After scoring more than five runs just once in its first five games of its annual spring break trip to Florida, the Ripon College Red Hawk softball team’s bats heated up a bit.

    Unfortunately, hot bats didn’t lead to many wins as Ripon finished The Spring Games just 3-7 overall.

   The Red Hawks started 2-1, winning games against Nichols 3-0 and Bethany 5-0 behind strong pitching from Lexi Reetz.

   Their only loss was a 9-1 defeat against Nebraska Wesleyan in six innings.

   They then lost five of their next six games, during many of which they did a better job hitting the ball.

   Defeats came against Wesleyan University, 5-2; Anderson, 1-0; Allegheny, 11-6; Carleton 2-1; Elmhurst, 11-9; and Springfield, 11-3 (six innings). Their only win was a 9-7 victory over Manchester.

   “We certainly hit the ball in a couple of those games a little bit better,” Ripon head coach Steve Wammer said of the offense. “I think we had nine [runs] against Elmhurst and nine against Manchester. It’s unfortunate Carlton had a very solid pitcher and we had runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh inning; we needed one more hit and we might have picked up that one as well.”

   Despite not coming away with more wins during their time in Florida, Wammer views the trip as a success and a learning experience.

Read the full story, which includes information on some of those learning experiences, in the March 28, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.