Conor Diedrich lays out to make a catch in foul territory during Ripon’s 13-3 win over Berlin Tuesday. He gave Brice Peth a break behind the plate.
Conor Diedrich lays out to make a catch in foul territory during Ripon’s 13-3 win over Berlin Tuesday. He gave Brice Peth a break behind the plate.

   Playing its first game in nearly a week, the Ripon American Legion Post 43 baseball team showed no signs of rust Tuesday in a 13-3 non-conference win over Berlin.

   Ripon scored in every inning of the five-inning victory, with 10 runs coming in the third and fourth.

   It hadn’t played since defeating Green Lake 5-1 last week Wednesday as its game against rival Waupun last week Thursday was rained out and Horicon canceled last week Saturday as a result of not having enough players.

   “I thought we took advantage of a couple big innings,” Ripon head coach Austin Fenner said, noting it took Ripon a few innings to adjust to the slower speeds of Berlin’s pitchers. “The teams we’ve been playing against have been throwing quite a bit harder; nothing against Berlin, they’re a pretty young team. That’s a big adjustment and it takes a little time for those hitters to get used to that ball coming in a lot slower.

   “It was a big day at the plate for a lot of guys. We haven’t had a game in a week, so we needed a good ... statement victory.”

   One player having a big day at the plate was Brice Peth.

   The incoming senior singled in his first at-bat, doubled in his second and tripled in his third to have a shot at recording the rare natural cycle in the fifth inning.

   Needing a home run in his final at-bat to achieve a feat that only 14 players in Major League Baseball have ever done, he got ahead 3-0 and swung at a high ball on the fourth pitch so he could see another pitch. But that next pitch was in the dirt as well as he drew the walk.

   Peth would steal second base after the walk and scored on Carter Hahn’s RBI single to give Ripon (8-0 overall) the 10-run advantage it needed to end the game after five innings.

Read the full story, which includes information on a couple of other players who had big games, as well as the 5-1 win over Green Lake, in the July 4, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.