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Gananda Blue Panthers punch ticket to regionals

With one out in the fourth inning, the Bolivar-Richburg Wolverines brought the tying run to the plate. Bill McClare knew he had to make a pitching change. The Gananda Blue Panthers head coach decided to bring on senior first baseman Zach Ciprich in relief.

“Cip just pounds the strike zone,” coach McClare said after the Blue Panthers’ 5-1 win over the Wolverines. “We knew we were going to get strikes from him. He did that job. If they (Bolivar-Richburg) put it in play, they’d hit it right at somebody.”

Ciprich struck out the first batter he faced. The senior right-hander induced a groundball to first base and stranded the bases loaded to preserve the Blue Panthers’ 5-1 lead.

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