RIPLEY - Coming off a tournament at Moorefield where Ripley went 3-2 over the two day span, Chelsey Hager once again flirted with a no hitter on Monday evening as Ripley's eighth ranked softball team defeated George Washington, 8-0 in a mercy rule shortened game.

Hager hurled four scoreless innings and gave up just one hit. Talented freshman Darby Petersen came in for the fifth inning and shut the door on the Lady Patriots.

George Washington committed an astonishing nine errors in the game, often dropping routine fly balls and making simple fielding errors.

The Lady Vikings made them pay in the form of unearned runs. Ripley committed just one error in the game.
"We are playing well right now and the kids look forward to playing Cabell Midland tomorrow (Tues) in an MSAC placement game. We didn't get to play them this year so it should be exciting," said Coach Ken Swisher after the George Washington win on Monday.

Hager had a double and two RBIs, Ashley Mellinger had a double and an RBI, Hannah Ford and Ali Cunningham each each notched a double in the contest. Kelsey Moore mashed a single to right field to plate Tori Anderson for the Mercy rule victory.

The Lady Vikings (18-5) traveled to Hurricane to compete in Mountain State Athletic Conference placement play versus Cabell Midland on Tuesday. See full coverage in a future edition of JN.