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Ripon’s Price puts out flames

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POSTED April 23, 2014 11:37 p.m.

MODESTO – One day after his pitching staff was burned by Beyer in a double-digit loss, Jon Manrique did what most do in emergency situations.

He broke the proverbial glass and called upon his fire extinguisher.

Nick Price hadn’t thrown a pitch in more than a month, but the sophomore sparkled in a 7-1 victory over Grace Davis on Wednesday afternoon at the Dick Windemuth Tournament.

Price pitching six innings of one-hit ball as the Indians rebounded from Tuesday’s 17-4 loss and improved to 2-1 in tournament play.

“We focused back on pitching. (On Monday), we struggled all together as a pitching staff,” Manrique said. “So we talked about controlling the game and letting the defense help us out.”

To accomplish that, Manrique put the ball in Price’s hand.

He hadn’t made an appearance on the mound since March 18, when he was knocked around by Brookside Christian in a loss, and hadn’t logged more than two innings since working into the sixth in a complete-game victory over Ripon Christian on March 6.

If he was rusty, no one was the wiser.

Price struck out six, walked three and surrendered only a bloop single to the hometown Spartans, who plated their only run on a balk.

“Nick stepped up for us today,” Manrique praised. “He pitched a heckuva game for us. He gave up the one single. Other than that, he was almost perfect.”

Caleb Rogers and Angelo Baciocco made sure the balk wouldn’t sting.

Rogers went 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs. The Indians’ cleanup hitter is batting nearly .500 in 19 games with a team-high 16 doubles and 21 extra-base hits. “You can see his power in those doubles,” Manrique said. “He’s constantly getting base hits for us.”

While Rogers has been steady for the Indians, Angelo Baciocco has been a pleasant surprise since being called up from the sophomore team. Manrique has moved Baciocco up and down his lineup card, showcasing the catcher/first baseman’s ability to drive the ball and get on base.

Baciocco went 1 for 3 against the Spartans, driving in two runs. On Tuesday, he had a bases-loaded double, one of the few bright spots in a loss to Beyer.

“Since he’s been up, he’s been red hot,” Manrique said. “We’ve moved him up and down the lineup. Today we moved him to the three-spot and he did the job. He’s a young kid that shows excellent hands and power, as well.”

Baciocco may have found a home in the middle of Ripon’s batting order, sandwiched between speedster Josh Clark and the hard-hitting Rogers.

“With those three, it’s a tough combination for any pitcher to come across in the beginning of the game or at the top of any other inning,” Manrique said.

Ripon (11-7-1) continues tournament play today at Modesto.

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