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MW Softball: West splits in Southern Division play

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ST. CLOUD -- The Minnesota West Lady Jays split a pair of games Saturday, defeating Riverland 7-5 in Game 1 and falling to Anoka-Ramsey 7-3 in Game 2 of pool play during the Southern Division Tournament Friday.

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"It was a little frustrating as a whole," West coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka said. "We gave up way too many extra outs today and it hurt us."

Riverland took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Minnesota West scored three runs in the third to take a 3-1 lead.

The Blue Devils tied the game at three with two runs in the fourth only to have the Lady Jays score another three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Both teams scored a run in the fifth to make it 7-4. Riverland scored one more run in the seventh, but the Blue Jays held off the Blue Devils from there to get the win.

Christine Kazemba pitched a complete game for the Lady Jays, with a strikeout and two earned runs. Minnesota West committed five errors in Game 1.

"I feel like we were lucky to get the win," Hayenga-Hostikka said. "It felt like we took four steps back from where we were coming into the tournament. But we survived to get the win."

Stephanie Behrens was 3-for-3 at the plate for Minnesota West with a run scored and a stolen base, while Cheyenne Platz went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a double. Alayna Hall (2-for-4) scored two runs and had an RBI double. Jes Hermeling (2-for-4) and Macey Edwards (2-for-3) both had an RBI.

In Game 2, Anoka-Ramsey held a four-run lead after three innings and kept Minnesota West hitless until the bottom of the third.

"Their pitcher was throwing a lot of off-speed stuff and we weren't patient enough to hit anything," Hayenga-Hostikka said. "We were not disciplined at the plate and had just one hit through four innings. Everyone was frustrated."

The Lady Jays scored two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to cut the Golden Rams lead to one. However, Anoka-Ramsey knocked in three runs in the seventh to secure the win.

"We made a bit of the run at the end of the game, but those three runs in the seventh really killed us," Hayenga-Hostikka said. "There was no reason we couldn't hit the ball; we just weren't able to adjust to their pitcher until it was too late."

The Lady Jays take on Fergus Falls at 10 a.m. today, with the winning team moving on to the semifinals.

"We have to play three games (Saturday) if we are going to be one of the top three teams to make it to regionals," Hayenga-Hostikka said. "So we cannot afford to give up extra outs. We can't make as many errors as we did today and expect to win."

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