THIEF RIVER FALLS -- The Central Lakes College Raiders softball team flexed a little muscle, both offensively and on defense in sweeping a pair of Northern Division games from the Northland College Pioneers Wednesday.
CLC blanked Northland 7-0 in the first game and came from behind in the second game, scoring four runs in the seventh inning to win 9-6.
Raiders pitcher Amber Buttler dominated atop the mound in picking up both wins. In game one Buttler tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits while fanning 10 Pioneer batters and walking one. In the second game, Buttler came on in relief of starter Shannon Smith, surrendering just one hit over the final three innings.
Amber Buttler won both games for CLC.
CLC (6-2 Northern Division, 8-2 overall) was just as dominant at the plate. The Raiders finished with 27 total hits and were led by catcher Leigha Walters, who finished a combined 7-for-9. Walters also stole four bases in the second game.
Elsie Rehberger, Kayla Pohlkamp, Beth Rogge, Jean Koester and Kristin Kapsner all had two hits apiece for CLC in the first game. Shannon Smith and Rogge each added two hits apiece in game two while Jenna Koester was 1-for-1 with three walks.
Central Lakes 7 14 0
Northland College 0 2 5
Leigha Walters went 7-for-9 in the two games.
WP -- Amber Buttler. LP -- Shannon Olson. 2B -- CLC-Leigha Walters. RBI -- CLC-Jean Koester 2, Beth Rogge, Shannon Smith.
Central Lakes 9 13 2
Northland College 6 6 4
WP -- Buttler. LP -- Rochelle Nelk. 2B -- Jean Koester. RBI -- Jean Koester, Jenna Koester. Northern Division -- CLC 6-2. Overall -- CLC 8-2. Next game -- CLC hosts Rainy River (2) 3 p.m. Friday.
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