The city of Ripley has had much to celebrate these past few weeks as a number of their baseball and softball all-stars have reached the pinnacle of the West Virginia Little League.


The city of Ripley has had much to celebrate these past few weeks as a number of their baseball and softball all-stars have reached the pinnacle of the West Virginia Little League.

The boys’ 9/10 team have reached the Tournament of Champions after advancing out the state tournament.

The 10/11 all-stars are currently fighting their way through the state tournament as the top seed in the Elite Eight round.

Now, the girl’s 10/11 softball squad can add their name to the list of great accomplishments as they capped an incredible post-season run by capturing the District Three title and then the State Tournament crown in Barboursville (7/18).

In state tournament action, the Ripley gals defeated Capital Midwestern in a best two-of-three round. In their first meeting, the Lady Vikes edged out a win in a barnburner 22-17.

Sapphire Parsons led from the mound with four inning of duty as Bethany Stepp relieved her with two scoreless innings.  Parsons and Murphy both tallied two hits on the day, while Ali Parsons drove in an RBI single in the fifth. B. Stepp finished with a single.

In the second match up Ripley repeated their 22-run effort from the first game, but only allowed eight from C. Midwestern to claim the state crown by a 14-run advantage.

The gals poured on a 10-run onslaught in the first inning capped by a B. Stepp grand slam that put Ripley in the drivers seat for a mercy rule victory in the 4th inning.  Stepp got the win from the hill and came away with four hits, including three singles and her grand salami.

Chelsea Boggess, Alyssa Bumpus had two hits. Mickey Murphy, Kyra Goff, and Elizabeth Conrad ended with one.

As for the Viking 9/10 All-Stars, Ripley will begin battle this weekend in the Tournament of State Champions at Ritter Park in Huntington.  Ripley, representing WV will take on Virginia at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 1.

They will then battle South Carolina at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 2, followed by a match up with Tennessee at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 3.

Continuing coverage will be available in next week's Jackson Herald and Star News.