Coming off two consecutive losses, the Ripon High School baseball team put the ball in the hands of its best pitcher.
Payton Bryden did not disappoint.
The senior threw his second no-hitter of the season and the fourth of his career last week Thursday in a 10-0, five-inning victory over host Wautoma.
He needed only 50 pitches — 38 strikes, 12 balls — to record the feat. A four-pitch walk in the second inning was the only blemish that kept him from a perfect game.
“In the four years Payton has been on varsity, this was his strongest outing,” Ripon head coach Dan Jonas said, adding he was pleased with how his team responded after the losses.
Bryden had plenty of help behind him as his defense made plenty of plays. Among them were two nice catches by leftfielder Carter Meyer to record the first two outs in the fourth.
Offensively, Ripon (13-6 overall) scored one run in the first inning and erupted for nine in the top of the fifth to put in effect the 10-run mercy rule.
Read the full story in the June 5, 2014 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.