Carter Hahn glances toward third base coach Kyle Bethke in bewilderment after getting called out on a low third strike to end the game.
Carter Hahn glances toward third base coach Kyle Bethke in bewilderment after getting called out on a low third strike to end the game.

  It is a script that the players for the Ripon American Legion Post 43 baseball team have seen before.

  They come within striking distance of a regional title, only to see Waupun end their season.

   For the second time in less than two months, that was the case as host Waupun defeated Ripon 3-1 Tuesday in the championship game of the regional tournament.

   Ripon’s high school team also was eliminated by Waupun in the title game in late May, ending what was one of its best seasons in recent history. It also marked the fourth-straight year Waupun ended Ripon’s high school season.

   The loss Tuesday was the second time Ripon (17-3 overall) fell to Waupun (19-1 overall) in the double-elimination tournament as it also lost 11-1 in six innings Sunday.

   “It’s a shame we get beat out by Waupun,” Ripon head coach Austin Fenner said. “There’s no other team I’d rather not get beat up by, but they’re a good team; you’ve got to tip your cap to them. They played a great game as well; their pitcher pitched phenomenal and they beat us pretty single-handedly Sunday, so just got to tip your hat to them.”

   Making the loss even more frustrating for Fenner was that Ripon shot itself in the foot with a few misplayed balls and was on the wrong end of a few calls.

   One misplay came in the second inning, when Waupun hit a shallow fly ball to right field that dropped between three defenders, allowing the first run to score.

Read the full story, which includes information about all the other games Ripon played during the tournament, in the July 25, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.