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College softball: Ridgewater wins 3 at Irish Dome

ROSEMOUNT -- The Ridgewater softball team cracked .500 for the first time this season with three wins on Thursday at the Irish Dome.

The Warriors walloped Vermilion 22-4 in the opener, Shannon Heitz threw a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 over Itasca in the second game, and Ridgewater rekindled its offense in an 18-3 win over Mesabi in game three.

Ridgewater, now 6-5, is off until traveling to St. Cloud Tech on March 30 for a 3:30 p.m. game, then plays its home-opener on March 31 against Anoka Ramsey at noon.

Game One

Ridgewater 22,

Vermilion 4

Seven Warriors drove in at least one run in a blowout victory over Vemilion.

Kari Shipman, Brooke Carlson and Aimee Johnson all had two hits and drove in two runs. Pitcher Brittney Nissen scattered four hits over five innings and struck out six.

Ridgewater.............430 10 4 -- 22 13 2

Vermilion................002 2 0 -- 4 4 3

HITTING - Ridgewater: Kari Shipman 2-3 2b-2 rbi-2, Haley Springer 1-2 rbi, Brooke Carlson 2-3 3b rbi-2, Andrea Krause 1-3, Datriana Jensen 1-2 rbi-2, Brittney Nissen 1-3 rbi, Aimee Johnson 2-2 2b-2 rbi-2, Jenna Kincade 1-2 rbi-2, Samantha Cunningham 1-2, Yvonne Wani 1-1 ... Vermilion: Kaylee Standland 3-3 2b rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Nissen (W) 5-4-4-3-3-6 ... Vermilion: Sadie Scholl (L)

Game Two

Ridgewater 1, Itasca 0

Shannon Heitz threw a three-hitter and struck out eight, and the Warriors scored the game's lone run on an error in the fourth inning.

Heitz worked a complete game and walked two. In the fourth, Kari Shipman led off with a double and Haley Springer popped up on a bunt attempt. Itasca field the bunt but an attempted throw to double up Shipman at second skipped into the outfield, allowing Shipman to score.

Itasca.......................000 000 0 -- 0 3 1

Ridgewater...............000 100 x -- 1 4 1

HITTING - Itasca: Hailey Price 1-2, Hailey McNeil 1-3, Nicole Gross 1-3 ... Ridgewater: Shipman 1-3 2b, Krause 1-2, Carlson 1-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Itasca: Lindsey White (L) ... Ridgewater: Shannon Heitz (W) 7-3-0-0-2-8

Game Three

Ridgewater 18,

Mesabi 3

Kari Shipman, Andrea Krause and Brenna Holwerda all hit home runs -- Holwerda's was a grand slam -- and the Warriors rolled in a five-inning game.

Krause picked up the pitching win, allowing just one earned run on five hits while striking out six.

Mesabi...................10 2 00 -- 3 5 3

Ridgewater.............32 11 2x -- 18 15 1

HITTING - Ridgewater: Shipman 1-3 hr rbi-2, Springer 3-3 rbi-2, Kincade 3-4 rbi-2, Krause 2-3 hr 2b rbi-4, Carlson 1-2, Nissen 1-2 rbi, Christal Stavne 1-1, Brenna Holwerda 1-3 grand slam rbi-4, Khia Lohse 2-2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Mesabi: Abby Otis (L) ... Ridgewater: Krause (W) 5-5-3-1-1-6