Catcher Hunter Merrill holds the ball up for the umpire to see as the Berlin runner waits for the call after a close play at the plate. The runner was called out to end the game.
Catcher Hunter Merrill holds the ball up for the umpire to see as the Berlin runner waits for the call after a close play at the plate. The runner was called out to end the game.

   The Ripon High School baseball team wasted no time taking charge against an inexperienced Berlin team Tuesday afternoon.

   It scored 21 runs in the first inning and added six more in the second en route to a 28-1, five-inning home victory at Barlow Park.

   With the win, the Tigers improve to 3-0 in the East Central Conference and 3-1 overall. They did have a game against Kettle Moraine Lutheran Monday rained out.

   “Berlin is a very young team and is going to struggle,” Ripon head coach Dan Jonas said. “… At the plate, we swung at strikes and put the ball in play.”

   The Tigers did indeed get their bats on the ball as they walked just two times in the first inning, in which 26 batters came to the plate.

   They benefited from a number of hard-hit balls — including an Andrew Radloff home run — as well as errors and misplays by the Indians in the field.

   Ripon finished the game with 22 hits, with each starter recording at least one base knock.

   Radloff led the way with a 3-for-4 effort, which included the home run and a team-high six RBIs.

   Jack Kinziger added a 4-for-6 day and five RBIs, while Hunter Merrill was 3 for 3 with two RBIs.

   Also recording multiple hits and RBIs for Ripon were Joe Sharp (2 for 4, four RBIs), Tucker Bender (2 for 5, three RBIs), Cody Merrill (2 for 3, three RBIs), Alex Hanke (2 for 4, two RBIs).

Read the full story, which includes information on a big win over state-ranked Waupun, in the April 13, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.