Tiana Chacon and the Ripon softball team got their revenge.
Their 4-2 win at Orestimba Thursday clinched a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth and erases the heartache of last year’s Trans-Valley League finale against the same Warriors.
The Indians needed to win that game to qualify for the postseason, but Chacon was robbed of a walk-off hit when an Orestimba outfielder made a spectacular shoe-string catch with the bases loaded and two out.
On Thursday, Chacon drilled a two-run homer in the first inning and belted an RBI double in the fifth to finish 2 for 4.
“I’m so happy for Tiana. She came through in a big way for us,” Ripon coach Robert Vernon said. The Indians (8-3 TVL, 18-7 overall) will make their first playoff appearance under the seventh-year coach. He isn’t sure when the school last qualified for softball. Ripon’s last league championship was earned in 1996.
“It’s a tribute to how hard they’ve worked,” he said. “They set lofty goals, and our No. 1 goal was to make the playoffs.”
Freshman Danielle Sperry was 4 for 4 from the plate and recorded a two-inning save from the pitcher’s circle. Cara Brown and Taylor Vernon both went 2 for 4. Mackenzie Gauden pitched the first five innings, yielding a run, two hits and striking out eight.