While it was a bit strange not seeing the departed seniors on the team, it was encouraging to see young players like Perri Williams and Sapphire Parsons getting some valuable experience and doing well in the process.
Reese Gandee threw a six-inning gem while only giving up one unearned run in the first frame. Junior-to-be Dusti Fischer threw a sharp seventh inning and the Lady Vikings took a 9-1 victory over Parkersburg High on Monday evening.
Fischer and catcher Ashley Mellinger have been fighting nagging injuries but it hasn’t deterred their efforts on the field.
As is often the case, centerfielder and leadoff hitter Ali Cunningham was the pace setter. Cunningham hustled out an infield grounder for a base hit and mashed a sharp daisy cutter through the infield for another, driving in a run.
The WVSSAC allows prep teams 3 weeks in the summer to participate in structured scrimmages that are observed by WVSSAC officials. This three-week period allows coaches to evaluate their teams while giving under classmen a chance to prove their value for next season’s campaign.
Ripley plays again tonight at home with a tentative start time of 6 p.m.