Ridgewater in state softball final
CLOQUET -- Ridgewater pitching gave up just three runs and seven hits, and Emily Roelike batted .800 in three MCAC State Tournament games Friday to advance to the championship round.
The Lady Warriors opened the tournament by upending Northland 8-1 as Andrea Krause gave up just three hits.
Shannon Heitz then gave up only two hits while striking out nine in the second game as Ridgewater beat Minnesota West 11-2.
Krause then capped a perfect day by spinning a two-hit shutout in a 7-0 win over Itasca.
The trio of wins improved the Lady Warriors' overall record to 32-7 and pushed the Southern Division champion into today's championship round that starts at 2 p.m. Ridgewater would need to win just one game to claim the state title, but a loss would mean another game to follow as the Lady Warriors would a second chance to win one game.
"Today they just played three well all-around games," said Ridgewater coach Todd Thorstad. "We got good pitching by keeping the ball down, timely hitting and good defense."
The offense produced 33 hits with 13 going for extra bases, including four home runs. Roelike belted two home runs and went 8-for-10 in the three games.
Ridgewater 8, Northland 1
A four-run third inning broke a 1-1 tie for Ridgewater. Run-scoring singles from Brandi Bodin and Bevin Williams, and a sacrifice fly from Krause allowed Ridgewater to pull ahead in the third.
Krause got insurance in the fourth when Bodin tripled in a run and Krause knocked in a run with a single.
Roelike had three of Ridgewater's 10 hits.
Northland..........100 000 0 -- 1 3 0
Ridgewater........104 300 x -- 8 10 1
HITTING - Northland: Megan Abrahamson 2-for-3; Brit Ostodahl 1-for-3 ... Ridgewater: Emily Roelike 3-for-4, 2 2b's; Brandi Bodin 2-for-4, 3b, 2 rbi; Sara Beyer 1-for-4, 2b; Andrea Krause 1-for-2, 2 rbi; Bevin Williams 1-for-3, rbi; Jen Storck 1-for-3; Samantha Cunningham 1-for-2, 2b
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Northland: Emily Mott (L) 4-9-8-8-1-0, Cheryl Nelson 2-1-0-0-0-1 ... Ridgewater: Andrea Krause (W) 7-3-1-1-0-3
Ridgewater 11, Minnesota West 2
Krause invoked the eight-run rule by blasting a two-run homer to center field in the sixth inning. The Lady Warriors scored five runs in the inning.
Bodin opened the scoring by hitting a solo home run in the first and Sara Beyer drove in four runs by going 4-for-4. Whitley Strei added two hits.
MN West..............000 200 -- 2 2 1
Ridgewater..........103 205 --11 11 0
HITTING - Minnesota Wet: Cat Kazumba 1-for-2, 2b; Caitlin Banck 1-for-1 ... Ridgewater: Emily Roelike 1-for-2, 2b; Brandi Bodin 1-for-2, solo HR, 3 rbi; Sara Beyer 4-for-4, 4 rbi; Andrea Krause 1-for-4, 2-run HR, 2 rbi; Whitley Strei 2-for-3; Bevin Williams 1-for-3, rbi; Samantha Cunningham 1-for-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Minnesota West: Emily Evers (L) 51/3-11-11-9-4-0 ... Ridgewater: Shannon Heitz (W) 6-2-2-2-3-9
Ridgewater 7, Itasca 0
Roelike capped the scoring for Ridgewater by hitting a two-run homer in the fourth and connecting on a solo homer in the sixth.
Krause didn't give up an Itasca hit until the fourth and also drove in two runs with a single in the first and a double in the third. Williams added a two-run double in the third.
Itasca................000 000 0 -- 0 2 1
Ridgewater........103 201 x -- 7 12 1
HITTING - Itasca: Haley McNeil 1-for-3, 2b; Nicole Gross 1-for-3 ... Ridgewater: Emily Roelike 4-for-4, solo HR, 2-run HR, 3 rbi; Brandi Bodin 1-for-4, 2b; Andrea Krause 2-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi; Whitley Strei 1-for-3; Bevin Williams 2-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi; Amanda Horst 2-for-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Itasca: Nicole Gross (L) 6-12-7-7-0-5 ... Ridgewater: Andrea Krause (W) 7-2-0-0-2-1