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Class 5A, District 7District softball

5A-7: River Ridge thrashes Land O'Lakes

NEW PORT RICHEY — Twenty-four was the number of runs Land O'Lakes had scored on Ridgewood in the district semifinals.

But against River Ridge on Thursday, the Gators (15-3) were cooled down and held to just a single run on five hits, as River Ridge tallied 12 hits and 12 runs to win 11-1 in five innings.

The Royal Knights captured their first district championship since 2004.

"We worked really hard and we really wanted this," River Ridge catcher Sarah Simon said. "I expected a really close game, but we got on her early and were hitting really well."

The Royal Knights (18-6) opened the floodgates early and batted around the lineup once while they proceeded to score six runs on six hits off Michelle Bradley in the first inning.

Land O'Lakes tried to respond in the top of the second inning. The Gators loaded the bases with one out and hoped to cash in only to watch Kasey Ellis line out to second base. The runner at first was doubled up to end the scoring threat.

In the bottom half of the third, River Ridge scored three more to go up 9-1, and added two on singles in the fourth and fifth innings.

"We're on a roller-coaster and were on that down swing right now," Land O'Lakes coach Jamie Martin said.

"We have our extreme highs and our extreme lows. The girls seem to like it when they have to conquer adversity and they're kind of getting what they're asking for."

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5A-7: River Ridge thrashes Land O'Lakes 04/17/08 [Last modified: Saturday, April 19, 2008 11:52am]
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