A win over perennial power Conestoga in March could pay dividends down the road for the Green Raiders.
Nine-hole hitter James Becker plated Nick Pellegrino with a single in the bottom of the fifth for the game’s lone run as the Green Raiders edged the Pioneers, 1-0, in a Central League tilt Monday.
Pellegrino sparked the rally with a double. Ryan Meyer banged out a pair of singles for Ridley.
On the bump, Andrew Hallett (three Ks) scattered three hits and worked around five walks for the win. Ryan Adelsberg logged two innings of relief, punching out two, to get the save.
Elsewhere in the Central League:
Garnet Valley 1, Upper Darby 0 >> The Jaguars’ Dominic Bertone capped a 3-for-4 day at the dish by delivering the walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Bertone’s game-winner sailed over the head of the centerfielder and scored Matt Burba. Outside of the final inning, this game was all about the pitching of both staffs.
Matt Lupoli was outstanding for GV ((2-0). Lupoli struck out nine and allowed only two hits — both singles — and one walk over six shutout frames. Will Wesolowski and Jeff Busch each pitched an inning of spotless ball.
Upper Darby received four solid innings of two-hit ball from Kyle Kessler. Scott Devlin went 2-for-3 with a walk.
Springfield 9, Penncrest 1 >> Andrew Todaro drilled a three-run home to break the game open in the fifth inning. The insurance was more than enough for All-Delco pitcher Jared Morris, who fanned six and allowed only three hits over six strong.
Dave Bingaman was 3-for-3 with two walks and a pair of runs scored. Andrew Paulus and Tom Quinn, who double, chipped in with two hits apiece. Greg Tamaccio coaxed a pair of free passes and scored twice.
Sam Freedman, Max King and Dylan Lomac each doubled for Penncrest.
Radnor 2, Marple Newtown 1 >> Will Hoysgaard had two hits, including a double, and an RBI and Andrew Boujoukos knocked in the other run for Radnor, which scored twice in the fourth inning.
Charlie Connolly tossed six strong innings with eight strikeouts for the Raiders. All-Delco Cameron Mathes (five innings, seven Ks) was also impressive for the Tigers.
Mark Jordan, in the first year of his second stint at Marple Newtown, coached Radnor to the District 1 Class AAA title last spring.
In nonleague action:
Haverford School 5, Grayslake North (Ill.) 2 >> Dan Hogarth was hard to figure out at the dish. two-hole hitter was 4-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, guiding the Fords to their first victory at a showcase in Orlando.
Starter Zak Summy pitched three innings, allowing only two hits while striking out three, to pick up the win. Calvin Coster notched a two-out save and Pat Toal pitched 3 ⅓ of strong relief.
Brian Hyland set the tone at the plate with a three-run triple in the first inning.
Top photo: Ridley catcher James Becker tags Conestoga’s Wil Mauro out at home plate as he tried to score the tying run in the seventh inning of the Central League game at Ridley Monday afternoon. The Green Raiders held on to win, 1-0. (Photo by Pete Bannan – Digital First Media)