The Ripon College softball team had nothing to play for last weekend, at least in terms of the Midwest Conference Tournament.

   That didn’t stop it from fighting until the final out during its doubleheader against Knox Sunday.

   The Red Hawks split a pair of 5-4 games with the Prairie Fire, which hosted the games due to inclement weather in Wisconsin yet was the road team in the score book.

   “It was impressive,” Ripon head coach Steve Wammer said. “We had to take a five-hour bus trip that morning to go down to Galesburg to play and to fight to the end; even when everything wasn’t going our way, I was very proud of them. And hopefully that last game, that lets the seniors go out on a positive note, but also for the underclassmen [that gives them] a little bit of momentum of ‘Hey, [this is] what we could be; what we could do better.’”

   In the first game, Ripon (5-13 conference, 10-26 overall) fell behind Knox (2-16 conference, 6-32 overall) 1-0 in the first inning.

   The scored stayed that way until the sixth, when the Red Hawks tied it on a Julia Sanchez sacrifice fly.

   After neither team scored in the seventh to force extra innings, the Prairie Fire put up a three-spot on a three-run home run to make it 4-1.

Read the full story, which includes information on a high-scoring game against Knox a few days earlier, in the May 2, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.