College Softball: Ridgewater runs win streak to five
WILLMAR -- Ridgewater extended its winning streak to five games Wednesday with a doubleheader sweep of St. Cloud Technical College.
The Lady Warriors won the opener 2-1 and then capped the sweep with a five-inning, two-hit shutout by Molly Anderson.
Patina Queenan had five hits in the two games for the Lady Warriors, who had 12 hits combined in the twinbill.
"We need to hit the ball a little better," said Ridgewater coach Todd Thorstad. "We started to get some hits in the second game and we need to keep hitting like that."
Ridgewater 2, St. Cloud Technical 1
Ridgewater scored a run in the first inning on a groundout by Tara Thielke after Patina Queenan singled and advanced to third on an error. They added another run in the fourth when Jodi Merritt doubled with two outs and scored on consecutive wild pitched.
Heather Thoma blanked Tech over the first five innings, then gave way to Queenan, who has been battling a shoulder injury. After Tech scored a run on two hits and and error and had the bases loaded wth one out, Thoma re-entered and got out of the jam and preserve the win. In 62/3 innings, Thoma allowed three hits and no walks, while striking out four.
St. Cloud 000 001 0 -- 1 5 2
Ridgewater 100 100 x -- 2 3 1
HITTING - St. Cloud Technical: J.Becker 1-for-3; D.Schauer 1-for-3; G.Allickson 1-for-2; K.Guck 1-for-3, C.Craig 1-for-4, 2b ... Ridgewater: Patina Queenan 2-for-3; Jodi Merritt 1-for-3, 2b
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- St. Cloud Technical: C.Craig (L) 6-3-2-1-2-1 ... Ridgewater: Heather Thoma (W) 6Xc-3-0-0-4, Patina Queenan Zc-2-1-1-1-1
Ridgewater 8, St. Cloud Technical 0
Anderson walked only one and struck out six in the five innings for the win.
Queenan went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and two RBI. Merritt was 2-for-3 and drove in a run. Sam Drees had a run-scoring single.
Ridgewater scored twice in the first inning, twice in the second and added four more runs in the third.
St. Cloud Tech 000 00 -- 0 2 1
Ridgewater 224 0x -- 8 9 1
HITTING - St. Cloud Technical: J.Becker 1-for-2; G.Allickson 1-for-2 ... Ridgewater: Danyel Stoufer 1-for-2; Patina Queenan 3-for-3, 2b, 3b, 2 rbi; Tara Thielke 1-for-3; Jodi Merritt 2-for-3, rbi; Sam Drees 1-for-2, rbi; Kim Brill 1-for-2, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- St. Cloud Technical: K.Plantenberg (L) 4-8-8-6-4-2 ... Ridgewater: Molly Anderson (W) 5-2-0-0-1-6