Trailing 13-3 late in the first game of a doubleheader against Berlin, the Ripon American Legion baseball team easily could have turned its sights to the next game.
Instead, it scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
While Ripon still lost 13-9, it swung momentum for game two.
Ripon jumped out to an 8-0 advantage in the second game and held on to pick up an 8-5 victory.
The games took place last week Saturday at Barlow Park in Ripon.
“Even the Berlin coach said after the first game that they act like they just got their butt kicked,” Ripon head coach Keith Cluppert said. “So he had to do something the opposite of what we did. We both had to keep our heads up. They beat us, but they felt like they failed for some reason — maybe giving up six runs with a 10-run lead.”
In the first game, Ripon took an early 2-0 advantage after the first inning and led 3-1 after three innings, but the middle innings would prove costly.
Berlin scored five runs in the fourth inning, four in the fifth and three in the sixth to make it 13-3.
“I guess you can say we kind of took a break there in the middle,” Cluppert said. “I thought we were going to be 10-run ruled and ended up with a run and then ended up scoring six of them. For a little bit, I thought, we had a chance to make a big comeback. But we were just down so far that it was tough to really do. What happened? I don’t know. Maybe heat or something. Pitching just kind of let up a little bit there and they just kind of started teeing off; a lot of deep balls hit.”
Ripon scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 13-9, but was retired in order in the seventh to end the contest.
In the second game, Ripon once again scored two runs in the first inning. But this time, it added three runs in both the second and third innings to take an 8-0 advantage.
Read the full story, which includes information on a 7-0 win over Mayville, in the July 10, 2014 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.