Even though his team was on a winning streak, Ripon American Legion head coach Keith Cluppert wasn’t comfortable with one team — Jackson.
“They were the one team I didn’t know about,” Cluppert said. “We were going to come out to win.”
Ripon amassed 29 runs Sunday in doubleheader wins at Barlow Park, scoring victories of 12-2 and 17-0 over Jackson.
In the first game, Brandon Winfield was a standout on both ends of the field.
Winfield pitched all five innings in the 10-run rule shortened game, giving up only four hits and striking out six batters.
But it was his performance at the plate that had the team talking, as he hit his first-ever home run in the fourth inning. Even more unique was that the ball was hit in the part of the outfield where his father sits when watching the game.
Typically, when Winfield has pitched, his spot in the lineup has been given to a designated hitter. That practice changed one game ago as he was given a chance to hit, and did well at the plate. Cluppert gave him another chance Sunday — and it paid off.
Read the full article in the July 14, 2011 Ripon Commonwealth Press.