It took the Ripon American Legion baseball team a while to get going offensively Tuesday.

   But once the team did, it was bad news for Markesan.

   Ripon broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with six runs and added two more in the sixth and five in the seventh for to a 14-2 road win and a sweep of the regular-season series.

   “We finally woke the bats up a little bit,” Ripon head coach Austin Fenner said. “We got in a little bit of a lull the first couple innings there after we scored the one run in the first … and their starting pitcher got in a little bit of a groove. But we finally chased him in the fifth and got into their bullpen a little bit. Their bullpen struggled getting us out and we had some really timely hits with guys in scoring position.”

   A big reason Ripon was able to be successful offensively was its ability to collect extra-base hits; more than half of its hits (6 of 11) in the victory were doubles.

   Jack Kinziger and Andrew Radloff recorded two-baggers in the first inning to score a run, while Kinziger, Radloff, Max Huseboe and Conor Diedrich all doubled in the big, six-run fifth to drive home runs. Three of the four doubles in the fifth came with two outs.

Read the full story, which includes information on a win over Berlin and loss to Waupun, in the July 12, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.