After last week Tuesday’s lackluster performance in a twin bill against Winneconne, the Ripon High School softball team stuck around for a players-only meeting.

At least for one day, it paid off.

The Tigers swept Clintonville in a home doubleheader last week Friday. They won the first game 5-0, before taking the second contest 11-1 in five innings.

“We talked about it a little bit,” Ripon head coach Jeff Krentz said about the Winneconne game. “The girls were aware of it and they realized we did not have our best night against Winneconne. With that being said, Winneconne is a good ball club and they had a lot to do with our struggles. The girls took it upon themselves ... and worked hard in practice, came out against Clintonville and got two big wins.”

Early on, the Tigers (5-3 conference, 5-3 overall) struggled with some of the same things that plagued them against Winneconne, which included mental and physical mistakes and struggles at the plate. But they were able to correct them as the doubleheader progressed.

A turning point in the games came early in the first contest, after Ripon had given the Truckers (0-5 conference, 0-6 overall) extra outs in the first few innings.

“I think after we had our team meeting about mental mistakes we made a couple key plays defensively,” Krentz said. “... I think after we had that little talk, the kids took it upon themselves to focus solely on the game and know the situation and gain confidence. The kids went out and played superb defense from there on out. Hopefully that is a sign of things to come.”

Offensively, the bats also warmed up as the games went on.

Read the full story in the May 1, 2014 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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