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2018-05-15 / Sports

Rockets Soar Past Wildcats for Delaware League Softball Title

By Tom Coddington


DELAWARE CHAMPS — The Roxbury softball team poses for a photo after its 14-4 win over Gilboa- Conesville in Thursday’s Delaware League championship game. 
T.W. Coddington/The Reporter DELAWARE CHAMPS — The Roxbury softball team poses for a photo after its 14-4 win over Gilboa- Conesville in Thursday’s Delaware League championship game. T.W. Coddington/The Reporter ONEONTA — A rain delay in the first inning of the Delaware League softball championship did not deter the Roxbury Rockets on Thursday. The rain was really not the reason for the delay, because there were thunder claps that stopped it for more than 30 minutes.

Roxbury pitcher Claire Mc- Daniel had shut down Gilboa- Conesville in the top of the first frame, and the Rockets were at bat when time was called in the midst of a rally. Veteran Head Coach Jane Ware’s team sent 11 players to the plate, and they led by 5-0 after it was finished.

McDaniel started the rally with a booming triple, and later in the inning, Brianna Cross swatted a double, and the Wildcats helped out the Rockets by making three errors. In the top of the second inning, McDaniel also had 1-2-3 success. In the bottom half, Emma Hynes’ triple set the way for three more runs, and Erin Garza also tripled.


INFIELD HIT — Roxbury’s Erin Garza crosses first base ahead of the effort of Gilboa-Conesville first baseman Kelli-Jo VanValkenburg early in the Rockets’ Thursday win in the Delaware League championship game. 
T.W. Coddington/The Reporter INFIELD HIT — Roxbury’s Erin Garza crosses first base ahead of the effort of Gilboa-Conesville first baseman Kelli-Jo VanValkenburg early in the Rockets’ Thursday win in the Delaware League championship game. T.W. Coddington/The Reporter In the top of the third, G-C capitalized on two Roxbury errors and two walks by the usually steady McDaniel, and scored three runs. In the bottom half, Hynes swatted another triple and Gabby Garofolo doubled, and the Rockets had a 10-3 lead.

The Wildcats got their last run in the fourth frame with the help of a double by Liz Cherry. In the bottom half, two more Roxbury runs came on a single by Lacey German and two more G-C errors. The final two runs for the winners came in the fifth inning, with help of more errors by the Wildcats.

Ware, whose teams have recorded more than 20 league championships, remarked of McDaniel’s tough inning, “We knew that she would pull out of it. She always comes back.” She did settle down, and the defense helped out as the game went along.

To end the game, Garza made all three put-outs, one on a line drive, and the other two on fly balls toward foul territory, and the Rockets had a 14-4 victory. Hynes and Garza each had three of Roxbury’s 15 hits in the game.

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