Kenny Swisher calls it the worst spring wather-wise he has dealt with in 14 seasons as Ripley’s varsity girls softball coach.

Kenny Swisher calls it the worst spring wather-wise he has dealt with in 14 seasons as Ripley’s varsity girls softball coach.

 Slowly, but surely, the Lady Vikings are trying to get games on the scheduled played, rather than postponed.

 Last week, the Lady Vikings managed to get in three – defeating Capital, 14-1, Winfield, 8-2, while dropping a 5-4 decision to Parkersburg.

  Those three games left Ripley at 4-3 in the 2018 season.

  

Ripley 8-Winfield 2

 At Ripley, the Lady Vikings outhit the Lady Generals, 9-4, and got solid pitching from Jaelyn Hunt and Jahlea Bumpus for the win.

  Hunt worked four innings, giving up two hits, allowing two runs (both earned), striking out five and walking two. Bumpus was in the circle for three innings, issuing two hits and a walk.

 At the plate, Cassidy Young had a monster game by going 2-4 (home run), driving home four runs and scoring twice. Jaelyn Hunt also had two hits (home run) and drove home a pair. Tori Hinzman went 2-3 (two doubles), drove home a run and scored three times for Ripley. Paige Swisher was 1-3 and scored once. Katie Sinclair was 1-2 and Sarah Brannon went 1-3.

Ripley 14-Capital 1

 The Lady Vikings banged out 12 hits on the road in defeating Capital in five innings. Swisher was 3-3 (triple/double) while driving in three runs. Hinzman went 3-4 (double) and a pair of RBI. Young drove home four runs going 2-3 (home run). Chloe Shinn was 2-3 (double), while Emilee Jordan and Grace Walsh each had a hit.

 Shinn was the winning pitcher allowing three hits, the one run (earned), three strike outs and two walks.

Parkersburg 5-Ripley 4

 At Vienna’s Jackson Park, Parkersburg survived three home runs by Ripley (two by Hunt and one by Young) to pull out the one-run victory.

  Hunt went 3-3 in the game and drove home three of Ripley’s runs. Young was 2-4. Swisher was 1-4 (double).

All three home runs were of the solo variety.

  "We played well," Swisher said. "But only got those three runs. All solo, that's highly unusual."

  Shinn was tagged with the loss. She pitched six innings, allowing eight hits, striking out four and walking two.

  Ripley owned an early 1-0 lead in the first, before PHS got two in the bottom of the inning. Ripley trailed 3-1 before getting a run in the top of the fourth and getting two more in the sixth to take a 4-3 advantage. The lead was short-lived with PHS tying the game and getting the ultimate game-winner in the bottom of the sixth.