RIDGEWOOD, NJ- On Monday afternoon, May 20, the Lady Rams varsity softball team from Randolph High School visited the Ridgewood Maroons. The No. 7 seed Rams upset No. 2 seed Ridgewood by the score of 4-2, advancing to the semifinals in the NJSIAA North 1, Group 4 state playoff tournament.
“The kids had a great energy going into the game, they were relaxed and seemed to be in good spirits so I knew that we would do well.” Said coach Ashley Kanya. “We knew offensively we had to get on top quick so scoring first was huge for us- the girls bats connected and we put the ball into play which was huge. We were aggressive and that made all the difference.”
In the first inning, back-to-back walks by Mailynn Soto and Courtney Downtain set the Rams up for a good scoring opportunity. Randolph drew first blood, thanks to an RBI single by freshman Andi Gabler gave them a 1-0 lead.
Randolph expanded their lead in the top of the second inning, thanks to a solo home run by sophomore catcher Lexi Shaunessy. The homer was her second on the season, a fly ball to left field. After two innings, the Rams led 2-0.
Randolph and added an insurance run in the fifth inning, making their lead 3-0. The RBI came from pitcher Emily Spingarn who helped her own cause, lifting a fly ball to right field for a sacrifice fly that scored Mailynn Soto.
The Ridgewood Maroons finally got their bats going in the sixth inning. The leadoff batter for Ridgewood singled on a bunt, and the following batter reached on a fielding error.
Spingarn then induced two consecutive fly outs. On the second, a pop out to third base, the runners advanced to second and third. A walk then loaded the bases with two outs.
A wild pitch scored the first run of the game for Ridgewood, however they still trailed after the sixth inning, 3-1. Runners were stranded on second and third for Ridgewood, thanks to some clutch pitching by Spingarn.
In the top of the seventh inning, Senior right fielder Olivia Meyers singled to lead off and eventually scored on an error by the Ridgewood catcher. Meyers scored from second base on the play, after advancing on a single by Katie Oh.
The Maroons had their backs against the wall in the bottom of the seventh inning, trailing 4-1.
The leadoff batter for Ridgewood reached on a fielding error, and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice ground-out. A passed ball moved the runner to third base and promptly scored on a bunt-single. The two-out run made the score 4-2, still in favor of Randolph.
A two-out double put runners at second and third, but the threat ended there. The final out of the game was recorded on a fly ball to Stephanie Goldberg in center field.
“Emily pitched a fantastic game again,” said Kanya. “She really was ‘lights out’ and our defense really supported her well.”
Spingarn's strong game saw her go all seven innings, firing 83 pitches - 66 for strikes - and she yielded five hits and one walk. Both runs allowed were unearned.
The pitcher for Ridgewood struggled with command, allowing six walks and a home run.
Randolph will now travel to face No. 6-seed Bergen Tech, in the semifinals of the North 1, Group 4 bracket. The game will take place at 2pm on Thursday, May 23.