Penn Wood freshman Ameenah Ballenger has been called the best pitcher in the Del Val League by rival coaches.
Thursday afternoon, Ballenger showed why there is so much buzz about about her potential.
Ballenger struck out 14 to lead the Patriots to their first win of the season, 6-1 over Academy Park. She allowed only two hits and one walk en route to pitching a complete game. At the plate, she went 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI.
Khalilah Gordon went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and Melanie Miller added a double and two RBIs for Penn Wood (1-5). Favour Okubenga legged out a triple and Keren McCann knocked in a run.
In other Del Val League action:
Interboro 10, Chichester 8 >> Barb Carosi paced the Bucs (9-1, 7-0) with three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Kate Bannon added two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Makayla Donovan tripled for Chi.
In the Central League:
Ridley 5, Penncrest 2 >> In winning their sixth consecutive game, the Green Raiders (7-4) handed the Lions (10-1) their first defeat of the season.
Ridley won it in the 10th inning on a three-run homer from Julia Buckley. In the sixth, Ridley tied it at two apiece when Heather Bogardus tripled and scored on an RBI groundout off the bat of Anna Torrens.
After Penncrest grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning, thanks to Emma Stauffer’s RBI triple, All-Delco Leigh Ann Jenkins settled in from the circle. Jenkins struck out nine in pitching a complete game.
Garnet Valley 13, Strath Haven 5 >> Diane Torregrossa powered the Jaguars with four hits, including a pair of doubles. Lindsey Hunt went 3-for-4 with a three-run dinger and a triple, four RBIs and three runs scored. Hope DiMario also went yard for GV (6-5, 5-4).
Olivia Bender doubled for Strath Haven.
Upper Darby 10, Harriton 0 >> Rebecca Sorrentino tossed a one-hit shutout over five innings. She received plenty of support from her offense. Rylee Shanahan led the way going 4-for-4 with five RBIs. All-Delco Sam Witmer had a pair of singles, an RBI and two runs scored, while Breanna Tinney knocked in two runs with a double.
Marple Newtown 9, Lower Merion 0 >> Grace Thorne, Sophia Gannon, Paige Benasutti and Rachel Cowley all doubled for the Tigers (3-7). Thorne had the finest day at the plate, going 3-for 3 with two RBIs.
Cowley, a freshman, racked up 10 strikeouts on the way to the shutout. Megan Colsher singled, tripled and drove in a run.
Haverford 8, Radnor 0 >> Gabrielle Gentile twirled a three-hit shutout with four Ks and no walks. Ali Murphy led the way at the plate with three hits, three runs scored and an RBI. Sheila O’Donnell and Lindsay Moran both had run-scoring doubles for the Fords (10-2, 10-1).
In the Catholic League:
Cardinal O’Hara 5, Hallahan 2 >> Grace Hussey and Maura Kane each finished 2-for-3 and O’Hara pitcher Jenna Smith fanned eight in going the distance. Allison Ahern had a triple, one RBI and a run scored for the Lions. Emily Loomis, Maggie Loomis, Annemarie Banes and Hussey also drove in runs.
Sharon Hill resident Maddy McBride suffered the loss on the mound despite registering seven strikeouts.
Archbishop Carroll 18, Bishop McDevitt 0 >> Jess Redding and Casey Malone both were 3-for-3 with a homer in support of Mary Clare Boyle, who pitched a no-hitter.
In the Inter-Ac League:
Episcopal Academy 4, Notre Dame 1 >> Brooke Royer singled and knocked in two runs and Maddie Loughead drove in another run for the Churchwomen. Belle Volatile was the winning pitcher. For Notre Dame, Caroline Adams and Michelle Bilotta doubled, Grace Jackson had two hits.
In the Bicentennial League:
Calvary Christian 19, Delco Christian 3 >> Kendall Clarke and Ronnie Falasco led Delco Christian with RBI doubles. Kiera Berol and Daphne Neal also contributed two-base hits.