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Ridgewater takes pair from Fergus

Heather Thoma, right, of Ridgewater slides around the tag of Claire Parks of Fergus Falls to score the tying run in the fifth inning of the first game as Tara Thielke looks on Tuesday. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt

WILLMAR -- Trailing in both games of a doubleheader Tuesday, Ridgewater rallied to sweep Fergus Falls 9-2 and 7-6 in MCAC Southern Division softball action.

Heather Thoma tossed a six-hitter in the opener with a career-high 11 strikeouts and Ashley Schmeling drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and a sacrifice fly as the Lady Warriors rallied from a 2-1 deficit with two runs in the fifth and six more in the sixth.

In the nightcap, the Lady Warriors fell behind 3-0 and 4-3 before a four-run sixth gave them the lead for good, Fergus Falls scored twice in the top of the seventh, but was unable to push the tying run across.

"We still have some things to work on," said Ridgewater coach Todd Thorstad. "The biggest thing I liked was the way we battled back in each game and kept our composure."

It was only the second time Ridgewater had been on the field this spring and the first for Fergus Falls.

Game One

Ridgewater 9, Fergus Falls 2

Down 2-1, Ridgewater rallied when Heather Thoma singled and Danyel Stouffer walked. Both moved up on a wild pitch and Patina Queenan's sacrifice fly scored Thoma with the tying run. Ashley Schmeling then plated the go-ahead run with a long double to center field.

Tara Thielke's two-run single highlighted the six-run sixth inning. Fergus Falls committed three errors in the inning.

Both runs scored off Thoma were unearned. She worked out of a seventh-inning jam with runners on second and third and no outs. She struck out the next two hitters and then got the final out on a grounder to second.

Schmeling, Queenan and Thoma had two hits each.

Fergus Falls 000 200 0 -- 2 6 3

Ridgewater 100 026 x -- 9 10 1

HITTING - Fergus Falls: Whitney Blair 2-for-3; Kelsey Draper 2-for-3; Claire Park 2-for-3 ... Ridgewater: Patina Queenan 2-for-2, sf, rbi; Tara Thielke 1-for-4; Ashley Schmeling 2-for-3, 2 2b's, sf, 3 rbi; Aubrey Wren 1-for-4, 2b; Sam Drees 1-for-3; Kayla Terres 1-for-2, rbi; Heather Thoma 2-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Fergus Falls: Sam Hanson (L) 6-10-9-6-2-1 ... Ridgewater: Heather Thoma (W) 7-6-2-0-0-11

Game Two

Ridgewater 7, Fergus Falls 6

Thielke was 3-for-3 in the second game and drove in a run. Schmeling went 3-for-4 and had her third double of the twinbill and knocked in a run to give her four for the two games.

Sam Drees, who caught both games, was 2-for-3 with a double. Jodi Merritt also drove in a run.

Kristin Kahle went the distance for the win. She gave up 13 hits but only four earned runs, while walking one and striking out two.

Fergus Falls 000 301 2 -- 6 13 2

Ridgewater 000 124 x -- 7 10 3

HITTING - Fergus Falls: Jess Amann 2-for-4; Sam Hanson 2-for-4, 2b; Kelsey Draper 2-for-4, 2b; Amanda Schneider 3-for-4, 2b, 2 rbil Heather Nelson 2-for-3 ... Ridgewater: Patina Queenan 1-for-4; Tara Thielke 3-for-3, rbi; Ashley Schmeling 3-for-4, 2b, rbi; Jodi Merritt 1-for-4, rbi; Sam Drees 2-for-3, 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Fergus Falls: Emily Christenson (L) 6-10-7-4-3-2 ... Ridgewater: Kristin Kahle (W) 7-13-6-4-1-2