Hunter Auchtung runs toward third base en route to scoring on T.J. Mullowney’s two-run double.
Hunter Auchtung runs toward third base en route to scoring on T.J. Mullowney’s two-run double.

   It took the Ripon American Legion Post 43 baseball team a little time to shake off some rust Tuesday, but it recovered to defeat Randolph 9-5 at Barlow Park.

   With a two-week gap between its players’ last high school game and first Legion game, Ripon trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the fourth inning and was without a hit.

   Then it erupted for seven runs in the frame and added two more in the fifth to take control.

   “I told [assistant] coach Kyle Bethke it’s only a matter of time before we’re going to figure this out and get ... that muscle memory back and figure out the pitcher. And that second time through the order, it was a totally different scenario,” Ripon head coach Austin Fenner said. “You’re going to have that your first game after a big break. I’m not disappointed in how they played at all, but it definitely made it a little more interesting than I hoped it would be.”

   Bailey Revels got the offense started for Ripon in the fourth inning with a one-out double, kick-starting what was nine-straight batters who reached base in the inning.

   After Max Huseboe got on, Sam Vanevenhoven drove in both runners to give Ripon a 2-1 lead.