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Cedar Mill rallies for first win

Kim Ryder's four-hit shutout gets a win and revenge against Curacao
by: MILES VANCE, DR. K AT WORK — Cedar Mill pitcher Kim Ryder, AKA ‘Dr. K,’ shut down Latin America 9-1 on Friday night.

PORTLAND - What a difference a day makes.

Just 24 hours after getting smacked around 9-1 in its Little League Softball World Series opener, Cedar Mill came back in style Friday in its second game.

Cedar Mill, the District 4 champ and host team for the 2006 Series at Alpenrose Dairy, routed Soraida Juliana Little League of Curacao, the Latin America representative, 9-0.

Kim Ryder threw a four-hit shutout in the win - the second of four pool play games for her team - striking out three and not allowing a walk.

'We put (the game-one loss) behind us,' she said. 'We knew we could come back and beat them.'

And after losing to Soraida Juliana at last year's Series, Cedar Mill was determined to set things right in 2006.

'This was a grudge match for (Kim Ryder),' Cedar Mill manager Bob Ryder said. 'She really wanted to pitch against Latin America last year and she didn't get the chance.'

'We were ready,' added Cedar Mill left fielder Sara Wilson, who went 2-for-2 and scored twice in the win. 'We were ready to play.'

Still, it took a couple innings for Cedar Mill to hit its stride against Soriada Juliana pitcher Suly Hooi. But after two scoreless, hitless innings, Cedar Mill broke loose for five runs in the bottom of the third, getting seven singles in the frame, including run-scoring hits from Kim Ryder, Jessie Moore and Natalie Quirk, an RBI sacrifice fly from Katie Mardesich and another run when Latin America couldn't handle Madeline Fey's grounder.

'We needed those runs,' Wilson said. 'It was like, we just did what we needed to do.'

Cedar Mill then capped its day with a four-run fifth inning, getting a double from Erin Gray, singles from Anne Marie Richards, Wilson, Kim Ryder and Mardesich, not to mention forcing four Latin America errors in the inning.

'We wanted to come back and do good' after losing the first game, Kim Ryder said. 'We want to do better than last year and we know we can.'

Kim Ryder allowed two hits in the first inning, then didn't allow another until the fourth and threw perfect innings in the second, third and sixth frames.

Ryder added two hits, drove in two and scored once, while Mardesich, Richards and Wilson added two hits each in the win.