Roxbury softball team rolling; Margaretville girls split pair

By Julia Green
RCS 15, Stamford (Thursday)
It was another solid showing for the Roxbury Lady Rockets on Thursday, when they posted a 15-0 victory over visiting Stamford to improve their record to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in league competition. Jessica Utsler went 3-for-3 with a triple for Roxbury while pitcher Heather Davie went 2-for-3 with four runs and three RBIs.
“Jessica had a nice triple and then we had three doubles from Heather, Tarah [DiBenedetto] and Danyelle [Greene],” said Roxbury Head Coach Jane Ware. “We hit the ball hard and ran the bases very well against Stamford; I think those were our two keys.”
The Rockets tallied four runs in the first inning added three more in the second to jump out to an early seven-run lead. A walk and two errors by the Stamford infield loaded the bases right off the bat.
“We had the bases loaded and we squeezed home, and then Danyelle got up and hit the nice double to finish off the rest of the runs that inning,” Ware said. “And Heather hit a two-RBI homer in the second inning; they walked Jenna Johnston, Brianna got on by a single, and then Heather ripped her two-run homerun.”
Davie pitched three innings for the Rockets, who also got three innings from Johnston; each pitcher allowed only one hit apiece.

Margaretville 10, Windham 4 (Thursday)
A strong showing by Margaretville on Thursday led to a 10-4 league win for the lady Blue Devils.
The MCS offense was led by shortstop Erica Faulkner; the junior tallied four runs and had two hits and an RBI for the Blue Devils. Margaretville pitcher Karli Tait struck out seven batters and allowed only two in the win.
Margaretville jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning and two more in the second, when four errors by Windham gave the Blue Devils two unearned runs and a 5-1 lead.

Downsville 8, Margaretville 3 (Friday)
The host Margaretville Blue Devils got off to a rocky start on Friday, when they hosted the Eagles of Downsville. The visiting Eagles tallied five runs in the top of the first inning to take an early lead over MCS, who moved to 2-4 overall.
Margaretville pitcher Karli Tait tallied six strikeouts for the Blue Devils while Erica Faulkner tallied two hits and a run.
The Blue Devils showed signs of life in the third inning, when they got two runs across the plate, but they tallied only one more run, which came in the sixth inning.

Milford 14, Roxbury 7 (Saturday)
The Rockets dropped a tough 14-7 loss to visiting Milford on Saturday to move to 6-2 on the season.
“We played really well until we lost mental focus,” said Head Coach Jane Ware. “Everything went down from there. We had a rough seventh inning – they scored eight runs in the seventh and we just couldn’t compete after that.”
It was back and forth throughout the game, with no team ever having more than a two-run lead until the final inning, when Milford’s offense ignited to push eight runs across the plate.
“The game was 1-1, then we took the lead, then they took the lead by one, then we retook the lead, then they took the lead by one again, then we tied it up… and then we wet the bed.”
The Roxbury pitching staff allowed nine walks in the inning, six from Davie and three from Jenna Johnston.
“We had a lot of walks in the last inning, and I tried both pitchers,” Ware said. “The biggest problem was, my four juniors were taking SATs, and they sat in an SAT course for five hours that day, so by the time we hit the seventh inning, it was just mental mush.”

Roxbury 5, Jefferson 3 (Monday)
Despite a tough weekend outing for Roxbury, the Rockets turned it around on Monday, upsetting the 19th-ranked team in the state. Roxbury upset Jefferson 5-3, getting the day started with a strong defensive play in the first inning to set the tone.
“We led off with a walk, and then they hit a single and then we walked the next girl, but we threw the girl out at third, so that was a good defensive play,” said Head Coach Jane Ware.
That defense was complemented by a fundamentally strong offensive showing at the start of the fourth inning.
“We came up in the fourth and the pitcher walked Jessica Utsler and walked Danyelle Greene, and with a passed ball they advanced, and then Marlise Cammer laid down a gorgeous squeeze bunt at home and they went for the play at first, and we got our first run in, and then Danyelle scored on a wild pitch.”
The Rockets followed that two-run inning with more bunting in the fifth inning, when Jenna Johnston led off with a walk and then advanced to second with a sacrifice bunt and then to third on a passed ball. Rachel Meckes walked and then stole second; she was followed at the plate by Karly Bolger, who tallied an RBI with a double and then advanced to third on another passed ball. Davie then squeezed Bolger home on another sacrifice bunt.
Jefferson was showing signs of life in the bottom of the seventh, but solid defense by the Rockets held their offense in check.
“In the seventh inning they had the bases loaded with one out, and Heather threw a wild pitch to the screen,” Ware said. “Rachel Meckes hustled after it so fast and Heather was standing at the plate, so the girl coming home thought she wasn’t going to make it and tried to turn around and fell, so we got her in a pickle and got her out at third.”
Davie tallied seven strikeouts in the circle for the Rockets, who moved to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in league competition.
Looking ahead to the remaining games, Ware said they are all must-wins.
“Tuesday’s a must-win and Friday at South Kortright is a must-win, and then we play the other big dog in our side, Downsville, on Monday. So the entire league will be decided in the next three games.”
Still, Ware was optimistic about the way her team is playing.
“We just have to hit and score and play our game,” she said. “I just hope they keep it up. They can do it.”
Roxbury hosts Downsville on Monday.