The first batter Lexi Reetz faced this season hit a seeing-eye single just past the second baseman.

   That’s the only blemish the Ripon College junior had in the Red Hawk softball team’s season-opening game against Northland.

   Reetz fired sixth innings of one-hit ball, striking out 11, to lead Ripon to an 8-0, six-inning, mercy rule-shortened win Sunday.

   The game was the first of two the Red Hawks played at the Superior Dome in Marquette, Mich.

   They lost the other game 14-6 to host Finlandia in six innings.

   “She got ahead and then she attacked; she went after people and that plays up to the high strikeouts,” Ripon head coach Steve Wammer said of Reetz. “But even some of the balls that were put in play, they weren’t put in play that hard as I believe she was putting the batters on the defensive.”

   Reetz’s effort in the circle wasn’t the only bright spot for Wammer.

   The first-year head coach also was impressed with the Red Hawks’ offense in the victory. It finished with eight runs on 13 hits.

Read the full story, which includes information on the game against Finlandia, in the March 1, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.