The Ripley 11 & 12 All-Stars mashed their way past North Putnam 17-2 on Tuesday to punch their ticket to the state tourney this weekend. Prior to this accomplishment, they had to weave their way through the district.
Coach Chuck Bumpus had his girls fired up on Saturday when they took a 23-6 victory over coach Chad Toney’s Boone Northern squad. It took five innings for Ripley to snuff out it’s Boone County opponents.
Offensively, a three-run homer from Ripley’s Haley Stepp and a 4-5 performance from Jahlea Bumpus set the tone. The inside-the-park bomb to left field sparked the girls like a bon fire.
Ripley received top shelf pitching from it’s hurlers. Jahlea Bumpus threw the first two innings and gave up one earned run on two hits while fanning four.
Jaelyn Hunt thre two innings and gave up no runs on two hits and three strikeouts. Ashley Casto and Hannah Goodwin combined to pitch the fifth inning.
In the hitting department, Taylor Johnson went 1-3 with two runs, Haley Step was 2-4 with the three run homer and scored three runs. Sara Stepp scored three runs, Olivia Ludtman was 2-4 with four runs, Jahlea Bumpus was 4-5 with a double and 2 runs, Kalin Manley was 1-1 with two runs, Courtney Edwards was 1-2 with a run, Kiana Lanham reached on a fielder’s choice, Jaelyn Hunt scored a run, Ashley Casto was 2-3 with a double and two runs and Hannah Goodwin went 2-4 with two runs.
Unfortunately, Monday’s match-up with the Clendenin All Stars didn’t produce the same results.
Ripley took its first loss in the double elimination district round as they fell 13-3. For the second game in a row, Haley Stepp smacked a 3-run, inside the park homer for the home team. The team was bitten by the error-bug throughout the game.
“These girls will bounce back and be ready to play. I am very proud of what they have accomplished so far and we aren’t out of it yet,” said Ripley coach Chuck Bumpus.
Haley Stepp also walked and scored run, Sara Stepp was 1-2 with a double, Hannah Goodwin walked and scored for Ripley.
Jahlea Bumpus threw two innings and gave up three hits while Jaelyn Hunt gave up four hits in two innings of work.
On Tuesday, in Ripley’s 17-2 decision over North Putnam, Jahlea Bumpus threw 3.1 innings of no hit ball.
She eventually gave up three hits and two earned runs while fanning two to earn the victory. She got a lot of help from her friends in the form of tremendous run support.
The Ripley squad also played flawless defense after a loss to Clendenin on Monday where, the gloves were a little inconsistent. The girls came out like a fireball and torched North Putnam with stellar glove work while rockets were launched from the batter’s box.
Page 2 of 2 - Taylor Johnson was hit by a pitch and scored twice, Jenna Woods walked and scored once, Haley Stepp 2-4 with a double and scored three runs, catcher Sara Stepp was 1-2 while crossing the plate with two runs, Olivia Ludtman walked in all four at bats and scored two runs, Bumpus went 2-4 and scored a run, Courtney Edwards scored a run, Jaelyn Hunt went 1-2, Kalin Manley scored a run, Ashley Casto went 1-2 with two runs , , Hannah Goodwin scored two runs and Kiana Lanham also contributed key plays.
Ripley finished 6-1 in district play and will play their first state tournament game on Saturday in Beckley. The opponent has yet to be determined (at JN’s print deadline) but will likely be of the double elimination fashion.
After an ice water bath courtesy of his team, coach Bumpus and assistant coach Bradley Goodwin were beaming with pride about their team.
“These girls have worked so hard to get to the state tourney. I couldn’t be more proud of them as people or as players.
They are a tremendous group of girls. We look forward to the challenge ahead,” said coach Bumpus after the game.