By: Mandy Crescenzo
After two shutouts against Lower Merion and Radnor and a tough loss against Ridley, girls softball is currently 12-2 and remains within the top 10 on the PIAA D1 6A bracket. With an exceptional record and ranking, the Jags are in a good position for the postseason.
Pitchers Anna Sidlowski and Kelly Cornog had 14 strikeouts in 6 innings for a combined no hitter on Tuesday to secure the 10-0 shutout over the 1-12 Radnor Raiders, but in a tough 2-1 loss against Ridley, the Jags’ offense did not come alive until the bottom of the 7th inning when Sidlowski intentionally got walked while Sareyka advanced to 3rd base and Cornog advanced to 2nd on the same pitch.
Next Monday, the Jags will take on an undefeated 15-0 Haverford at home. On Thursday, Haverford advanced to 3rd in the PIAA D1 6A bracket after a 13-3 win over Ridley. The Jags lost 3-4 to Haverford earlier in the season but have a game plan for success in their upcoming rematch.
With a big game with Haverford and districts in almost three weeks, pitcher Kelly Cornog says the team’s most significant area of improvement is “Communication and trying to focus on working together as a team to be on the same page, whether we’re batting or if we are out in the field. Our team is skillful and experienced, and our only two losses were very close games. We have been in this position before, and we know what it takes to win the tough, close games.”
Last season, the Jags’ record went 15-5 and ended in 12th place in the 6A bracket. Unfortunately, they did not secure a bid to the state tournament as a result of being eliminated by Downingtown West in a heartbreaking loss in the second round of districts.