Riverland softball strong in conference

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 26, 2002

The Riverland softball team continued its dominance of the Minnesota Community College Conference with its 15th win in 16 league games after a doubleheader sweep of host Minnesota West Thursday in Worthington.

The Lady Blue Devils (15-5, 15-1) stayed atop the Southern Division standings after winning 10-2 and 6-5. Sherry Hanson and Marisa Kelsey split the pitching victories, while different hitters contributed to the offense in each game.

Melanie Gabrielson, Missy Avery and Erin Evans all went 3-3 in the first game, which begun with Riverland's six-run first inning.

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Avery, amidst her 3-3 effort, had a single, a double, a home run and three runs batted in -- just a triple short of the cycle. Gabrielson stole two bases and Evans drove in four runs.

In the nightcap, Tammy May led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple and scored on Jessica Peck's sacrifice fly to right field. The Blue Devils escaped the tie game with a 6-5 win.

"We played well, it was nice to get two big wins," said Riverland coach Lisa Quednow-Bickler. "We're sitting in a nice spot."