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Baseball: East Ridge takes first game vs. Woodbury

Bradlee Felton throws in relief for Woodbury in Wednesday’s game at East Ridge. Blaze Fugina / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
East Ridge’s Kyle Robinson throws a pitch during Wednesday’s game against Woodbury. Blaze Fugina / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

The East Ridge baseball team won the first game of its season series with Woodbury thanks to a patient approach at the plate Wednesday.

The Raptors were facing ace pitcher Max Meyer at home Wednesday in a game that was moved to a 1:15 p.m. start due to the threat of rain. They were able to put up four runs in the bottom of the first inning with a patient approach, enough to pull out a 6-2 win against Woodbury.

"We went up there with the approach that we've got to be aggressive but be smart, and we did that for a solid inning-and-a-half," East Ridge head coach Brian Sprout said. "That paid off. We got his pitch out up a little bit, that helped."

Cam Hunter led East Ridge by going 1-for-3 at the plate with a double and two RBIs.

Woodbury outhit East Ridge four hits to two. Brodie Paulson was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and one run scored for the Royals. His teammate Rodney Erickson was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

East Ridge pitcher Kyle Robinson was able to scatter four hits and four walks over five innings to pick up the win. He also had five strikeouts and allowed two earned runs.

"The first start of the year, I was just kind of getting the feeling and the nerves out of the way," Robinson said. "I thought we got in a few jams there, but we worked our way out of there."

The Woodbury baseball team dropped to a record of 2-2 after losing a 2-0 game to White Bear Lake on Tuesday at home. The Royals collected five hits Tuesday and four today, but head coach Kevin McDermott would like to see a better effort from the offense to have better plate appearances.

"We're not battling as hard as we need to battle, and we're not moving the baseball in big situations when we need to move the baseball," McDermott said.

Woodbury is playing a condensed schedule this week, with three games in three days. Roseville will visit the Royals for a conference game Thursday afternoon.

Even though they have taken a few losses this week, McDermott said the team is looking forward to the quick turnaround to break the mini-slump.

"I'd rather do that than sit around and suck on this for awhile," McDermott said. "It's a good opportunity for us to bounce back, and come back tomorrow and play."

Raptors also know the start of the season has not been perfect. They are 1-1 on the season after losing a 4-2 game to Mounds View on Tuesday. Sprout said the bottom half of the lineup is 1-for-21 through the season's first two games, something he identified as an area they need to improve.

"We still need to figure out what that's going to look like," he said. "Guys have got to have good at-bats, and they've got to do something more."

East Ridge also has a busy schedule, with a road game against White Bear Lake on Thursday and a Friday game against Eden Prairie at the University of Minnesota's Siebert Field.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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