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Indians again baffled by MC’s O’Leary

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POSTED April 17, 2010 2:34 a.m.
SALIDA – Modesto Christian starter Nathan O’Leary put together another dominant performance, holding Ripon High to just four hits in a complete-game win Friday in Trans Valley League action.

Zach Evans and Alex Gustin both went 1 for 3 with an RBI against O’Leary, but that would be all the Indians could muster against the Crusaders’ overpowering lefty.

“He does a good job of mixing his pitches up to keep you on your toes,” Ripon head coach Mitch Evans said. “He has a good fastball, he keeps the ball down and he has a great pickoff move so he negates your running game.

“I would say he’s one of the better guys we’ve faced this year.”
The Indians (4-4 TVL, 7-11 overall) pushed across the game’s first run in the top of the first with Evans’ RBI single which plated Gustin, but Ripon would surrender two in the bottom half of the inning thanks to consecutive errors.

The Crusaders would score two more in the third, one in the fourth and close it out with a two-spot in the fifth inning. Ripon has no choice but to put the loss behind them, with an ever-so-important matchup with Ripon Christian awaiting the club Wednesday.

“The TVL is up for grabs,” Evans said of his squad’s chances. “Right now in this league, on any given day anybody can beat you. I think we’re still in the thick of this thing and we’re going to compete each and every time we take the field.

“Then we’ll see where the chips fall when it’s all said and done.”

Ripon Christian 19, Hughson 1
HUGHSON – The Huskies got introduced to an offensive juggernaut that put together an inning for the ages in a lopsided 19-1 Ripon Christian victory Friday in TVL action.

Ripon Christian (5-2, 10-5) proved to be a different club following its one-run loss to Hughson Wednesday, breaking out for a second inning that seemingly had no end to it. The Knights erupted for 15 runs in the inning, smashing the ball all over the yard before leaving with a win after the five-inning affair.

“We were able to score 12 runs with two outs in that second inning,” Ripon Christian head coach John DeVisser said. “Every body had good at bat’s at that inning and we were able to pull away from there.”

Robbie DeVries got the start for Ripon Christian, going four innings before giving way to Tyler Voogd for the final inning.

The Knights will try and make it two straight when they host crosstown rival Ripon High Wednesday at 4 p.m.

— Jagada Chambers
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