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River Ridge pulls away from Sunlake, 14-2

LAND O’ LAKES — Looking ahead to the postseason is a long waiting game when anyone in softball thinks about the month of April.

River Ridge has been ousted from the past two region finals in Class 6A, but has moved down to 5A this season and has enjoyed similar results on the field compared to last spring.

The key for the Royal Knights will be staying focused in every game, and Tuesday night was one that potentially could have been a sleeper.

Sunlake hung around for five innings before River Ridge exploded for nine runs in the sixth en route to a 14-2 victory in six innings against its 5A-District 8 counterpart.

“These kids just love playing,” River Ridge coach Ernie Beck said of his squad. “Whoever it is, they’re going to come out. They didn’t take their foot off the gas because they had 10 (runs). They’re going to hit and do what they have to do.”

The Seahawks (4-5, 1-4) held their own through the first three innings, limiting the Royal Knights to two runs on four hits.

Sunlake had plenty of chances to put runs on the board against River Ridge ace Makenzie Goluba (seven strikeouts), as the Seahawks left five runners on base to end innings.

The Royal Knights (9-0, 4-0) totaled 14 hits to score 14 runs, including a home run by junior Kenzi Maguire to start the sixth inning.

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