Tucker Benders stretches to record the out at first base as Cody Sandleback watches.
Tucker Benders stretches to record the out at first base as Cody Sandleback watches.

   Ripon High School pitcher Cody Sandleback earned the nickname “Bulldog” from his teammates and coaches as a result of the tenacity he shows on the mound.

   The senior lived up to his moniker Tuesday evening.

  Sandleback battled through trouble all game to allow just four runs to help the Tigers defeat Winneconne 10-4 at Barlow Park.

   “Cody did a nice job throwing strikes and overcame some errors to throw a 92-pitch complete game,” Ripon head coach Dan Jonas said. “I thought we had some nice hits, but we also lacked discipline on a lot of counts that were in our favor. [These are] things to work on, but with the morning rain [Tuesday] I’m glad we got the game in and got the win.”

   Sandleback didn’t have one clean inning as he gave up 11 hits and had to overcome two errors. He was helped by five strikeouts and not walking a single batter.

   The right-handed hurler stranded runners at third base in both the second and third innings, worked around a single and error to begin the fourth, a lead-off single in the sixth and another error with one out in the seventh inning.

   The only inning where Sandleback wasn’t able to get out of a jam was the fifth, when the first three batters reached base. He did get the next batter to hit a fly ball, but the right fielder misplayed the ball, allowing two runs to score.

   A groundout then allowed another run to score, but that was all the Wolves got the rest of the game.

Read the full story, which includes information about the offense, in the April 6, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.