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Ripon Christian crumbles in loss

Ripon sophomore Nick Price went the distance on Thursday, giving up 3 hits and striking out 5 in a 10-0 win over Ripon Christian.


POSTED March 7, 2014 12:42 a.m.

RIPON – Ripon Christian sophomore Travis Zuidervaart had the Indians’ lineup baffled Thursday.

The Knights’ left-handed pitcher looked impressive for 4 1/3 innings and gave up no hits.

Zuidervaart was pulled after issuing his third walk against the 15th batter he faced to open the fifth inning.

Ripon (1-0) took a two-run lead by the end of the fifth and then erupted for eight more in the sixth to complete a 10-run mercy rule over Ripon Christian (0-1).

“We haven’t seen any lefties yet this year, so our boys were a little off,” Ripon first-year head coach Jon Manrique said. “Once (Danny Vander Molen) came in, we were able to jump right on him. But (Zuidervaart) brought it. You could see his mechanics and that he’s a very talented pitcher.”

Ripon sophomore Nick Price is talented as well.

Price made up the other half of this cross-town pitcher’s duel as he got the complete-game victory, finishing with five strikeouts, two walks and gave up no runs on three hits.

After Zuidervaart was pulled during the fifth, the junior Vander Molen entered and surrendered two scores before inducing a ground ball to third to escape the inning.

“(Zuidervaart) was at 75 (pitches) and that was stretching it,” Ripon Christian head coach John De Visser said. “He looks strong at this point, (but) we were just protecting him. I’m not going to risk the health of a player to win a baseball game.”

Ripon’s Jarrod Andrews broke the scoreless knot with an RBI-single to shallow left that scored junior catcher Zach Horwood. Josh Clark (0 of 2) made it 2-0 after recording his first of two sacrifice-flies.

In the top of the sixth, Ripon Christian put two runners on the bags with no outs. Vander Molen led off the inning by drawing a walk, followed by a David Henderson knock up the middle.

Price got the next out on a pop fly and then finished the inning with two strikeouts to escape, including the final K against Zuidervaart, who left the potential game-tying runners stranded in position.

“Price did really well,” Manrique added. “He steps on the mound with a good-time attitude, so it’s hard to take him seriously sometimes. But he threw strikes, and when he did leave a couple high he didn’t get damaged.”

Price avoided damage in the second inning, particularly. He allowed the Knights to move runners to second and third before finishing the frame by striking out Zuidervaart to exit the jam. RC’s Connor McGovern had one of his squad’s three hits, including a second-inning single.

Ripon Christian freshman catcher Brian Thomas had a single in the fifth inning and Henderson put on ein play in the sixth.

Ripon’s Luke Robison led the team in RBIs (3) and went 1 of 2 with a run. Andrews led the Indians in hits and went 2 of 3 with a run and a pair of RBIs.

During the sixth frame, Horwood ignited the offensive outburst with line-drive, RBI single that scored Caleb Rogers to make it 3-0. Senior David Goforth brought home Trent Murphy with an RBI, which was prior to Robison crushing a two-RBI double to the warning track that scored Goforth and Rogers to make it 6-0.

Ripon Christian replaced Vander Molen and used two more pitchers before the Indians completed the game a half inning early.

Andrews scored Robison to make it 7-0. Ripon senior Michael Ysit then connected on an RBI triple that brought in Andrews in and Clark and made it 9-0. Price singled in the final stanza and came across the plate after Murphy ended it.

Ripon’s next game is today at Edison-Stockton at 3:30 p.m. and then Saturday at 10 a.m. on the road against Lathrop. Ripon Christian will host Bret Harte next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

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