The Ridgewood softball team will take on Glen Rock in a battle of neighborhood rivals in the second round of the Bergen County Tournament on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. home in Ridgewood.
The eighth-seeded Lady Maroons found their way to the game against ninth-seeded Panthers after shutting out 25th-seeded Lyndhurst, 11-0, last Saturday in the first round.
A win over Glen Rock would most likely set up another match up with top-seeded Paramus in the quarterfinals on May 14. Ridgewood was supposed to face the Spartans on Wednesday, but the game was postponed because of rain. The Lady Maroons lost to Paramus, 9-0, on April 15.
In the victory over Lyndhurst, Ridgewood pitcher Nicole Hroncich fired a one-hitter while Christine Bicks smacked a double and triple and had three RBI in the victory. Teresa Funk added two RBI to the Maroons win.
In other sporting news, both lacrosse teams will be in action in their respective Bergen County Tournaments. Both are the top seeds.
The boys will take on fourth-seeded Ramapo in the semi-finals on Sunday at Indian Hills High School at 11 a.m. And across the county, the Ridgewood girls will take on fourth-seeded Mahwah in their semi-final game at Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township at 1:30 p.m.
A win by both teams would send them to the title games the following Sunday.
In addition, the Ridgewood baseball team should receive a quality seed when the Bergen County Tournament seeding meeting is held on Monday night. The play-in game will be held mid-week and the first round game should be held next weekend.
Ridgewood raised its record to 14-0 on the season with a 4-1 victory over Paramus on Thursday at home.
The first and second singles for the Maroons won with ease as Chris Hu defeated Ryan Lugltu, 6-1, 6-3 in the first singles and Charlie Gundeck beat Paramus's Pranava Patel, 6-1, 6-2.
The first doubles of Same Keefer/James along with second doubles of Aaron Sacks/Greg Maslack also took home victories. Ridgewood's Timber Erskine dropped a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, decision to Spartans Matthew Suh.
On Tuesday the Maroons shutout Bergen Tech, 5-0, to raise its record to 14-2 on the season with the victory at home on Tuesday.
In all five matches the Maroons players won in the sets. The closest match was Ridgewood's second singles where Gundeck took a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Bergen Tech's Edward Kang. At first singles Hu took care of Bergen Tech's Nicholas Rosasco with a 6-0, 6-0 verdict.
The Lady Maroons defeated a quality opponent in Pascack Valley at home on Thursday, 11-1.
Maroons pitcher Hroncich fired a two-hitter as the bulk of the Ridgewood lineup had a good time in collecting 10 hits in the contest. Both Margo Tanner and Lauren Tom had a pair of RBI while Becca Butler smacked an RBI triple.
Christina Bicks and Christine Reynolds chipped in an RBI each as the Maroons raised its record to 8-4. Ridgewood jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings and never looked back in the Big North battle.
In what could be a preview of the Bergen County title game, Ridgewood took care of Don Bosco on Wednesday at home, 9-3.
After a 2-0 lead at halftime, the Maroons pulled away in the third quarter as they outscored the Ironman, 4-1, and took a 6-1 lead.
Andrew Toner led the way with three goals while Max Luing and Garcia Logan contributed a pair of goals each. Connor O'Shea added a pair of assists while Noah Pounds made 10 saves to grab the victory in goal. On Friday night, the team defeated Mahwah 16-6.
The Lady Maroons had a pair of easy victories and showed they are again the team to beat in the county. The Lady Maroons easily dispatched Glen Rock, 21-6, on Tuesday on the road to stay undefeated at 11-0. And then on Thursday, Ridgewood dispatched Ramapo, 18-1, at home.
Against Glen Rock, Ridgewood had the game in hand in the first half as the led 15-4 at halftime. Ten Lady Maroons scored in the game led by four each from Kaitlin Concilio and Sammy Giordano. Kelci Smesko chipped in three goals along with five assists. Lindsay Weiner scored a pair of goals and registered three assists.
Against Ramapo, Isabel Sippel and Zoe Ferguson combined to make four saves and allowed just the one goal that came in the first half. Smesko, Concilio and Caitlin Daniels had three goals apiece in the victory.
The girls have another huge match on Saturday, when they'll take on nationally-ranked St. Anthony's High School of Long Island in West Islip, NY. That game could help propel Ridgewood into the conversation as the nation's best team should it pull through.
Ridgewood took on not only the best high school team in the state, but also considered one of the best in the U.S. at home on Monday against Don Bosco. The Maroons struggled offensively and off the mount as well, ending up on the losing end of a tough-to-swallow 13-1 decision against the parochial power.
The Maroons could not touch the Ironman pitcher Tommy Burns, notching only four hits on the day. Ridgewood was behind 8-0 before Mike Johnson registered the lone RBI in the bottom of the fourth inning. The loss dropped Ridgewood to 12-4 on the season.