Winning streak lives on for Ranger softball

Third-ranked FL improves to 12-0

The Ranger softball team is now 12 games into the season and without a blemish on its record. After surviving a handful of close contests early on, Forest Lake has won its last three games in more comfortable fashion.

Most recently, Micah McGuiness tossed a shutout of Cretin-Derham Hall here on Monday. The 4-0 victory improved Forest Lake’s record to 12-0.

“We played well in this game,” said coach Angie Ryan. “It was clean, crisp softball with some nice defensive plays, good pitching, and strong plate appearances.”

Forest Lake took control in the first inning. Natalie Wright hit a one-out single and scored on a double by Dana Mogren. After a sacrifice fly, McGuiness drove in a run with a single between third base and shortstop.

McGuiness reached base with a single in the fourth and scored to make it 3-0 on a triple by Emily Lindstrom.

Shannon Nelson singled in the fifth and made it to third on a throwing error. Mogren then plated Nelson with a sacrifice fly for the final run.

The Raiders had runners in scoring position in three innings, but McGuiness stranded them. She allowed no walks and five hits.

Last Thursday at East Ridge, the host Raptors scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to make things interesting, but Forest Lake prevailed 8-6.

A seven-run fourth inning gave Forest Lake an 8-3 lead. Four players had RBI hits in the frame as the Rangers batted around. Lindstrom drove in one run with a single, Maggie Forsell hit a two-run single, Mogren had a two-RBI single and Mikayla Watters singled in a run. Wright also drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk.

Michelle LaCasse pitched the first three innings, then came back in for the final two outs. In total, she allowed six hits and three runs. In between, McGuiness gave up three runs on four hits.

Andrea Mogren went 2-4 with a pair of doubles.

“Our defense was not at the same level that it has been the past couple of weeks and neither was our pitching,” Ryan said. “Offensively, however, we had a nice day at the plate and put a lot of pressure on East Ridge.”

The night before, the Rangers rolled past Woodbury 6-1. LaCasse earned the win while McGuiness got the save and went 2-3 with two runs scored.

In its quest to remain unbeaten, Forest Lake faced a big test against Hastings this Wednesday. Though the Raiders came to town with a record of 5-7, the game was a rematch of last year’s state championship that was won by Hastings.

Third-ranked Forest Lake plays at Mounds View this Thursday, hosts Park next Monday and goes to Roseville next Wednesday.