That’s more like it.

Ripley posted a pair of wins last week over Parkersburg South and Point Pleasant to lift its season record to 9-7.

The Vikings downed South 10-6 on the road at Hank Greenburg Field last Tuesday and then topped the Big Blacks at home inside Viking Park last Thursday.

Ripley’s busy week of baseball was slated to start yesterday (Monday) at home with Huntington High followed by games at Cabell Midland Wednesday and Parkersburg High on Friday.

Ripley 9

Parkersburg South 2

A run in the top of inning number one set the tone for the evening for Shane Casto’s crew.

The Vikings added three more runs in the top of the third before South scored in the bottom of the frame.

By then, Ripley had established control of the game to move on for the eighth win of the season. The Vikings struck for another run in the fifth and had a big sixth by plating four.

South’s final run came in the last of the sixth.

Broedy Boyce led Ripley’s 10-hit attack by going 3-5, including a double.

Ethan Patterson and Josh Carte each had two hits for the Vikings.

Davis Haynes, Gage Songer and Dane Peterson all had singles.

Haynes drove home two of Ripley’s runs. Peterson, Patterson and Carte had one RBI each.

Tyler Haskins picked up the win on the mound. He pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits while striking out one and walking one. Andrew Manley pitched two innings allowing a hit. Haynes worked two and gave up two hits and an earned run. He had one strike out and a walk during his mound appearance.

Songer pitched an inning giving up a hit and recording a strike out.

“We played really well in all phases of the game,” Casto said. “We used four different guys on the mound who came in and threw strikes. Anytime you can beat a sectional opponent it is a good win, especially at their place. It’s been a while since we’ve won a game at South.”

Ripley 9

Point Pleasant 8

Despite being outhit, 12-10, and committing six errors, the Vikings survived the back-and-forth affair with Point Pleasant for the 9-8 win.

Point to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first before the Vikings responded with two in the bottom of the inning.

Another run by the Big Blacks gave them back the lead in the second, but again Ripley came back in the bottom of the inning with three of its own.

Trailing 5-2, the Big Blacks tied the game with three in the third and took a 6-5 advantage by adding another in the top of the fourth.

Ripley produced another three-run inning in the last of the fourth and got its ninth run of the game in the last of the fifth. Point kept things interesting with two more in the top of the sixth.

Boyce belted three hits for the Vikings and drove home a run. Carte was 2-4 in the contest.

Helping the Vikings’ cause offensively were five doubles by Carte, Haynes, Cameron Patterson, Brett Haskins and Kadin Hall.

Ethan Patterson also singled for Ripley.

Peterson and Ethan Patterson were responsible for two RBI each. Tyler Haskins, Boyce and Carte also brought runners home in the win.

“There was a lot of offense in this game,” said Casto. “We’ve been hitting the ball well all season long and that continued. We had some miscues in the field, but we hit well enough and Dane gave us a chance on the mound to get the win. We are always in a dogfight with those guys.”