May 3, 2010

Thiesse leads Raiders

GRAND RAPIDS - Dani Thiesse (left) slugged three home runs and three doubles as the Central Lakes College fastpitch softball team swept the Jenny Guyer tournament Sat., May 1. The Raiders defeated Vermilion 6-3, Mesabi Range 19-14 and North Dakota State College of Science 8-3. Ashly Erickson was the winning pitcher for all three games. Thiesse, a sophomore from Brainerd, was 2-3 with a double and the first home run of her collegiate career in the first game. Trisha Wippler went 2-3 with a pair of doubles. In the second contest, Thiesse went 5-5 with another home run, a pair of doubles and 3 RBIs. Tika Nichols, Lindsey Fryer, Wippler, Alicia Johnson and Carissa Utsch each stroked a home run. Johnson went 4-5 with a double. The third game featured Erickson pitching a complete game and batting 3-3 with a double and a home run. Thiesse, Johnson, and Ashley Rodriguez hit homers. The team, 24-11 on the year, is in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference tournament Friday at Sauk Rapids, hoping to win a Regional berth.