Conor Diedrich connects with a pitch in the opening inning of the first game against St. Mary’s Springs. He hit a two-run single in the frame to make it 3-0.
Conor Diedrich connects with a pitch in the opening inning of the first game against St. Mary’s Springs. He hit a two-run single in the frame to make it 3-0.

   The Ripon American Legion Post 43 baseball team out-scored St. Mary’s Springs Academy (SMSA) by 19 runs during a doubleheader Tuesday at Barlow Park.

   Yet, it left more to be desired for head coach Austin Fenner.

   Ripon won the games 10-0 in six innings and 12-3 to improve to 9-0 in the East Central American Legion North Division and 10-0 overall. SMSA drops to 5-6 in the division.

   “I think we could have done a little better, to be honest with you,” Fenner said. “We left a lot of runs out there that we should have had, but I can’t complain about two almost 10-run victories … It’s good to start off a busy week ... with two victories and I think that just builds momentum going into this week with a couple of tough teams coming up in Horicon and Lomira.”

   Ripon didn’t just begin the week on a strong note, it began both games well as it jumped out to leads of 7-0 and 4-0, respectively, after two innings of play.

   “It’s huge for everybody’s confidence and you just get the momentum swing going right away,” Fenner said of the early leads. “That’s what you need to do if you want to win games. If you keep putting up crooked numbers, you’re going to have a hard time losing.”

Read the full story, which includes information on havoc wrecked on the base paths, in the July 11, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.