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Ridgewater gains split of twinbill with Anoka-Ramsey

Ridgewater College catcher Benji Hager tags out Anoka-Ramsey's Cole Bostrom (29) attempting to score from second on a single in the fourth inning at Bill Taunton Stadium on Wednesday in junior college baseball. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

WILLMAR -- The Ridgewater Warriors couldn't execute enough plays win the first game, but managed to get enough early hits to take the second game of an MCAC South Division baseball doubleheader with Anoka-Ramsey Wednesday.

The Warriors (6-8, 12-19) dropped the first game 10-9 in eight innings, but came back to win the second game, 5-4.

Ridgewater failed to convert on two squeeze bunt attempts in the seventh and eighth innings, first with the game tied at nine and then with the Rams holding a 10-9 lead.

In the top of the eighth, the Warriors committed a three-base error that allowed Anoka-Ramsey to score the go-ahead run.

After starting the game with a five-run first inning, Ridgewater watched its lead slowly dwindle as the Rams scored three in the third and single runs in the fourth and fifth.

Anoka-Ramsey took a 9-6 lead in the sixth with a four-run rally, but the Warriors tied the game with three runs later in the frame. Matt Christensen drew a bases-loaded walk, Jake Wahl hit a sacrifice fly and the third run scored on a passed ball.

In the second game, the Warriors posted three runs in the first inning, highlighted by Christensen's RBI single, then added two more in the fourth inning, helped by Benji Hager's double.

Jake Wahl picked up the win, pitching the first 4Xc innings. He allowed eight hits, struck out three and walked two.

Game One

Anoka-Ramsey 10, Ridgewater 9

Anoka-Ramsey 103 114 01 -- 10 14 0

Ridgewater 500 013 00 -- 9 9 4

HITTING - Anoka-Ramsey: Casey VanKrevelen 3-for-4, 2b, 4 runs; Adam Runkel 2-for-4 ... Ridgewater: Luke Frauendienst 2-for-4; Ryan Speltz 2-for-4; Matt Christensen 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Jake Wahl 1-for-2, 2 rbi; Justin Schroeder 1-for-1, rbi; Travis Radermacher 1-for-1, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Anoka-Ramsey: Runkel 5Zc-5-6-6-5-4; Casey VanKrevelen (W) 2Xc-3-3-3-4-3... Ridgewater: Matt Christensen 4-8-5-5-3-0; Tyler Kanten 2-5-4-4-0-0; Bobby Tyndall (L) 2-1-1-0-0-1

Game Two

Ridgewater 5, Anoka-Ramsey 4

Anoka-Ramsey 020 020 0 -- 4 8 3

Ridgewater 300 200 x -- 5 6 1

HITTING - Anoka-Ramsey: Jake Musker 2-for-2, 2b; Zach Schroeder 1-for-3, 3b ... Ridgewater: Luke Frauendienst 1-for-4; Adam Luberts 1-for-2; Benji Hager 1-for-1, 2b, 2 runs, rbi, 3 bb's; Matt Christensen 1-for-3, rbi; James Gilbertson 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Anoka-Ramsey: Casey VanKrevelen (L) Zc-1-0-3-2-2-0; Brett Boxwell 5Xc-5-2-2-4-4 ... Ridgewater: Jake Wahl (W) 4Xc-8-3-3-2-3; Bobby Tyndall 2-0-1-1-1-2; Justin Schroeder (S) Zc-0-0-0-0-0