Remain On Top
Democrat Photo by Rob Potter
OUT: Ump Don Cooper makes the call as
Narrowsburg catcher Jackie Ropke tags out Karen
Terry of Delaware Valley.
With Late Surge
By Rob Potter
NARROWSBURG May 9, 2000 -- Delaware Valley found ways to score
key late-inning runs Friday afternoon and at the same
time maintain its first-place status in the Western
Sullivan League softball standings.
The Lady Eagles (61, 61 WSL) scored a pair of
runs in both the top of the fifth and sixth innings to
knock off the host Narrowsburg Lady Indians 13-8.
After Narrowsburg catcher Jackie Ropke singled home Katie
Yacino in the bottom of the fourth to cut the DV lead to
only 9-8, the Lady Eagle bats responded in the top of the
With one out, Theresa Bauer walked and then stole second
base a few pitches later. A Karen Terry double plated
Bauer for a 10-8 advantage. Three batters later, after
Terry was tagged out at home in an attempt to score on an
infield ground ball, Alicia Peters hit a similar ground
ball to pitcher Tracy Swendsen. But Swendsens throw
to home and subsequent tag by Ropke were a split second
late, allowing Dara Mahoney to score the 11th DV run.
Eagle pitcher Mariah Gillow led off the Lady Eagle sixth
and drew a base on balls from her opposite number, Swendsen. Gillow scored moments later thanks to a single
by Megan Moran. Christina Head then followed with a
double to plate Moran for the comfortable five-run lead.
Gillow set Narrowsburg (64, 32 WSL) down in
order in the bottom of the sixth and allowed only one
base runner in the bottom of the seventh.
It was a big game for us, noted DV coach John
Meyer. Both teams played well and it was nice to
get the win today because well see them again on
(Barring any late-day thunderstorms due to the recent
stretch of hot weather, the two teams were slated to
square off again yesterday afternoon in Callicoon.)
Head led the Eagle offense with two hits and a pair of
RBI, while Peters went 2-for-3.
Mariah pitched a great game, Meyer commented.
The whole team has been doing a good job.
He especially noted the performance of Bauer, who is
normally an outfielder. But Bauer donned the shin guards,
mask and chest protector to catch Gillow versus the Lady
Indians. DVs normal starting catcher, Calley
Sander, broke her finger in a game last week and it is
unknown when she will return to the lineup.
Narrowsburg coach Lionel Billard also praised
Gillows performance. And he noted that his
teams pitching played a key role in the game
but in a negative way.
It is hard to win when you give up 15 walks,
he said. Our pitching needs to step up. Hopefully,
we can improve on that when we face them up there
Swendsen, who was relieved by Heather Nober in the sixth
inning, took the loss on the mound for the Lady Indians.
Yacino paced the Narrowsburg offense, going 2-for-3 on