The Ripley Vikings baseball team–winners of four straight and eight of their last nine games–have found themselves in a pretty good place.  They defeated the Parkersburg South Patriots 9-4 on Tuesday night, and were quite efficient in doing so.  

“We won a game against a quality team,” head coach Shane Casto said, “Our bats continued to stay hot, and we just simply got the job done.”

The Vikings got off to another fast start in the game, seven of their nine runs in the first three innings.  They began the scoring in the first, with an RBI double by Jonny Stepp that scored Christopher Jordan.  Stepp then scored when Anthony Jarvis’ hard hit ground ball ate up the Patriot third basemen to make the score 2-0.  Jordan then scored on an error in the second inning to make the score 3-0.  The Vikes put the game away in the third inning, scoring four runs in their half of the inning.  It all started when Luke Layhew singled and then scored on an error off of a hard hit ball by Trevor Tucker.  An RBI single by Remy Boyce scored Isaac Koontz, and then Jordan brought home Boyce and Lane Casto with an RBI single to bring the score to 7-0.

The Patriots answered with a grand slam in the fifth inning to make the score 7-4, but it was too little too late, as the Vikings added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings.  Dalton Wentz scored in the fifth off of another Patriot error, and an RBI single by Boyce in the sixth scored Layhew, to bring the final score of 9-4 for the Vikings.

The cushion was all the support starter Logan McCoy would need, as he picked up his sixth win of the season.  McCoy (6-3, 2.73 ERA) went six innings and a third, and gave up seven hits, five runs (four earned), six walks, and struck out four batters.  Layhew closed the game out in the seventh, getting the final two outs of the ballgame.

The victory brought the Vikings to 14-10 on the season, and they traveled to Logan last night for a tough road game against the Wildcats.  The next Viking home game will be tonight against Ravenswood at 6:00pm.  The Vikings won the first meeting between the two teams 8-3 earlier in the season.