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East Ridge baseball: Raptors hang in the hunt for SEC title

The Raptors baseball team has a 12-4 overall record with a 11-4 mark in the Suburban East Conference, and the third-place Raptors could end the week as SEC champs.

They took care of business last week with big innings to beat Forest Lake and Stillwater. The Raptors had a five-run seventh in a 6-1 win over the Rangers Friday, May 9. Against the Ponies, the Raptors put up a seven-run second to win 10-3 on Wednesday, May 7.

Luke Ringhofer drove in two runs for the win over the Rangers, and Drew Molin fanned seven batters in six innings. Cal Kellner had two RBIs in the win against the Ponies.

“We didn’t win on Monday, but we bounced back against two pretty good teams on Wednesday and Friday,” Raptors coach Brian Sprout said. “It was good way to end the week.”

The week did not begin as well for East Ridge with a 4-1 loss at Mounds View on May 5. Yet, the Raptors still had a shot at the SEC crown entering this week. They opened with second-place Cretin-Derham Hall on Monday.

The Raptors also have Park at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. East Ridge will play River Falls, Wis., at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

—Matthew Davis