VAIL - The Ridge View Raptors started the Western Valley Conference tournament on the right foot with a 10-3 win over West Monona here on Friday. Picking up the pitching win was Gretchen Kistenmacher, who threw all seven innings and gave up three runs, with only one run being earned, on eight hits, while walking one and stiking out seven.
Leading the way at the plate for the Raptors were Dana Hustedt, who went 2-4 with a triple and had three RBI; Ashlynn Blenner, who went 2-4 with a solo home run, scored two runs and stole two bases; Gretchen Kistenmacher went 2-3 with a double, scored two runs and stole two bases; Rachel Boyle went 1-2 with two RBI; Kaitlin Wulf and Sage Bennett both had RBI; and Karlen Lamp had a double.
The coaches were happy with the way the team has started to make adjustments as the game goes along.
"Our pitchers are throwing well and keeping the ball around the plate and our defense seem to be improving game by game," said head coach Scott Phelps. Ridge View improved to 16-11 and played River Valley Saturday night.
River Valley triumphed in Saturday's contest by the score of 3-0 in 9 innings. Taking the loss on the mound was Gretchen Kistenmacher, who threw all nine innings for the Raptors and gave up three unearned runs on five hits while walking two and striking out five.
Phelps said that Kistenmacher threw well and kept the ball around the plate all night.
Leading the way at the plate for the Raptors were Wulf, who went 2-3 and Blenner, who slugged a double.
Phelps said that the Ridge View coaches were disappointed with the team's late game errors and the number of opportunities the team let get away, leaving seven runners stranded in scoring position.
Ridge View is now 16-12 on the year headed into the Class 2A Regionals.