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Macedo mashes for cycle in Ripon blowout

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POSTED April 29, 2010 2:20 a.m.

HUGHSON – With a single, a double and a triple already in the books, Ripon High’s Jared Macedo calmly strolled to the plate and put the finishing touches on his cycle when he blasted a homerun in his final at bat of the Indians’ 17-3 dismantling of Hughson High Wednesday in Trans Valley League play.

Macedo ended the contest 4 for 5, driving in four runs to help Ripon (6-4 TVL, 9-12 overall) keep pace in the TVL standings with Ripon Christian and Modesto Christian.

“I was ecstatic for Jared,” Ripon High head coach Mitch Evans said. “He had the single, double and triple going into his last at bat and we were going to pinch-hit for him. He told us to give him the one shot, and low and behold he turned on the first pitch and pulled it over the leftfield fence.”

Macedo wasn’t the only Indian feasting on Huskies pitching, with Jake McCreath going deep in his first two at bats, before ending the game 3 for 4 with two homers and a double. Leadoff hitter Alex Gustin also had three hits in the contest, going 3 for 5 with two double and a single.

Junior hurler Justin Scott handled the pitching duties for the Indians, scattering seven Hughson hits and holding the Huskies to a single run in the first, third and sixth innings.

“Justin did exactly what we needed him to do to get us a win,” Evans said. “He made sure he kept the ball down, he got ground balls and he got outs.

“That is all we can ask of Justin, to give us a chance to win it.”

Ripon Christian 6, Riverbank 0

RIPON – The Knights got a dominating pitching performance from Robbie De Vries to cruise past the Bruins 6-0 in TVL play Wednesday.

De Vries held Riverbank to just three hits without giving up a run and struck out 10 Bruin batters in the win. De Vries gave way to Wes Lown in the seventh, who retired the Bruins without hindrance.

Elijah English held the hot bat for Ripon Christian (7-3, 12-6) going 2 for 2 with a double and driving in a pair. Steve Vander Molen was 3 for 4 and scored a run, while Robert Hull chipped in with two hits and scored a run.

Ripon Christian and Riverbank will meet up again in Riverbank at 4 p.m.

— Jagada Chambers

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