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Ridgewater ousted in regionals

ROCHESTER -- The Ridgewater softball team's season ended Friday with a pair of losses at the Region 13A tournament.

The Lady Warriors (22-12) fell to Rochester 2-0 in the first game and lost to Madison Area Tech 8-6 in the second.

"We played very well in the first game," said Ridgewater coach Todd Thorstad. "It was a letdown in the second game with five errors, but we hit the ball well."

Ridgewater was held to two hits by Rochester's DeAnna Mock, who walked only two batters and struck out six others. The Lady Warriors didn't get a base runner past first base.

But the Yellowjackets had to scrap for their runs. Rochester took a 1-0 lead in the first on an Amy Fordham sacrifice fly, then in the fourth, Rochester loaded the bases and got only one run, also on a sacrifice fly.

Heather Thoma went the distance for Ridgewater, allowing just four hits. She struck out two and didn't walk a batter.

In the second game, the Lady Warriors pounded out 10 hits, but committed five errors and allowed 10 hits.

Ridgewater took a brief lead in the fifth inning, scoring four runs for a 5-4 advantage. Jodi Merritt had an RBI single and Tina Queenan walked with the bases loaded for another run.

But Madison Tech scored four runs in the seventh and Ridgewater could only muster one run in its final three outs.

Ashley Schmeling went 3-for-3 with a double to lead the Lady Warriors. Danyel Stoufer and Merritt had two hits each.

First Round

Rochester 2, Ridgewater 0

Rochester 100 100 0 -- 2 4 0

Ridgewater 000 000 0 -- 0 2 1

HITTING - Rochester: Alyssa Mackey 2-for-3; Amy Fordham 1-for-2, rbi; Caitlin Donahue 1-for-3 ... Ridgewater: Danyel Stoufer 1-for-3; Jodi Merritt 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Rochester: DeAnna Mock (W) 7-2-0-0-2-6 ... Ridgewater: Heather Thoma (L) 7-4-2-1-0-2

Loser's Bracket

Madison Tech 8, Ridgewater 6

Madison Tech 111 010 4 -- 8 14 2

Ridgewater 100 040 1 -- 6 10 5

HITTING - Madison Tech: Lizette Davis 3-for-5; Jaycey Leighton 2-for-4; Steph Chellvold 3-for-4, rbi ... Ridgewater: Danyel Stoufer 2-for-4; Tina Queenan 1-for-3, rbi; Ashley Schmeling 3-for-3, 2b; Jodi Merritt 2-for-4, 3b, rbi; Kristin Kahle 1-for-2; Kim Brill 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Madison Tech: Carlie Olsen 4Xc-6-5-4-3-2; Keriann Schmidt 0-1-0-0-1-0; Krista Smithback (W) 2Zc-3-1-1-1-2 ... Ridgewater: Kristin Kahle (L) 6Xc-12-8-5-1-1; Heather Thoma Zc-2-0-0-0-0

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