Viking baseball squad dealing with ups and downs

Mark Martin

The Big Reds of Parkersburg enjoyed a BIG first inning against Ripley and would move on for an 8-3 victory at Viking Park.

PHS plated six runs in the top half of the first to take control of the contest.

The Vikings would get three in the last of the third to shave the deficit in half, but as it turned out they would get no closer.

The Big Reds added two more runs in the top of the sixth.

Despite the loss, Ripley did own the advantage in the hit department, 7-6.

The Vikings committed two errors in the game.

“It has been a roller coaster year so far to this point,” head coach Shane Casto said. “But when you play with a lot of young guys, that happens sometimes.”

Gage Songer banged out three of Ripley’s seven hits. He would drive in one of the three runs.

Cade Goode had two hits and one RBI.

Brett Haskins and Isaac Casto had the other two hits.

Cameron Patterson was credited with the other RBI.

Ripley used four pitchers in the game. Haskins worked two innings, allowing three hits and the six runs (none were earned). He struck out one and walked five.

Goode went three innings on the mound and gave up a hit, while striking out three and walking one.

Sam Carpenter pitched an inning. He gave up two hits and two runs. Capenter struck out one and walked two.

Gatlin Donohew struck out one and walked one in an inning of relief work.

“We have played great at times and not so great at times. The mental grind has been tough on these boys at times,” Casto said. “We essentially have two freshman classes because of COVID.

“Our sophomores missed out on a transition year last year to where they have had to be thrown into the fire and learn on the fly.”

Despite the ups and downs a season will bring, certainly with a youthful team, Casto has high hopes for the Vikings in 2021.

“We really like our team,” Casto said “There is a lot of talent there, but the inexperience and youth have shown at times up to this point. We have a chance to get rolling in the right direction heading into sectionals (tournament). And that’s what you want if we can clean up the little things we are doing wrong at this point; who knows what will happen when it gets real on June 1 (the start of the postseason action).”