RIPLEY – It was a successful home opener for head coach Ken Swisher’s Ripley Viking softball team, as they dominated the visiting Parkersburg Big Reds 10-1 on Thursday evening at Lady Viking Park. The Vikings put together a total team effort to take out the Big Reds, led by senior pitcher Darby Petersen. Petersen went five strong innings, allowing only three hits and one earned run while striking out seven. Petersen’s strong performance on the mound was buoyed by an equally strong performance by Ripley’s bats. The Vikings pounded out 16 hits, putting to rest any notion that the offense would take some time to warm up. The Vikings jumped all over the Big Reds, scoring three runs in the first, four runs in the second and two runs in the third to seize control of the game.
“We were very happy to play and I felt like our players played like it,” Swisher said, “Our defense fielded everything and Darby pitched fantastic. The hitting speaks for itself. 16 hits is a great way to open.”
Sophomore Paige Swisher picked up right where she left off last season, going 2-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, while senior Myranda Murphy went 2-3 with two RBIs as well. Senior shortstop Kesley Moore went 3-for-3 with an RBI, followed by freshman Cassidy Young going 1-3 with two RBIs of her own. Haley Carte went 2-2; Izzy Donohew, 1-2; Petersen, 2-3; Maddy McCann, 2-3; and Allie Hamilton, 1-3.
Rylee Boggess led the Big Reds at the plate, going 1-3 with a double.
The Vikings also won the JV game, defeating the JV Big Reds 10-0. Alyssa Bumpus went 2-3 with a double and two RBIs at the plate, followed by Cassidy Craddock going 3-3 with a double and Jaelyn Hunt going 1-3 with a home run and two RBIs.
The Vikings’ game with SC on Saturday was postponed to tonight at South Charleston. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.