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First-place Hughson rips Ripon
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Ripon had a slight hiccup on Tuesday afternoon, dropping a 10-0 Trans Valley League contest on the road against first-place Hughson.

The Indians (15-7 overall, 5-3 TVL) are still sitting in a pretty good position to be the second team from their league to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs.

“We’re right in the mix,” Ripon head coach Robert Vernon said. “If we can take two out of the next four we’re in as the second place team from the TVL. We control our own destiny, and I have a lot of confidence we’ll pull through.”

Against Hughson (8-0 TVL, 16-4-1 overall), Ripon’s bats were relatively quiet, only reeling off three total hits against the dealing of Katelyn Harden (seven strikeouts).

Hughson went ahead 3-0 after the first two innings. The Huskies added two more in the fourth and five more in the fifth to end the game early because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Mackenzie Gauden pitched for Ripon and gave up 10 runs on nine hits. The Indians’ defense committed two errors. Nicole Kaiser, Taylor Vernon and Morgan Ormonde tallied up Ripon’s hits.

Ripon will be back in action on Thursday at home against Modesto Christian at 4 p.m.