by Allison Reid
This year’s Millbrook Varsity Softball team has started the season with a 5-5 record. The week of May 4th-8th found Millbrook playing two games, away at Onteora on Wednesday the 6th and home versus New Paltz on Friday the 8th.
In a tight game against the Indians of Onteora, Millbrook was able to secure a win in the eleventh inning by a final score of 7-2. The teams were involved in a scoreless tie into the bottom of the sixth inning when a player from Onteora homered to make a 1-0 ballgame. Millbrook answered back with a run of its own in the top of the seventh as Becky Baldwin’s triple was followed by a timely single. The game remained knotted into the eleventh inning when Millbrook was able to take advantage of the international tiebreaker rule. This rule allows the batting team to start each inning after the ninth with a runner on second base in order to speed up the game. The Blazers, led by Nicole Shanks’ triple, exploited this rule and the Onteora defense to the tune of six runs en route to their victory.
Friday afternoon’s game began with a pregame celebration to honor senior Kallie Relyea in her last home game as a Blazer. Kallie is a 6-year starter at pitcher and first base who plans to play softball in college next year. Unfortunately, New Paltz played the spoiler by jumping out to a 5-0 lead after two innings. Millbrook fought back valiantly, scoring three runs over the next five innings, but it was not enough as the Huegonots held on for a 5-3 win.
Key returning players for the Blazers are Kallie Relyea, Regina Stewart, Sunit McDermott, Katie Raylor, Kelsey Relyea, Allison Reid, Nicole Shanks, Becky Baldwin, Sam Lape, and Luciene Parrinello. Contributing newcomers include Bailey King, Ashley Johnson, Kelly Letizia, Susy Camaj, Anna Meyer, and Kaily Ritz. Millbrook coach Shawn Stoliker has high hopes for his youthful girls as they approach the rest of the season.
For the Millbrook varsity softball schedule, go to www.millbrookcsd.org/sports and click on the link for game schedules. To keep up with Millbrook varsity softball news, go to www.millbrooksoftball.vnsports.com/.