Before I start, let me preface this post with a quick note on this week’s Super 7, which normally is posted on Mondays if you’re keeping track (or not). I’ll have something up by Wednesday, along with updated statistical leaders.
For now, I have to comment on the weird goings on in the Central League Monday night.
First, the real shocker: Radnor 11, Springfield 1.
Was I shocked that Radnor had beaten the 2014 Central League champs? Not necessarily, considering that Springfield’s lone this season came at the hands of — guess who — Radnor.
But the beating the Raiders handed down was quite stunning. I’ve remarked that Springfield, in my mind, is the most lethal team in the county. But pitcher Izzy Schaefer and those feisty Raiders, who hadn’t really scored much against quality opponents all season, have the secret to beating Springfield.
I don’t want to diminish Radnor’s accomplishments, and I’m not — clearly they are the better team against Springfield. But, wow, 11-1? I never would have imagined it.
Elsewhere, Ridley blanked Garnet Valley, 6-0, behind some key hits by Kelsey Collevechio and Lauren O’Brien, as well as dominant pitching from Leigh Ann Jenkins. Garnet Valley had been swinging hots bats as of late — including a five home run night last week at Upper Darby. I’m also not shocked that Ridley won, but a lop-sided shutout certainly comes as a surprise.
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Another game from Monday worth noting: Cardinal O’Hara 8, Chichester 6. The Lions, with their incredible lineup depth, solved the seemingly unsolvable Meghan Wimmer, who fanned eight O’Hara hitters (impressive) but allowed 11 hits and eight runs (five unearned). Lauren DelRomano blasted a grand slam and knocked in six runs. The Lions needed another quality win before the start of the Catholic League playoffs. O’Hara awaits its quarterfinal round opponent.
For Chichester, it was just its second loss in a remarkable season. The Eagles will earn a high seed in the District One Class AAA playoffs. Speaking of which, the seeding meeting for the District One tournaments is Thursday at 7:30 at Plymouth Whitemarsh HS.