After a walk in the park in its last win Ripon was expecting a stiffer challenge from Delhi in Wednesday’s nonleague matchup. The Indians weren’t in awe, jumping on Delhi early and never relinquishing control in a 12-2 mercy-rule road game win.
Ripon (5-0) rode the hot pitching of freshman Danielle Sperry, who baffled Delhi throughout her five innings of work, holding them to one earned run and seven strikeouts for the win.
“She’s a competitor,” Ripon head coach Robert Vernon said. “She’s a seasoned travel ball pitcher and I’m sure that has helped her; she’s been in those situations before.”
Sperry would get all the support she needed from the bat of Tiana Chacon. Chacon was 3-for-5 with three runs and five RBI. She smashed a second inning grand slam to break open the affair.
“We got going right from the get go,” Vernon said. “We had three hits in the first inning and five in the second and pretty much took the wind right out of their sail’s right from the beginning of the game.
“We talked about seeing some better pitching and the girls rose to the occasion.”
Cara Brown (2-for-4) and Shayla Da Rosa both hit doubles for Ripon, while Darian Vandermaaten and Melanie Wilkerson both finished 2-for-4.
Sperry went the distance in the circle for her first win of the season.
Manteca 233, West 241
The Buffaloes were led by an impressive round from Davey Tolbert, who earned medalist honors with a 40 Wednesday in Manteca’s win over West High at Old River Golf Course.
Justin Morrish followed Tolbert by two strokes with a 42, while Gus LaDue (45), Donal Hinkston (50) and Brandon Ramirez (56) rounded out the scorecard.
The Buffaloes (1-1, 0-1) will be back in Valley Oak League play when they travel to Mountain Springs Golf Course to meet up with Sonora at 3 p.m.