Despite finishing 2-3 at the Midwest Conference Softball Classic last weekend, Ripon College coach Jen Mueller came away from the games with her head held high.
The Red Hawks defeated Illinois College 5-4 and Knox 3-2 at the classic, which pitted them up against all six of the Midwest Conference South Division teams.
Losses came to Lake Forest (10-0, six innings), Cornell (8-0, five innings) and Monmouth (5-2), while their game against Grinnell was suspended due to the weather.
“We had a positive weekend besides the loss to Cornell,” Mueller said of the classic. “We did not play to our potential and had way too many errors. That cannot happen anymore going into the rest of conference play and the team is well aware of that after the loss to Cornell. That is a game we should have won and knew we could win so that was the disappointing game of the weekend.
“Lake Forest is a very talented team and can hit. Ashley Parkkonen pitched a great game against them and then they started hitting in the fifth inning. We had chances to score runners and couldn’t step up and get them in. Then we fell apart when a few runs scored.”
One of the highlights of the classic for Mueller came during Ripon’s win over Illinois College (4-6 conference 9-15 overall).
Trailing by 4-1 after the third inning, the Red Hawks (4-5 conference, 7-18 overall) rallied to score two runs in the fourth and two in the seventh for the victory.
Jordan Hester provided the big hit in the seventh as she drove in both runs on a two-out single. She finished the game with three RBIs.
Read the full story, which includes more on the classic and information on how Ripon still controls its own fate entering the final week of the regular season, in the April 17, 2014 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.