RIPLEY - Can you imagine turning 15-years old and on the very next day hurling a one hitter in a sectional game that your team needs very badly?
Ripley freshman hurler Logan McCoy pitched a masterful one-hitter for Ripley High versus Capital on Wednesday in the Region 3 Section 4 opener. The Vikings won in convincing fashion, 7-0.
In a game that was originally supposed to be played on Monday in Charleston was rained out again on Tuesday before eventually deciding to play at a relatively dry and manicured Ray Swisher Field at Viking Park. Assistant Coach Mike Lawrence worked the field earlier in the day and it looked majestic at game time.
Tyler Pittenger gave McCoy all the run support he would need as he blasted a long 3-run homer to left field in the fourth off of Capital ace Kaleb Kinder. Kinder was cruising on the mound until the fourth frame.
"Pit" went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored as he saved his best game of the year for post-season play. The senior is simply in a zone at the plate with 11 hits in his last three games.
"I had no idea where it went (homer), but it felt good coming off the bat," said Pittenger.
Christopher Jordan gave the Vikings a boost with a productive night at the dish. The frosh had two hits, scored two runs and swiped two bags for the Vikings.
McCoy, a lefty, gave up just one hit, two walks and a hit batsman. The hit came with one out in the seventh.
"To say he stepped up for his team tonight just isn't good enough. I can't remember watching a better pitching performance in a sectional game," said Ripley coach Shane Casto.
The hurler had it working out of the gate while notching six strikeouts. His teammates had his back on this night.
"I felt really good today and I was so excited about tonight it was hard to concentrate at school. My teammates played awesome defense behind me," said McCoy after the game. The freshman got the spot start becuase of some arm soreness from sophomore Isaac Koontz, who was originally slated to take the hill on Monday.
Ripley pitching coach Frankie Cummings was almost lost for words.
"I challenge anyone to find a freshman in Ripley High baseball history that has hurled a one-hitter in a sectional game. It was incredible."
Interestingly, McCoy never saw the mound in middle school and played mostly in the outfield until this season when he showed interest in taking the hill. Heknows the Cougar team well as he played Little League ball with them before his family moved to Ripley in Middle School.
Trevor Tucker turned in a fine game with a 3-for-4 performance and two runs scored. Isaac Koontz went 2-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. Cody Pittenger and Jonny Stepp added RBI hits for the Vikings and Easton Berry scored a run.
Junior Cougar southpaw Kaleb Kinder went 4.1 innings and surrendered 10 hits and five earned runs. He fanned four Vikings and was saddled with the loss.
The Vikes, winners of four in a row appear to be hitting on all cylinders when it counts.
Capital will face Riverside tomorrow. Ripley (10-21) will face Riverside on Friday at Ripley with the section champion to be decided on Saturday.