Baseball: Ripplinger lifts Patriots past Royals with one-hitter

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Upsala-Swanville Area senior Thomas Ripplinger delivers a pitch to the plate in Tuesday's game at Royalton. Ripplinger led USA to a 10-0 win with a one-hit shutout.

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Senior Tom Ripplinger allowed just one hit and no walks and the Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) baseball team’s bats came to life late in a 10-0 win at Royalton, Tuesday.

Ripplinger pounded the strike zone and struck out six batters to notch the win.

Royalton remained within reach early, giving up only single runs in the first and fourth innings.

But USA extended its lead with four runs in the fifth inning before sealing the win with four more in the sixth.

Juniors Andy Nelson and Nick Frieler each went 2-for-4 for USA and junior Brock Cichon reached base three times and scored twice to lead the Patriots.

Junior Colten Kruzel scored twice, sophomore Eric Lampert knocked in a pair and sophomore Christian Pekarek squeezed in a run to also provide support for Ripplinger.

“This should be a real confidence boost for Tom,” USA head coach Ken Solarz said. “What I was real impressed with is no walks.”

Royalton sophomore Cade Stang, left, attempts to turn a double play after forcing out Upsala-Swanville Area junior Brock Cichon, Tuesday.

USA plays at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Thursday, and Royalton plays at West Central Area, Saturday.


USA        10 9 1
Royalton  0  1 3

USA—Andy Nelson: 2-4, 2-R; Nick Frieler: 2-4, RBI; Brock Cichon: 1-1, 2-R, BB, HBP; Colten Kruzel: 1-2, RBI, 2-R, SB; Eric Lampert: 1-3, 2-RBI; Eric Frieler: 1-3, 2-R; Christian Pekarek: 1-3, RBI, SAC; WP-Tom Ripplinger: 6-IP, 0-R, 1-H, 0-BB, 6-K.