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Lake Park-Audubon softball starts season with solid play

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There isn't any sophomore slump for the Lake Park-Audubon softball team after starting the season with a 2-2 record.

The Raiders are in the midst of their second full season with a varsity schedule, and are showing some solid defense and pitching.

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"Overall, we are seeing some strengths and weaknesses of the team," said LP-A head coach Tiffany Nagel. "They are showing some good defense and our pitching has been good. We also have a solid lineup and are making great strides."

The Raiders opened the season playing in the Menahga tournament Saturday, April 18.

They notched their first win with a 5-2 triumph over New York Mills.

Junior pitcher Christine McIntire went the distance, tossing six strikeouts, no walks and limiting the Eagles to eight hits.

"She looked good," Nagel said of McIntire. "Her changeup was working well."

Sophomore Chelsey Raaen keyed the offense with a 4-4 day at the plate.

LP-A finished fourth in the tournament, after losing their next two games to Cherry, 7-2 and Menahga, 11-1.

Eighth grader Maegan Anderson also pitched, Nagel said.

"Maegan saw some time on the mound and she proved she is an up and coming pitcher," the LP-A coach said.

The Raiders evened their record to 2-2 with a 9-6 win at Pelican Rapids Tuesday, keyed by an eight-run fifth inning to erase a 4-1 deficit.

McIntire picked up her second win of the season, while Tate Hall ripped a triple and Raaen a double.

The Raiders will play at Waubun on Monday.

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