Teara Morgenroth squeezes the ball at first base to record an out against Marian.
Teara Morgenroth squeezes the ball at first base to record an out against Marian.

   The Ripon College softball program might not be where it wants to be yet as it attempts to turn a corner and become a powerhouse.

   But one trait that cannot be taken away is its fight.

   The Red Hawks battled over the weekend. After dropping the first game of a doubleheader against Beloit 5-2 and falling behind in game two 2-0, Ripon defeated the Buccaneers 4-3 in extra innings.

   The games took place last week Saturday in Beloit, after Ripon had some bad weather in the forecast.

   “I am very pleased with our team’s ‘never quit’ attitude, and I am glad we were able to bounce back in extra innings,” Ripon head coach Brooke Kalman said. “The loss in game one was especially disappointing considering we left several base runners in scoring position, and we were headed down the same path in game two. Our team found a way to win in the end, and that is all I can ask for sometimes.”

   The Red Hawks won the game in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Teara Morgenroth fly ball, which was dropped by the left fielder to allow the winning run to score.

   They entered the bottom of the frame down one run after Beloit scored once in the top half to take a lead and force them to at least tie it.

   Lexi Reetz scored the tying run on a wild pitch, after doubling to start off the eighth inning and advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt.

Read the full story, which includes information on games against Carthage and Lawrence, in the April 20, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.