All-Delco Softball: Ridley’s top pitcher Jolie Torrens leads four-strong Green Raiders contingent

In addition to Daily Times Player of the Year Anna Sidlowski of Garnet Valley, the All-Delco team includes:

Maddie Masiko, Episcopal Academy: The sophomore pitcher was a two-way star on a superbly talented Churchwomen team that won the Inter-Ac League championship. Masiko was named the league’s MVP after recording 150 strikeouts and a 1.20 ERA in 79 innings. Masiko had a .400 batting average and a .667 slugging percentage against league opponents. With Masiko showing the way, the Churchwomen went 16-1 overall and scored 160 runs in the 2023 season.

Haverford’s Shannon Gavigan celebrates after scoring behind West catcher Mavica Mendez (Bill Rudick for Media News Group)

Jolie Torrens, Ridley: The senior was the No. 1 pitcher for a Green Raiders team that placed second in the Central League and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the District 1 Class 6A playoffs. Torrens played an outstanding outfield and hit .508 with an on-base percentage of .600. She slammed 10 doubles and eight home runs while scoring 39 runs. She also worked 14 walks and stole 27 bases. A versatile athlete, Torrens medaled in diving at the PIAA Championships in March, placing eighth. Ridley coach Brooke Roark called her “the most athletic player I have ever coached.” Torrens will further her softball career at Division I University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Jordyn Skarren, Sun Valley: The sophomore pitcher and power hitter flourished on a young Vanguards team. A two-year starter, Skarren earned All-Ches-Mont League honors for her production on the mound and at the dish. Despite her team’s 6-14 overall record, Skarren was one of the toughest pitchers in the league, posting 133 strikeouts. Thirteen of her 30 hits went for extra bases (eight doubles and five homers). Skarren struck out only two times in 72 plate appearances and owned a .484/.556/.855 slash line.

Sophia Santinelli, Episcopal Academy: The shortstop was labeled a “freshman phenom” by Churchwomen coach Kelly Edwards. And Santinelli has the numbers to support that sentiment. She produced the highest batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage on the team. In addition, she led the Churchwomen in doubles, triples, homers, RBIs and runs scored. In league competition she batted .600/.625/1.500 with five doubles, six triples and 27 RBIs. Santinelli was named one of the nation’s top-20 freshmen by SB Live Sports. Edwards said she is “an outstanding shortstop and true game-changer for us.”

Elisabeth O’Connor, Garnet Valley: The senior second baseman was a vacuum with the glove and clutch hitter at the top of the order for the Central League champions. O’Connor slashed .403/.463/.683 with eight doubles, four triples and one homer to help the Jaguars advance to the PIAA Class 6A tournament. She collected 19 RBIs and scored 24 runs. Said coach Bryan Garrett: “She is by far the best second baseman in the area. She was a dominant force defensively and the second most consistent hitter for us in the two-hole.” O’Connor will continue her education and softball career at Swarthmore College.

Sun Valley’s Jordyn Skarren at the plate last year. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Shannon Gavigan, Haverford: The senior shortstop is All-Delco after earning second team honors a year ago. She helped lead the 21-6 Fords to the District 1 Class 6A final and into the second round of the state tournament, hitting .447/.500/.895 with 10 doubles, four triples and five homers. The All-Central League selection racked up 20 RBIs and scored 29 runs. Gavigan will continue her academic and softball pursuits at Le Moyne College (N.Y.)

Hailey McMenamin, Ridley: The senior shortstop was one of the best all-around high school players in Delco during her career with the Green Raiders. In her final season on Morton Ave., McMenamin batted .391/.494/.913 with 27 hits, including seven doubles, four triples and seven homers. The All-Central League pick collected 32 RBIs, 38 runs scored, 13 walks and 12 stolen bases. Ridley coach Roark called the three-time All-Delco a “game changer” who “always came up clutch in big moments when we needed her.” McMenamin will play Division I ball at Saint Joseph’s.

Sydney Schaefer, Ridley: The senior third baseman was a defensive standout and staple in the middle of the lineup. She helped power the Green Raiders offense with a .516 batting average, .569 on-base percentage and an .844 slugging percentage. She notched 33 hits including 11 doubles, two triples and a pair of dingers. Schaefer finished with 31 RBIs and 22 runs scored. “She had a phenomenal year,” Roark said. “Best batting average on our team, led our offense in multiple categories, and produced with runners in scoring position.” Schaefer will continue her softball career at Bridgewater State in Massachusetts.

Kylie Ingram, Haverford: The senior was one of the best in the area at covering ground in the outfield and making consistent contact. A sparkplug at the top of the lineup, Ingram led the Fords in hits (41), batting average (.526) and on-base percentage (.596). The All-Central League honoree had 14 doubles and a pair of triples. She scored 28 runs and drove in 14. Ingram will pursue the game at East Stroudsburg University.

Hanna-Mae Legaspi, Episcopal Academy: The sophomore and two-time All-Delco is the premier defensive catcher in the area. In league action she collected 28 hits, including six doubles, a triple and two home runs. She was voted the team’s Golden Softball, which is awarded to the player with the strongest defensive skills.  Coach Kelly Edwards said: “Hanna-Mae is a phenomenal catcher and can easily transition to shortstop and be just as effective as our starting shortstop. She had zero past balls this year, allowed minimal stolen bases and most impressively has called every game. The pitcher on the team often gets the credit for the strikeouts, but without Hanna-Mae’s intelligence with pitch calls, our pitchers would not see the success that they have. She is the silent leader and without her, the team would not be as successful. Hanna-Mae is hands down the definition of a leader.”

Penncrest’s Riley Signor hits a home run in the first inning against Ridley. (PETE BANNAN-DAILY TIMES)

Riley Signor, Penncrest: The senior catcher is one of the best players, regardless of position, in the county. The two-time All-Delco is, according to coach Jamie Mingis, “the heartbeat of the Penncrest softball program. Her dedication to improving her skill is unmatched. The amount of time and effort she puts into succeeding and making her team successful goes well beyond most, which is what led her to earning the captain role for our program.”  Signor led the team to a 13-win season and a home game in the first round of the District 1 Class 5A tournament. The All-Central League honoree batted .406/.513/.797 with five doubles, six homers, 18 RBIs and 20 runs scored. This year Signor was the recipient of the Ernel Construction Most Courageous Athlete Award by the Delco Athletes Hall of Fame. She will continue her softball and swimming careers at Fairleigh Dickinson.

Paige McLaughlin, Ridley: The senior catcher is a two-time All-Delco and shared the title of “best catcher in the Central League” with Signor for a second straight year. The Manhattan College signee slashed .403/.494/.687 with 27 hits, including seven doubles and four home runs. McLaughlin produced 31 RBIs and scored 28 runs.

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