Max Huseboe, left, and Brice Peth share a laugh after they made quick work of Randolph in the second inning.
Max Huseboe, left, and Brice Peth share a laugh after they made quick work of Randolph in the second inning.

   Before the Ripon American Legion Post 43 baseball team started its season Tuesday evening, it already ran into a pickle.

   It didn’t have enough jerseys for everyone on the team.

   You won’t hear any complaints from Ripon head coach Austin Fenner, however, especially after the team struggled to field a team at times over the last couple of years.

   “It’s a good problem to have when you don’t have enough jerseys to fill your whole team ...,” the third-year head coach said, noting Ripon has the maximum 18 people on its roster. “But other than that it’s good. We’re working on getting some more jerseys because they have that rule that the coaches have to wear them, too, otherwise I’d be fine.”

   The problem with not having enough jerseys is not the only one Fenner will have to contend with this summer. He also will be challenged to get all those players playing time.

   Making the challenge even more difficult is Ripon returns the entire starting lineup from a high school team that went 19-4 this spring and has unfinished business after losing to Waupun in the regional championship game.

   “The main goal is to win; I don’t like to lose ...,” Fenner said. “It’s a good problem to have, having a full roster, but at the same time, playing time is going to be a little bit of a shuffle; we’re going to have to be shuffling some guys in and out. But it does help when you start playing four or five games a week to have those numbers because, some guys may get tired. Hopefully no injuries happen, but if they do, at least I know I have a good depth on the on the bench, so that will be nice this year.”