SECAUCUS – The bottom of the batting order produced top-shelf results. That’s a big reason why Ridgefield has advanced to a sectional championship game for the first time in recent memory.
Sparked by a combined six RBI from Nos. 8 and 9 batters Taylor Loof and Gioia Abreu, sixth-seeded Ridgefield downed second-seeded Secaucus, 10-3, Tuesday in a North 2, Group 1 semifinal softball game. The Royals will play at fourth-seeded Brearley Regional, a 9-2 victor over Dayton Regional in the other semifinal, for the section title Friday in Kenilworth at 4 p.m.
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IMMACULATE CONCEPTION 6, EASTERN CHRISTIAN 2 (at Lodi): Nicolette Kupersmith had a homer and three RBI to lead the top-seeded Blue Wolves into the sectional semifinals. Andee Lupica added two RBI, and pitcher Sarah Piening scattered three hits over seven innings while striking out 13.
Immaculate Conception will host No. 5 Montclair-Kimberley, which upset No. 4 Newark Academy, 9-4, in one of the other quarterfinals.