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On Friday, May 12th the Ridgewater Warriors hosted the Northland Pioneers for a best of 3 series at Baker Field in Willmar. The Warriors swept the doubleheader on Friday winning by scores of 6-5 and 11-10. In the first game the warriors received 6.2 innings from Noah Lanter in a gritty performance, Lanter kept the warriors in the game and in the bottom of the 7th inning trailing 5-2, the warrior offense came alive scoring 4 runs, Jean Carlos Morales and Archy Olson had key hits for the Warriors in their comeback effort. In the second game, the Warriors again came from behind to win. Tied 8-8 going into the 7th inning the Warriors scored 3 runs to take an 11-8 lead, then held off a late charge from the pioneers to hold onto an 11-10 win. Zach Nelson got the final two outs on a groundball to birthday boy Kenneth Cruz who turned a nifty double play to end the game and the series. Cruz celebrated his birthday in a big way going 5 for 5 with 3 RBI’s, 3 runs, and 2 steals. With the two wins the Warriors advance to the Region 13 tournament in St. Cloud. The tournament will feature Junior colleges from all over Minnesota, with the winner advancing to the National tournament in Greeneville Tennessee.

Archy Olson

Congratulations Archy!!

A recently-surging Ridgewater College baseball team took two important Central Division contests from Central Lakes College over the week of April 23-29.   A key part of that success was a multi-faceted performance from Archy Olson, a sophomore who served as the designated hitter for the Warriors against CLC in both contests. 

Olson, from St. Louis Park, went a perfect 3-for-3, including a double, in the opener against the Raiders, which the Warriors won, 19-8.  He accounted for two runs batted in and scored two more runs himself.  In game two, Olson was 2-for-4 and scored a run in the 7-2 Ridgewater triumph.   While serving as the DH, Olson stole a base in each contest.

With the sweep, Ridgewater moves into the second spot in the MCAC Central; they face a pair of important doubleheaders against Minnesota State and Northland Community and Technical College on May 3rd and May 5th.

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Braxton Smith

Congratulations Braxton!!

Ridgewater College outfielder Braxton Smith and his Warrior teammates put in overtime this past week, playing four doubleheaders total - two against the JV teams from St. John's University and the University of St. Thomas, as well as MCAC foes Minnesota State-FF and St. Cloud Technical and Community College.  Smith was a consistent offensive force, going 8-for-24, earning four walks and hitting both a double and sacrifice fly.  He also stole a base and was solid defensively, while scoring 5 runs for RC.  For his efforts, Smith was named the MCAC Central Division Player-of-the-Week. 

Jorge Ramos

Congratulations Jorge!!

Ridgewater College pitcher, Jorge Ramos (Yabucoa, Puerto Rico), gutted out a strong 3-2, complete game win over Itasca Community College on Saturday, April 8th.  For his performance, Ramos has earned MCAC Central Division Pitcher-of-the-Week.  Ramos scattered 8 hits across seven innings of work and conceded only two runs (one earned) while striking out three. With the win, Ridgewater finds itself on a two-game winning streak heading into the thick of conference action in April.

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Winning & Baseball

The Ridgewater name has certainly been known for a long time to be synonymous with two things: winning and baseball. To become a part this tradition, you are saying that you want to commit yourself to a few fundamental characteristics - hard work; dedication; passion; character & integrity.

Tradition

When it comes to tradition, Ridgewater Baseball is unmatched in the success on a regional and National stage. Since 1987 the Warriors have won 16 MCAC Divisional titles, two MCAC championships, have been Region XIII champions 6 times, have been to the World Series 6 times, have produced 17 All-Americans and have had 3 players taken in the MLB draft.

Already Exists

The ability to attract talent that carries character is only done if it already exists in a program. Our best assets are the type of people that come through our program. We want to build young athletes into young men and that is not a process that happens over night. The support that you will have in our baseball family is what we feel is a separating factor in building men & Championships.

Not Overnight

When you decide that you want to be a part of something special it does not happen overnight.

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