By Joey Hudson
The Raiders softball team entered Thursday’s matchup with Faribault with a 4-2 record on the season. Coming off of a 10-0 win over Albert Lea on Tuesday the raiders came out to a hot start on Thursday. They scored two runs in the first with seniors Courtney Graff and Lucy Menssen scoring with Menssen and junior Emily Broden knocking them in.
Graff started on the mound and had two shutout innings with three strikeouts and no hits allowed. Rylee Blandin entered the game in the third and pitched the next five innings allowing 5 hits with eight strikeouts.
The Raiders really exploded in the second scoring four runs on four hits and two walks. Graff had one RBI, Menssen had two, and junior Leah Enedy had one. Graff scored her second run on the game along with Lindsey Stanton, Ruby Holman and Jaimi Triplett each scoring a run in the big inning. Raiders were also very aggressive in the first two innings with Graff, and Menessen stealing two, along with Stanton, Holman, and Triplett each snagging a base.
The game was scoreless after the second up until the top of the seventh, despite several threats to score. Most notably in the fourth when Faribault had the bases loaded with just one out and came out with no runs. Faribault’s bats finally woke up in the 7th as they scored three runs off four hits with a double from center fielder Reagan Drengenberg. Faribault’s comeback attempt ended on a groundout to senior shortstop Ruby Holman.