The Ripon High School baseball team appeared to be well on its way to extra innings in its regional final game against host Wisconsin Dells last week Wednesday.
It quickly recorded the first two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and needed only one more to send the game to the eighth.
But as quickly as the Tigers posted the outs, they were walking off the field in shock — trying to comprehend what had just happened.
Wisconsin Dells, the No. 1 seed in Ripon’s half-sectional bracket, strung together back-to-back hits to win the game 5-4 and advance to the sectional semifinals.
It singled through the hole between second and third base and received a game-winning walk-off double on a full-count pitch to end Ripon’s season.
The Tigers were the No. 3 seed and advanced to regional final with a 10-2 win over No. 6 seed Berlin and a 1-0 upset victory of No. 2 seed Westfield. They finish the season with a record of 13-7.
“We hit the ball as well as we had all year,” Ripon head coach Dan Jonas said. “Top to the bottom of the order, we were aggressive at the plate and took charge. We had a couple opportunities that we missed out on and Wisconsin Dells got the big hit in the seventh to score the winning run. Payton [Bryden] took the loss [on the mound] but battled all game to keep us in the game.”
Part of the reason why the Tigers were shocked, besides how fast it happened, was that they never trailed in the game until the end.
Read the full story in the June 6, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.