The Iron Dukes were daring. They stretched singles into doubles. Instead of holding up at third, they broke for home.
In the end, the risks paid off.
The Marlboro High School softball team cruised to a 15-1 win over Duanesburg on Saturday to claim the championship of the Red Hook Invitational Tournament.
“We came in with high hopes,” Marlboro coach Ryan Naccarato said. “Offensively we had the bats going. We were very disciplined at the plate.”
Ashley Votta and Taylor Felicello both scored four times, while Allison Swartz crossed the plate three times to help pace Marlboro. Every hitter in the Iron Dukes’ lineup reached base safely.
“They all performed. It makes me feel confident going forward,” added Naccarato, whose team improved to 8-0 and will host New Paltz on Monday. “I’m believing in them, they’re believing in me. We’re rocking and rolling.”
Lily Moresco pitched a complete game and “hit her spots,” Naccarato said. Cassie Lapointe pitched the game earlier in the day, which Marlboro won 5-1 over Arlington to reach the championship. Moresco helped lead the Iron Dukes over the Admirals with two RBI. Swartz, Felicello and Votta also knocked in a run apiece against Arlington.
Rachel Vecchiarelli scored Arlington’s lone run against Marlboro. The Admirals went on to beat Red Hook, 14-2, in a consolation game of the tournament. Duanesburg had beaten Red Hook, 8-6, to reach the finals. Tori Popp knocked in two runs for the Raiders.
Angelina Marsella allowed two hits and one earned run to lead the Admirals over Red Hook. She struck out five batters in five innings to earn the win.
Cecilia McPeck threw in a 3 for 4 performance with a double and three RBI for Arlington, which improved to 3-2. Tori Scharff was 1 for 3 with a double, three RBI and two runs, and Sam Basciano went 2 for 3 with two RBI and a run. Arlington erupted for eight runs in the second inning for a 12-1 lead.
“Getting an early lead made for a comfortable game after a long day,” Admirals coach Dave Ballantyne said. “It was also good for Angelina to come back and pitch well after struggling a little (on Friday) against Cornwall. She did well.”
In another consolation game, Pine Plains topped Rhinebeck, 12-4.
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Sports reporter Stephen Haynes contributed to this report.