Indian Hills cruises past Ramapo
With cross-town bragging rights on the line, Indian Hills showed why it will be a force to be reckoned with come state tourney time with a convincing 10-0 win over Ramapo on Thursday.
In a bad mood following an upset loss to Immaculate Heart in the quarterfinal round of the Bergen County Tournament, Hills took its frustration from the scoreless effort out on another Bergen neighbor to the tune of 10 runs on 11 hits.
As per usual, Ashley DeYoung -- former MSG Varsity the magazine cover athlete – led the way for the Braves with a couple of hits including an opposite field dinger that may have come close to clearing the short porch at Yankee stadium.
“We came up a little short in the county tournament but now we’re focused on states and today was a great win to start us towards our goal,” DeYoung said. “It was good to score some runs and get back to that feeling of hitting well, hopefully we can carry this forward.”
After Ramapo loaded the bases in the first inning, sophomore Devin Durando showed poise beyond her years, dancing out of trouble with a couple of great sequences to keep the game at zeros.
“Coming off of a tough game yesterday where our offense struggled, to have it pick us up in this game, especially against a rival, it was really a good win,” said second baseman Kristen Waters. Waters was in the middle of every rally going 2-2 with a walk and 3 runs scored on the day.
Ramapo limited the damage by the potent Hills offense in the second inning, but in the third the flood gates opened and the Braves put together 7 runs on 5 base hits. After the rocky first Durando settled in nicely, retiring 9 of the 11 batters she faced.
Indian Hills will face off against Bergenfield and Roxbury before taking on Morris Hills next Tuesday afternoon, while Ramapo opens up with Old Tappan to kick of the state championships.
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