Tribune staff report
AUSTIN -- The Ridgewater softball team split a pair with Riverland on Saturday.
The Warriors won Game One 14-5 but a poor third inning cost them in Game Two, a 12-7 loss.
Ridgewater's non-division games put their overall record at 14-7, and the Warriors are 7-1 in the MCAC South Division. They play next against Fergus Falls at 3 p.m. Thursday in Willmar.
In Game One, Ridgewater poured it on Riverland early, scoring 10 runs in the first three innings. Brooke Carlson homered and Khia Lohse hit a two-run homer. Jenna Kincade and Jennifer Storck both had two hits, with Storck hitting two doubles and driving in three runs. Andrea Krause worked all seven innings for the win.
In Game Two, Ridgewater led 3-2 when Riverland unloaded for 10 runs in the bottom of the third. The Warriors chipped away, with a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but couldn't come up with the equalizers in the seventh.
"We hit the ball well," said Warriors head coach Todd Thorstad, whose team outhit Riverland 25 to 15 in the two games. "The unfortunate thing is we left 12 runners on base 9in the second game) compared to their two. It was one of those days."
In the second game, Kari Shipman, Haley Springer, Krause, Carlson and Christal Stavne all had multiple hits. Shipman and Carlson both drove in two runs.
Ridgewater 712 200 2 -- 14 12 1
Riverland 005 000 0 -- 5 5 5
HITTING - Ridgewater: Kari Shipman 1-3, Haley Springer 1-3, Jenna Kincade 2-5 rbi, Andrea Krause 2-5 rbi, Brooke Carlson 1-4 hr rbi r, Datriana Jensen 1-4, Brenna Holwerda 1-4, Jennifer Storck 2-4 2b-2 rbi-3, Khia Lohse 1-4 hr rbi-2 r ... Riverland: Underwood 3-4 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Krause (W) 7-5-5-4-1-5 ... Riverland: Sandberg (L) 1.2-4-8-5-4-0
Ridgewater 210 022 0 -- 7 13 0
Riverland 20(10) 000 x -- 12 10 1
HITTING - Ridgewater: Kari Shipman 2-3 rbi-2, Haley Springer 3-5 rbi, Jenna Kincade 1-5, Andrea Krause 2-3, Brooke Carlson 2-4 2b-2 rbi-2, Christal Stavne 2-2 2b, Samantha Cunningham 1-3 ... Riverland: Underwood 2-3 2b rbi-2, Bergstrom 2-4 2b-2 rbi-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Krause (L) 1.1-5-5-5-1-1, Brittney Nissen 0.2-1-2-2-1-0, Shannon Heitz 5-4-5-5-4-4 ... Riverland: Bergstrom (W) 5-13-7-5-3-4