For the second time this young season, Ripon High dominated every facet of the game in handling intra-city rival Ripon Christian 10-0 in the mercy-rule shortened nonleague contest Thursday.
Ripon (4-1) got strong starting pitching from Mackenzie Gaudin, and Nicole Kaiser followed her with two solid innings, combining to hold the Knights to just one hit in the loss.
“Pitchers were throwing strikes, they got ahead in the count early and executed all game,” Ripon head coach Robert Vernon said. “We were also able to hit the ball real well; I don’t think we had an error on defense.
“It was a pretty flawless effort.”
The Indians jumped out with four in the first and added two runs apiece in the second, third and fifth innings. Darien Vandermaaten was 2-for-4 for Ripon and scored two runs, while teammates Melanie Wilkerson and Taylor Vernon were 2-for-3. Wilkerson scored twice and Vernon drove in four and scored once.
Ripon had the contest in control throughout, going to the bench to early and getting several players some playing time. Sophomore Breana Gall came in and crushed an offering in her first at-bat, smashing a solo homerun to straight away centerfield.
The two clubs met up earlier this week and Ripon won 8-1, bringing a close to the meetings between the two clubs with Ripon holding a 2-0 advantage.
“This had always been a friendly rivalry,” Vernon said. “We played them Monday and they played us a lot tighter than this. It was 0-0 for three or four innings. So we don’t take them lightly that’s for sure.
“We just had a good day and things were rolling our way.”