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District 1 Softball: Ridley starts fast to advance past Pennsbury

Ridley pitcher Jolie Torrens uncorks a pitch from one her many innings Monday against Penncrest. (Pete Bannan - MediaNews Group)

A five-run first inning sent Ridley on the way to a win over Pennsbury, 8-4, in the second round of the District 1 Class 6A softball tournament Wednesday.

The 8th-seeded Green Raiders (18-3) advance to visit unbeaten No. 1 North Penn, which dumped out No. 17 Methacton, 11-0. That game is Friday. The winner will go to states, the loser will get a chance to play back for one of the two remaining states berths.

The Green Raiders got the jump on the ninth-seeded Falcons (18-4). Paige McLaughlin singled home Jolie Torrens, who led off the game with a walk, one of three first-inning free passes issued. Maddie Gordon scored on a wild pitch, and Riley Smith crushed a 2-run home run.

Torrens started a fourth-inning rally with a walk. Gordon, Haley McMenamin and Sydney Schaefer followed with singles, the latter two driving in runs. Schaefer played small ball by walking in the fifth, stealing second and scoring on a passed ball.

That was enough for Torrens in the circle. She went the distance, striking out four and scattering four hits. Pennsbury plated three runs in the top of the fifth, at which point the Green Raiders were up 7-0.

Also in the District 1 Class 6A tournament:

Garnet Valley 3, Conestoga 1 >> A third win of the season against Conestoga was the hardest to get for the third-seeded Jaguars (20-1), who fended off a charge from the No. 19 Pioneers.

They needed every bit of Anna Sidlowski’s brilliance, the ace allowing three hits and striking out 16. She allowed one unearned run. The Jaguars had blanked Conestoga, 4-0 and 12-0, in their previous meetings.

Elisabeth O’Connor scored the first run for the Jags. Jenna Fulmer and Hannah Long supplied RBIs for the Jaguars, who host No. 6 Downingtown East Friday. The Cougars downed Council Rock South, 1-0.

In the Class 5A tournament:

Oxford 7, Interboro 4 >> The sixth-seeded Bucs (16-6) saw their season end at the hands of the No. 3 Hornets. Details were not reported.



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