The Ripon club softball team bounced back from a rough loss with a 6-5 win over Clintonville Monday night at Murray Park.

It was coming off a 10-0 defeat to Lomira last week Wednesday.

Ripon head coach Mike Makarewicz noted Clintonville is “a very strong team” and that it has competed against the Truckers “a bunch over the years.”

The competitiveness was on display in the game, which was scheduled to give players on both teams an opportunity to get more experience after the spring high school season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Mike Makarewicz, Ripon and Clintonville pretty much scored one or two runs every inning, with Ripon pulling out the win at the end.

He was impressed with his team’s defense, and pointed to how the game ended to show how impressive it was Monday.

“We ended the game on a very heads-up double play by Erika Mills to get an extra out at second base,” Mike Makarewicz said. “Abby Radloff fielded a grounder [and threw] to first and a heads up Mills gets the runner sleeping at second to secure the win.”

He also was pleased with Emily Kasuboski, who “pitched a solid seven innings against an offense that is strong top to bottom.”

Offensively, the Ripon head coach noted just about all 14 girls contributed offensively, led by Avary Makarewiz — who stayed hot with a pair of doubles.

On the bases Lexi Miller was active as she had what Mike Makarewicz called “some key stolen bases” in the win Monday.

The coach noted its tough to get 14 players at-bats and Ripon managed as best as it could.

“I want all to get some experience in this crazy summer of high school,” Mike Makarewicz said.

Read the full story in the Aug. 6, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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