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One game after struggling to score runs and being plagued by errors, Red Wing’s softball team found its groove at the plate and made good progress on limiting errors. The result of that progression was a 16-11 rout of Big Nine Conference opponent Albert Lea on Saturday.

The host Tigers struck first with a run in the first inning, but that’s all they’d score until the fourth inning. Red Wing on the other hand went scoreless in the first frame but exploded in the second and third innings to put the game out of reach early.

In the second inning, the bases were loaded for Bri Tix after a pair of walks and a hit batter. Tix took a one-out walk to bring home the first run of the game for Red Wing, and it only snowballed from there for Albert Lea. After Tix’s at bat, Kennedy Knopp laced a double to center field to score Teagan Walter and Abby Boxrud. Amira Ramstad lined another double in the next at bat to score two more runs and suddenly Red Wing was up 5-1.

The third inning began similar to the second for Red Wing as it got its first two baserunners on by walks. The Wingers managed to score seven runs in the third inning, yet only three batters recorded a base hit. In total, four drew walks and one reached by error. Red Wing added another run in the fourth inning to push its lead to 13-1 with a chance at ending the game if it could get the next three outs in succession.

Albert Lea managed to stay alive though with three runs in the fourth inning and then another five in the fifth inning. After two consecutive three-up, three-down innings for Red Wing, and an 8-0 scoring run by Albert Lea, the game was a little less certain than in the fourth inning.

After a scoreless sixth inning though, Red Wing added three runs in the seventh inning to close out the game and record its first victory of the season.

Tix started the game in the circle and pitched 4 ⅓ innings. She struck out six, walked nine, allowed four hits and gave up nine earned runs. Ramstad pitched the final 2 ⅔ innings, striking out and walking four batters, while allowing two hits for two unearned runs.

At the plate, Tix led the Wingers with three hits, while Tatum Harris led the way with four RBI. Key performances included: Tix 3-of-4 with two runs, three RBI and one walk; Harris 2-of-3 with four RBI, two runs and two walks; Ramstad 2-of-4 with three RBI, two doubles, two runs and one walk; Knopp 2-of-3 with two RBI, one double, one run and one walk. Boxrud, Teagan Walter and Liz Haglund all scored two runs. Boxrud also tied for the team lead with two walks.

Red Wing, 1-1, is next scheduled to travel to Winona on Tuesday.

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