WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Saddle Brook took advantage of two Wood-Ridge errors in the first inning to score an unearned run, and Dana Tommes was able to survive a rally in the bottom of the seventh, as the Falcons defeated Wood-Ridge 1-0, on Wednesday in a NJIC Meadowlands softball game in Wood-Ridge.
It was also Senior Day, where the Lady Blue Devils celebrated and honored their two seniors. Maya Ortega and Emily Aviles were recognized before the game for their time and dedication to the softball team. Each player received a gift basket of goodies from the team, flowers, and posed for photos with their families. Wood-Ridge also honored the three Saddle Brook seniors with a gift basket.
The teams will meet in a rematch on Thursday in Saddle Brook in the first round of the NJSIAA North 1, Group 1 softball tournament.
Wood-Ridge struggled in the first in the field, and was lucky to escape down only 1-0. Leadoff batter Ashley Georgevich grounded back to the third where Emma Baker mishandled the ball for an error, throwing the ball away. However the Ashley Georgevich was thrown out heading to second on the error for the first out.
Lexi Georgevich followed by reaching on a ball hit back to the mound that pitcher Brooke Biamonte mishandled for an error. Gaby Santora then hit a grounder to Baker, who committed her second error of the inning, allowing Georgevich to come all the way around to score. Santora made the second out of the inning trying to advance to third on the error,. Biamonte was able to get the third out of the inning, with the Falcons leading 1-0 after the top of the first.
At that point, everything settled down, as Biamonte held the Falcons off the board the rest of the way, giving up only six hits in the game.
Wood-Ridge meanwhile, was kept off the board by Tommas, who scattered nine hits in picking out the shutout win. But she had a little help from two double plays.
In the second Emily Aviles tripled with one out. Rachel Gravino flied out to left field, with Aviles tagging up at third and scoring. But she was ruled out by the umpires for leaving too soon for the third out of the inning, and Saddle Brook kept their 1-0 lead.
The Lady Blue Devils then provided drama in the bottom of the seventh, as Victoria Nieves and Rachel Gravina reached leading off the bottom of the seventh.
But Tommas was able to get Jillian Zamski to pop out and Baker lined into a game-ending double play to escape with the win.
The two division rivals will meet in Saddle Brook Thursday at 4 pm, weather and field conditions permitting.
Batting2B: Rian Meyers
|SAC: Jill Berardo|
|ROE: Ashley Georgevich, Lexi Georgevich|
|FC: Gabrielle Santora|
|HBP: Deanna Occhipinti|
|Team LOB: 7FieldingDP: Lexi Georgevich
Batting3B: Emily Aveles
|FC: Maya Ortega|
|Team LOB: 6FieldingE: Emma Baker 2, Brooke Biamonte
PitchingW: Dana Tommas
PitchingL: Brooke Biamonte
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