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Raptor softball wins four, loses to Panthers

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The Ridge View softball team went 4-1 this past week. They beat Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire 11-1 at home on Wednesday, but lost 7-6 to Kingsley-Pierson at home on Thursday. On Friday they hosted Emmetsburg and won 5-2, they traveled to face Lawton-Bronson on Saturday and won 16-7 and they beat South Central Calhoun 17-1 on the road on Monday.

On Wednesday, the Raptors scored a run in the first before the Titans tied it up with a run in the top of the third. Ridge View fired off to score two runs in the bottom of the third, and four in each the fourth and fifth innings for the 11-1 win.

Ridge View had 14 hits, 11 singles and three home runs, with 10 RBIs, and were walked once. Senior Tatum Shepherd scored three runs and hit a single and two home runs for seven RBIs while junior Emma Mentzer scored twice and hit a single and home run for two RBIs. Senior Faith Freese scored four runs and hit three singles, sophomore Reese Hawthorne scored twice and hit a single and senior Delainey Hansen hit two singles. Sophomore Zoey Aschinger pitched the whole game and allowed three hits, one run, walked two, hit one batter and struck out five.

The coaches were very happy with how well we bounced back from last night's loss,” said Ridge View head softball coach Scott Phelps. “If we continue to pitch well, hit the ball well and play good defense we have a chance to win many games down the road.”

In the loss to K-P on Thursday, Ridge View had 10 hits, eight singles and two doubles, with six RBIs. They were walked twice, hit by a pitch and struck out six times. Mentzer hit a double and had two RBIs while senior Morgan Wright scored a run, hit a double and had an RBI. Sophomore Leslie Avina scored a run, hit three singles and had an RBI, freshman Savannah Cudaback scored once and hit two singles and Hawthorne scored a run, hit a single and had an RBI.

Shepherd and Hawthorne each stole a base in the game. Shepherd pitched all seven innings and allowed seven hits, seven runs, one earned, walked nine and struck out 10.

Against Emmetsburg on Friday, the Raptors scored one run in the second and two in each the third and fifth innings. The E-Hawks scored a pair of runs in the seventh as Ridge View won the game 5-2.

Ridge View had six hits, five singles and a home run, with three RBIs. They were walked three times and struck out thrice. Avina hit the home run and had an RBI while Shepherd hit three singles and had two RBIs. Hawthorne scored two runs and hit a single, Mentzer scored twice and Hansen hit a single.

Hawthorne stole two bases while Mentzer took one. Aschinger pitched the whole game and allowed five hits, two runs, one earned, hit one batter and struck out eight.

The coaches were happy with the effort and we got solid pitching again from Zoey and the defense was strong which we need,” said Phelps.

In the win over Lawton-Bronson on Saturday, Ridge View had 12 hits, nine singles and three doubles, with five RBIs. They were walked 14 times, hit by a pitch and struck out three times. Hansen scored a run, hit two singles and had two RBIs, Shepherd scored two runs, hit two doubles and had an RBI and Wright scored three runs, hit a single and had an RBI. Aschinger scored two runs and hit three singles, Avina scored twice and hit a single and Eighth grader Cora Tesch scored a run, hit a single and had an RBI.

Avina stole three bases, Tesch took two and Mentzer and Wright stole one each. Shepherd pitched just over three innings and allowed six hits, seven runs, walked one and struck out seven. Aschinger threw for just over three innings and walked two and struck out three.

The coaches were happy with the win but disappointed in how we played, especially our defense needs to improve but we liked how we hit and scored with two outs,” added Phelps.

Against South Central Calhoun on Monday, the Titans scored their one run in the bottom of the first inning, but the Raptors scored two in each the first and second, seven in the third and six in the fifth for the 17-1 win.

Ridge View had five hits, four singles and a home run, with six RBIs. They were walked nine times, hit by three pitches and struck out three times. Hawthorne scored two runs and hit the home run for four RBIs. Cudaback scored three runs, hit a single and had an RBI, Wright had an RBI and freshman Madelynn Horan scored twice and hit a single.

The Raptors went 13-for-13 on stolen bases led by Freese with three, Aschinger, Avina and Tesch had two each, and Hawthorne, Shepherd, Horan and Cudaback with one each. Shepherd pitched for four innings and allowed one hit, one run, hit one batter and struck out seven. Aschinger threw for an inning and struck out all three.

The coaches were happy with the effort again,” Phelps said. “Our pitching was very good again as we only gave up one hit all night. We are seeing improvement in our batting approach and our defense so if we can continue that good things will happen.”

Ridge View is now 16-11 and were scheduled to face Akron-Westfield on Wednesday. They will travel to take on 9-14 East Sac County on Friday at 7 p.m. and 19-2 West Lyon on Monday at 6:30 p.m. before starting the postseason at 14-13 North Union on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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