East Ridge 5, Roseville 0
After a big win on Tuesday, East Ridge continued its momentum into Wednesday with a 5-0 win over Roseville.
Grace Bennett started the game and pitched five strong innings giving up zero runs and two hits while striking out eight batters. Caitlin Olafsson finished the last two innings with zero runs and one hits while striking out two batters.
Josie Dorf led the Raptors with two RBIs, while Meghan Tracy, Molly Seif, Avery Wukawitz and Kaitlin Boyles each earned one RBI.
East Ridge will hit the road on Thursday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m. as the Raptors play Mounds View.
East Ridge 8, Park 4
After facing a 1-0 deficit, the East Ridge softball team didn't get worried. Instead, they focused on coming back and getting a win.
The girls came together and strung up many hits to take a strong lead and end the game with an 8-4 victory over crosstown rival Park.
"It's always great to get a win against a rival like Park," said Josie Dorf. "You always know it's going to be a tough game every time you face a team like Park. I'm just glad we were able to come out on top today."
After a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Park had six errors in the field that East Ridge took advantage of to score unearned runs.
"You give them four outs or five outs an inning instead of three," said Park head coach Bob Loshek. "And anytime you do there's a chance you are really going to be in a dogfight especially against a team like East Ridge."
East Ridge kept fighting after the first inning and scored two runs in the third to take a 2-1 lead. The Raptors extended that lead in the fifth inning with five runs to make a 7-1 lead.
Dorf led the Raptors at the plate with a 3-for-4 night and scoring two runs. Along with scoring runs, there were three East Ridge players that knocked in a couple of runners each.
Kaitlin Boyles, Meghan Tracy and Avery Wukawitz each recorded two RBIs to help the Raptors push that lead in the later part of the game.
"It was great to see everyone hitting the ball today, especially early on in the season," said East Ridge head coach Afton Murray. "Hopefully this hitting continues heading into this busy week."
Just like in any rivalry game though, Park kept fighting and made a small comeback in the sixth inning. The inning started with the top of the lineup and Madi Meduna and Corinna Loshek reached base. After a fly out to get the first out, Paige Heitkamp and Bryanna Olson each singled to score in a run.
Emma Ambroz singled to score a run and load the bases with two outs in the inning. Hannah Schluetter came up to try and either tie the game or make the game closer with a base hit.
Schluetter popped it up to the infield and ended the inning. That out gave East Ridge pitcher Abbey Cook the confidence to finish out the game.
"It's great to have a defense like that behind me and will always make plays for me," Cook said. "I trust everyone to play a strong defense and it showed tonight."
Cook pitched the full seven innings on Tuesday night and gave up four earned runs and struck out four batters along the way to the win. Murray was happy with Cook's performance on the mound and she hopes this will give her confidence heading into the season.
Cook said it gave her confidence, especially against a team like Park that always has a strong team each year. She hopes this will carry into the busy week ahead for the Raptors.
East Ridge has three more games this week with two being home games. The Raptors will start on Wednesday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. as they host Roseville. Then, they hit the road to take on Mounds View at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. Finally, East Ridge finished the week at home against White Bear Lake at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26.
Park also has three games to play the rest of this week. The Wolfpack will start on the road as they take on Stillwater at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. Then, they will return home for a game against Mounds View at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26. Finally, Park finished the week at Winona on Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m.
Woodbury 12, Roseville 0
Woodury came out firing on Tuesday as the Royals defeated Roseville 12-0 with three big innings.
The Royals scored five runs in the first, three runs in the second and four runs in the fourth to give Woodbury a comfortable lead that ended with a win.
Hailey Neubauer pitched all five innings on Tuesday giving up zero runs, three hits and struck out nine batters. She received some help from the Woodbury batters at the plate.
Riley Rosenthal, Grace Beseman and Nicole Stickels each earned three RBIs at the top of the order. Stickels went 2-for-3 and added a home run in the win.
Beseman and Rosenthal each went 3-for-3 on the night along with Jordyn Faltesyek who earned two RBIs.
Woodbury will try to build off the win with its last game of the week on Thursday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m. as the Royals travel to Forest Lake.