With a three-game winning streak working, Ripley’s successful ways got snapped Tuesday evening against Cabell Midland inside Viking Park. The Knights pulled out an 8-5 win.

With a three-game winning streak working, Ripley’s successful ways got snapped Tuesday evening against Cabell Midland inside Viking Park. The Knights pulled out an 8-5 win.

 On Wednesday evening, the Vikings looked to bounce back at Hank Greenburg Field against Parkersburg South but the Patriots had other ideas and handed Ripley a second loss this season by a final of 12-2. The two had met back on March 22 with South winning at Ripley, 10-7.

  The two games left the Vikings at 6-4. Shane Casto’s crew was slated to host defending Class AAA state champion St. Albans last night (Thursday). The Vikings were then scheduled for a trip to the Eastern Panhandle’s Jefferson County tomorrow (Saturday) for games with host Washington and Greenbrier East.  

Cabell Midland 8-Ripley 5

 Ripley jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Midland responded with three of its own in the top of the second for the lead.

 Ripley evened the game at 3-3 in the last of the second only to watch the Knights again gain the advantage with another run in the top of the third.

  Midland stretched its lead to 6-3 with two runs in the fifth, but the Vikings pushed two across in the bottom of the inning to stay within striking distance. After a scoreless fifth, the Knights plated two more in the seventh for the final outcome.

  In addition to the 8-5 win, the Knights held that same edge in the hit department. Both teams had three errors.

 Broedy Boyce went 2-4 for the Vikings and scored a pair of runs. Rocky Ford (double), Dane Peterson, and Tyler Haskins had the other hits for the Vikings. Ford and Peterson each had an RBI. Peterson, J.T. Kemp and Isaac Robertson scored Ripley’s other three runs.

  Davis Haynes pitched five innings for the Vikings. The freshman gave up four hits, five runs (two earned), struck out five and walked four. Ford pitched an inning, allowing a hit and striking out one. Kemp also pitched an inning, giving up three hits and two runs (both earned), striking out a batter and walking two.

  “That was a tough loss to a great program,” head coach Shane Casto said. “We had some chances and couldn’t capitalize. We had some bad at-bats at critical times and a couple plays in the field that hurt us. The bottom line is we got beat. You can’t give good teams extra chances and we did that.”

 

Ripley – Parkersburg South

 The Vikings owned a brief 1-0 lead after a half inning, but after that it was all Patriots. South exploded for six runs in the bottom of the inning and never looked back.

 Ripley got its other run in the top of the third. The Patriots added two more in the last of the fifth and four in the bottom of the sixth to get the 10-run, six-inning victory.

 The Vikings were limited to just four hits in the game while South pounded out 12.

 Kaegun Jackson went 2-3 to lead the way for Ripley. Josh Carte and Dane Peterson each had a hit and drove home a run in the loss.

 Broedy Boyce started for the Vikings allowing two hits, six runs (two earned) and three walks. Gavin Blankenship pitched four and two-thirds, giving up 10 hits, six runs (all earned), walked six while striking out two.

 “We simply didn’t play well,” Casto said. “Give credit to their pitcher (Chase Dunbar). He did a good job of keeping us off balance all night. Very tough loss to swallow, but the good news is we get to see them in the postseason when it’s for real.”