Through most of the regular season, East Ridge struggled to put it together. In a dramatic 3-2 win over rival and sixth-ranked Cretin-Derham Hall on Saturday afternoon, the Raptors did just that. “It all added up, and I think that’s what you saw on the field,” East Ridge head coach Brian Sprout said.
No. 8 East Ridge looked underrated in a 10-0 domination of visiting Minneapolis on Wednesday night -- a night where 13 Raptor seniors were honored. East Ridge had control from start to finish as it moved the ball at will and created a host of scoring opportunities. Raptors freshman goalie Peyton Bixby was a brick wall in the net. East Ridge led 4-0 at halftime and 7-0 at the end of three periods.
Woodbury junior Mason Roomes won the triple jump on Tuesday night to pace the Royals, who sit in first place in the boys’ team standings after Day One of the 2015 Suburban East Conference Track and Field Championships. Roomes had a winning jump of 46-02 -- a season best for him. That jump was almost two feet better than runner-up Julian Rodriquez of East Ridge, who leapt 44-03.50.
It’s taken them most of the season to get there, but the East Ridge Raptors have arrived. The Raptors gashed visiting Mahtomedi for five home runs and triumphed 11-1 in six innings on May 18 to advance to the second round of the section playoffs. East Ridge will play at second-seeded North May 19 at 4:30 p.m.
An inconsistent regular baseball season ended on a sour note for the Raptors on May 15 as visiting Forest Lake took a 9-2 decision. East Ridge had problems everywhere -- at the plate, in the field, and on the mound. Forest Lake, meanwhile, played inspired baseball.
After struggling through four innings, the hits started coming for the East Ridge Raptors in the fifth and that was all in took in a 4-2 win over Simley. Playing at the University of Minnesota’s Siebert Field, the Raptors scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to earn the non-conference win Saturday. East Ridge improved to 10-7 overall. Simley fell to 7-8.
East Ridge’s offense was clicking on all cylinders April 27 as the Raptors raced to a 12-2 halftime lead en route to 16-7 girls lacrosse win over crosstown rival Woodbury. It was the second straight lopsided victory for the Raptors (4-2), who crushed Robbinsdale Cooper 19-1 April 24. The Royals couldn’t get much going offensively in the first half and tumbled to 1-3 on the season. East Ridge controlled the action, especially in the first half, when the Raptors broke out to a 7-1 lead.
New Life has been pounding opponents this season, and the April 23 game against Bethany was no exception. The Eagles overwhelmed visiting Bethany, rapping out a dozen hits and 17 earned runs in a 20-1 five-inning win at Bielenberg Sports Complex. The Eagles came in with six wins in seven games, including romps of 10-0, 10-0, 14-0 and 14-2 already this spring.
Woodbury opened the 2015 season with a rush, dominating cross-town rival East Ridge 8-1 back on April 6. Since then, the Royals have struggled. Woodbury dropped its third straight April 14, falling to visiting Hudson 7-6. Woodbury slipped to 1-3 on the season, having lost its previous two contests to Roseville (6-3) and Cretin-Derham Hall (10-5) before meeting Hudson in a nonconference contest. Hudson improved to 2-2. “We’re not very good right now,” Woodbury head coach Kevin McDermott said. “We’re not very good on the mound.
East Ridge played visiting Stillwater tight April 10, and had the tying run on second with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. But the Raptors couldn’t score that runner and dropped a 3-2 decision. Raptors head baseball coach Brian Sprout expressed his frustration after the close loss. “I wasn’t happy about a single thing,” Sprout said. “We did everything we possibly could to let them win the baseball game. We’re not playing baseball the way we’re capable of. We need to figure out how to do that. “They are not playing like they know how to play baseball,” Sprout said.