RIPLEY – Head coach Shane Casto’s Ripley Viking baseball team ended its regular season on a positive note, dispatching visiting Herbert Hoover in a 6-3 win.
The win wasn’t the only cause for celebration on the night, as the 1997 Ripley state championship team–which featured Casto as the starting shortstop–was honored prior to the contest.
Once the game started, the current crop of Vikings had reason to celebrate. Namely, they erupted for six run third inning that was all the offense they would need.
Dane Petersen got the party started with an RBI single, then Tyler Haskins brought in a run on a fielder’s choice.
Remy Boyce followed with an RBI single, then two more runs scored on an Anthony Jarvis single.
Jarvis scored on a wild pitch to give Ripley a commanding 6-0 lead after three innings.
The big lead was enough for the Viking pitching staff, four of which combined to shut down the Huskie lineup.
Lane Casto got the start and the win, pitching two innings while allowing three hits and striking out two.
Ben Mack also went two innings, giving up two hits, a run, a walk and striking out one. Rocky Ford’s two innings of work included two hits and three strikeouts while getting the save.
Finally, Petersen went one inning while allowing two runs (both earned) on two hits with three walks.
Jarvis led the way at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI. Petersen followed, going 2-for-3 with an RBI, Haskins, 1-for-3, RBI; and Remy Boyce went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
The win ends Ripley’s regular season with a 16-10 record.
The Vikings open sectional tournament play as the number-one seed tonight (Tuesday) at home against the winner of Monday night’s Parkersburg-Parkersburg South matchup.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from Viking Park.