RIPLEY - Point Pleasant spoiled the Ripley Vikings’ home opener on Monday night, scoring seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to win 10-9.  The Knights rallied from a 9-3 deficit after the Vikings plated five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

It was definitely not the way head coach Shane Casto’s squad wanted to end their first home game of the season, which has been delayed by inclement weather in the past few weeks.“They put the ball in play in the seventh and we simply didn’t make four routine plays,” said Casto,  “If you don’t make the plays you’re supposed to make, no lead is ever safe.”

The game began quietly for both teams, going scoreless for the first three innings.  Ripley’s Logan McCoy held the Point Pleasant offense in check for much of the game, striking out six batters, while giving up eight hits, two walks, and four earned runs over 6 and 1/3 innings.
The Vikings opened up a 2-0 lead in the top of the third with an RBI single from Christopher Jordan, who then scored on an error on Easton Berry’s fly ball by the Point Pleasant shortstop.  The Knights got on the board in the top of the fourth thanks to an error by Ripley junior 3B Dalton Wentz on a hard hit ground ball.  Junior catcher Jonny Stepp led the Vikings offensively, going two for three with a double and a two run homer in the bottom of the sixth.  

Berry went three for four with an RBI and Jordan went two for four with two RBIs, and Wentz went two for three. McCoy ran into trouble in the top of the seventh, giving up a leadoff single and a walk before being replaced by Jordan.  The Vikings didn’t help their cause with some defensive miscues in the final inning, as Jordan took the loss.  The Vikings are now 4-3 after falling to South Charleston on Tuesday night.