Hudson Valley Sports Report


Presidents Win Mid-Season Showdown With Marlboro

HYDE PARK – The Franklin D. Roosevelt High School softball team has thrived this season by utilizing a simple philosophy of being better than the day before, the game before, the inning before.

“I think all season long, and especially today, we have been working on keeping our composure and focusing on one inning at a time and not getting ahead of ourselves,” FDR star Cali DeLawder said. “I feel our success so far has been a result of our girls working hard all year-round, which has been difficult especially this past year with COVID. We have a great group of talented players that have all contributed up and down the lineup.”

DeLawder and her teammates did it again on Saturday, winning a big midseason showdown with perennial power Marlboro, 6-5, in a Mid-Hudson Athletic League game.

FDR is still perfect at 7-0, and the contributions again ran the gamut.

* DeLawder and Jess Feerick quickly answered a 1-0 Marlboro lead in the bottom of the first inning when DeLawder slugged a two-run home run and Feerick followed her with a solo shot to make it 3-1.

“Going into this game we knew Marlboro was going to be a tough team to beat. I truly believe all of us believe in each other and want to win,” Jess Feerick said. “We all have a love for the game, which pushes us to work hard at practice to continue to get better.”

* Roosevelt didn’t waver when it committed three errors that led to two Marlboro runs to tie the game in the top of the third. In facts, the Presidents’ lone senior, Abby Lee, roped an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to put FDR up 4-3.

“Playing against Marlboro is always a good game. They’re a very solid team, and always give us a run for our money. I think the key to playing a good team today was that we had to play as a team, work together and fight as a team every inning,” said Aliya Feerick. “Abby Lee has definitely stepped up to the plate as being a leader on this team, always being positive and keeping our pitcher and defense calm behind the plate.”

* It was Aliya who had two hits, a walk and scored twice, including on Jess Feerick’s two-run single in the fourth that made it a 6-4 game. The Dukes loaded the bases with none out in the top of the seventh, but freshman pitcher Kayla Baez induced a sacrifice fly by Emmie Cabrera, trading the run for an out that made it 6-5. Baez then closed it out with a strike out and ground out for the final two outs.

“I wanted to give a lot of credit to our freshman pitcher, Kayla Baez, for being resilient on the mound and trusting her defense to get the job done,” Jess Feerick said. “I feel like our team works together and everyone makes a contribution, if it’s at the plate or on the field.”

The Presidents also had much praise for even-keeled coach Kristi Coughlin.

“She works with us constantly and ensures we stay focused and accountable to ourselves and one another,” DeLawder said. “

“It’s also amazing to have a coach like ours that believes in us and is dedicated to the game as much as we are,” Jess Feerick said.

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