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College softball: Ridgewater splits in Florida opener
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

ORLANDO, Fla. — Oh, to be in Florida and playing ball this time of year.

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The Ridgewater Warriors split a doubleheader on Friday at the Disney Complex fields outside Orlando where the high was 73 in part sun.

Today through Monday they are playing in the Cocoa Beach Challenge at Titusville, a total of five games, including today’s doubleheader with Itasca CC and a single game Sunday against Hibbing CC.

Lincoln (Ill.) 11,

Ridgewater 10

The NJCAA Division II Lincoln College scored two runs in the last half of the seventh after the Willmar college had posted six in the top of the sixth.

Brooke Wuertz hit a solo homer for the Warriors, who received 10 walks to go with nine hits.

Heather Horning allowed eight hits, walked four and fanned six. Five runs off the freshman from Willmar were unearned. 

Ridgewater         102 016 0 — 10  9  2

Lincoln 403 200 2  —11  8  0 

HITTING – Ridgewater: Erica Melbie 1-for-4, McKenzie Long 1-for-4, Brielle Hauge 1-for-4, Courtney Olson 1-for-2, sac; Brooke Wuertz 2-for-2, solo HR, 2 rbi; Natasha Dallmann 2-for-3, 2 rbi; Dani Emkes 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Haley Huls 1-for-1 … Lincoln: Taylor Hewitt 2-for-4, 2 2bs, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Ridgewater: Heather Horning (L) 6-8-11-6-4-6 … Lincoln: Kelsey Pratter 6-9-10-10-10-7, Erica Jordan (W) 1-0-0-0-0-0-0

Ridgewater 8,

Lincoln (Ill.) 7

Dani Emkes’ two-run hit in the bottom of the sixth put Willmar in front and capped a five-run inning. The Warriors triggered 15 hits, three each by Brielle Hauge, Courtney Olson and Erica Melbie. Natasha Dallmann blanked Lincoln in the top of the seventh in a complete game, allowing nine hits.

Lincoln 150 001 0 —7    9  1 

Ridgewater         110 015 x —8  15  4  

HITTING – Lincoln: Jenna Harcharik 2-for-4, rbi; Alexi Litwiller 2-for-3, 2b… Ridgewater: Brooke Wuertz 2-for-4, rbi; McKenzie Long 1-for-4, Brielle Hauge 3-for-4, rbi; Courtney Olson 3-for-3, 2b, rbi; Erica Melbie 3-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Dani Emkes 2-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Natasha Dallmann 0-for-2, sac, rbi; Lyndsay Jorgenson 1-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Lincoln: Erica Jordan (L) 6-15-8-8-3-7 … Ridgewater: Natasha Dallmann (W) 7-9-7-6-5-0

Tribune Staff ReportsORLANDO, Fla. — Oh, to be in Florida and playing ball this time of year. The Ridgewater Warriors split a doubleheader on Friday at the Disney Complex fields outside Orlando where the high was 73 in part sun.Today through Monday they are playing in the Cocoa Beach Challenge at Titusville, a total of five games, including today’s doubleheader with Itasca CC and a single game Sunday against Hibbing CC.Lincoln (Ill.) 11, Ridgewater 10The NJCAA Division II Lincoln College scored two runs in the last half of the seventh after the Willmar college had posted six in the top of the sixth.Brooke Wuertz hit a solo homer for the Warriors, who received 10 walks to go with nine hits.Heather Horning allowed eight hits, walked four and fanned six. Five runs off the freshman from Willmar were unearned.  Ridgewater102 016 0 — 10  9  2 Lincoln403 200 2  —11  8  0  HITTING – Ridgewater: Erica Melbie 1-for-4, McKenzie Long 1-for-4, Brielle Hauge 1-for-4, Courtney Olson 1-for-2, sac; Brooke Wuertz 2-for-2, solo HR, 2 rbi; Natasha Dallmann 2-for-3, 2 rbi; Dani Emkes 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Haley Huls 1-for-1 … Lincoln: Taylor Hewitt 2-for-4, 2 2bs, rbi PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Ridgewater: Heather Horning (L) 6-8-11-6-4-6 … Lincoln: Kelsey Pratter 6-9-10-10-10-7, Erica Jordan (W) 1-0-0-0-0-0-0Ridgewater 8, Lincoln (Ill.) 7Dani Emkes’ two-run hit in the bottom of the sixth put Willmar in front and capped a five-run inning. The Warriors triggered 15 hits, three each by Brielle Hauge, Courtney Olson and Erica Melbie. Natasha Dallmann blanked Lincoln in the top of the seventh in a complete game, allowing nine hits.Lincoln150 001 0 —7    9  1  Ridgewater110 015 x —8  15  4   HITTING – Lincoln: Jenna Harcharik 2-for-4, rbi; Alexi Litwiller 2-for-3, 2b… Ridgewater: Brooke Wuertz 2-for-4, rbi; McKenzie Long 1-for-4, Brielle Hauge 3-for-4, rbi; Courtney Olson 3-for-3, 2b, rbi; Erica Melbie 3-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Dani Emkes 2-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Natasha Dallmann 0-for-2, sac, rbi; Lyndsay Jorgenson 1-for-4 PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Lincoln: Erica Jordan (L) 6-15-8-8-3-7 … Ridgewater: Natasha Dallmann (W) 7-9-7-6-5-0

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