Ronnie Falasco has flown under the radar in her four years at Delaware County Christian School. The slugging catcher quietly has been one of the county’s top players.
Unfortunately, ever since Falasco’s been around, the Knights haven’t had a lot to celebrate. Even though Falasco has excelled at the plate since she was a freshman, DC hasn’t won many games. This season, with Falasco leading the way, the Knights are enjoying their best campaign in several seasons.
Monday, Falasco reached a unique milestone for a high school player. She collected her 100th career hit — a walk-off single in the fifth inning — as Delco Christian defeated Westtown School, 10-0, in a nonleague game.
Falasco, who is bound for Amherst College, went 2-for-3 with three RBIs on the day. Dani Strafford pitched a four-hit shutout with strikeouts.
In other nonleague games:
Bonner & Prendergast 4, Notre Dame 3 >> Kerri Quinn smashed a two-run double in the fifth to even the score. Prendie went ahead on a fielder’s choice later in the inning.
Meghan Sullivan hurled a complete game with six strikeouts. Sullivan and Caroline Manfre each had an RBI for the Pandas (12-4).
Sophia Marlino tripled for Notre Dame.
Cardinal O’Hara 18, Chichester 2 >> Maura Kane has been on fire as of late. The All-Delco third baseman was 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs for the Lions. Emily Loomis went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored.
All-Delco shortstop Annemarie Banes added three base knocks, two RBIs and three runs scored, while Julia Kush was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, three runs scored and a walk.
Nicole O’Donnell had two hits for Chi.
Penn Wood 15, West Catholic 0 >> Ameenah Ballenger struck out eight from the circle and helped herself with two hits, including a double, and two RBIs for the Patriots. Melanie Miller went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Keren McCann chipped in with a two-run single.
In the Central League:
Strath Haven 9, Penncrest 4 >> There’s no question that the Panthers are one of Delaware County’s most improved teams.
Just in case there were any doubts, they pulled off their best work of the season under the lights at Barrall Field in Media on the way to winning their fourth game in a row.
Penncrest, which started the season 11-0, was the No. 1 team in last week’s Daily Times Super 7,
Haven recovered from a 2-0 first-inning deficit with a run in the second and two more in the third to grab a 3-2 lead. Winning pitcher Malia Calciano ripped two doubles and collected four RBIs. Maggie Fleming went 3-for-5 with a triple, and Grace Kochanowicz contributed a single, a double and an RBI.
Emma Stauffer powered the Lions with three hits and three RBIs. Julia Eckels added two hits.
Garnet Valley 6, Ridley 5 >> The Jaguars (9-8) held on to defeat the streaking Green Raiders, who had won eight in a row. GV led 6-0 going into the bottom of the seventh. A rally ensued and Heather Bogardus then crushed a grand slam to get Ridley within a run. With one out and a runner on base, first baseman Audrey Shenk snared a line drive and applied the tag on the runner leaning off first base for an unassisted, game-ending double play.
Shenk was 2-for-3 with a key two-run single in the seventh, which provided the Jags some much-needed cushion. Dianne Torregrossa added two hits, while Kelly McLaughlin and Olivia DiCampli each doubled for GV. Freshman Becca Halford was the winning pitcher.
Springfield 6, Radnor 5 >> The Cougars (7-7) erased a 5-0 deficit at home with six runs in the sixth inning. Caitlin Chambers delivered the big blow, a bases-clearing triple to tie the game. An error enabled Chambers to score the go-ahead run.
Lauren Quinn and Chambers each had two hits for Springfield. Audrey Rosenblum tripled, homered, drove in three runs and scored twice for the Raiders.
Haverford 6, Conestoga 2 >> Sheila O’Donnell ripped a run-scoring double and All-Delco Heather Lazer drove in a pair of runs with a single to pace the first-place Fords (14-2, 14-1) to another victory. Gabrielle Gentile picked up the win from the circle.
Upper Darby 12, Lower Merion 1 >> Freshman Sara Sullivan recorded eight Ks and allowed only one hit in a five-inning complete game.
Brooke Jones and Rylee Shanahan spearheaded the Upper Darby offense with three hits apiece. Jones belted three doubles and had three RBIs, while Shanahan had one two-bagger, two RBIs and two runs scored. All-Delcos Sam (two doubles, two RBIs, two runs, walk) and Lexi (double, triple, four runs) Witmer also provided plenty of thunder in the middle of the lineup. Jess Liberio contributed a single, two RBIs and a pair of runs scored.
Harriton 10, Marple Newtown 9 >> Kylie Marsh delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Rams to their second straight victory and fifth overall in the Central League.
Ann Walsh finished with four hits, including a double, while Marsh and Maddie Rubin each had a single and a double for Harriton.
Winning pitcher Sonia Groeneveld scored the winning run after leading off the inning with a single.
Marple Newtown forced extra innings with four runs in the top of the seventh.
In the Ches-Mont League:
Sun Valley 8, Henderson 6 >> What a comeback by the Vanguards (11-6, 10-6).
SV scored six runs in the top of the seventh to stun the host Warriors. The rally began with four straight walks to lead off the frame, then Alayna Lloyd roped a two-run single. Claudia Davis then knocked in winning pitcher Madison Gutowiecz with a fielder’s choice groundout.
All-Delco Kenzie Lewis was on base four times with two singles and two walks. She stole two bases, scored three runs and had an RBI. Lloyd finished with two hits and Gutowiecz had two base knocks and three runs scored.
In the Inter-Ac League:
Episcopal Academy 15, Baldwin 3 >> Maddie Loughead had a huge day at the dish for the Churchwomen, going 3-for-3 with a homer, a triple and seven RBIs. Brooke Royer doubled and knocked in four runs, Ariana Feliziani singled in a run, and Belle Volatile contributed a single and two ribbies for EA.
Penn Charter 7, Agnes Irwin 0 >> Michala Maciolek smacked a double for the Owls, who mustered only two hits against three Penn Charter pitchers.