Ripon Legion rolls on to regionals with win over Jackson

Austin Fenner slides safely into third base.

The Ripon American Legion baseball team finished up the regular season on a hot streak Sunday, winning for the 10th time in its last 11 games.

Ripon defeated Jackson 10-7 to wrap up the regular season with a 9-3 record, which easily earned it first place in the North division. Lomira was second in the division at 4-8.

Early on it looked as if Ripon would run away with the game as it scored the first eight runs of the game in the first two innings.

Jackson fought back with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the second inning, followed by one in the third.

Ripon starter Austin Fenner was pulled after the third inning, as he gave up six hits in the game. Jake Blair replaced him, but gave up three walks and two runs in one inning of work.

“We started out up 8-0, then they started hitting Austin,” coach Keith Cluppert said. “Our pitching started to fall off and so did our hitting.”

Brandon Winfield came in to pitch the final three innings for Ripon and was able to preserve the win after giving up one run on four hits.

Ripon got its last run in the seventh inning to give it the 10-7 win.

Read the full story in the July 22, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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