Both teams put up crooked numbers in the first inning, but 2nd-ranked Ridge exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning, coming back from a 4-3 deficit to beat No. 10 Pingry 10-4 at home, in a Skyland Conference crossover game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio Friday afternoon in Basking Ridge.
The win was the Big Blue’s first of the season, as they fall to 9-1. Ridge is now 12-1, and has won eleven straight since a loss to Hunterdon Central in its second game of the season.
Shortstop Brendan Callanan knocked in four runs in the game, the first two with a triple in the first inning, the other two with a single in the decisive fourth inning. Third baseman Luke Somelofske came in to pitch to start the top of the fourth, and got the win, retiring 12 of the 14 batters he faced in four full innings of work, allowing only two hits: a single in the fifth and a two out double in the seventh.
That double came off the bat of Liam Royster, who started the game for Pingry, and took the loss.
Pingry was playing its third game in four days after wins over Belvidere and Del Val Wednesday and Thurday. They visit Somerville tomorrow in the Somerset County Tournament quarterfinals. Ridge hosts Gill St. Bernards in another quarterfinal game.
Click below for postgame reaction from shortstop Brendan Callanan and third baseman/pitcher Luke Somelofske: