In the first meeting of the year between Jackson County’s two middle school baseball teams, it was all Ripley as the Vikings rolled up a 23-3 win at cross county rival Ravenswood on April 24.


In the first meeting of the year between Jackson County’s two middle school baseball teams, it was all Ripley as the Vikings rolled up a 23-3 win at cross county rival Ravenswood on April 24. RpMS coach Matt Hicks squad scored at least three runs in every inning of the five inning Mid-Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) contest including four runs in the top of the first. The Demons did answer back with a run of their own in the bottom of that frame, but that was as close as coach Matt Williams’ Red and Black baseballers would get.

For Ripley, lead-off hitter Austin Hall was on base five times with three singles and a pair of walks. He scored five times for the Vikings. Nathan Tucker was five-for-five with two doubles, a triple, and five runs scored. Both Garreth Durst and Easton Berry went three-for-three with Berry scoring four runs and Durst two. Durst had a three-base hit among his trio of safeties.

Isaac Koontz was one-for-two with two bases on balls, Justin McKown tripled in his only official at bat, Drew Parrish was two-for-three, Jacob Kay one-for-one, and Taylor Casto one-for-three with a walk. Zac McNemar walked and scored as well.
Ravenswood managed five hits off a trio of Ripley pitchers (Nathan Tucker, Casto, and Hall). Ben Johnson had a pair of singles. Dylan Radabaugh had an RBI double in the second inning. Kyle Hickman singled and walked twice in three trips to the dish. Clayton Curry also singled for the Demons. Justice Denzler reached base twice via the base-on-balls route and scored both times. Chris Easton also scored for RvMS.

The Ravenswood win snapped a three game losing skid for the middle school Vikings. In a Monday (April 19) night MVAC contest at Viking Park against Logan, Ripley was on the wrong end of a 21-3 final tally that went five innings. Koontz had two of the Vikings three hits with a Nathan Tucker double accounting for the third hit. McNemar, Kay, and Alex Hambrick each scored a run for the Vikes to avert the shut-out.

The Vikings then traveled to Hurricane on Wednesday where they dropped a double-header to the Redskins by the scores of 4-2 and 14-4. It was two hits and a run for both Hall and Koontz.

Hambrick and Casto also had base hits in that first game loss. In the back end of the two game set, Nathan Tucker doubled, singled, and scored a run. Berry was two-for-three with a run. Hambrick singled and scored in the third as did Drew Parrish. Durst was two-for-two with two singles. Casto had an RBI single in the third.

Ripley (now 3-7) was to play at Point Pleasant Tuesday.