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Conway tosses one-hitter in Ripon win over Bruins

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POSTED March 28, 2009 5:13 a.m.
RIVERBANK — Ripon senior hurler Michael Conway needed just 62 pitches to finish off a complete-game, one-hitter Friday afternoon in a 4-0 win at Riverbank.

Conway walked just one and hit another while striking out eight.

“Michael’s been in the shadows a bit, but this year he’s made a lot of strides,” Ripon head coach Mark Whelan said.

Conway is a tall pitcher, standing at 6-feet, 4-inches, and has yet to allow an earned run in 11 innings so far this season.

“He intimidates somewhat on the mound because of his size,” Whelan said. “They only hit him hard once on a single to right. He knew he was getting the start for over a week, so he’s been gearing up.”

The Indians rapped 11 hits, but didn’t string too many together, spreading out the run production with one each in the second third, fifth and seventh.

Kyle Wagner finished 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Camden Dowhower was 2 for 4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored.

Ripon (3-2 Trans Valley League, 3-6) travels to Modesto Christian Wednesday.

Escalon 7, Ripon 6 (Wednesday)
In Escalon, Kyle Wagner hit a 380-foot home run in the top of the seventh to knot the score at seven before Charlie McDonald won it for the Cougars with a single up the middle in the eighth.

SOCCER
Hughson 3, Ripon Christian 0
The Knights played much better against the Huskies this time around, battling to a scoreless tie through the first 40 minutes.

Hughson sent in a beautiful free kick, but were allowed a questionable penalty kick opportunity after a scuffle in the box.

“We really feel the score should have been closer,” RC head coach Travis Haveman said. “But we were happy to close the gap compared to our last game against Hughson.”

Beth Van Vliet had an outstanding day in goal and made a number of difficult stops.

RC will use a match-free week as an opportunity to regroup starting Monday.

Sonora 3, East Union 1 (Thursday)
Gianna Hedin recorded nine saves, but the Lancers were outshot 13-9 and fell at home.

Kaci Todd sent one home on a full-field assist from Reanna Schmitt.

Schmitt, Rachel Bonds and Alyssa Wegner were singled out by head coach Jim Todd for their defensive efforts.

The Lancers (1-3 VOL) head to Ceres Tuesday.
— Brandon Petersen
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