It took an extra inning, but the Ripon High School Tiger softball team today picked up its first victory over the Kettle Moraine Lutheran (KML) Chargers since the teams joined the East Central Conference in 2016.
Ripon, which had been outscored 128-12 in nine matchups against the Chargers since 2016, won 8-6 in eight innings on the road in a game that was rescheduled from Thursday, May 27. The win avenges a 10-3 home defeat at the hands of the Chargers earlier this season in which it was hurt by a five-run inning.
The game was a seesaw battle throughout, with the teams trading runs. The Tigers (5-9 conference, 7-11 overall) jumped on the scoreboard first on an Avary Makarewicz RBI triple in the first inning, which scored Emily Kasuboski. After the Chargers (8-6 conference, 9-9 overall) got the run back in the bottom of the second inning, Ripon retook the lead in the top of the third on an error only to give up two runs in the bottom of the fourth on three singles to fall behind 4-3.
The score stayed that way until the top of the sixth inning, when sophomore Alli Bumby hit a two-run, two-out home run, which was the first of her high school career, to give the Tigers a 5-4 advantage.
KML threatened to get the run back in the bottom half of the inning as it recorded a two-out triple, but Laila Simonis entered the game in relief of Kasuboski and got the next batter to fly out to center fielder Lexi Miller.
While Simonis was able to preserve the lead in the sixth inning, she wasn’t as fortunate in the seventh as she surrendered a game-tying home run to the lead-off batter. She did escape a jam in the seventh to help force extra innings as the Chargers had runners on first and second base with one out, but couldn’t score again.
Ripon then capitalized with four runs in the top of the eighth inning, which was kicked off by an Abby Radloff lead-off triple and an Avary Makarewicz walk. Radloff came across to score on a sacrifice bunt by Erika Mills that was misplayed, while Makarewicz scored on an RBI single by Bumby. Mills ended up scoring on a wild pitch, while Bumby plated the Tigers’ fourth run of the inning on an error by the KML second baseman.
The Tigers ended up needing those extra runs as KML scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth and had the tying run on second base with no outs, but Simonis got the last two batters to ground out and pop out.
Simonis picked up the win in the circle. She allowed three runs, all earned, on four hits and two walks in 2 ⅓ innings. Kasuboski, meanwhile, pitched the first 5 ⅔ innings and gave up three runs, all earned, on nine hits and two walks. She struck out three batters.
Offensively, Ripon finished with 10 hits. Miller led the way with a 3 for 4 day at the plate, while Kasuboski and Bumby also recorded multiple hits on the day as they went 2 for 5 and 2 for 4, respectively. Adding single hits for the Tigers in the victory were Radloff, Makarewicz and Mills.
Makarewicz has career day in 22-6 win over Lourdes
A pop-out to the third baseman in the first inning.
That was the only blemish for Ripon’s Avary Makarewicz Friday against Oshkosh Lourdes.
The junior catcher went 4 for 5 at the plate with an inside-the-park grand slam, two triples, a double and nine RBIs to help the Tigers crush the Knights 22-6 in five innings on the road.
Despite Avary Makarewicz recording her only out in the first inning, Ripon scored three runs thanks to a dropped third strike and a two-run single by Erika Mills and led 3-2 after the frame.
Avary Makarewicz then keyed a six-run second inning that broke the game open with a bases-clearing triple, recorded a two-run double in a five-run third inning and led off the eight-run fifth inning with a triple and later in the inning hit the inside-the-park grand slam.
She wasn’t the only Tiger player who had a big game as Mills went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, Cassidy Mader went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Kylee Busse finished 2 for 3 with one RBI.
Overall, Ripon doubled the Knights in the hit column 14-7. It drew just one walk in the game to go along with the 14 hits, but was hit by six pitches in the contest. Both teams struggled a bit with errors as the Tigers committed three in the game, while Oshkosh Lourdes recorded four.
Laila Simonis picked up the win on the mound. She pitched the first three innings and allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits, while striking out two. Alyssa Swanke tossed the final two innings and gave up three runs, all unearned, on one hit and three walks. She struck out three batters.
Ripon falls to Waupun 4-1
The Tigers hung with conference-leading Waupun Thursday, but were unable to come away with the victory as they lost to the Warriors 4-1 on the road. The three-run loss is the closest Ripon has been with Waupun since it defeated the Warriors 8-5 back in 2013. It lost 12-8 earlier in the season.
Prior to this season, the Tigers lost eight-straight games to Waupun by a combined score of 124-4.
Ripon took an early lead in the game as it scored a run in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by Avery Downs. Avary Makarewicz, who led the inning off with a walk, scored.
The Warriors (11-2 conference,16-4 overall), however, answered that run with one of their own in the bottom of the second due in part to a couple of errors and single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings to win the game.
Neither team collected many hits in the game as Waupun edged the Tigers 5-3. Ripon did commit four errors in the game, which led to two of the Warriors’ four runs being unearned.
Kasuboski picked up the hard-luck loss in the circle as she gave up the four runs, two earned, on five hits and one walk. Hits for Ripon were recorded by Abby Radloff, Kylie Disterhaft and Downs.
Tigers blanked by Wolves 6-0
After falling to Winneconne 4-1 earlier in the season — its closest game since sweeping a doubleheader in 2013 — Ripon couldn’t muster any offense Tuesday as it fell to the Wolves 6-0 at home.
It gave up two runs in both the second and third innings and allowed single runs in the fifth and sixth.
Offensively, the Tigers managed just six hits and one walk. Recording the hits for them were Kasuboski, Lexi Miller Radloff, Makarewicz, Simonis and Bumby, with the walk being drawn by Makarewicz.
Kasuboski picked up the loss in the circle as she allowed the six runs, four earned, on 12 hits and two walks in seven innings of work. She did strike out four batters.
Ripon will try to extend its two-game winning streak and enter the postseason with some momentum Monday, when it hits the road to face Princeton/Green Lake at 4:45 p.m. in its regular-season finale.
The Tigers will kick off postseason play a week later as they are slated to travel Monday, June 14 to Winneconne to face the Wolves in a matchup of the Nos. 3 and 6 seeds in its 10-team half sectional.