LOGAN – Head coach Shane Casto's Ripley Viking baseball team picked up a solid road win in always-difficult Logan on Wednesday night, dropping the host Wildcats, 7-2. The Wildcat baseball program, once again in Class AA, is still among the elite programs in the state, something Casto is well aware of.
"Great win for our guys," Casto said, "Anytime you come to Logan and get a win, it's a great win. Very tough place to play and Coach Gertz does a great job with his program. I love playing them. They play the game the way it is suppose to be played–with respect."
The Vikings got a run in the top of the first, then broke the game open with three runs each in the fourth and fifth innings in the win.
Senior Lane Casto was dominant on the hill for Ripley, getting the win after allowing just two runs (both earned) on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts in his six and a third innings pitched. Rocky Ford picked up the save, closing out the final two-thirds of an inning.
Junior J.T. Kemp led the way at the plate for the Vikings, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI.
"Lane was lights out on the mound tonight," Casto said, "I couldn't be more happy for him. JT Kemp had a big day for us at the plate knocking in three runs on two doubles. We didn't end up with a bunch of hits on the day, but we squared it up pretty good and hit it right at them quite a few times. I'm really proud of our guys."
Seniors Remy Boyce and Anthony Jarvis both went 1-for-3 with an RBI, as well for Ripley. Dane Petersen added an RBI and Ford finished 1-for-1 with a run scored.
Will Akers took the loss for the Wildcats, surrendering four runs (two earned) on three hits with four walks and a strikeout. Cody Maynard led Logan at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.