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East Ridge sotfball: Raptors take down Royals

East Ridge pitcher Alyssa Ronquillo delivers a pitch Thursday in the Raptors' 7-0 defeat of Woodbury. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker1 / 2
East Ridge Eighth-grader Ali Robinson is waved home during Thursday's 7-0 win over Woodbury. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker2 / 2

Woodbury couldn't find any answers to East Ridge pitcher Alyssa Ronquillo, who blanked the Royals 7-0 Thursday in a complete-game performance.

The senior pitcher struck out seven and allowed four hits in the rivalry road match-up, where East Ridge improved to 7-4 on the season.

"We've got to keep on a roll," Raptors coach Tom Nemo said.

Junior Kelsey Jarrett led the way at plate, where she went 3-for-4. Fellow Raptor Jessika Simonson was 2-for-3 on the day. East Ridge catcher Taylor LeMay was 2-for-4 with a double.

Nemo credited the Raptors' recent success with the addition of two eighth-graders to the top of the lineup: twin sisters Ali and Amanda Robinson.

"The two eighth-graders have sparked us - no ifs, and or buts," Nemo said.

He brought the youngsters up from junior varsity in time for Wednesday's game against Cretin Derham Hall.

"It was time to tweak some positions," he said.

The payoff has led to paydirt at the plate, he said. Between the two games, East Ridge tallied 28 hits, including 11 against Woodbury. In the prior four games, the Raptors had collected just seven hits.

Meanwhile, Woodbury looks to right the ship; Thursday's loss was its third in as many days after stomping Cretin 16-2 to close out April.

"Now we need to turn the corner," said Woodbury coach Bob Samson. "We won't quit. We'll bounce back."

The Royals get a well-deserved break before facing one of the state's top team: No. 7-ranked Forest Lake.

East Ridge faces its own test next week in a string of Suburban East Conference match-ups, beginning with Mounds View.

Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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