Freshman Abby McCoy used her fleet feet to beat out an infield single and drive home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Ridley edged Cardinal O’Hara, 7-6, Wednesday in a nonleague softball thriller.
In the top of the ninth, All-Delco Annemarie Banes smashed a two-run triple to give O’Hara the lead. Banes scored on a passed ball to make it a 6-3 advantage.
But the Green Raiders, as they had done all game, never quit.
Jess Tait and Heather Bogardus ignited the rally with back-to-back singles. With two outs, Ashley Shanks, Leigh Ann Jenkins and Gab DiNardo all delivered RBI singles to tie the game, 6-6. That set the stage for McCoy, the catcher, to come through with the walkoff knock.
The Green Raiders had trailed by a run in the bottom of the seventh when Anna Torrens brought home freshman Sammy Williams — who led off the frame with a hit — to force extras.
Bogardus, Torrens and winning pitcher Jenkins paced the Ridley offense with two hits apiece.
In the losing effort, Banes was unstoppable at the dish. She collected two triples, a home run and a single to fuel the Lions’ attack.
In other nonleague action:
Garnet Valley 10, Chichester 0 >> Dianne Torregrossa had a huge day at the dish for the Jaguars (4-2), going 4-for-5 with two doubles and five ribbies. Audrey Shenk and Lindsay Hunt both rapped a pair of hits.
From the circle, Allison Ferrante was in total control. Ferrante scattered six hits and struck out 11 en route to a complete game shutout.
Radnor 16, Lake Highland Prep 6 >> In their final day in Orlando, Fla., the Raiders (3-2) racked up 20 hits en route to a blowout victory. Brooke Nicander, who was the winning pitcher, collected two doubles, a single, three RBIs and two runs scored. Kim Mullarkey and Quinn Tobia each went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a pair of runs.
In the Del Val League:
Interboro 16-12, Academy Park 0-1 >> In Game 1 of the twin bill, the Bucs jumped all over the Knights with six first-inning runs. All-Delco catcher Amber Seamen led a 14-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Bridget Bailey struck out five of the six batters she faced to record the win.
In Game 2, Seamen stayed hot with two hits and three RBIs. Brittney Pinkerton celebrated her 18th birthday by crushing a solo home run. Riley Morrison pitched five solid innings for her first varsity win.