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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Ripley doubles up Skyhawks, 8-4

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  • CHAPMANVILLE – Jared Bumpus picked up two hits and two RBIs  and Isaac Koontz stroked two doubles and picked up three ribbies to lead the Vikings to an 8-4 non-conference win over the Skyhawks of Scott at Chapmanville High.
    The Vikings were scheduled to play a game with Chapmanville after the Scott matchup but a 45-minute rain delay in the sixth prevented the second game from being played.
    “It would have been pretty bad conditions to play a baseball game in,” said Ripley Coach Shane Casto. “It was good for us to get a game in, for sure.”
    Easton Berry was on the mound for Ripley. The lefty got the win for the Ripley Vikings Varsity. He allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six, walked three and surrendered four hits.
    Ripley struck early in the first frame when Isaac Koontz drove in Jared Bumpus with a frozen rope to right field and landed at second with a two-bagger.
    After pushing across one run in the bottom of the third, Scott faced just a 3-1 deficit. An RBI double by Thompson sparked Scott’s rally. IN the end, Berry got Brown to strike out to end the threat.
    Koontz struck again in the fifth with a double to centerfield as Jonny Stepp and Jared Bumpus were plated. Logan McCoy walked in the fourth and scored when Bumpus dropped a double to the right field corner. After a walk by Stepp in the sixth, Dalton Wentz doubled to left field and then Luke Layhew brought the ducks in off the pond when he stroked a single past a diving third baseman. Three Scott runs crossed the plate in the bottom half of the sixth, making the score 6-4. A walk by Harvey, an RBI single by Castle, and a passed ball triggered Scott’s comeback. Napier struck out to end the Scott threat.
    Bumpus pitched 2/3 of an inning and struck out two to put the clamps on the Skyhawks and seal the win.
    RIPLEY HITTING – Wentz was 1-for-4, Layhew was 1-for-4 with two RBIs, and Aaron Wilkinson went 1-for-3.

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