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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Ridgewater’s Kyle Brazil eyes his wind-blown high fly that hit off the fence in left field in Game 2 on Saturday in Willmar. He settled for a single, retreating to first after missing the bag. Brazil was 3-for-4 on the day and had the game-winning hit in Game 1.

College baseball: Warriors take pair from Rams

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WILLMAR — After going winless (0-13) facing a tough non-division schedule, Ridgewater College is 3-1 in the MCAC South Division.

In a cold east wind, the Warriors took a pair from Anoka-Ramsey Community College 3-2 and 7-2 on Saturday at Baker Field.

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Brandon Bornhorst, with seventh-inning help from Austin Theis, got the win in Game 1 while Brady Smith threw a complete game in the predetermined nine-inning Game 2.

“Brady threw a wonderful game,” said Warriors’ head coach Dennis Boe. “After the first inning, he really controlled the game. He threw 116 pitches, 72 for strikes with first-strike pitches to 21 of 34 batters.”

Smith gave up both runs in the first inning when he walked two. Both scored on a single by Sam Krick, but after that the lefthander from Litchfield cracked down, walking just two more and blanking the Rams the next eight innings to finish with a four-hitter.

In Game 1, Bornhorst gave up eight hits over 6.1 innings but walked just one while fanning nine, and he was supported play by solid defense.

Theis took over with two on and one out and quickly got two outs, one by whiff.

“Our three catchers did a great job, too,” Boe said. Tyler Donner caught the first game and Dan Maras and Brandon Roelike split duty in the second.

In Game 1, Donner, after reaching on one of four Rams’ errors and then stealing second, scored the game-winner in the bottom of the fifth inning on a pinch-hit single by Kyle Brazil.

“That was a huge hit for us,” said Boe.

In Game 2, Ridgewater scored three runs in the second and three in the sixth. A two-run double by Erich Prokosch keyed the later rally. Defensively, third-sacker Brandon Christenson started two double plays.

The games were the first in two weeks for the Warriors, who have four twin bills set Wednesday through Sunday.

Ridgewater 3, Anoka-Ramsey 2

Anoka-Ramsey  011 000 0 — 2  8  4

Ridgewater         010 110 x — 3  8  1 

HITTING – AR:: Tyler Weeks 1-for-3,Tucker Morrell 2-for-4, Tom Kinsella 1-for-3, Sam Krick 1-for-4, rbi; Evan Gaddis 1-for-3, Trevor Naslund 1-for-3, Kevin Johnson 1-for-3 … RC: Brandon Christenson 1-for-2, rbi; Kyle Brazil 1-for-1, rbi; Matt Schmitz 1-for-3, rbi, run

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — AR: Mark Lundholm (L) 6-3-3-1-0-4 … RC: Brandon Bornhorst (W) 6.1-8-2-1-1-6, Austin Theis (S) 0.2-0-0-0-0-1

Game Two

Ridgewater 7, Anoka-Ramsey 2

A-R (1-4, 3-15)    200 000 000 — 2  4  3

RC (3-1, 3-14       030 003 10x  —7  9  0 

HITTING – AR:: Tucker Morrell 1-for-3, Tom Kinsella 1-for-4, Sam Krick 1-for-4, rbi; Richie Podvin 1-for-3 … RC: Brandon Christenson 1-for-4, rbi; Kyle Brazil 2-for-4, Erich Prokosch 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Matt Schmitz 1-for-4, rbi; Dan Blackstad 2-for-3, rbi; Mitch Champagne 1-for-4, rbi; Gideon Burnham 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — AR: Morrell (L) 5.1-8-6-4-1-4, Matt Rotzien 1.2-1-1-0-0-2, Mitch Munstertman 1-0-0-0-2-2 … RC: Brady Smith (W) 9-4-2-2-4-6

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

(320) 214-4334
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