Lynn Novak swings at a pitch during Ripon’s 11-2 loss to Plymouth.
Lynn Novak swings at a pitch during Ripon’s 11-2 loss to Plymouth.

   One bad inning once again was the difference for the Ripon Tiger softball team against Plymouth.

   After giving up eight runs in an inning in a 9-4 loss to the Panthers earlier this season, it allowed six in the fourth inning last week Thursday en route to an 11-2 defeat.

   The game, which was moved to Plymouth the day of the game due to poor field conditions at Murray Park, was tied at 2 entering the fourth.

   “The ‘uncontrollables,’ as they call them, of the game were kind of in everybody’s head and spirit,” Ripon head coach Rachel Minch said. “It was supposed to be a home game, it was supposed to be our senior night and then we ended up last minute having to change locations all the way to Plymouth. So people were flustered by that and spirits were kind of broken because many of the senior parents couldn’t even make it. And the condition of the field was not ideal as well. It was very slippery for pitchers.”

   While both pitchers had to deal with the conditions, Minch noted Ripon struggled with it more, especially in that fourth inning.

Read the full story, which includes information on Ripon's regional opponent, in the May 16, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.