The Ripon High School baseball team broke out of an offensive slump in a big way Monday afternoon against host Xavier.

It scored 12 runs on 12 hits en route to a 12-2 win over the Hawks. It also walked 10 times in the game for a total of 22 base runners.

The offensive production came after they scored just four runs in their last four games — a stretch that saw them post a 1-3 record.

It received a pretty impressive pitching performance as well.

Matt Putzer tossed all seven innings, scattering five hits to go with 11 strikeouts and just three walks.

“Matt Putzer pitched a heck of a game,” Ripon head coach Dan Jonas said. “Matt threw his curve consistently for a strike and Xavier couldn’t do anything with it.”

Ripon (7-4 conference, 7-5 overall) jumped out to an early lead in the game with a run in the first inning, but Xavier (5-5 conference, 6-5 overall) answered in the bottom half of the frame.

In the third inning, the Tigers took the lead for good with four runs. They added a run in the fifth, two in the sixth and four in the seventh for the 12-2 victory.

Hayden Fenner led the way at the plate for Ripon, recording three hits in four trips — including a double and a triple. He also scored twice and walked once.

Owen Krueger added a 2-for-2 day with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Alex Goyette went 2-for-3 and both Payton Bryden and Jared Block were 2 for 5.

Read the full story, which includes information on a pair of losses to conference-leading Clintonville last week Saturday, in the May 9, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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