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Raptors crowned WVC Tourney runner-up

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The Ridge View softball team were the runners-up of the Western Valley Conference Tournament. The Raptors beat Westwood 6-4 at MVAOCOU on Wednesday and beat the Rams 8-4 on Thursday at MVAOCOU, but in the finals they traveled to face West Monona on Thursday and fell 11-2. On Saturday they traveled to Alta-Aurelia for a tournament where they beat the Warriors 2-1, but fell 10-0 to Storm Lake. On Monday the Raptors beat Storm Lake St. Mary’s 12-0 at home, but fell 4-2 at OABCIG on Tuesday.

Against Westwood on Wednesday, Ridge View scored four runs in the third and the Rebels put up two in the top of the fourth. The Raptors pushed another run across in the bottom of the fourth, Westwood scored two runs in the fifth and Ridge View scored a run in the sixth for the 6-4 win.

Ridge View had five hits, four singles and a double, with five RBIs. They were walked four times, hit by three pitches and struck out seven times. Senior Faith Freese scored a run, hit the double and had two RBIs while sophomore Reese Hawthorne scored twice and hit a single. Senior Tatum Shepherd scored a run, hit a single and had an RBI, senior Morgan Wright hit a single and had an RBI, eighth grader Cora Tesch scored two run and junior Emma Mentzer hit a single.

Tesch stole three bases, Hawthorne took two, and Freese, Shepherd and sophomores Zoey Aschinger and Leslie Avina stole one each. Shepherd pitched the whole game and allowed two hits, four runs, one earned, walked four, hit two batters and struck out 13.

In the Thursday win over MVAOCOU, both teams scored a run in the first before the Rams scored a run in the fourth and two in the fifth for a 4-1 lead.The Raptors put up two runs in the sixth and fired off for five in the seventh to comeback and win 8-4.

Ridge View had 12 hits, nine singles, two doubles and a triple, with eight RBIs. Freese scored two runs, hit two singles and a double and had two RBIs, Wright scored a run, hit three singles and had two RBIs, and Aschinger hit a double and a triple for two RBIs. Shepherd had two RBIs, Mentzer hit three singles, Hawthorne scored a run and hit a single, and Tesch scored three runs and had the only stolen base of the game for the Raptors.

Shepherd pitched six innings and allowed six hits, four runs, two earned, walked three, hit one batter and struck out eight. Aschinger threw for an inning and walked one, hit one batter and struck out one.

In the loss to West Monona in the WVC Tournament finals, the Spartans started off strong with seven runs in the first and one in each the second and fourth innings. Both teams scored two runs in the fifth for the 11-2 final.

Ridge View had four hits, three singles and a home run, with two RBIs. They were walked three times, hit by a pitch and struck out six times. Mentzer hit the home run and had both RBIs. Freese hit two singles while freshman Savannah Cudaback scored a run and hit a single. Aschinger pitched the whole game and allowed eight hits, 11 runs, two earned, walked three, hit one batter and struck out three.

The coaches were very proud of our kids and their efforts all day,” said Ridge View head softball coach Scott Phelps. “We really battled throughout the first game to get the victory and get into the championship. We saw a lot of improvement and growth throughout the day which is very encouraging.”

Against the Warriors on Saturday, Ridge View hit four singles and had one RBI. They were walked three times, hit by a pitch and struck out three times. Wright scored a run, hit a single and had an RBI, Shepherd scored a run and hit a single, and Aschinger and Avina each hit a single. Aschinger pitched most of the game and allowed three hits, walked four, hit one batter and struck out one. Shepherd saw some time on the mound where she struck out one.

In the loss to Storm Lake on Saturday, the Tornadoes scored a run in the first, three in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. Ridge View hit four singles and struck out 10 times. Cudaback hit two singles while Aschinger and sophomore Addison Tesch each hit one.

Shepherd pitched just over three innings and allowed five hits, seven runs, four earned, walked four and struck out three. Aschinger threw for just over three innings and allowed three hits, three runs, one earned, and struck out one.

The coaches were disappointed in how our bats were silenced all day long and how poorly our defense played all day,” said Phelps. “We know we are a better squad than that but we have to show it on a more consistent basis.”

In the shutout win over Storm Lake St. Mary’s on Monday, the Raptors put up seven runs in the third and five in the fourth for the 12-0 win.

Ridge View had eight hits, six singles, a double and a triple, with 10 RBIs. They were walked five times, hit by a pitch and struck out twice. Cudaback scored a run, hit a double and had four RBIs, Acina scored two runs, hit a single and had two RBIs and Hawthorne scored a run, hit a single and triple and had two RBIs. Shepherd scored two runs, hit two singles and had an RBI, Freese scored a run, hit a single and had an RBI and Wright scored two runs.

Shepherd stole four bases in the game while Mentzer, Freese, Wright and Cora Tesch took one each. Aschinger pitched the whole game and allowed one hit, walked one and struck out nine.

The coaches were happy with the Raptors performance defensively and at the plate,” added Phelps. “The kids were patient at the plate and when they got their pitch they attacked it very aggressively which was good to see.”

On Tuesday against OABCIG, both teams scored a run in the third before the Falcons scored a run in the fourth and two in the fifth. Ridge View put up another run in the seventh, but fell short as they lost 4-2.

Ridge View had seven hits, six singles and a double, with two RBIs. They were walked four times and struck out twice. Hawthorne scored a run, hit a single and a double and had an RBI while Freese hit a single and had an RBI. Mentzer hit two singles, Avina scored a run and hit a single, and shepherd hit a single. Shepherd also pitched the whole game and allowed three hits, four unearned runs, walked one and struck out nine.

The coaches were disappointed with our defensive effort,” said Phelps. “We can't afford to give up that many unearned runs on our miscues and expect to win games. Our pitchers are pitching very well but we have to support them better.”

The Raptors are now 12-10 and were scheduled to face Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire on Wednesday and Kingsley-Pierson on Thursday. They will host 6-12 Emmetsburg on Friday at 7 p.m. before a Saturday game at 2-20 Lawton-Bronson on Saturday at 12 p.m.

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