Roxbury's Davie no-hits JCS; Andes edges MCS in softball
By Julia Green
Roxbury’s Heather Davie tallied her second no-hitter in two years on Tuesday, as the Rockets posted a 2-0 win over the host Jefferson JayHawks.
“It was a pitchers’ duel,” said Roxbury Head Coach Jane Ware, whose own team was limited to two runs by Jefferson’s pitcher.
Both Roxbury runs were scored by senior Rachel Meckes. The first time, Meckes reached base on a hit, stole second and third, and scored on a passed ball; the second, she reached on a walk, stole second and third, and made it home on an RBI single by Sydney Peters.
“Every kid on the team contributed, either with assists or put-outs,” Ware said, noting that center fielder Tarah DiBenedetto had two key catches.
Davie tallied 10 strikeouts in the win.
The Rockets’ bats came alive as the team posted a convincing 19-4 win over the Windham Warriors on Friday afternoon in chilly weather conditions.
Roxbury was once again led by Davie, who went 3-for-4 in the batter’s box but reached base all four times due to an error. She tallied five strikeouts over four innings, and relieving pitcher Brittney Keator tallied one strikeout in the fifth inning, which would turn out to be the final inning of the game.
Roxbury kept it rolling on Monday, when they posted an 18-6 win over the host Charlotte Valley Wildcats. Davie had three hits including a double, scored three runs and tallied eight strikeouts.
“We’re hitting really well,” Ware said. “We’ve got to get our defense back and get a little more pitching consistency. It looked like everybody was tired today. We had the sticks, but our pitching was not up to par, but it’ll come around.”
The Rockets will face the visiting Gilboa Wildcats at home on Thursday before taking a week off for spring break. They are currently 3-0 overall and in league play.
The Margaretville offense met a familiar face when they stepped into the batter’s box against the visiting Mountaineers of Andes last Tuesday. Andes pitcher Karli Tait, who was the starting pitcher for the Blue Devils the past two seasons, was in the pitcher’s circle, this time in a Mountaineers’ uniform, and she didn’t blink as Andes posted a 12-9 win.
“Karli kept us in that game,” said Andes Head Coach Tamara Snyder. “She had eight strikeouts, and the only walks she had were the ones I told her to do.”
The Mountaineers jumped out to an early lead, scoring eight runs in the first two innings to put the host Blue Devils in the hole.
“They jumped on us,” said Margaretville Head Coach Bill Lonecke, whose team tallied five runs in the third inning to bring it within three and tallied another in the sixth to make it 8-6. “We just couldn’t buy a hit,” he said. “Erica [Faulkner] doubled in the first inning but she was stranded on base, and we stranded two more people on base in the second inning.”
The Blue Devils connected for four hits and one walk in the third inning to bring in the five runs. They were led by Faulkner, who went 2-for-2 with three walks; both hits were extra-base hits. Amy Filupeit also went 2-for-2 with two singles and reached twice more on errors and Olivia Todd went 2-for-5 for Margaretville.
Mariah Ruff led the Mountaineers, going 3-for-4, and Rachel Andrews went 2-for-5 and connected for a double.
“It was a good game,” Lonecke said. “It was a little depressing in the beginning, but the girls came back and with a little bit of luck, we could have pulled that one out. It was a lot closer than the score makes it look.”
The Blue Devils got a more favorable result, although not without some extra effort, when they faced the visiting Charlotte Valley Wildcats on Friday.
“That’s one of those ball games that my hair is white because of,” Lonecke said.
The Margaretville girls held a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning and a 7-4 lead in the fifth inning, but the Wildcats caught them in the sixth, tying it at seven. Each team scored a run in the seventh inning to make it 8-8 and to send the game into extra innings.
“It was a really, really tight ball game,” Lonecke said. “Davenport has a good little team and they played us tough, and this was one of those ball games where we got the bounces to go our way.”
It looked like trouble for the Blue Devils when Charlotte Valley scored two runs in the top of the eighth to take a 10-8 lead, but the Blue Devils battled back. Amy Filupeit singled for Margaretville and stole second, and crossed the plate on a single by Olivia Todd. Todd stole second and an RBI double by Erica Faulkner drove in the tying run. Faulkner gave Margaretville the winning run when she scored on a passed ball to make it 11-10.
Margaretville pitcher Danielle Hull tallied six strikeouts in the win.
“They’re on our half of the league, so that moves us one step closer to three-peating our half of the league this year,” Lonecke added.
The Blue Devils hit a speed bump on their quest for the three-peat, however, when they dropped a tough 23-3 loss to the host Jefferson JayHawks on Monday.
“I really think that we should be able to repeat again, winning our half of the league,” Lonecke reiterated, “and Jefferson looks to me right now like the team that will win the other half. They’ve got a very good team over there. It’s tough to find the chinks in their armor.”
Starting pitcher Danielle Hull tallied two strikeouts and reliever Amy Filupeit had three strikeouts for the Blue Devils. A nine-run fifth inning was the clincher for Jefferson, and the Blue Devil offense was unable to counter it.
“The Blue Devils are currently 3-1 overall and 1-1 in league play. They will travel to face the South Kortright Rams on Thursday and will play at Onteora on Friday.
The Mountaineers followed Tuesday’s win at Margaretville with another victory over the host Rams of South Kortright on Friday. Once again, Andes was led in the pitcher’s circle by Tait, who tallied seven strikeouts.
“She doesn’t walk many people,” Snyder said. “The first game she walked two, the second game she walked three but I told her to, and the last game she didn’t walk anybody, she just hit a batter.
One key factor was the Mountaineers’ offense – every single Andes batter put the ball in play every time they got up, except for the lone strikeout of the day – but the defense had its moments as well.
“Desirae Coss made three awesome catches in the outfield,” Snyder said, adding that her team’s morale is high. “They’re putting the ball in play and they’re winning, so that helps.”
The Mountaineers offense was once again led by Ruff, who went 3-for-3 with a home run. Rachel Andrews went 1-for-3 with a double, Ashley Terry went 2-for-4, and Tait was 2-for-5.
“Right now I’m really happy with where they are,” Snyder said. “They’re not getting down on themselves, and I’ve got great leaders with my seniors. Overall, I’m just happy that they’re putting the ball I play and making smart decisions.”
Andes will face the visiting Eagles of Downsville on Thursday.