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College softball: Ridge needs rally for region

WAITE PARK — The Ridgewater College softball team (18-10) needs to win out today to get back to the NJCAA Division III Tournament.

Minnesota West put Ridgewater at an early disadvantage tagging the Warriors with a 6-3 loss by noon yesterday at River’s Edge Park.

In the consolation bracket, Ridgewater scrubbed Century College of White Bear Lake 10-0 to remain in the hunt for the Region 13A championship.

At 10 a.m. today, Ridge will meet the loser of Minnesota West vs. St. Cloud Tech.

First Round

Minn. West 6,

Ridgewater 3

The Warriors couldn’t solve the deliveries of Bluejays windmiller Christine Kazemba in the morning game.

Three hits and couple of walks were all they managed with two of the three runs triggered by errors.

Brooke Carlson and Brielle Hauge each contributed an RBI hit. Brittany Nissen was the losing pitcher, giving way to Alicia Koenen in the fourth..

MN West              101 301 0 — 6  7  2 

Ridge.   100  002  0 — 3  3  2

HITTING – Minnesota West: Alayna Hall 3-5, 2 runs; Macey Edwards 2-3, 2 rbi … Ridgewater: Brooke Carlson 1-2, rbi; Brielle Hauge 1-3, rbi; Jessie Kalenberg 1-3, 2 runs; Datriana Jensen 0-3, sac; Jenna Kincade 0-3, run

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – MW: Christine Kazemba (W) 7-3-3-1-0-5 … Ridge: Brittany Nissen (L) 3.2-4-5-4-6-4, Alica Koenen 3.1-3-1-1-2-5


Ridgewater 10,

Century 0

An explosive start in the comeback bracket for the Willmar team which sent 9 to the plate using 3 hits and 3 walks for a 5-run at bat, highlighted by Brooke Carlson’s RBI double and Alicia Koenen’s two-run double.

Datriana Jensen stroked a two-run single in sixth followed shortly by a bases-loaded walk to Dani Emkes to cap the scoring.

Jessie Kalenberg threw the shutout allowing two hits and walking two.

Ridgewater         510 013 — 10 8 1

Century                000 000 —  0  2 2

HITTING – Ridgewater: Kari Shipman 1-3, Jessie Kalenberg 2-3 rbi, Carlson 2-4 2b rbi, Datriana Jensen 2-3 2-rbi, Alicia Koenen 1-2 2b 2-rbi … Century: Haley Husom 1-3, Anna Craig 1-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Ridgewater: Kalenberg (W) 6-2-0-0-2-5 … Century: Ashley Romm (L)