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College Softball: Ridgewater wins four at crossover tourney

CLOQUET -- The Ridgewater College softball team ran its winning streak to 13 games after winning four games over the weekend at a MCAC crossover tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

The Warriors, now 26-9, defeated Central Lakes 11-3 and Mesabi Range 18-4 on Sunday. On Saturday, Ridgewater defeated Fond du Lac 9-0, then downed Rainy River 12-5.

The Warriors scored 50 runs on 57 hits in the four games, while they allowed just 12 runs, 19 hits and committed just eight errors during the blustery weekend tournament.

"We hit the ball a ton," said Warriors head coach Todd Thorstad. "We're playing pretty well offensively, defensively, in all aspects."

The Warriors lead the MCAC Southern Division with a 15-3 record. Ridgewater plays Minnesota West in a doubleheader on Friday. If the Warriors win of those two games, or if Rochester loses one of its two games on Saturday, Ridgewater will be host to the Region 13A playoffs on May 10-11.

Sunday's Game One

Kari Shipman and Samantha Cunningham both hit home runs and Datriana Jensen drove in three runs in the Warriors' victory.

Cunningham drove in four runs and Shipman also had a double and drove in two runs.

Andrea Krause picked up the win, allowing three hits and striking out three.

Ridgewater 11,

Central Lakes 3

Central Lakes 020 010 0 -- 3 7 0

Ridgewater 062 012 x -- 11 16 1

HITTING - Central Lakes: Alanna Hansen 2-for-3 hr rbi r, Jenni Smolke 1-for-2 hr rbi r ... Ridgewater: Kari Shipman 2-for-4 hr 2b rbi r-2, Haley Springer 2-for-4, Andrea Krause 0-for-2 r, Yvonne Wani 3-for-4 2b, Brittney Nissen 2-for-2 r-2, Aimee Johnson 2-for-4 r-3, Datriana Jensen 2-for-3 rbi-3 r, Samantha Cunningham 2-for-4 hr rbi-4 r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Central Lakes: Samantha Harting (L) 5.2-16-11-11-2-1 ... Ridgewater: Krause (W) 7-7-3-3-1-3

Sunday's Game Two

The Warriors broke open a one-run game with an eight-run third, then all but ended the five-inning game with a five-run fourth inning.

Kari Shipman, Brooke Carlson, Jenna Kincade and Brenna Holwerda all had two RBI for the Warriors. Carlson had three hits and also scored three runs.

Shannon Heitz was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits and striking out five.

Ridgewater 18,

Mesabi Range 4

Mesabi Range 022 00 -- 4 3 3

Ridgewater 418 5x -- 18 12 2

HITTING - Mesabi Range: Megan Garding 1-for-2 hr rbi r ... Ridgewater: Kari Shipman 2-for-3 2b rbi-2 r-3, Haley Springer 0-for-4 r-2, Brooke Carlson 3-for-3 2b rbi-2 r-3, Justine Otremba 1-for-1 r, Andrea Krause 1-for-2 rbi r-2, Jenna Kincade 3-for-3 rbi-2 r, Jennifer Storck 0-for-3 r-2, Brenna Holwerda 1-for-3 3b rbi-2 r-3, Khia Lohse 1-for-3 rbi, Christal Stavne 0-for-2 r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Mesabi Range: Abigail Otis (L) 4-12-18-14-5-2 ... Ridgewater: Shannon Heitz (W) 5-3-4-2-0-5

Saturday's Game One

A six-run second inning put Ridgewater in command against Fond du Lac in the Warriors' tournament opener on Saturday.

Kari Shipman and Haley Springer had three-hit games and drove in runs, and Brittney Nissen had two hits, including a double, and also drove in a run. Justine Otremba had an RBI.

Nissen allowed two hits over five innings to earn the win.

Ridgewater 9,

Fond du Lac 0

Ridgewater 106 200 0 -- 9 14 2

Fond du Lac 000 000 0 -- 0 2 3

HITTING - Ridgewater: Kari Shipman 3-for-3 rbi r, Haley Springer 3-for-4 rbi r, Brooke Carlson 1-for-4 rbi-2, Andrea Krause 1-for-1 r, Aimee Johnson 1-for-3 r, Brittney Nissen 2-for-3 2b rbi r-2, Shannon Heitz 1-for-1, Yvonne Wani 1-for-4 2b r-2, Justine Otremba 1-for-4 rbi r ... Fond du Lac: Rachel Sunda 1-for-1, Hunter Nemmers 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Nissen (W) 5-2-0-0-3-1 ... Fond du Lac: Katie Youngberg (L) 2-6-5-4-3-1

Saturday's Game Two

Brenna Holwerda and Datriana Jensen both hit home runs and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Warriors in Saturday's second game.

Andrea Krause doubled in two runs and Brittney Nissen singled in a pair. Kari Shipman had three hits and an RBI, and Brooke Carlson had two hits and scored twice, and Jennifer Storck also had two hits and an RBI.

Krause picked up the first of her two weekend wins, working all seven innings and striking out eight.

Ridgewater 12,

Rainy River 5

Rainy River 000 320 0 -- 5 7 2

Ridgewater 014 124 x -- 12 15 3

HITTING - Rainy River: Kristen Cruikshank 3-for-3, Chelsea Poulton 2-for-3 2b rbi ... Ridgewater: Kari Shipman 3-for-5 rbi r, Haley Springer 1-for-5 r, Brooke Carlson 2-for-3 2b r-2, Andrea Krause 1-for-4 2b rbi-2 r-2, Jenna Kincade 1-for-3 2b, Brenna Holwerda 1-for-1 hr rbi-2 r, Brittney Nissen 1-for-3 rbi-2, Datriana Jensen 2-for-4 hr rbi-2 r-2, Jennifer Storck 2-for-4 rbi, Khia Lohse 1-for-4 r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Rainy River: Cateline Fafard (L) ... Ridgewater: Krause (W) 7-7-5-4-1-8