Radnor blanks Springfield in final

Radnor's Katie Jordan is greeted by her teammates after scoring a run in the District 1 Class AAA championship at Harriton.
Radnor's Katie Jordan is greeted by her teammates after scoring a run in the District 1 Class AAA championship at Harriton. (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer)
Posted: June 01, 2014

Izzy Schaefer and Holly Pachella were talking about it in the dugout.

Their Radnor softball team needed a run, and needed one quickly.

The conversation between the Raiders pitcher and catcher happened with Katie Jordan at the plate, and while Jordan couldn't hear them, she surely came through.

Jordan's fourth-inning, inside-the-park home run was the difference for Radnor, which went on to defeat Springfield (Delco), 2-0, Friday in the District 1 Class AAA championship game at Harriton.

Jordan, a senior first baseman who also captured a district title with the basketball team this year, hit a line drive down the line that rolled by Springfield's rightfielder.

The roll was all Jordan needed, as she motored around the bases and didn't look back.

"They just kept telling me to run, so I didn't stop," Jordan said. "I first thought it was going to be a single, but once it went by her, I thought I would get another base out of it."

Jordan got more than one base, and the hit jump-started her whole squad. Schaefer, who struck out nine and allowed only two hits, said once her team got the lead, she knew the Raiders would hold it.

"I couldn't ask for anything more in a pitcher," senior shortstop Bari Margolis said. "She comes out every at-bat and every pitch and does what she does. It is unbelievable how she strikes these girls out and how she works her at-bats.

"Without her, I don't know what this team would be."

It was the third time this season that Radnor (17-5) defeated Springfield (19-4), a task Schaefer deemed "almost impossible." The Cougars were the top seed in the tournament. Radnor was seeded third.

For a Raiders team that had been ousted in the second round of the district tournament the past two seasons, an appearance in the title contest seemed improbable.

"We had nothing to lose going into this because no one expected us to be here," Jordan said.

A pop-up in the infield ended the contest, as Schaefer loudly called her teammates off the ball.

"I got it," she exclaimed.

And get it she did.

Radnor 000 100 1 - 2 5 3

Springfield (D) 000 000 0 - 0 2 2

WP: Izzy Schaefer. LP: Courtney Scarpato. HR: R-Katie Jordan.


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