ALTA - Alta-Aurelia started slow with their bats here in non-conference softball action against Ridge View, but the Warriors really came on strong at the end and had the tying run on base as the game ended and Ridge View hung on to win, 8-6.
Alta-Aurelia was led at the plate by Jill Buckendahl, who went 3-4, scored twicw and drove in one, Rachel Husman, who was 2-3, sored once and drove in one, and Christena Heschke, who was 2-4 and scored two runs. Sophomore Tayler Rohwer went the distance on the mound for the Warriors (1-2), allowing nine hits and striking out four. Six of the Raptors' runs were earned. Alta-Aurelia Coach Dave Turnquist said that "Ridge View is a good team and I feel good about how we played. Our fielding keeps getting better and Tayler is gowing as a pitcher."
Ridge View improved to 3-1 on the young season. Getting the win on the mound was Gretchen Kistenmacher, who threw all seven innings and gave up seven hits and two earned runs while walking four and stiking out three. Leading the way at the plate for the Raptors were Ashlynn Blenner , who went 3-4 and stole two bases; Nicole Snyder, who went 3-4 with three RBI; and Dana Hustedt, who went 3-4 with two RBI. Ridge View pounded out 14 hits as a team, and Coach Scott Phelps said the coaches were happy with the offense as they "continue to hit the ball from top to bottom of our line-up." "The pitching has been strong under some unfavorable conditions (there was a rain delay in Thursday's game), but they are getting the job done. We need to continue to work on improving our defense as the season goes along, but it will come."
Ridge View's next game is a Western Valley Conference match-up with West Monona at Onawa on Wednesday.