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East Ridge softball: Three conference wins has Raptors heading right way

The East Ridge softball team is riding a three-game win streak.

East Ridge went 3-0 in its past three games, outscoring opponents 34-5 to improve to 4-5 overall and 3-5 in the Suburban East Conference. The Raptors beat Mounds View 10-0 on Monday, April 21, Park 13-3 on Wednesday, April 23, and Stillwater 11-2 on Friday, April 25.

“We are starting to play better softball all around compared to last week,” East Ridge head coach Afton Murray said. “The girls have really stepped up.”

Senior pitcher Michaela Anderson earned all three wins in the circle for the Raptors. 

In the win over Mounds View, Anderson threw a two-hit shutout, striking out five. East Ridge held a 1-0 lead heading into the sixth inning, but erupted for five runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh to blowout the Mustangs (3-2; 2-2 SEC).

Sophomore Megan Tarara was 2-for-5 in the game with two runs scored and two RBIs, junior Olivia Huffman went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, junior Makaela Egan was 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and two RBIs, senior McKenna Karas went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI and sophomore Christina Pickett was 4-fo-4 with a walk and two RBIs. 

In the win over Park – where Murray played her high school softball – East Ridge exploded for nine runs in the first inningand ended the game early with the 10-run rule. Anderson threw five innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits, while striking out four. East Ridge compiled 12 walks in the win. Senior Kayla Bohlke led the Raptors’ offense against the Wolfpack (3-4; 3-4 SEC), going 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and three RBIs. Also, Pickett went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, Huffman was 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs and Tarara was 1-for-1 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs. 

East Ridge’s bats stayed hot against Stillwater (4-5; 4-4 SEC). The Raptors scored five first-inning runs, added two more in the third, three in the fourth and one in the seventh for the nine-run win. Huffman led the offense, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, while Bohlke went 2-for-4 with four RBI.

Next, the Raptors are set to travel to Roseville (4-0; 4-0 SEC) on Wednesday, April 30. 

—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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