With a gap in their Mid Hudson Athletic League schedule, the Marlboro softball team made its way down Interstate 84 for a night game against the Minisink Valley Warriors.
It was a successful road trip as the Dukes scored in all but two innings on their way to an 8-3 victory over the Warriors.
“They played very well,” Marlboro coach Ryan Naccarato said. “They stepped up. We hit the ball well. We saw it good. Defensively, we were strong. Cassandra (Lapointe) provided us some strong pitching. It was a good team effort.”
Lapointe had only one difficult inning, the second, giving up a single to Emily Lang and two walks. Then with two out, Aubrey Ketcham drilled a three-run double to left field, giving the Warriors a 3-1 lead, the only time they would lead in the game.
“Cassidy had that inning,” Naccarato said. “She fought through adversity. She settled down.”
She settled down and threw a complete game, allowing four hits, and striking out three. She had some trouble with her command, walking four batters.
But throughout the game, the Dukes (13-1) kept hitting.
Allison Swartz responded to Ketcham’s double with a home run over the right-field fence with one out in the third, and Marlboro tied the game on when Minisink right fielder Jayda Roman was unable to catch Melissa Sadler’s fly ball.
The Dukes took the lead in the fifth when Taylor Felicello singled and scored on an error by Minisink left fielder Cassidy Smith. They widened the lead with two runs each in the sixth and seventh.
“It starts in practice,” Naccarato said. “We do a lot of swings in practice. Inside-outside at different speeds. This was a great pitcher we saw. We just stayed with our fundamentals. We saw the ball and hit the ball.”
By Mike Zummo