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Ripon, Rogers roll past Riverbank
Josh Clark slides safely into third during Wednesdays 6-0 TVL win over visiting Riverbank. - photo by JOHN-JOEL GRIFFITHS

RIPON – Ripon’s Josh Clark and Fotios Jordanoglou had solid games defensively Wednesday.

Pitcher Caleb Rogers didn’t deal too badly, either.

Clark and Jordanoglou ended the game with a 6-4-3 double play, and Rogers tossed a three-hitter during a 6-0 win over visiting Riverbank.

“We’ve been practicing that (double play),” Ripon head coach Marc Ortiz said. “And that was a testament to the little things we’ve been doing. It’s hard for your defense to stay focused when there are a lot of strikeouts thrown so I give them credit.”

Rogers (10 strikeouts, three hits, no walks) got his praise, too.

“He had a good change-up and threw that curve ball for strikes,” Riverbank head coach Ismael Mercado said of the Ripon junior. “He kept us off balance and we just couldn’t put it together offensively. That was the difference.”

The Indians (4-3 Trans Valley League, 12-9 overall) were held scoreless through the first two innings. In the bottom of the third, Ripon’s Clark got on with a walk and made it a 1-0 ballgame after getting across the plate on a Jordanoglou sac-RBI. Nick Price and Scott Robison scored on a Brandon Rodriguez two-RBI single to create the 3-0 cushion.

“Brandon did a great job with situational hitting,” Ortiz said. “I think that was huge. And (Riverbank) helped us out by throwing the ball away a little bit.

“It was good situational hitting by Price and (Robison), too.”

Chad Oliver of Riverbank (1-6 TVL, 5-9 overall) had two of his team’s three which hits included a lead-off double in the top of the seventh inning. By that time, Riverbank was already down by six.

Ripon added two more in the fifth and one more in the sixth frame. Price (2 for 4) and Robison (2 for 3, one RBI) scored their second runs in the fifth to make it 5-0. In the sixth inning, Trent Murphy led off with a hard-hit, base knock up the middle. He advanced to third after a bad pick-off throw to first that sailed toward the fence. Murphy scored on an RBI-single by Jordanoglou to make up the final score.

“I came out and wanted to pitch a good game and do what I could,” said Rogers, who threw seven of his strikeouts in the first three innings to set the tone. “My curve ball seemed to move a lot more than it usually does, so I stuck with that pitch.”

Ripon will head to Riverbank High at 4 p.m. on Friday for its second of a two-game set.