Ripley’s varsity baseball team extended its winning streak to four straight with wins last Thursday and  Friday  over Parkersburg and Weir.

Ripley’s varsity baseball team extended its winning streak to four straight with wins last Thursday and  Friday  over Parkersburg and Weir.

  The Vikings defeated PHS at home, 10-2, and downed Weir, last year’s Class AA runner-up, by a 5-2 count while visiting the Northern Panhandle.

 A chance for a sixth straight win  on Saturday  against Indian Creek, Ohio didn’t happen due to snow.

Shane Casto’s Vikings are currently 6-3 on the season.

  

Ripley 10-Pakersburg 2

 Ripley jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first two innings and never looked back in downing the Big Reds at Viking Park. Parkersburg pushed across both of its runs in the top of the third, but the Vikings came right back with three more in the last of the third.

 Broedy Boyce had a big game by going 3-3 at the plate and earning the win on the mound. Boyce scored three of Ripley’s 10 runs. On the mound, he pitched five innings. His numbers showed eight hits, two runs (both earned), five strike outs and a walk.

 Rocky Ford pitched the final two innings, striking out two batters.

 Ford was 3-4 at the plate and drove home a pair of runs. J.T. Kemp was 1-1 and brought home three   

  Viking baserunners. Kemp also scored a run in the win. Dane Peterson was 1-2 (double), knocking in a pair. Peterson also scored two runs. Nick Craddoc was 1-1 with an RBI and Kaegun Jackson went 1-3 and scored twice. Tyler Haskins also scored for Ripley.

 “We played really well,” Casto said. “Our pitchers did a great job of throwing strikes and keeping their pitch count down.

 “Our hitters were disciplined at the plate and got big hits when we needed them. I was a little concerned with how we played having multiple days off between games due to Mother Nature. But we did a great job. I’m very proud of our guys.”

  

Ripley 5-Weir 2

 Trailing 2-1, the Vkings got four runs in the top of the sixth and kept the Red Riders in check the final two innings for the win  Friday.

 Peterson was the winner on the mound, allowing just four hits and striking out 11. He issued just one walk in the game.    

 Ripley got 10 hits of its own in the game with Isaac Robertson and Josh Carte collecting two each. Peterson was 1-3 with an RBI while Haskins and Kemp each went 1-4 and scored a run. Gavin Blankenship, Ford and Jackson all went 1-3.

 “We played really well in a tough environment. Weir has a good program. Their pitcher kept us off balance for five innings,” Casto said. “Bottom of our lineup got us started in the sixth and really came through for us.”