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Lake Park-Audubon softball showing improvement in year two

Improvement has been steady for the Lake Park-Audubon Raider softball team, which ended with a regular season record of 5-7.

After a loss last Monday to Ada, the Raiders almost snuck out a win against Norman County East, but lost 9-7.

Chelsey Raaen continued to be a strong bat for the Raiders, going 3-4. Christine McIntire was also 3-4.

McIntire has been leading the way on the mound and doing a nice job for the Raiders, getting them going defensively.

"The Raider lineup has been solid and showing great improvement," said LP-A head coach Tiffany Nagel.

The Raiders traveled to Breckenridge Thursday for a doubleheader, as LP-A pulled off the sweep, winning both games with scores of 11-10 and 9-4.

McIntire pitched the first game and had eight strikeouts and no walks. She also had a strong bat for the Raiders, going 5-5.

Maegan Anderson was 3-5 and Kim Cigelske was also 3-5.

Other Raider contributors included Tate Hall at 2-5, Chelsey Raaen 2-5, Andi Knudsvig 2-4, Marley McDunn 2-4, Carissa Raaen 1-4 and Annie Krueger 2-4.

Anderson pitched the first two innings of the second game, and Hall finished it off.

Anderson had one strikeout with no walks, while Hall had three strikeouts and no walks.

In batting: Raaen was 3-4, Anderson 2-4, Hall 2-4, McIntire 2-4, Cigelske 3-4, Andi Knudsvig1-4, Carissa Raaen 3-4, Megan Erickson 2-3 and Chelsey Cossette 1-3.

The Raiders ended the week in Verndale -- last year's section champs -- as LP-A lost 8-0.

The Raiders held the Pirates to only two runs in the bottom of the fifth, which proved to be a positive end to a long week going into the playoffs.

The Raiders were matched up against the No. 2 ranked Sebeka Trojans on Tuesday in the first round of section play.

"Great defense is what kept Verndale to only two runs in the fifth," Nagel said. "The girls really proved that they can compete with great teams.

"The Raiders have come a long way with only two varsity seasons and such a young team. I'm very proud of them this season and I'm excited to see what the future holds for Raider fastpitch softball."