Using an offensive explosion in the championship game Sunday, Ripon was able to claim the regional title.
The win, a 17-4 blowout over Omro, gave the Ripon American Legion baseball team its second regional championship in as many years and secured it a trip to the state tournament. Prior to last year, Ripon hadn’t won regionals since 2001.
Ripon blew the game open early, scoring three runs in the first inning, two in the second and five more in the third.
The team was able to take advantage of tired arms on Omro’s pitching staff. Tournament rules limit pitchers to 12 total innings and a maximum of three consecutive game appearances.
“Omro didn’t have a lot of pitching left by the time they reached that game,” assistant coach Howard Hansen said.
On the other hand, Ripon’s roster is rich in pitching, meaning it had plenty of rested arms to use, if needed.
The only pitcher that appeared in the championship was Curtis Morgan, who pitched all five innings of the game, which was shortened because of the 10-run rule. Morgan collected the win by giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out two.
A deep pitching staff proved to be an advantage throughout the tournament.
Read the full story in the July 29, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.