The Ripon High School softball team has shown improvement, but it hasn’t translated into victories.
Its most recent example was Tuesday evening, when it was swept in a road doubleheader by Little Chute 9-0 and 15-2.
The second game ended after just five innings.
“We are putting the ball in play a lot more than we were at the beginning of the year,” Ripon head coach Mallary Nissen said. “Obviously, we’re not always getting on base, but the girls are at least making contact now and we’ve cut down significantly on errors, which is really good.”
The first game was indicative of Nissen’s perspective on the Tigers’ offense as they had some good swings at the ball, but were no-hit. Players did reach base on errors.
Defensively, Ripon (0-6 conference, 3-9 overall) allowed the Mustangs to score one run in the fourth inning of game one, four in the third, and two in the fifth and sixth.
The Tigers jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game two on an RBI by Amber Sandstrom.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Mustangs (5-5 conference, 5-6 overall) tied the game in the next half inning and added five runs in the third, sixth in the fourth and three in the fifth to put in effect the 10-run mercy rule.
Ripon did show life at the plate as it managed five hits off the same pitcher who had a no-hitter in game one.
Read the full story, which includes information about games against Wautoma and Oshkosh Lourdes, in the April 30, 2015 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.