Softball: East Ridge shares conference championship
East Ridge 2, Roseville 1
East Ridge finished the regular season with a 2-1 win over Roseville on Thursday. The win didn't just give the Raptors an 18-2 regular season record, but East Ridge also shared the Suburban East Conference championship with Forest Lake this regular season.
It's the first time in East Ridge softball history that the Raptors are bringing home a conference championship.
The two runs for East Ridge came from a home run by Sidney Zavoral and that would be one of the four hits in the game for the Raptors. The team looked to Grace Bennett in the circle to help keep those runs small for Roseville.
Bennett pitched all seven innings and gave up one run on five hits and struck out six batters in the game to earn the win.
Now that the season is over, the Raptors will wait to see where they will be seeded and who they will play in the section tournament.
East Ridge 5, Cretin-Derham Hall 4
After a big win on Tuesday, East Ridge continued the winning streak into Wednesday with a 5-4 win over Cretin-Derham Hall.
No individual statistics were available.
East Ridge will have one more game to close out the regular season on Thursday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m. as the Raptors travel to Roseville.
East Ridge 7, Park 6
Park held a 6-0 lead against East Ridge in the second game of the regular season series on Tuesday. The Raptors were able to tie the game up with three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to force extra innings in the crosstown rivalry game.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, East Ridge was able to walk it off and earn the 7-6 win and a sweep against Park this season.
For East Ridge, Josie Dorf had a strong game with a 3-for-3 performance including a home run and five RBIs to help tie the game up. Molly Seif, Avery Wukawitz and Kaitlin Boyles each had two hits in the game, while Boyles added two RBIs to her stat line.
Madi Meduna led Park with a 2-for-4 performance and two RBIs, while Hannah Schluetter went 1-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs. Bryanna Olson and Paige Heitkamp each recorded a hit in Tuesday's game.
The win for the Raptors helps them stay atop the conference standings and allows them to possibly earn a higher seed in the section tournament.
East Ridge still has two more games this week and the first will be a home game against Cretin-Derham Hall on Wednesday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m.
Park finished the regular season with the game on Tuesday as the Wolfpack finishes with a 16-3 overall record.
Woodbury 11, Mounds View 0
Woodbury ended the regular season on a high note with a dominating win over Mounds View on Tuesday with an 11-0 win.
The Royals scored one run in the first, four runs in the second and another four runs in the third to take a 9-0 lead right away.
Grace Beseman went 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs, while Nicole Stickels went 4-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. Kasey Domke also went 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs and two RBIs.
It was a strong offensive day for Woodbury and the Royals will hope to carry that into the section tournament next week. The seeds will be decided this upcoming weekend.
East Ridge 11, Woodbury 0
There were many tears coming from the eyes of the East Ridge softball team before the game on Monday. It was senior day for the six softball players and that senior group has helped shift and direct the future of the East Ridge program.
"It's great to get a win on senior day," said East Ridge's Josie Dorf. "Our goal, as a senior class, has been to make this program better than when we came into the program. Every player has made those steps and have left a better program than the year before. It's a lot of fun to see throughout your four years as a Raptor."
On Monday, both teams decided to try different players at different positions and moving the lineup around for hitting. There were many substitutions being made throughout the five innings, but it allowed Woodbury's head coach Michelle Benusa and East Ridge's head coach Afton Murray to see different lineups in preparation for the section tournament.
"I thought we played well as a team," Benusa said. "East Ridge just had the hits land in between our outfielders and there's nothing we can do about it."
East Ridge went back to scoring in multiple innings, which is a point that Murray likes because it allows momentum and confidence to be built with each inning of the game.
The Raptors will have a busy week with three more games to finish before the seedings in sections starts this upcoming weekend. East Ridge will play two home games and one road game to conclude the season and the Raptors' eyes are focused on staying atop the conference standings.
East Ridge will play crosstown rival Park on Tuesday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. at home, but that game will not only help with determine a conference champion as well as provide a higher seed to the winner.
"We have to have a strong week ahead to close out the regular season," said East Ridge's Abbey Cook. "There's many things on the line with seeds and standings, so we just need to focus on one game at a time."
On the other hand, Woodbury only has one more game left on Tuesday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. as the Royals travel to Mounds View to close out their season.
"We've been working really hard as a team and we're hoping that confidence and momentum helps us in the section tournament coming up," said Woodbury's Kameron Monson.