“Ugly.”

That is how Ripon High School head baseball coach Dan Jonas summed up Tuesday’s home game against the Winneconne Wolves.

The teams combined for 22 walks, the last of which came with the bases loaded to give Ripon a 14-13 walk-off home win.

The Tigers also committed seven errors in the game.

“When your walks surpass your hits, it is an ugly game,” Jonas said. “I guess it is fitting that the winning run was walked in.”

The game was sloppy from the start as Winneconne scored six runs in the first inning, due in part to walks and errors.

Ripon answered with three runs in its half of the inning to cut the deficit in half, before the game temporarily settled down.

After only one run was scored in the next three innings, the Wolves tacked on three more in the fifth inning — only to see the Tigers answer with nine of their own in the bottom half.

The lead for Ripon would be short-lived, however, as an error to the second batter in the sixth inning opened up another three-run inning for Winneconne to make it 13-12.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Jordan Finley led off for the Tigers with a single and the next four batters all walked or were hit by a pitch.

Brett Peth drew the game-winning walk for Ripon.

Jack Kinziger picked up the victory on the mound. He came on to finish the sixth inning and stranded runners at second and third in the seventh to keep it a one-run game.

Read the full story, which includes information on a 6-4 win over Omro Monday and a 9-4 loss to Fox Valley Lutheran last week Friday, in the April 15, 2015 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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