly ball to right field and Roxbury outfielder Tarah DiBenedetto came up with the catch.
“Heather got the game ball, so she was flying,” Ware said. “They’re just so positive, and so elated that they won. Their goal was to get a .500 record and make sectionals, and we started off the season by losing our first league game – they were really bummed, losing to Margaretville the first week of the season. But they just kept improving and improving and they took a huge step yesterday. Downsville is a quality team – every paper in the preseason had them repeating as first place and going to crossovers.”
Who the Rockets will face in Thursday’s crossover match-up depends on two key games elsewhere in the league this week.
Roxbury 9, Margaretville 6 (Tuesday)
The Roxbury Rockets tallied their 11th win of the season last Tuesday, defeating the visiting Blue Devils of Margaretville 9-6.
“We did OK,” said Roxbury Head Coach Jane Ware. “I definitely don’t think we played one of our best games of the season, but we had consistent hits that helped us.”
The Rockets’ offense was led by Karly Bolger, who went 4-for-4 and tallied three runs for Roxbury. One of her RBIs came in the key sixth inning, when the Rockets tallied three runs to take a 9-5 lead.
“She was on fire,” Ware said. “She led off the game with a key hit and then she had a key bunt later in the game. She had an excellent game, both on the field and at the plate.”
It was also another strong showing for Roxbury pitcher Heather Davie, who struck out eight batters and walked only one.
“Heather pitched a very nice game,” Ware said, “and that kept us in it, between our hitting and Heather’s pitching. She only walked one and kept us in the game consistently.”
The Margaretville offense was led by Rachel Andrews and Erica Faulkner, who each went 2-for-4.