Riverland splits indoor twinbill
ROSEMOUNT — The Riverland Community College softball team split a doubleheader with Fergus Falls on Wednesday at the Rosemount Irish Dome.
This doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played in Austin, but was moved after already being rescheduled from last week.
In the opening game of the Minnesota Community College Conference, South Division twinbill, Riverland won 6-3. Fergus Falls then came back to take the second game by a 14-5 count in six innings due to the eight-run rule.
Amber Wilson was on the mound for the Lady Devils of Riverland in the opener. The Riverland ace had eight strikeouts in going the distance for the division win.
The offense staked Wilson to an early 6-0 lead with three runs in each of the first two innings. Samantha Schmidt hit a triple and Tracee Crowley had a double to lead the offense.
"Amber pitched masterfully and kept their hitters in check," Riverland coach Dave Lillemon said. "We played well and it was a good win. The opener of the doubleheader was our best game of the season."
In the late game, Liz Morrill was the starting pitcher for Riverland, but lasted only two innings. Wilson pitched four innings of relief and recorded another half-dozen strikeouts.
"We got in four games in two days," Lillemon said of the dome experience. "Everybody got to play and we picked up another conference win."
Riverland (2-8, 2-4 MCCC South) travels to Worthington on Friday for a conference doubleheader with Minnesota West. Then, it’s a makeup home date against Ridgewater on Monday.
RIVERLAND 6, FERGUS FALLS 3
Fergus Falls 000 102 0 — 3 6 0
Riverland 330 000 x — 6 9 0
Riverland: Tracee Crowley 3-3, 2B, run, RBI; Samantha Schmidt 2-3, 3B, 2 runs, 3 RBI. WP: Amber Wilson 7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 8 K.
FERGUS FALLS 14, RIVERLAND 5
Fergus Falls 312 026 — 14 17 2
Riverland 101 111 — 5 9 4
Riverland: Amanda McGuire 3-4, run, RBI; Samantha Schmidt 2-2, 2B, 3 runs, RBI. LP: Liz Morrill 2 IP, 9 R, 8 H, 2 BB, 3 K.