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Warriors qualify for state with two wins

ST. CLOUD -- The Ridgewater baseball team secured a berth in the upcoming MCAC state tournament with a doubleheader sweep of St. Cloud Technical College Monday.

The Warriors (8-8, 14-19) won the first game 12-0 in five innings and then edged Tech 6-5 in the second game.

The MCAC state tournament starts Friday at St. Cloud.

After taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the opener, the Warriors exploded for seven runs in the fourth, highlighted by a two-run home run by Jake Wahl.

Chris Braaten threw a three-hit shutout for the win, striking out three.

Benji Hager, Matt Christensen, Wahl and Braaten had two hits each.

Ridgewater plated the first run of the second game on Luke Frauendienst's leadoff home run, then James Gilbertson gave the Warriors the go-ahead score in the sixth inning with a run-scoring single.

Wahl led the offense with three hits, including a double, and an RBI.

Bobby Tyndall picked up the win in relief, throwing three innings. He allowed one run on one hit and struck out two.

Game One

Ridgewater 12, St. Cloud Technical 0

Ridgewater 300 72 -- 12 12 0

St. Cloud Tech 000 00 -- 0 3 2

HITTING - Ridgewater: Ryan Speltz 1-for-3; Benji Hager 2-for-4, rbi; Matt Christensen 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Jake Wahl 1-for-3, 2-run HR, 2 rbi, Chris Braaten 2-for-3, rbi; Justin Schroeder 1-for-3; Travis Radermacher 2-for-3; James Gilbertson 1-for-3 ... St. Cloud Tech: Egan 1-for-2; Jansen 1-for-2; Schueller 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Chris Braaten (W) 5-3-0-0-0-3 ... St. Cloud Tech: Roelike (L) 5-12-12-9-1-4

Game Two

Ridgewater 6, St. Cloud Technical 5

Ridgewater 111 021 0 -- 6 11 0

St. Cloud Tech 022 010 0 -- 5 6 1

HITTING - Ridgewater: Luke Frauendienst 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2b, solo HR, rbi; Benji Hager 1-for-4; Matt Christensen 1-for-4; Jake Wahl 3-for-4, 2b, rbi; Justin Schroeder 2-for-3, 2b; Travis Radermacher 1-for-3; James Gilbertson 1-for-3 ... St. Cloud Tech: Weller 1-for-3, 2b; Engelmeier 2-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Justin Schroeder 4-5-4-4-3-4; Bobby Tyndall (W) 3-1-1-1-0-2 ... St. Cloud Tech: Blackmore 4-5-4-4-2-1; Schleicher (L) 3-6-2-2-0-0