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College softball: Ridgewater splits with Fergus Falls

WILLMAR — The Ridgewater softball team completed its 2014 season with a split of an MCAC doubleheader with M State Fergus Falls on Saturday.

The Warriors lost 5-4 in Game One before getting a stellar pitching performance from Tasha Dallmann in a 6-0 win in the second game.

The Warriors finished the season 10-10 in the MCAC Southern Division and 20-14 overall.

While disappointed his team won’t be headed for regional play, head coach Todd Thorstad is optimistic about a team that, for now, loses only sophomores Brielle Hauge and Dani Emkes.

“We’ll have a good core coming back,” Thorstad said. “I’m excited about that.”

Ridgewater was within a run heading into the seventh inning of Game One, but Fergus Falls scored twice in the top of the inning and held off the Warriors to survive.

Heather Horning and Courtney Olson both had two hits and Haley Huls and Hauge both drove in runs.

Horning took the loss, despite allowing just two earned runs and striking out 10.

Dallmann was strong in Game Two, allowing just three hits. She didn’t issue a walk.

Horning had two doubles in three trips and she drove in a run and Hauge was 2-for-4 in her final game, with two RBIs. Kenzie Long also was 2-for-4 and Emkes and Brooke Wuertz also had hits.

Game One

Fergus Falls 5,

Ridgewater 4

Fergus Falls       102 000 2 — 5 10 0  

Ridgewater         000 200 2 — 4  7  3

HITTING – Fergus Falls: Logan Redetzke 3-4 rbi-2 … Ridgewater: Brooke Wuertz 1-3, Brielle Hauge 1-3 2b rbi, Courtney Olson 2-3, Heather Horning 2-3 2b, Haley Huls 1-2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Fergus Falls: Brett Brockpahler (W) 7-7-4-4-0-5 … Ridgewater: Horning (L) 7-10-5-2-1-10

Game Two

Ridgewater 6,

Fergus Falls 0

Riverland            000 000 0 — 0  3  2 

Ridgewater         301 101 x — 6 10 0 

HITTING – Fergus Falls: Three players with singles … Ridgewater: Wuertz 1-4, Kenzie Long 2-4, Hauge 2-4 rbi-2, Olson 1-4, Horning 2-3 2b-2 rbi, Huls 1-3 2b rbi, Dani Emkes 1-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Fergus Falls: Brockpahler (L) 3-6-4-3-1-2, Nellie Pratt 3-4-2-1-1-2 … Ridgewater: Tasha Dallmann (W) 7-3-0-0-0-0