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Verona's Caitlin Deo (11) slides safely into second base during Wednesday's 7-6 SEC victory over Glen Ridge at the F.N. Brown School. (Photos by Gene Nann-nannphoto)
Verona's pitcher Paige Ferrell delivers vs. Glen Ridge in Wednesday's softball action
Glen Ridge's Tara Kelly slides safely into home plate as Verona catcher Olivia Feiger awaits late throw in the exciting Super Essex Conference-Liberty Division contest.
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Verona, however, countered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Caitlin Deo singled across a run with two out and Jackie Selby followed with a two-run single to left.
Glen Ridge tied in the second when Vicky Finlay hit a RBI triple and then scored on a ground out by Shannon Marhan.
The Ridgers then went up 5-3 in the third. A single by Elena Garrido was misplayed in the outfield, allowing Kelly to chug home from first base. Garrido later scored on a single by Haas.
Glen Ridge extended its lead to 6-3 in the fourth. Finlay, who finished with two hits and scored three times out of the leadoff spot, began the inning with a double. Marhan singled her to third and Finlay came home on a mishandled first-and-third play.
Verona went ahead with its four-run fourth. Barnes ripped a leadoff single to right field and when Ferrell dropped a sacrifice bunt, Glen Ridge threw to second base looking for a force play, but Barnes beat the ball and was safe. Meghan Yates then reached on an error that filled the bases.
The Hillbillies seemed to be in prime position with the bases full and nobody out, but Kelly struck out the next two batters. Chivily then hit a hard single to second base that scored two and got Verona within 6-5, and Feiger hit a fly to left that was dropped to score the runs that put Verona ahead for good.
Notes: The teams will play for a third time next week when 12th-seeded Verona visits fifth-seeded Glen Ridge in the first round of the Essex County Tournament. ... Glen Ridge had to make a last-minute change to its lineup. Emily Marhan was originally set to play third base and bat third, but injured her ankle prior to the game and couldn't play. Allie Fiorentino moved up several spots and filled her slot the order, and also played third instead of being the designated player. First baseman Sophie Van Sickle then went from being the flex player into the one filling Fiorentino's original spot in the batting order. ... Ferrell allowed nine hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Kelly gave up seven hits, with 12 strikeouts and three walks.
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Glen Ridge coach Rachel Hogan (left) has seen her Ridgers put forth a solid month of April as the team stays in the thick of the Super Essex Conference-Liberty Division race.
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