RIPLEY – Five members of head coach Shane Casto’s Ripley Viking baseball team received All-MSAC baseball honors for their performances during the 2017 season, Ripley’s final one in the conference.
Leading the pack were two seniors: Anthony Jarvis and Remy Boyce. Jarvis, a Glenville State commit, was the main power source for the Vikings in 2017 despite nagging injuries and being pitched around.
He finished the season with a team-leading .448 batting average, .731 slugging percentage and a 1.333 OPS. He also collected 30 hits, three home runs and 21 RBI.
Boyce, who will play at Salem International next spring, was the catalyst at the top of the Viking lineup all season long, leading the team in hits (41), runs scored (31). He was also second on the team with a .376 batting average and a .902 OPS.
Earning second team All-MSAC picks were senior Lane Casto (pitcher) and junior Rocky Ford (outfield).
Casto emerged as the ace of the Viking staff in 2017, finishing the year with an 8-4 record, a 2.17 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. An Alderson-Broaddus commit, Casto also led the Vikings in RBI with 35.
Ford was a dependable asset for the Vikings in 2017, batting .355 with a .929 OPS while amassing 33 hits, one home run and 17 RBI.
Finally, senior Ben Mack was an All-MSAC Honorable Mention selection.
Mack, who will join Boyce at Salem International next spring, battled a leg injury toward the end of the season, but still put up solid numbers in his final year in blue and white. He batted .243 with a .611 OPS and collected 18 hits with six RBI and seven runs scored. On the mound, he went 4-3 with a 2.82 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and also had one save.