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Bruins Meet Up With Tough Ripon Pitcher
No matter what dugout you're sitting in, all players involved will always remember a ho-hitter, and this year's Riverbank Bruins baseball club will have to deal with those images after suffering a no-no during a 14-0 loss to the Ripon Indians.

Riverbank could not get anything going against Ripon High's Zack McCormick, who cruised against the Bruins, going the shortened distance for the Indians at Ripon High on Thursday, March 13.

"He did a really good job," Riverbank head coach Ismael Mercado said. "He was getting ahead of all our hitters with that first pitch fastball.

"He was probably one of the hardest throwers we have seen all year."

McCormick had his way at the dish too, going 3-for-3 with a homer, a double and two RBIs. The Ripon hurler just missed throwing a perfect game when he nailed a Riverbank batter for his only miscue of the outing.

Ripon had little problem executing the simple tasks on the defensive end gem, making all of the simple outs for McCormick's no hitter.

"He made us put the ball in play," Mercado said. "And the kids behind him did a great job of making all of the routine outs."

McCormick needed just 52 pitches to take care of the Bruins, with just 11 of those pitches missing the strike zone.