T-D HS Softball

Carthew pitches gem for Chestnut Ridge

By: Cory Isenberg

NEW PARIS — Chestnut Ridge sophomore pitcher Jen Carthew made sure there was no third-time charm for Bedford on Thursday in the Lions’ District 5 Class AA semifinal clash with the Bisons.
Carthew allowed just one hit – a double by pitcher Ashley Rose – while striking out four and hitting one batter as the Lions prevailed 12-0 in five innings, earning them a fifth-consecutive appearance in the district title game set for Wednesday. Ridge (19-2) will face Everett, a 12-4 winner over Windber, at a site and time to be determined.
“My screwball was working really well and I was hitting inside with my fast ball, which I think really helped me today,” said Carthew, whose team downed the Bisons twice during the regular season. “It’s a little nerve-racking (facing a team for the third time) because I expected them to be able to hit me better, but once you get out there, you just have to have a positive attitude and shut them down.”
The Lions provided plenty of run support for Carthew, sending 10 batters to the plate in the first inning and putting six runs on the board, which set the tone of the game.
“We hit the ball good right at the beginning,” Ridge coach Chuck Corle said. “There were a couple balls out there that they could possibly have caught, but they hit the ball hard on line drives.”
Ridge added a run in the second, two in the third and three more in the fourth.
The Bisons had a runner reach base in the first as Beka Krupa was hit by a pitch, but she was gunned down by Lions’ catcher Janna Fickes when she tried to steal second, erasing the Bedford threat.
Bedford did not have another base runner until Rose’s hit to lead off the fifth.
“Jen pitched a great game and just gave up that one hit,” Corle said. “This is her third game against Bedford, so this is the third time they’ve seen her and she shut them down pretty well in all three games. Since this is the third time we’ve played Bedford this year, you kind of get to know each other a little bit there.”
Offensively for Chestnut Ridge, Steph Deaner and Kenzie Bowser were 3-for-3 with both scoring twice and driving in two runs. Josie Neatrour was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Mackenzie Feather was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored and Sam Knisely hit a triple with two RBI. Eight of the nine Ridge players scored at least one run.
The Bisons ended the season 2-18.
“It’s been a tough year for us,” Bedford coach Rick Leonard said.
 “We’re a very, very young team, starting as many as five freshmen at one time and that’s kind of unheard of at the high school level. Offensively, we’ve struggled at times and that’s what happened today. Give Ridge credit. They are a solid team defensively and offensively as well as from the pitching standpoint.”