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Ridgewater sweeps home opener with two routs over Vermilion

Ridgewater's Matt Christensen fires a pitch in the second inning of the first game against Vermilion on Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt1 / 2
Clint Aretz, left, of Ridgewater slides into second base ahead of the throw as Erik Magnuson of Vermilion applies the tag during an MCAC Cross-Over Tournament game Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt2 / 2

WILLMAR -- Ridgewater started the MCAC Cross-Over Tournament with a sweep of Vermillion Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

The Warriors (7-6) won the first game with a 10-run outburst in the fourth inning, 10-0. Ridgewater clubbed four home runs in the second game to win, 15-5.

The Warriors face Itasca for a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. today in Willmar.

Ridgewater broke the first game open on Shane Kampsen's bases-loaded triple to the left-center field gap and expanded the lead on Kelvin Nelson's two-run home run to right field.

Matt Christensen cruised to the five-inning victory by giving up just two hits and striking out five.

In the second game, the Warriors pounded out 17 hits including home runs from Kampsen, Nelson, Christensen and Cameron Lehner. Ridgewater scored at lead one run in every inning but the third.

Luke Frauendienst and Benji Hager had three hits each to lead the Warriors. Chris Braaten pitched six innings for the win, striking out six.

In the other tournament games Friday, St. Cloud Technical beat Itasca 5-4, but the Vikings came back in the second game for a 6-3 win.

Game One

Ridgewater 10, Vermilion 0

Vermilion 000 00 -- 0 2 0

Ridgewater 000 (10)0 -- 10 12 0

HITTING - Vermilion: not available ... Ridgewater: Luke Frauendienst 2-for-4; Benji Hager 2-for-4, 2b; Kelvin Nelson 2-for-3, 2-run HR, 2 rbi; Cameron Lehner 3-for-3; Shane Kampsen 1-for-3, 3b, 3 rbi; Clint Aretz 1-for-2, 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Vermilion: Kahtan Al-Kaissey (L) ... Ridgewater: Matt Christensen 5-2-0-0-*-5

Game Two

Ridgewater 15, Vermilion 5

Ridgewater 230 213 4 -- 15 17 3

Vermilion 001 001 3 -- 5 11 3

HITTING - Vermilion: Andrew Olson 2-for-4, Trevor Wegner 1-for-3, HR; Jake Snyder 2-for-3; Chris Elbert 2-for-4 ... Ridgewater: Luke Frauendienst 3-for-4, 2b; Benji Hager 3-for-5; Austen Hadley 2-for-4, 2b; Shane Kampsen 2-for-4, 2b, HR; Kelvin Nelson 2-for-4, HR; Matt Christensen 2-for-3, 2b, HR; Cameron Lehner 1-for-3, HR

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Vermilion: Ian Mosher (L) ... Ridgewater: Chris Braaten (W) 6-9-*-*-*-6