MYRTLE BEACH, SC – Head coach Ken Swisher’s Ripley Viking softball team wrapped up its week in the sun and sand of Myrtle Beach, SC with an extra inning win over Westerville Central (OH), 6-5.
“We pulled a last minute miracle,” Swisher said, “That’s what good teams do. It was great win.”
Against Westerville Central, the Vikings were able to answer at every turn. Westerville opened the scoring in the third, which the Vikings tied in the bottom of the inning. They followed that script in the fourth, as well, and then Westerville took the lead in the fifth after scoring two runs. They went up 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but Ripley pulled the rabbit out of their hats to the tune of two runs, sending the game into extra innings tied at 5. After keeping Westerville off the board in the eighth, junior Lexi Miller delivered the game-winner, bringing home the winning run with an RBI in the bottom of the eighth.
Jaelyn Hunt went the distance on the mound, picking up the win in eight innings of work. She allowed five runs (three earned) on nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Hunt helped her own cause at the plate, going 1-for-4 with two RBI. Miller finished 2-for-4 with the game winning RBI, Cassidy Young went 2-for-4 with a triple and Paige Swisher went 2-for-4. Haley Carte rounded out the hitting, going 1-for-4 with an RBI.
With the Myrtle Beach trip concluded, Swisher took some time to take stock of the tournament and the potential benefits his squad can reap.
“We played teams that are bigger in enrollment and presumably better challenges to our players. In the long run, that will make them better. Coming from behind will help down the stretch.”
“[Kaneland was] the best team we’ve ever played anywhere that we’ve been,” Swisher, continued, “It’s good experience.”
Ripley (8-4) returns to action tonight at home against Riverside. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. from Lady Viking Park.