By: Luciano Shea/Junior Writer
Hello, all!! It is great to have everyone back for another Recap at the Ridge. It has been way too long. With this extended break, there is a ton to update. In order to catch up, this will be a rapid-fire recap, so buckle up and lock in for the RECAP AT THE RIDGE!!!
For the girls’ softball team, they have not played many games so far this year with the constant rain that has drowned out any playing chances. They currently have a respectable 4-2 on the season, sitting in 4th place in the Lackawanna League, only one game back from second place. The league title is still within arm’s reach for the Lady Raiders, and they will certainly make it difficult on the current leader, Elk Lake.
A large part for the success in softball is the play of junior Abigail Laude. She has been dominant as both the pitcher and batter. Abby not only has 68 strikeouts, which is third in the division, but also has posted a .350 batting average with four rbis and a home run to go along with it!! Fellow junior, Leigha McCain, leads the team with a .418 batting average, ten hits, 6 rbis, and a home run as well!!
The girls will continue their great season against Susquehanna on Monday at their field. They will continue with Carbondale on Wednesday for their senior night and Thursday away at Lackawanna Trail. It is a big week for the team, so go support them during their busy schedule!
Unfortunately, the junior high softball team will not be featured in this recap. The Raider Reader could not obtain the information needed for them.
On the baseball side of things, the boys have been very competitive throughout the year with a record of 6-2. They will be starting the second half of their season this week with a chance at a Lackawanna league title.
The starting pitching for the Raiders has been virtually unstoppable. The 3 headed monster of Timmy Higgins, Dalton Rutter and Gehrig Dibble with a combined 64 strikeouts. Timmy Higgins has posted a 3.38 ERA so far while Gehrig Dibble and Dalton Rutter each hold a sub 2.00 ERA. On the offensive side, freshman Brendan Marvin leads the team and the league in batting average with a .545. Senior Noah Martin has a .318 average with four runs batted in and two triples. Overall, the team is well rounded with many players contributing in some matter.
The boys have a busy schedule this week with Lackawanna Trail on Wednesday at their home field, Mountain View home on Thursday, and Montrose, originally scheduled for Monday, on the road Saturday. These games could push the Raiders into first place in the Lackawanna league division!!
As for the boy’s junior high baseball team, they are also not going to be recapped in this edition. We apologize for any inconveniences this has brought.
The boys’ volleyball team has been on an absolute tear all year long with a stunning record of 13-0. All together, they have only lost three sets in total, sweeping every team besides Abington Heights. They are number one in the Lackawanna League standings and will inevitably clinch the title coming up soon.
Connor Cranage, the middle hitter for Blue Ridge, leads the state in kills and is third in hitting percentage. He is a sure-fire all state player and a major reason for the team’s success. Junior Carson Gallagher has 381 assists on the season, good enough for third in the state. Fellow junior Nick Laude holds second place in the state for serving aces and is also sixteenth in the state for kills.
The Raiders are ranked 15th in the entire state of Pennsylvania as a team. They are set to make some noise come state playoff time with a good opportunity to become a state champion. The boys play Western Wayne on the road Friday to close out the week. They will defend home court next week on both Tuesday and Thursday against two league opponents in Mountain View and Elk Lake. Go watch the boys continue their march toward history!!!
Track & Field
In track & field, the girls and boys have had mixed success. For the boys, their team is low in numbers, keeping them from competing on a high level. They have shifted their focus towards more individualistic goals with many of the boys reaching them.
On the girl’s side, they came up just short in their journey towards a league title. The girls were undefeated all year long. Unfortunately, they lost against Montrose in the last meet of the season, costing them the title.
Both of the varsity teams will be competing at the Spagna League Invitational at Scranton on Tuesday and the District championships the following week at Scranton also. Each individual will hope to advance to the state level. Go help cheer them on as they look to reach their goals.
The Track and Field Junior High team will travel to districts on Friday, May 5th. The recap of this will be posted next week!
That will conclude this edition of Recap at the Ridge!! The weekly recaps will return to Blue Ridge Sports. With that said, make sure to come back next week for an update on all thing’s sports!!
The beginning of the spring season is not included in this. If you want to follow the teams from the very start, check out the last recap here: Recap at the Ridge | Raider Reader Online News
There is still a large chunk of the season left for all of the teams. They will need all the support they can get to close out the spring cycle strong!! To find out when you can get out and watch your Raider athletes, click here: Blue Ridge High School Calendar of Events (blueridgeraiders.org)