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Ridgewater routs Fergus twice

FERGUS FALLS -- Ridgewater rapped 24 hits in a MCAC Southern Division softball doubleheader sweep of Fergus Falls on Tuesday.

Ridgewater won the first game 12-2 and took the second game 12-1, both in five innings.

"The big thing is we are making contact," said Ridgewater coach Todd Thorstad. "We didn't have anyone strike out in either game. When we hit the ball like this it takes a lot of pressure off the pitchers and off the defense."

Ridgewater had 13 hits in the opener. Tina Queenan had three hits and drove in four runs. Jodi Merritt had three hits and knocked in two runs. Danyel Stoufer and Tara Thielke had two hits apiece.

Heather Thoma earned the win, allowing five hits and no earned runs, while walking one and striking out nine.

In the finale, the Lady Warriors had 11 hits, including five doubles. Stoufer, Queenan and Kristin Kahle had two hits apiece. Kahle had two doubles in three trips.

Kahle was also the winning pitcher, allowing five hits and no earned runs. She walked one and struck out three.

Ridgewater hosts doubleheaders Friday against Riverland and Saturday against Minnesota West.

Game One

Ridgewater 12, Fergus Falls 2

Ridgewater 240 33 -- 12 13 2

Fergus Falls 100 01 -- 2 5 2

HITTING - Ridgewater: Danyel Stoufer 2-for-3; Tina Queenan 3-for-4, 2b, 4 rbi; Tara Thielke 2-for-3, rbi; Ashley Schmeling 1-for-3, rbi; Jodi Merritt 3-for-4, 2 rbi; Aubrey Wren 1-for-3; Kim Brill 1-for-3 ... Fergus Falls: Sam Hanson 2-for-3; Amanda Snyder 1-for-3; Kelsey Draper 1-for-3; Whitney Blair 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Heather Thoma (W) 5-5-2-0-1-9 ... Fergus Falls: Emily Christenson (L) 5-13-12-9-3-0

Game Two

Ridgewater 12, Fergus Falls1

Ridgewater 134 22 -- 12 11 4

Fergus Falls 000 10 -- 1 5 3

HITTING - Ridgewater: Danyel Stoufer 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Tina Queenen 2-for-3, 2 rbi; Tara Thielke 1-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi; Ashley Schmeling 1-for-3; Jodi Merritt 1-for-3; Molly Anderson 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Kayla Terres 1-for-2; Kristin Kahle 2-for-3, 2b's ... Fergus Falls: Jess Amann 1-for-3; Sam Hanson 2-for-3, 3b, rbi; Amanda Snyder 1-for-3; elsey Draper 1-foer-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Kristin Kahle (W) 5-5-1-0-1-3 ... Fergus Falls: Sam Hanson (L) 5-11-12-12-2-0