The Ripon Tiger baseball team’s bat went quiet Tuesday in a 6-3 road loss to the Kewaskum Indians.

   It managed the three runs on just six hits, both of which are among its lowest totals of the season. It also stranded eight runners.

   As a result, it dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season and missed out on a chance to tie Waupun for the conference lead.

   Waupun was upset by Plymouth 7-5 at home Tuesday.

   “Hunter [Auchtung] pitched a heck of a game for us; he deserved better than six hits,” Ripon head coach Dan Jonas said. “I was very disappointed in our plate discipline [and] our approach. It did not seem like we were motivated to play a game. One of the things that we’ve been working on and emphasizing is to drive runners in when in scoring position and we failed miserably.”

   The Tigers (10-3 conference, 14-5 overall) also didn’t do a lot defensively to help Auchtung, especially in the second inning.

   They committed two errors in the frame, which allowed the Indians to score a pair of runs and take a 2-0 lead.
Kewaskum (8-4 conference, 12-5 overall), which is third in the conference standings, extended the advantage to 3-0 in the third inning and added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth to take a 6-1 cushion into the seventh and final inning.

Read the full story, which includes information on a one-run loss to Waupun, in the May 16, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.