BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The steady improvement that the Ridge varsity softball team has shown over the last four seasons reached a point where the Red Devils became legitimate contenders in Somerset County in 2018.

Ridge's 15-8 season included a trip to the Somerset County Tournament semifinals and a tough 3-2 loss to North Hunterdon in the quarterfinal round of the Section 2, Group 4 state tournament. Ridge actually won nine times in a 10-game stretch leading up to the season-ending loss to North Hunterdon, so the Red Devils were a better team in May than they were at the beginning of April.

"I am so very proud of everything the girls accomplished this year," Ridge softball coach Jackie Spina said. "To have a winning season after so long is something that was a goal of ours."

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While Spina was enthusiastic about the growth of the program as a whole, she also pointed out the successes attained by some of Ridge's individual players.

"Kristin Miscia achieved her 100th hit and was our home run leader," Spina said. "Allegra DeCandia led our team in RBI and was 30 for 32 in runners caught stealing. Annabelle Hamilton led our team in batting average. And Mia Robb was our freshman stud on the mound and had the second highest batting average (.434) on the team."

Miscia batted .392 and scored 28 runs. DeCandia batted .403 and knocked in 24 runs. Hamilton sported a final batting average of .440. Robb struck out 71 batters and walked only 19 in 92 innings pitched, while Ridge's other pitcher Sophia Berger, showed pinpoint control with only four walks in 63 innings pitched.

Although its season ended at the hands of North Hunterdon, Ridge also beat the Lions earlier in the season, something Spina heralded as a season highlight.

"Overall, I think that the future looks very bright for our program and I am anxious to see how our girls perform in the coming years," Spina said.