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Ridgewood knocks off unbeaten Land O'Lakes

Greg Bollinger prefaced each call with the words, "This is not an April Fools' joke."

Ridgewood 7, Land O'Lakes 4.

"We are all so excited," Rams senior Megan Slotter said. "We haven't beaten them in the whole four years since I've been here."

The Rams (6-12) knocked off the previously undefeated Gators (13-1) in a come-from-behind victory Tuesday. That sets up tonight's Land O'Lakes-River Ridge battle for the No. 1 seed. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Land O'Lakes.

Bollinger said the Rams will be the No. 3 seed. Ridgewood's coach called everyone he could think of to share news of the upset.

"We've had a rough year," Bollinger said. "To beat a team of this caliber says a lot about the girls."

The Gators led 3-1 in the seventh when the Rams rallied for six runs. Gators pitcher Kasey Murray struggled, walking nine, including a pair of runs in the seventh.

The Gators tried to rally, scoring one in the bottom of the inning.

Land O'Lakes had two runners on base when Alexis Aubuchon stepped into the batter's box with two outs.

Standing on deck was North Suncoast home run leader Michelle Bradley, who would have represented the winning run. Bradley tied Pasco County's all-time single-season record last week when she hit a pair of home runs — including a grand slam — in a 5-4 win at Mitchell. She has eight home runs.

Instead, Aubuchon hit a ball to deep rightfield, where Danielle Amato made the catch for the final out.

The Rams lost to Land O'Lakes 14-2 in five innings earlier this season.

"We just came out flat and complacent," Gators coach Jamie Martin said. "… We're just trying to play the game out until the last out."

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Ridgewood knocks off unbeaten Land O'Lakes 04/01/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 11:10pm]
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