Isabella Osborn swings at a pitch against Illinois College. A day earlier, she broke the school record for RBIs in a game (six) and tied the mark for hits (four).
Isabella Osborn swings at a pitch against Illinois College. A day earlier, she broke the school record for RBIs in a game (six) and tied the mark for hits (four).

   The Ripon College Red Hawk softball team did all it could on the mound and in the field Sunday against Illinois College (IC).

   Unfortunately, the offense didn’t hold up its end of the bargain.

   The Red Hawks were shut out in a pair of games 1-0 in 11 innings and 4-0 in regulation.

   The games took place in Ripon.

   “Our team is built around strong defense and great pitching, and I am very impressed with the defensive efforts we have been putting forth,” Ripon head coach Brooke Kalman said. “Not being able to score runs is beyond frustrating. We hit the ball very well in game one against IC, but we were just not able to get that timely hit.”

   That’s exactly what happened in the bottom of the ninth of game one, with the Red Hawks (2-4 conference, 6-14 overall) up to bat.

  The winning runner stood at third base with two outs, but the batter grounded out to end the inning.

   The Lady Blues (5-11 conference, 11-7 overall) scored a run in the 11th inning to win the game.

   Ripon also had troubles getting the big hit in the second game as it stranded nine runners on base.

   Kalman noted IC deserved some of the credit for Ripon’s struggles.

Read the full story, which includes information on a pair of wins against Knox and a couple tough losses at St. Norbert, in the April 13, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.