Hunter Auchtung kicks up a cloud of dirt as he slides into third base safely during the first game of Ripon’s doubleheader against Plymouth.
Hunter Auchtung kicks up a cloud of dirt as he slides into third base safely during the first game of Ripon’s doubleheader against Plymouth.

   The Ripon High School baseball team continued to swing hot bats Tuesday during a home doubleheader sweep of Campbellsport.

   It collected 26 hits in the two games, which it won 16-6 and 8-2, to remain undefeated on the season.

   “Hitting is contagious and we’ve been in a good groove at the plate,” Ripon head coach Dan Jonas said, noting the Tigers are making good swings on the ball. “[I tell my players to] challenge yourself not to strike out and put the ball in play, celebrating when you put the ball in play even with an out — and I think we’ve done a good job at that.”

   The offense was needed in the first game after the Tigers (4-0 conference, 8-0 overall) allowed the Cougars to score six runs in the second inning to take a 6-4 lead.

   In that inning, Ripon committed three errors and were unable to turn a couple of possible double plays. It also gave up five hits.

   Following the rough second frame, Jonas told his squad that good teams don’t hang their head, but instead fight back.

   The Tigers did just that as they scored four runs in the top of the third to retake an 8-6 advantage.

Read the full story, which includes information on another offensive outburst a day earlier against Omro as well as a doubleheader sweep of the No. 4 ranked team in the state in Division 2, in the April 11, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.