After just 10 games, the Ripon College softball team already has more wins than it had last season.

   The Red Hawks went 4-6 during their spring break trip to Florida last week, surpassing the three wins it had in 36 games in 2016.

   “The four wins our team achieved in Florida are a testament to the work we put in the past two months,” Ripon head coach Brooke Kalman said. “Once we gave Millsaps, a team that was 13-4 when we played them, all they could handle in game one,

   I knew we were going to get over the hill and compete every game in Florida, and I can say for the most part we did just that.”

   While she believed the Red Hawks would pick up some victories after the first game, it took a few contests for them to do that.

   They lost their first three, before winning two in a row and four of their last seven to finish their trip.

   “In our first three games, we had a chance to win every one of the games; however it seemed as if we were playing not to lose, instead of playing to win,” Kalman said. “As a team we discussed the difference between those two mindsets and made the change to becoming a team that plays to win. I am impressed with our team’s ability to not get down on themselves and to believe that they will win.”

   Another reason why Ripon was able to turn the corner on the trip was the pitching of Lexi Reetz.

   The sophomore pitched a two-hitter in the Red Hawks’ first victory — a 5-0 win over Macalester College — and a perfect game against the University of Minnesota-Morris in their second win.

Read the full story, which includes information about a gutsy extra-inning win over Norwich, in the March 23, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.