Sam Vanevenhoven camps under the ball to record the final out in Ripon’s 13-3, five-inning, game-two win over Mayville. Watching is Max Huseboe (16).
Sam Vanevenhoven camps under the ball to record the final out in Ripon’s 13-3, five-inning, game-two win over Mayville. Watching is Max Huseboe (16).

   Playing without three of its four seniors, the Ripon American Legion Post 43 baseball team didn’t miss a step last week Saturday during a twin bill against Mayville.

   It won game one 15-2 and the second 13-3, both in five innings.

   Missing from the game were seniors Hunter Auchtung, Cade Jahns and T.J. Mullowney.

   “You sometimes enter those games going, ‘OK, now what?’” said assistant coach Kyle Bethke, who was the acting head coach as Austin Fenner couldn’t make it. “But when you have the depth there and then you also have Sam [Vanevenhoven], Max [Huseboe], Bailey [Revels] and Conor [Diedrich] that all can play different positions, it makes a big difference.”

   He also was pleased with the play of Brett Bock, who stepped in for Mullowney in the first game and played a solid first base in his Legion debut. He also had a hit.

   Also making an impact on the games were big innings, which included a five-run first in the opening contest to get Ripon started.

   It drew four walks and collected three singles in the first frame to jump out to the 5-0 advantage.

Read the full story, which includes information on Ripon's pitching, in the June 27, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.