One local rival down, another to come on Tuesday.
Boosted by early offense, the Roy C. Ketcham High School softball team defeated visiting Beacon on Monday, 16-5.
The Indians (2-0) will travel to take on Arlington Tuesday.
While coach Scott Satterlee said the performance was far from his Indians’ best — they made five errors and walked 12 — the team will be ready for the challenge of facing an Admirals bunch that defeated Ursuline on a walk-off grand slam on Monday.
“It wasn’t a crisp game and we have to get better. We play Arlington (Tuesday), and if we play like this, we’re going to take a loss,” he said. “You’re always excited for an Arlington game. You throw the records out the window with playing Arlington, or (John) Jay.
“Hopefully we play better (Tuesday).”
Ketcham spotted starter Carissa Della Vecchia to a 12-0 advantage, highlighted by a three-run Andrea Bombace home run.
“She’s looking comfortable,” Satterlee said of Bombace’s early-season play, “waiting for her pitches and something to drive. She’s doing very well.”
Della Vecchia went four innings, allowing five unearned runs. Jessica Roe pitched the final three innings. Satterlee noted Taylor Travis had a “solid game” as catcher.
Following Tuesday, Arlington and Ketcham will square off again on Thursday, this time in Wappingers Falls.
Beacon visits Pawling on Tuesday before a home-and-home series against Hendrick Hudson on Wednesday (at Beacon) and Friday (in Montrose).