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MEETING AT FIRST BASE: Livingston Manor’s Audra Cady is safe at first as Roscoe first baseman Jessie Lake tries to beat Cady to the bag in Tuesday’s game. Also trying to cover the bag is Roscoe’s Danielle Austin (15) as Pam Buck watches in the background.

Wildcat Bats Score Seven
In First in Slugfest

By Rob Potter
ROSCOE — May 12, 2000 -- The Livingston Manor bats were very much alive in Tuesday’s Western Sullivan League game versus host Roscoe.
By the time the Blue Devils recorded the third out of the top of the first inning, the Wildcats had sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs.
With that 7-0 lead and momentum on its side, Manor (3-7, 2-4 WSL) went on to defeat Roscoe (0-10, 0-8 WSL) by a 14-8 score in a six-inning game. After Roscoe batted in the bottom of that frame, Manor coach Chuck McKenna and Roscoe coach Matt Schuchman agreed to end the contest an inning early because of a rapidly approaching thunderstorm.
Leadoff batter Ryan Carlson began the Wildcats’ offensive thunder by leading off the game with a single up the middle. He then stole second and third and scored on a passed ball for a quick 1-0 lead.
After Casey Adamse walked and swiped second base, Ryan Edwards plated Adamse with a single to center. Two batters later, Jason Will ripped a shot up the middle to score both Edwards and Scott Denman, who had reached base on an error, and give the Wildcats a 4-0 advantage.
Erik Roberts, Kytt MacManus and Adamse each added an RBI single later in the frame.
Roscoe scored a single run in the bottom of the first when Brian Ballard walked, stole second and third and then came home on a passed ball.
The Blue Devils took advantage of two Manor errors enroute to a three-run third inning. That cut the Wildcat lead to 11-4, but Roscoe could not get any closer.
“We got off to a fast start,” noted McKenna. “We had the whole team swinging.”
McKenna noted that Will, who finished the day 2-for-2 with a double and 4 RBI, was a real “spark in the first inning.”
“In those first two innings, we looked good,” he said. “But Roscoe is an improved team and they made some plays [later] that slowed us down.”
Carlson was 4-for-5 and scored twice, while Edwards was 3-for-4 for 2 RBI and Clarence Hinkley went 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Adamse, who pitched three-and-one-third innings for Manor, picked up the win, the first of his varsity career.
Roscoe’s offense was paced by Ballard, who scored two runs and was 2-for-3, and Dave Eggleton, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Although the Blue Devils are still searching for their first win of the season, the squad is improving.
“Overall, this is the best game Roscoe has played in the past two seasons,” Schuchman commented. “The team is maturing and showing better defensive and offensive skills.”



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