The Ripon College Red Hawk baseball team wasted no time taking charge during its doubleheader against Knox last week Saturday.

   It jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning in both games en route to sweeping the twin bill 8-4, 10-5.

    The games initially were to be played in Ripon, but were moved to Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., due to poor field conditions.

   The fast starts were a script reversal of past years, when the Red Hawks would often fall behind early and stay behind.

   “I think for so many times, some of our opponents, it’s been flipped-flopped, so the guys know what it’s like to be down right away and have to battle back,” Ripon head coach Eric Cruise said. “We’ve talked a lot of about what type of team they can be and now getting out to early leads is a sign in getting them to believe in what they’re capable of doing.”

   He added any time you take an early lead on an opponent, it changes their approach a little bit, especially once it gets past the third inning.

   “They start to do different things and they can’t play a short game,” Cruise said. “It’s just a confidence builder; it allows you some room for error and it just gets these guys to believe they can beat anybody.”

Read the full story, which includes information on how Ripon scored those runs as well as its dominance on the base paths, in the April 18, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.