Ridge View girls lose heartbreaker
GALVA - The Ridge View Raptors came out on the short end of a hard- fought Western Valley Conference softball match-up with a very talented Woodbury Central squad here on Monday, losing to the Wildcats by a score of 7-6. Taking the loss on the mound for Ridge View was Gretchen Kistenmacher, who came on in relief and pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and two earned runs while walking two and striking out one. Mandy Wolver pitched the first 4 2/3 innings for Ridge View and she gave up five unearned runs on five hits, while walking one and striking out one. Leading the way at the plate for Ridge View was junior catcher Dana Hustedt, who went 2-2 with two home runs and three RBI. Sophomore Ashlynn Blenner wat 3-4 with a triple and two RBI and also stole a base; Kaitlin Wulf went 2-4 and Karlen Lamp doubled and drove in one run.
The loss dropped Ridge View's record to 10-7 overall and 5-3 in the conference. The Ridge View coaches were disappointed by the loss, saying the defense again let the team down. Ridge View was ahead 5-0 in the 5th inning and let Woodbury Central back into the game.
"Our hitting and pitching continue to shine," said Ridge View Coach Scott Phelps, "but we have a lot of work to do with the defense as we move forward."