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Former O-M coach guides Raptors to 2A semifinals

Published: Monday, July 22, 2013 10:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 6:48 a.m. CDT

FORT DODGE — Former Orient-Macksburg teacher and coach Scott Phelps led one of the biggest upsets of the first day of the State Softball Tournament.

The unrated Ridge View Raptors (30-11) knocked off No. 6 Fort Dodge St. Edmond (26-9), 3-1, in a Class 2A quarterfinal game. St. Edmond had four errors in Ridge View’s three-run sixth inning to erase a 1-0 Gael lead.

“We had been putting the ball in play all day, then finally they had a couple breakdowns defensively and we took advantage,” said Phelps, whose wife Jackie is a graduate of St. Edmond. Jackie’s mother, Eileen Imming, remains a strong St. Edmond supporter, but changed allegiances for this contest.

“Eileen said she would sit on our side, but she couldn’t cheer,” Scott said, laughing. “She wanted to wear (St. Edmond) green, but we told her she better not do that on our side.”

Phelps was at Orient-Macksburg from 1985 through the summer of 1999. He was head coach in wrestling and volleyball every year he was there, and assistant baseball coach for three seasons under Ron Pendegraft and Jim McLaughlin.

McLaughlin, now head softball coach at Eagle Grove, played against St. Edmond this season and assisted Phelps in a scouting report.

Ridge View, a third-year combined program of Galva-Holstein, Early and Schaller, is making its first trip to state. The Raptors upset No. 1 rated North Union, 2-1, in the regional finals.

Ridge View was fifth in a strong Western Valley Conference that has two teams in the Class 2A field (also Lawton-Bronson). Ridge View is playing without all-state shortstop Ashlynn Blenner, who suffered a season-ending injury after 16 games.

Senior pither Gretchen Kistenmacher limited North Union to five hits and pitched a six-hit victory with four strikeouts and one walk on Monday.

“She doesn’t throw past a lot of people, but she moves it around and she’s a tough competitor,” Phelps said. “We’ve been telling our girls that defense wins, and our young kids made plays today.”

St. Edmond had six errors to Ridge View’s one on Monday. Semifinal matchups Thursday are Ridge View vs. Durant (33-8) at 1:30 p.m. and Treynor (29-5) vs. AGWSR (28-7).

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