A chance to play old foes from the Mountain State Athletic Conference Ripley’s baseball team finished 1-2 in the 11th  Annual Ed Carter Invitational this past  Friday  and Saturday  at Loftis Field in St. Albans.

A chance to play old foes from the Mountain State Athletic Conference Ripley’s baseball team finished 1-2 in the 11th  Annual Ed Carter Invitational this past  Friday  and Saturday  at Loftis Field in St. Albans.

 Shane Casto’s crew opened things  Friday  afternoon with an extra-inning win over GW, 7-6, but later that evening lost to eventual champion South Charleston, 8-3.

 On Saturday, the Vikings were blanked by defending Class AAA state champion St. Albans, 10-0, in a five-inning affair.

 Ripley took a 9-9 record to Parkersburg last night (Monday) for a meeting with the Big Reds. The Vikings were slated to meet Ravenswood on the road  tomorrow  (Wednesday), host Point Pleasant  Thursday  and travel to Morgantown  on Friday.

  

Ripley 7-GW 6

 The Vikings fell behind by a 4-0 count after two innings but didn’t back down. Ripley got three back in the top of the third before GW added another in the home half of the inning. The Vikings and Patriots each scored a run in the fourth.

 Down 6-4 going into the top of the seventh, Ripley plated two runs and then held GW in check in the bottom of the frame. After a scoreless eighth, Ripley punched across the winning run in the top of the ninth.

The Vikings outhit GW, 9-8. Both teams had three errors.

 J.T. Kemp and Gage Songer each had two hits for Ripley. Rocky Ford, Broedy Boyce, Josh Carte, Gavin Blankenship and Kaegun Jackson also had one base hit. Ford and Kemp drove home runs.

 Ford got credit for the win on the mound. Going two innings he didn’t allow a hit, run or issue a walk. 

 Kemp pitched two innings with one hit and a strike out.  

 Freshman Davis Haynes started the game and went four innings. He allowed six runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out two and walking two.

 

South Charleston 8-Ripley 3

 The Black Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and added five more in the last of the second to set things on cruise control. Ripley got all three of its runs in the top of the fourth.

 Dane Peterson, Kemp, Boyce, Songer and Blankenship had Ripley’s five hits. Blankenship drove home two runs.

 Nic Craddock, Blankenship, Songer and Ethan Patterson all pitched for the Vikings.

 

St. Albans 10-Ripley 0

 Ripley was limited to just four hits – one each by Kemp, Boyce, Songer and Jackson – in the loss to Dragons.

 SA, meanwhile, pounded out 15 hits against Ripley’s Peterson and Ford.

SA got a run each in the first and second, three in the fourth and finished out the game in five in the bottom of the fifth.