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Lady Warriors notch 8th win in row

Ridgewater shortstop Emily Roelike, left, makes a force out after taking a throw from second baseman Nicole Blizil, right, in the first game of a doubleheader against Fergus Falls Wednesday in Willmar. Roelike relay throw to first was not in time for a double play. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)1 / 2
Ridgewater right fielder Jodi Merritt makes a running catch in the fifth inning in the first game of a twin bill against Fergus Falls Wednesday in Willmar. Center fielder Brooke Henderson watches the play. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)2 / 2

WILLMAR -- Ridgewater stretched its winning streak to eight games as the Lady Warriors swept a MCAC Southern Division doubleheader from Fergus Falls Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady Warriors opened the day by backing pitcher Kristin Kahle with an 11-hit attack in a 7-4 win over the Spartans. Kahle also had two hits at the plate, as did Brooke Henderson, Molly Anderson and Sara Beyer.

Ridgewater then erupted for 13 hits -- three each from Emily Roelike and Jodi Merritt -- in the second game en route to collecting a 14-6 win.

The Lady Warriors (4-0, 11-3) next travel to Worthington Friday to play another MCAC Southern Division doubleheader with Minnesota West starting at 3 p.m.


Ridgewater 7, Fergus Falls 4

Ridgewater batted nine players in the first inning to produce four runs. Henderson and Anderson had run-scoring singles in the inning.

Kahle surrendered just two earned runs while striking out four in a complete-game victory. The sophomore from Winsted also singled and doubled to drive in a run at the plate.

Fergus Falls 111 100 0 -- 4 7 3

Ridgewater 402 001 x -- 7 11 3

HITTING - Fergus Falls: Kelsey Proell 2-for-4, 3b, solo HR, rbi; Jess Amann 2-for-3 ... Ridgewater: Emily Roelike 1-for-4, 2 sb's, 2 runs; Nicole Blizil 1-for-4; Kristin Kahle 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Brooke Henderson 2-for-4, 3b, 2 runs, rbi; Molly Anderson 2-for-3, 2 rbi; Sara Beyer 2-for-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Fergus Falls: Sam Hanson (L) 6-11-7-6-1-1 ... Ridgewater: Kristin Kahle (W) 7-7-4-2-2-4


Ridgewater 14, Fergus Falls 6

Roelike scored four runs and ignited the Ridgewater offense with three singles and two stolen bases. Merritt also singled three times while Henderson and Kim Brill supplied two hits each.

Fergus Falls 012 03 -- 6 7 3

Ridgewater 341 42 -- 14 13 2

HITTING - Fergus Falls: Kelsey Proell 3-for-3, 2b, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Kelsey Draper 1-for-3, rbi; Sam Hanson 1-for-3, rbi ... Ridgewater: Emily Roelike 3-for-3, 2 sb's, 4 runs, rbi; Nicole Blizil 1-for-2, 2b, 2 runs, rbi; Brooke Henderson 2-for-3, 2 rbi; Sara Beyer 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Jodi Merritt 3-for-4, 2 runs; Kim Brill 2-for-4, 2 runs, rbi; Steph Ray 1-for-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Fergus Falls: Kelsey Draper (L) 3-8-11-8-7-5, Steph Perkins 0-2-1-1-0-0, Sam Langlie 11/3-4-2-2-0-1 ... Ridgewater: Jazmin Petersen (W) 5-7-6-5-1-2