Before Tuesday’s evening’s regional quarterfinal game against the Mayville Cardinals, Ripon head softball coach Mallary Nissen issued a challenge to her team.

“Play like you don’t want to lose and put a little heart into it.”

The Tigers did just that, but it wasn’t enough to keep their season alive as they lost 11-0 in six innings on the road.

“Coral [Chappa] made a diving catch and girls were just making plays that I haven’t really seen them make all year, so it was nice to see them come out with a little bit more drive,” Nissen said. “To go six innings against that team, when we’ve been run-ruled by so many other teams all year, still is a good accomplishment.”

Not only did Ripon, which was the No. 13 seed in the half-sectional bracket, make it six innings, but it hung around with the No. 4-seeded Cardinals the first four innings.

After three and a half frames, the Tigers trailed just 2-0 — with both of the runs coming in the first.

Read the full story, which includes information on a 4-3 loss to Omro Monday, in the May 26, 2016 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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