RIPLEY – Over the past twelve days, the Ripley Lady Vikings have taken on all comers. They’ve faced some of the best competition they’ll see all season, all with virtually no time to rest or relax.
And it hasn’t bothered them one bit. The Lady Vikes have steamrolled through the past two weeks, going 9-1 during the stretch, and extended their win streak to five games with wins over Riverside on Thursday night and Roane County on Friday night.
“What a week,” said Lady Viking Head Coach Ken Swisher, “Five for five, Prom, then we get back to work. Our pitching, hitting, and defense seem to be clicking.”
Certainly, after their last two games, the Lady Vikings are clicking in all phases. In Thursday night’s 7-0 win over Riverside, sophomore pitcher Destinee Baldwin shut down the Lady Warriors on the mound. She went the distance, allowing no runs, one walk, five hits, and two strikeouts for the complete game shutout.
At the plate, Ripley got runs in the second and third innings to gain control, and then added four more insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings to come away with the win. Junior Myranda Murphy went 2-2 with three RBIs; Ashley Mellinger went 1-4, with an RBI; Haley Carte went 1-3, with two runs scored; Tori Anderson, 1-3, two runs scored; Kelsey Moore, 1-1. Riverside’s Lauren Pauly went 2-2 to lead the Lady Warriors.
The JV Lady Vikes were also victorious, beating Riverside’s JV squad 6-4 in their contest.
RIPLEY 8 – ROANE COUNTY 0
The Lady Vikes continued their hot streak the next night against Roane County. It was another dominant pitching performance, this time by junior Darby Petersen.
Petersen also went the distance, giving up only three hits, two walks, and three strikeouts to get the complete game shutout.
Ripley’s offense jumped all over Lady Raider pitcher Olivia Mace, scoring six runs in the first three innings to take control of the game. They added two more insurance runs in the fifth to come away with the 8-0 victory.
Murphy again led the Lady Vikes at the plate, going 3-3 with two RBIs and a run scored; Anderson went 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored; Moore went 2-3 with a run scored and a stolen base; Mellinger went 1-3, RBI; Carte, 2-2, RBI, run scored; Hannah Ford, 1-2; Paige Swisher, 1-4, run scored.
“Our bench personnel has been coming in and giving us a lift,” Swisher said, “Understanding everyone’s responsibility has taken this team to another level. There are still bumps in the road, but we are ready to take them on.”
Ripley (14-5) returned to action last night (Monday) at Nitro, and will travel to Capital tonight.
First pitch is set for 5:30 from Capital High School.