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College Softball: Ridgewater sweeps Riverland

Ridgewater pitcher Natalie Neumann fires a delivery during Saturday's game against Riverland in Willmar. Curt Hogg / Tribune1 / 3
Ridgewater's Kaitlynn Kienholz fouls off a pitch during Saturday's game against Riverland in Willmar. Curt Hogg / Tribune2 / 3
Ridgewater's Andrea Olson dives headfirst safely into third base during Saturday's game against Riverland in Willmar. Curt Hogg / Tribune3 / 3

WILLMAR - Natalie Neumann was a stalwart in the pitching circle and Kaitlynn Kienholz hit a three-run homer in the opener as the Ridgewater softball team swept Riverland in an MCAC doubleheader on Saturday at the Ridgewater College fields.

The Warriors won the first game 3-1 on Kienholz' second-inning homer and Neumann's strong outing. Neumann followed that with a four-hitter in Ridgewater's 4-0 win in the second game.

Kienholz' homer was one of only two Warriors hits in the first game, but Neumann made the lead stand by working a complete game and allowing just an unearned run on five hits.

In the second game, Rae Radke had two hits and drove in two runs and Andrea Olson was 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

Abby Olberg was 2-for-4 with a triple and she also scored a run, and Hannah Nelson also had a hit.

Neumann again worked a complete game, allowing just four hits and two walks.

Former Benson/Hancock player Kayla Crowell had three hits for Riverland in the two games.

Ridgewater is set to play a doubleheader at St. Cloud Technical at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Ridgewater 4, Riverland 0

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Hitting - Riverland: Kayla Crowell 2-3 ... Ridgewater: Abby Oberg 2-4 3b r sb, Natalie Neumann 0-4 r, Andrea Olson 3-3 2b rbi r-2, Rae Radke 2-3 rbi-2, Hannah Nelson 1-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Riverland: NA ... Ridgewater: Neumann (W) 7-4-0-0-2-0

Ridgewater 3, Riverland 1

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Hitting - Riverland: Crowell 1-3 ... Ridgewater: Payton Wilner 0-2 r, Hannah Nelson 1-2 r, Kaitlynn Kienholz 1-2 hr rbi-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Riverland: NA ... Ridgewater: Neumann (W) 7-5-1-0-1-2