RIPON – It was line drive after line drive and rocket after rocket.
And then it stopped.
Ripon High had opened its neighborhood battle with Ripon Christian slugging and never let up, stopping the Knights in prompt fashion as the overhanging sunlight proved more harmful than picturesque in Ripon’s 10-0 win Tuesday.
With only one active pitcher on the roster Ripon Christian had no interest in leaving its pitcher Shelbie Vrieling in the line of fire of a lethal and ignited Indians offense.
“She couldn’t even see the catcher’s signals and I didn’t want her taking one up the middle,” Ripon Christian head coach Shannon Vrieling said. “Ripon is a very good hitting team and I sure didn’t want her taking a line drive off her body or face; that’s the only pitcher we have.”
The Indians opened with four hits before a walk and an out prefaced a homerun blast over the centerfield fence from Breanna Gall. Gall’s 3-run shot broke things wide open for the Indians.
“I think it was a 1-1 count and I put the hit-and-run on because I knew we were going to get a pitch,” Ripon head coach Robert Vernon said. “And she hit it out of the park. It’s the second time I’ve given her a hit-and-run and she’s hit it out.”
Gall had the big knock in a lineup with three hitters with multiple hits, five extra-base hits and only one strikeout. Melanie Wilkerson and Nicole Kaiser were both 2-for-2 and Wilkerson scored twice. Both Tiana Chacon and Shayla Da Rosa had run scoring doubles.
Mackenzie Gauden handled the pitching duties with relative ease, striking out seven without surrendering a walk or a hit.
Ripon (5-0) will stroll right into stiffer competition, getting a shot at Delhi, Sierra and Lincoln of Stockton before things count for real in Trans-Valley League action with league favorite Hughson.
“We have some tough games coming up,” Vernon said. “The Delhi kid struck out 17 against Orestimba and then we have some challenging games with Sierra, Hughson and East Union, so we’ll see.
“I’m pleased with them; they are a tough group of kids.”
Manteca 10, McNair 2
The Buffaloes surrendered a pair of harmless runs late to McNair, but otherwise had no trouble in a one-sided win Tuesday.
Annissa Gonzlaez was 3-for-4 for Manteca with two triples and a double. She also had a walk and came around to score twice. Teammate Celina Cooper was 2-for-4, while Nicole Magnuson went 2-for-4.
The Buffaloes had 12 hits at the plate and Manteca pitcher Peyton Rose only surrendered three. Rose also struck out 10 in the win.
Sierra 5, Atwater 0
Sierra got another sterling pitching effort from junior pitcher Allison Walljasper, dominating the Falcons by stifling them to one hit and 18 strikeouts in a shutout win.
Iyana Hughes (2-for-4) and Devi Coglio (2-for-3) both had multi-hit games for Sierra (3-0) as did Walljasper who was 2-for-4.