DV wins 12-0 in Delaware River Rivalry Milford. The power in the DV players' throwing arms, the accuracy of each throw, the speed in their base running, and their fielding skills were all impressive.
The Delaware Valley Seniors (Photo by Ken Hubeny Sr.)
By Kenneth Hubeny Sr. The Delaware River Rivalry softball game was between towns that face each other from the river's opposite banks. Port Jervis, N.Y., hosted the game with Delaware Valley, Pa., on Saturday, May 11. It was Port Jervis's senior day game, an occasion to honor its graduating players. Port Jervis put on a very nice program, with honors and a barbecue cook-out. Placards were placed in the position that each player manned for the team. Senior players received plaques to add to their trophy shelves. In a display of terrific sportsmanship, Port Jervis also honored the DV seniors. This was very impressive. Equally so were the talent, skills, and athletic ability of the girls on both teams. The power in their throwing arms, the accuracy of each throw, the speed in their base running, and their fielding skills were all impressive. Once the game got underway, it was clear DV had no intention to be polite guests. They combined 5 walks and 4 singles to jump out to an 8-0 lead. It was a lead they would build on throughout the game. Port's problem was that their pitchers had difficulty finding the strike zone. Once they got up to bat, they hit very well. However, whether it was a solid grounder or a shot to the outfield, DV fielded each hit soundly, resulting in outs and quick innings. In the second inning, DV picked up another run on four singles. In the third inning, DV, building on a double and two-hit batters, scored another run. Then in the forth inning they got a single and another hit batter followed by two more singles, resulting in two more runs for a 12-0 lead. The final result was a 12-0 victory for DV. Both teams were highly spirited, and the fans were surprisingly lively as well. It was another fun day in high school sports.