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Ridgewater clinches Central title

ST. CLOUD -- Jordan Prill and Cody Connors had the big hits as Ridgewater College dumped St. Cloud Technical College 3-1 and 4-2 on Monday.

The Warriors' fourth win in 24 hours against the Cyclones clinched the MCAC Central title and a berth in the state/Region 13 tournament May 13-16 in St. Cloud.

Prill came off the bench to strike a one-out, two-run single down the left-field line in the top of the seventh to end a 1-1 tie.

Clint Aretz and Matt Christensen set the table with singles.

Connors pitched into the seventh when Cody Johnson came on to get the last three outs for his fourth save.

In Game 2, Connors walloped a two-run homer in the top of the fourth to extend the Warriors' lead to 4-1.

Christensen threw seven innings for the win. He allowed five hits, walked two and fanned two.

Ridgewater (10-0, 24-8) beat the Cyclones 11-5 and 2-1 on Sunday in Willmar.

Game One

Ridgewater 3, SC Tech 1

Ridgewater 000 100 2 -- 3 6 1

SC Technical 010 000 0 -- 1 8 1

HITTING - Ridgewater: Matt Christensen 2-for-3, Austen Hadley 1-for-3, Clint Aretz 2-for-2, 3b; Jordan Prill 1-for-1, 2 rbi ... St. Cloud Technical: Brett Savelkoul 2-for-3, 2b; Shawn Lanners 1-for-3, Scott Janson 1-for-2, Chris Lardy 1-for-3, Cole Schmitz 2-for-3, 2b; Micah Loegering 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Cody Conners (W) 6-6-1-0-1-5, Cody Johnson (S) 1-2-0-0-0-0 ... St. Cloud Technical: D.J. Schleicher (L) 7-6-3-3-1-4

Game Two

Ridgwater 4, SC Tech 2

Ridge. (10-0, 24-8) 110 200 0 -- 4 7 1

SCT (8-6, 15-19) 100 000 1 -- 2 5 0

HITTING - Ridgewater: Cody Connors 1-for-2, 2-run HR; Austen Hadley 1-for-4, Kelvin Nelson 1-for-3, Clint Aretz 1-for-3, Jordon Prill 1-for-2, Mike Weber 1-for-3, Cameron Lehner 1-for-3 ... St. Cloud Technical: Corey Egan 1-for-4, Shawn Lanners 1-for-3, Matt Engelmeier 1-for-1, Chris Lardy 1-for-3, Ryan Snyder 1-for-3, 2b. rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- St. Cloud Technical: Cole Jendro (L) 5-7-4-4-3-2, Chris Lardy 2-0-0-0-0-3 ... Ridgewater: Matt Christensen (W) 7-5-2-2-2-2