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Ripon gets rematch in D5 finals
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Ripon pitcher Danielle Sperry delivers from the circle against Trans-Valley League rival Hughson in Fridays Sac-Joaquin Section Division V semifinal at Arnaiz Softball Complex. - photo by Photo by WAYNE THALLANDER

STOCKTON — Chapter 5 of the Ripon-Hughson saga will take place at noon today at Arnais Field.

The Indians (22-7) lost Friday to the Huskies in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Softball Championship Tournament, 8-3.

They rebounded by playing stellar defense against Bear River, winning 4-2.

“We took advantage of every bobble and every miscue,” said Ripon coach Robert Vernon.

His team beat the Bruins two days earlier, 3-2.

“We already knew that they’re a tough team and they have a pitcher (Nerissa Long) who is going to Oregon State to play softball,” he added.

The Indians fell behind early on 2-0 only to rebound witha three-run third.

Bear River’s runs were produced by Taylor Bonnefield and McKayla LaMance in the first inning.

Cara Brown opened the second for Ripon with a lead-off single. Felicia Ceja followed that up with an RBI triple to right.

Ceja scored on Karla Calderon’s grounder that resulted in an error. Calderon hustled to third on a pair of miscues.

Plays like that exemplified the Indians’ aggressiveness on the base path. “I thought we did a good job running the bases,” Vernon said.

Calderon scored on an error,  giving her team a 3-2 lead.

Taylor Jacquez also put on a clinic on the base path. After a lead-off single in the fifth, she scooted to third when Shay Furtado’s sacrifice bunt was mishandled.

Jaquez scored on an infield error.

Bear River threatened in the sixth when the Indians made a pair of infield errors. But then second baseman Alex Gonzales bailed her team out with a diving catch. She then flipped the ball to shortstop Darian Vandermaaten for the force at second.

“I just reacted,” said Gonzales. “I really didn’t have time to think (about making the double play).”

The Bruins saw their last chance die in the glove of Ceja, who made a running over-the-shoulder catch off the bat of Kaitlynn Maddox in the seventh.

The glove work by Ripon against Bear River was in constrast to the earlier game against Hughson.

The Indians led 2-1 in the fifth when Sierra Silva scored Ceja’s grounder.

The Huskies answered back with a seven-run frame. They batted around,  making the most of four hits, two walks and two errors.

“This will be our fifth time playing Hughson,” Vernon said. “We beat them once in the preseason and they also beat us here last year.”