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Indians bounced by Central Catholic

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POSTED April 8, 2010 2:53 a.m.
ATWATER – It was just a few weeks ago that first-year Ripon head coach Mitchell Evans was thrilled with his relatively young team scoring six runs in a 10-6 loss to the established Central Catholic program in a non-league game.

And on Wednesday, his upstart Indians almost took down the team that at one point they admired more than they respected.

With Ripon’s Justin Scott on the hill for the game’s first seven innings – allowing only four runs – it was up to the Indians offense to help carry Ripon into the championship game of an Atwater Tournament that the program usually doesn’t get to play in because they’re no longer on spring break.

First to strike for Ripon was team-leader and new second baseman Matt Ratto who drove in a pair of runs in the second inning to keep the Indians alive. Designated hitter Sam Van Vuren finished the game 2 for 3.

Ultimately, the Raiders pulled out a 5-4 finish in the eighth inning and knocked Ripon out of the hardware round of the tournament.

“At this point we’re pleased that we got to play in the Atwater Tournament and get some extra games in,” Evans said. “I’m very pleased with the competitive nature of my players. They’ve really learned what it’s like to complete at a higher level.

“Central Catholic is a great team, and we played a hard fought game and never let up. We’re starting to mature as a team, and we’re starting to grow by leaps and bounds.”

East Union  5, Central Valley 1
On Tuesday, the Lancers took care of their end of the bargain, handling the Hawks to set up an ultra-important contest with Manteca High today at 6:30 p.m. at East Union.

Megan Howley scored the Lancers’ first goal in the game’s sixth minute. Kayla Lamont would get on the scoreboard five minutes later and Eliana da Silva nailed a shot for a 3-1 halftime lead.

– Jason Campbell
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