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East Ridge softball: Early season woes continue for Raptors

A year removed from playing for a section championship, the East Ridge softball team has stumbled out of the gates this season.

With three losses last week, East Ridge fell to 1-5 to open the 2014 season and is 0-5 in Suburban East Conference play. 

East Ridge fell 8-0 to Forest Lake on Monday, April 14, lost 4-1 to Hastings on Tuesday, April 15, and lost 8-6 to Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday, April 17. 

Offensive and defensive struggles hurt the Raptors last week. 

In the loss to Forest Lake, East Ridge totaled just four hits against Rangers’ starter Rachael Harrington. East Ridge senior Michaela Anderson took the loss in the pitcher’s circle against the Rangers (1-0; 1-0 SEC) and was 1-for-3 in the game. 

Against Hastings, East Ridge had one run on five hits. Anderson delivered the Raptors’ lone RBI, going 1-for-3 with a double against the conference-leading Raiders (5-0; 5-0 SEC). East Ridge senior Kelsey Ihns took the loss in the circle, going seven innings, allowing four unearned runs on six hits, while striking out seven. East Ridge also had four errors in its loss to Cretin-Derham Hall (1-4; 1-4 SEC) to cap the rough week. It was Cretin-Derham Hall’s first win of the year. 

East Ridge looked to right the ship on Monday, after the Bulletin went to press, when it faced off with Mounds View (1-1; 1-1 SEC). Next up for the Raptors is a rivalry game with Park (2-1; 2-1 SEC) on Wednesday in Woodbury. 

—Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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