The first time Ramsey and River Dell met this season the Rams defeated the Hawks badly as part of a smoldering start to their 2012 season.
Fast forward three weeks and the two teams would meet again trending in different directions, River Dell trying to find consistency, while Ramsey has been steamrolling opponents en route to a perfect 17-0 mark.
The history of this rivalry suggested however that those in watching in attendance as well as those watching live on MSGVarsity.com, might be treated to something special and they were, as the Hawks fought valiantly into extra innings but came up just short, 3-2, against the Rams.
“They’re a tough team no matter what the situation is, we expect a hard played game every time we face River Dell,” said senior Re Anna Kleinbard, whose RBI in the top of the eight inning proved to be the difference. "Their team is filled with good players and we know too well what they're capable of."
Ramsey jumped out to a two-run lead after Morgan Bishop hit a two-out, two-strike single to right field that scored Melanie Consiglio and Lexi Knief. Senior Ally Mende was solid on the bump and held the lead until the top of the seventh inning.
After River Dell plated a run to cut the score to 2-1, sophomore pitcher Cathy Antonelli helped her own cause from the batters box with a bullet over the right fielders head to score the tying run from second.
“She was awesome today,” said Mende of Antonelli. “She mixed speeds really well and really hit her spots, she was all over the zone but in a good way, and then she got the huge hit too. Pretty good for a sophomore, she's going to be special.”
Mende went the distance for Ramsey picking up her 18th win of the season and it was one you could tell Ramsey was definitely happy to escape with.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, you could see they weren’t going to give up no matter what the records are,” said Bishop. “We have been getting the big hits when we need them from everyone in the lineup, anyone can get it done for us and I think it’s what makes our team so special.”
While the timely hitting was a little tougher to come by in this rivalry affair, its the kind of win that Ramsey hopes will propel it forward to bigger things, possibly even a perfect season, although they’re certainly not thinking about that.
“It’s really just one day at a time, we’re not looking forward to counties or states or anything like that,” said Kleinbard. “I think it’s really awesome, it’s more enjoyable just to take it game by game and enjoy the season and that's all we're trying to do.”
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