Bailey Revels lays out to make a diving, tumbling catch in the fifth inning of Ripon’s 3-0 win over Green Lake last week Saturday. It saved a run from scoring.
Bailey Revels lays out to make a diving, tumbling catch in the fifth inning of Ripon’s 3-0 win over Green Lake last week Saturday. It saved a run from scoring.

   The Ripon American Legion Post 43 baseball team found itself right in the position it wanted to be heading into Tuesday evening.

   It just needed to beat a Fox Lake/Randolph team that was tied for last place in its division on the road to finish off its first undefeated regular season in recent memory.

   And entering the bottom of the seventh inning with a 6-1 advantage, it was three outs away from accomplishing just that.

   Then, the unthinkable happened.

   Ripon allowed six runs in the frame to suffer its first loss of the season 7-6 in walk-off fashion.

   “It is frustrating to lose in your last game when you’re going for an undefeated regular season; there’s no doubt about it,” Ripon head coach Austin Fenner said. “But at the same time, we had the game within our control. And ... we should have had a lot bigger lead … against a team like that. But then again ... maybe there’s a blessing in disguise: get that loss out of the way. Maybe it’ll kind of give them a shock that we can be beaten. Going into the tournament, that not might not be such a bad thing.”

Read the full story, which includes information on wins over Rosendale/Brandon, Green Lake, Lomira/Theresa and Horicon, in the July 18, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.