Legion baseball is a team effort

Jess Ehrenberg makes contact with a pitch.

The Ripon American Legion team may have played fewer innings than any other team in the league this year.

But it’s not because they’ve played fewer games.

Of Ripon’s eight wins this season, four of them have ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule. One of the games ended after four innings after the opponent decided to give up due to an insurmountable deficit.

Such was the case Sunday, as Ripon disposed of rival Berlin 10-0 after five innings at Barlow Park.

Head coach Keith Cluppert sees advantages and disadvantages to playing shorter games on a regular basis.

“It keeps our pitching arms fresh, but doesn’t allow us to get the extra work sometimes,” he said. “I throw a lot of batting practice, so I’m not worried about the hitting part.”

Ripon scattered 10 runs on eight hits to blank Berlin while pitchers Jake Blair and Brandon Winfield combined to limit Berlin to only three hits. Blair picked up the win, with three strikeouts in three innings of work.

Read the full story in the July 15, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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