Bailey Revels celebrates as he strides toward the plate for the game-winning run as Waupun’s players walk off.
Bailey Revels celebrates as he strides toward the plate for the game-winning run as Waupun’s players walk off.

   There were plenty of times where the Ripon High School baseball team could have hung its head Tuesday against Waupun.

   It gave up a three-run home run in the top of the first inning before recording an out, allowed the game-tying run to score in the top of the seventh and fell behind by a run in the top of the eighth.

   But the Tigers never wavered as they had an answer each time and came away with an 8-7, walk-off home win over the rival Warriors.

    Waupun (10-1 conference, 15-1 overall), the defending two-time state champion, entered the game undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Division 2 in the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Poll.

   It also had won the past seven meetings with the Tigers (10-1 conference, 15-2 overall), which included ending its season in the tournament the last three years.

   “When you beat the No. 1 team in the state, it is a team win,” Ripon head coach Dan Jonas said. “You’re going to win if you don’t hang your heads when the bad things happen — and we didn’t.”

Read the full story, which includes information on how the game unraveled, in the May 9, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.