Roxbury stages huge rally in baseball

Staff report
Move over New York Yankees. The Bronx Bombers aren’t the only team in town who can piece together a colossal come-from-behind victory. Over the weekend, trailing 9-0 against hated rival Boston, the Yanks scored 15 runs over three innings in an historic comeback victory.

Perhaps the Pinstripes were following the lead of the Roxbury Rockets. After Davenport used a three-run homer by Troy Palmer to scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning, things looked bleak for the local baseball team. Davenport led, 10-0, at the time, and the Wildcats’ pitcher was throwing pellets. Chris Yearsley struck out the side in each of the game’s first four innings.

But, baseball games can take strange twists and turns and RCS rallied for an 11-10 win last Friday. Yearsley lost the plate and reached his pitch count in the fifth inning. Roxbury was ready. The Rockets, who had scored a lone run in the bottom of the fifth, exploded, plating six runners in their half of the sixth. Eric Shultis had the big blast, a bases-loaded triple, that keyed the rally.

It was almost like Davenport choreographed the Rockets’ walk off finish. Roxbury used a walk, and error and a walk to load the bases without a hit in their final at bat. After the Rockets scratched out a 10-10 tie, the winning run scored from second base on a dropped third strike and a catcher overthrow of first base.

Dakota Caronia had a strong day at the plate going two for three with an RBI. Kyle Ciaravino picked up the win pitching the final inning in relief.

The Rockets, who like to live dangerously, used an eight-run fifth inning to topple Stamford, 14-10, earlier in the week. Roxbury scored 14 runs on only three hits. All three hits came in a fifth inning Stamford implosion. Danny Bird had two of the three hits in the critical fifth inning and Spencer Hinkley blasted a two-run triple. Stamford made four of their five errors during the big inning.

Big Inning Meltdowns Haunt Blue Devils
The dominant story line of the Margaretville baseball team this spring is the big inning meltdown. The pattern continued last week when the Blue Devils squandered two promising chances to win, allowing multiple run outbursts in two contests that cost them the game.

Kyle Short pitched brilliantly striking out 13 in four and-one-third innings of work against Stamford. Short left the game with the score tied, 4-4, in the fifth inning. A nine-run Stamford sixth inning that included six walks, four hits, and two errors ended any hopes of a Blue Devils’ victory. Sean Vroman had two hits for Stamford in the fatal sixth.

Margaretville put together an eight-hit offensive attack led by Matt VanValkenburg who had two hits. Cooper Reither’s two-run single in the bottom of the third temporarily gave the Blue Devils a 4-3 lead.

The meltdown came in Downsville’s fourth inning on Friday. Leading 2-1, the Blue Devils surrendered four runs, loading the bases on two-walks and a hit batter. Back-to-back singles, an error, and a balk all added to the Margaretville’s woes during the inning.
Mitch Hull had a huge offensive game going four for four and knocking in all three Margaretville runs in the Blue Devils’ 6-3 defeat. Ian Williams added two hits for Margaretville.

Softball
Margaretville’s softball team raced to a 23-2 fourth inning lead and then coasted to a wild 34-19 win over Stamford. The Blue Devils rapped out 15 hits in the high-scoring affair.

Alexis Molnar had four hits to pace the Blue Devils’offensive barrage. Amy Filupeit continues to bat well adding two more hits to her total this spring. Rachel Mathiesen blasted a three-run home run.
The stars continue to be aligned for Roxbury softball pitcher Brittany Keator. The Rocket senior pitching ace hurled her second no-hit game of the season, a 16-1, Delaware League win over visiting Gilboa on Monday. Keator struck out 10 without walking a batter in a five-inning game shortened by softball’s mercy rule.

Roxbury left little doubt in the outcome, jumping all over Gilboa scoring eight times in the first inning. Keator, Sharron Sprague, Kennedy Faraci, and Cristina Chiarappa all had hits in the inning.
Gilboa edged the Rockets last spring to win the Delaware league’s Mountain Division crown. Roxbury is 8-1 this year and 5-0 in league play.