STOCKTON — The Ripon Christian softball team had problems getting on track Monday in an 11-0 five-inning error-plagued mercy rule loss to host Stagg of Stockton in non-league action.
“The girls are a little tight,” Knights coach Lenny Rizzuto said. “They are definitely a little tight. They need to learn to rely on the whole team rather than just one player.
“Practice has been good. Our other non-league game was good so I just don’t know.”
The good practices did not transfer to the game. Ripon Christian (1-1) allowed seven hits and committed seven errors through three innings when the Delta Queens (1-1) scored all of their runs.
“Even though we lost our first game to Kimball, we hit the ball in that one. too,” Stagg coach Ben Atad said. “We had 10-plus hits in that game. The girls are really focused on hitting the ball.”
Christina Martinez no-hit the Knights, allowing no runners to third and just two to second.
“She throws hard,” Atad said of Martinez. “This is her first game pitching. We just started working with her.
“She is usually my catcher but I am fortunate to have two good catchers.”
Jamie Shipley came in to pitch the fourth for Ripon Christian and blanked Stagg in its last at-bat.
The Delta Queens took a 3-0 lead in the first inning behind three RBI doubles. After adding a run on three Knights errors in the second inning, Stagg added four more runs in the third inning on four hits with four more Ripon Christian errors.