Teams gear up for busy spring

Staff report
Every day’s a busy day for local high school softball and baseball teams as they return from spring vacation. In the next month local teams will play the lion’s share of the spring schedules with most teams playing 10 or more games over that time span.

As they brace for the onslaught, the Roxbury girls’ softball team has established itself as the team to beat in the Delaware League. The Lady Rockets ran off a string of four impressive victories before vacation, upending last year’s Mountain Division champion Gilboa once and downing defending Delaware League champion Margaretville twice. If the early season pattern holds, it looks like veteran Roxbury coach Jane Ware has another championship caliber team.

Devils are favored
Despite their two early season losses to Roxbury, Margaretville is the favorite to return to the top of the Delaware League’s Mountain Division. The Blue Devils return their battery from last year’s championship squad, return several other starters, and have a solid batting lineup.

In baseball, Roxbury is looking to get back into the DL’s Mountain Division race. After an impressive 5-0 non-league opening season win over Margaretville, the Rockets dropped their next three games before vacation. Roxbury is 0-2 in league play, but should get a big boost with the return of their pitching ace, Kyle Ciaravino who missed two games touring in Europe on a soccer team. The Rockets host Davenport on Friday.

Margaretville, the defending Delaware League champions, took a heavy graduation hit, but the Blue
Devils have been competitive in the three games they played before vacation. After losing their opener in Roxbury, Margaretville was within striking distance of undefeated defending Mountain Division champion Jefferson before a late-inning defensive meltdown took them out of the game. The Blue Devils rebounded with a walk-off 9-8 league win over Roxbury in their next game.
Margaretville, too, should benefit from the return of pitcher/shortstop Ian Williams who was on the same soccer-touring trip as Ciaravino. Williams missed two of the Blue Devils’ first three games. The Blue Devils host Downsville on Friday.