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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Season Roundup: The Hounds finish strong

  • For the second straight year, the Huntington Hounds 14U travel team were led offensively by two Ripley area players.
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  • COVINGTON, VA. - For the second straight year, the Huntington Hounds 14U travel team were led offensively by two Ripley area players.
    Jonathan Stepp and Christopher Jordan were in the Hounds top three in virtually every offensive category.
    This is especially impressive due to the competition they have faced all summer.
    The Huntington Hounds are a hand picked travel team that faces top competition in the US and internationally.
    The Hounds (28-14-3) put a lid on the 2012 season in dramatic fashion by going 4-0 in a 15U tourney in Covington Virginia.
    For the tournament, Jordan went 6-for-12 with five singles and a double. He notched six RBIs and scored six runs. He also garnered two saves from the pitching mound.
    Stepp was 4-for-12 with three singles and a double with four RBIs and four runs scored.
    For the season, Jordan had 46 hits. He slammed 16 doubles and four triples with a home run and 25 singles. He had 36 RBIs and scored 37 runs for the Hounds. He hit .400 for the season with an OPS of 1.103. (OPS is a baseball statistic used to calculate the sum of a players on base percentage and slugging average.)
    The freshman-to-be was 1-0 with three saves on the season from the mound. He hurled 15 innings for a 1.27 ERA while fanning 18 batters and walking only three.
    Stepp had 36 hits, 28 singles and eight doubles. He drove in 26 runs and crossed the dish 28 times. He had a .968 OPS and was second on the team with a .413 batting average.
    Stepp received valuable playing time as a freshman for Ripley High varsity this spring and Jordan will make his debut as a freshman in 2013.
    Christopher Jordan feels that he was able to develop many skills this summer that will help him in his future as a Ripley Viking.
    "I was disappointed in my season in 2012 but I still had a good numbers year and my range and arm strength at shortstop improved this summer.
    It was an honor to play for Tim and Jon Adkins (Hounds co-founders) and I am going to work harder than ever in the off-season for my freshman year of Ripley baseball and the Hounds next season."

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