Three-run seventh lifts MCS past RCS; Blue Devils score a pair of softball victories

By John Bernhardt
It’s been said that out numbers 19, 20 and 21 are the three toughest in a softball game. That was the case at Roxbury last Thursday night. Margaretville rallied to score three times in the final inning, squeezing past the Rockets, 6-4, in the home opener for both teams.
Knowing the strike zone paid dividends for the Blue Devils in the pivotal seventh. With Margaretville trailing 4-3, Erica Faulkner and Emily Kelly worked back to back walks to start the inning. Sarah Batka’s line drive single scored Faulkner tying the score at 4-4. After Rachel Andrews drew a walk, Natalie Shaffer’s single was the game winner.
The game was a seesaw affair with Roxbury grabbing the lead in the first. Jessica Utsler’s single drove home Rachel Meekes giving the Rockets a one-run advantage.
Margaretville got the run back without a hit in the top of the second. Shaffer lead off with a walk, advanced to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a come backer to the mound and scored on and infield groundout.
The Blue Devils used an Andrews’ base-on-balls and an infield error to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth. Roxbury countered in their half of the inning when, after Brianna George walked, Riley Cammer blasted a game-tying triple. The Rockets went ahead, 3-2, when Cammer scored on groundout to shortstop.
Faulkner and Kelly manufactured a run to tie the score, 3-3, with a Blue Devils’ tally in the fifth. With one out, Faulkner worked a walk. She moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Kelly’s single.
Jessica Utsler singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth for the home team. Utsler moved to third base during Brianna George’s at bat as George walked. Utsler then tagged and scored the go-ahead run on Cammer’s fly ball to center field.
The Rockets needed three more outs before Margaretville scored a run but couldn’t close the deal, as the Blue Devils rallied to score three times in their last at bat.
Karli Tait started her first ever varsity game, throwing a complete game victory for Margaretville. The sophomore had good control walking only two batters. Tait hit one batter, gave up five hits, and struck out six in earning her first varsity win.
Heather Davie shows continued promise on the hill for Roxbury. The sophomore flamethrower threw a no-hitter for four and-one-third innings and limited the Blue Devils to two hits. Control issues plagued Davie as she walked 10 batters and hit one. The hard throwing right-hander struck out nine Blue Devils.
Brittney Hull pitched Margaretville past South Kortright as the Blue Devils capitalized on wild Rams’ pitching to win a nonleague contest, 25-5 last Wednesday. Hull scattered six hits and struck out six. SK pitchers walked 23 Blue Devils in the contest.

South Kortright rallies past Margaretville in baseball
A three-run sixth inning carried South Kortright past Margaretville, 8-6, in the Rams’ nonleague home opener last week. South Kortright surrendered a 5-1 lead allowing five Blue Devil runs in the top of the sixth then scored three runs of their own to secure the victory in the bottom of the frame.
Dan Many’s RBI double highlighted South Kortright’s rally. Kyle Hotaling and Eric Burns both added RBI singles during the game-deciding rally. Hotaling finished three for four and Burns two for two on the day. Both Rams’ sluggers had two RBIs. South Kortright profited on the long ball, slamming five extra-base hits including a triple by Tanner Metzko.