HURRICANE – Head coach Ken Swisher’s Ripley Viking softball team ran into a juggernaut on Tuesday night, falling to top ranked Hurricane, 13-5. To their credit, the Vikings landed the first punch on the defending state champions, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead against Hurricane starter Katie Adams. However, the Redskins showed why they were ranked No. 11 in the nation by MaxPreps, scoring five runs in their half of the first on Ripley starter Destinee Baldwin.
Ripley answered with one more run in the second, but Hurricane countered with a run in their half of the inning, keeping a three run lead.
The potent Redskin lineup put the game away in the fourth, plating five more runs to take a commanding 11-3 lead. Ripley would not go down without a fight, pushing two runs across in the top half of the fifth inning. However, Hurricane added two runs in the fifth to close out the 13-5 win.
Baldwin was collared with the loss, tossing two innings while allowing six runs (all earned) on five hits. Jahlea Bumpus relieved Baldwin, allowing seven runs (five earned) on nine hits in two and a third.
Cassidy Young and Paige Swisher led the Vikings at the plate, each going 2-for-3. Jaelyn Hunt and Haley Carte added an RBI apiece, while Izzy Donohew went 1-for-2 and Ella Casto went 1-for-3.
Adams got the win for the REdskins, giving up five runs (two earned) on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Jayme Bailey led Hurricane at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three RBI. Adams and Paige Scruggs each went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI, as well.
Ripley (11-6) returned to action last night (Wednesday) at Parkersburg, travels to Greenbrier East tonight and returns home tomorrow (Friday) to host Meigs County (OH) at 5:30 p.m.