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Softball team ends tough week by taking a title

The Raider softball had some fine individual performances, and they ended a difficult week, where they played seven games, by taking the Robbinsdale-Cooper championship.

The Raiders won the invitational on Saturday by allowing just one run in three games. In game one vs. Simley, Minn., Brittany Krieg threw a no-hitter and only walked one, while fanning 12. Kristen Feisel led a 10-hit attack with a three-run homer to produce a 5-0 win. Sammy Peterson was 2-for-3 at the plate.

Game two against Robbinsdale-Cooper was a 12-0 blowout in five innings. Feisel and Abby Singerhouse combined for a three-hitter. Feisel struck out seven and only walked one in her four innings.

Singerhouse was perfect in four trips to the plate and picked up 3 RBI, and Anderson, Karras, Peterson and Arika Krinke each slapped two hits and helped produce a lot of runs.

In the championship game vs. New Richmond, Hudson won 5-1 and racked up 14 hits. A three-run fifth inning proved the difference. Krieg struck out 18, a career high.

Rebecca Schaar was 3-for-3 with a run scored and RBI, Peterson and Singerhouse both 2-for-4 with a run and RBI, and Chelsea Walczak scored after one of her three hits. Singerhouse and Peterson led the way with batting averages of .636 and .600, respectively, in the tourney.

The Raiders got off to a poor start against Eau Claire North, allowing six unearned runs in the first inning on their way to a 6-2 defeat against the Huskies. Game two wasn't any better, as the Raiders were defeated 11-1 in five innings. The Raiders committed nine errors between the two contests.

Despite striking out seven and walking none, Krieg took the loss in game one. She did give up 11 hits. Feisel was pinned with the loss in game two, as North scored three runs in the first and an inning later she left.

North went on to score four runs apiece in the third and fifth innings, on the strength of a game-total 14 hits - the same amount managed by Hudson when putting the two contests together.

Leading hitters were Krinke, Feisel, Peterson and Singerhouse, each of whom reached base once in game two. This was the first time ever that the Raiders had gone through a doubleheader without a strikeout.

Chippewa Falls came to town ranked No. 2 in state, and Hudson was No. 5. Their doubleheader was played before the Eau Claire North games, and those that followed vs. the Cardinals went down to the last inning, but Hudson lost 3-2 and 6-4.

In the opener, the Raiders scored first with one run across in the third. The lead held until the bottom of the fourth when Chippewa's Mikayla Hogan tied the game with a home run. The Cardinals scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead. The Raiders outhit the Cardinals 8-5, but their seventh inning rally fell short, as they scored one runner and left another stranded.

Krieg struck out nine and walked two, but ended up with the loss. Peterson was two-for-two at the plate.

The Raiders outhit Chippewa again in game two 12-9. With the contest tied at four in the top of the seventh, Chippewa scored two runs off Krieg, who came on in relief of Feisel in the sixth. Hudson was able to get two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh, but the rally again fell short.

Leading hitters were Peterson with a trio of hits, and Meagan Hanson and Singerhouse with two apiece.