Before the season, Ripon High School head softball coach Mallary Nissen said a goal of her team was to win just one game this year.

It accomplished that task last week Wednesday against Berlin.

The Tigers defeated the rival Indians 11-4 at Murray Park for their first win of the season.

The win also snaps a 36-game losing skid. Their last victory came May 22, 2014, against Waupaca.

“I think it was really good, definitely exciting, especially for all the juniors and sophomores that played last year who didn’t get to be part of a win,” Nissen said. “It’s just been a long time coming and I think the girls finally realize that hard work does pay off.”

Ripon (1-13 conference, 1-16 overall) picked up the victory by doing what many teams have done against it during the losing streak: capitalize on errors.

It trailed 1-0 entering the fourth inning, before Berlin (1-12 conference, 8-14 overall) committed two miscues to begin the frame.

The Tigers took advantage of the extra chances as they scored eight runs, and never looked back.

Read the full story, which includes more information on the big win, in the May 19, 2016 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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