Lady Vikings capture 5-2 win over South Charleston

Mark Martin
Special to the Jackson Star News

Call it 2-out lightning.

All seven runs scored between Ripley and South Charleston were done so with two outs.

And fortunately for Ken Swisher’s Ripley squad, they did most of the scoring.

Ripley handed South Charleston a 5-2 defeat this past Monday.

The Lady Vikings scored a run in the first, two more in the second and another two in the fourth. SC’s two runs were scored in the second and fourth.

Senior Kyra Winter went 3-for-3 in the game. She drilled a double in the fourth that was a near-miss home run.

Grace Walsh, another senior, would deposit one over the right-center fence.

“I knew it was absolutely gone the minute it left my bat,” said Walsh, who played center field for four innings before catching the last three. “I sort of stood there and watched it for a few seconds. We had so much energy from start to finish. And this was so fun especially watching our plays in the field from two different perspectives."

Sophomore Kristabelle Carte was 2-for-4 in the contest while freshman Kaitlyn Swisher had a single.

Defensively, senior Chloe Shine pitched all seven innings, allowing six hits, striking out seven and walking one. She would sit down nine of the last 10 batters she faced in the final three innings.

“This was a good win for us,” Shinn said. “The defense behind me was really strong. I can’t say enough about my teammates. They were super. Their plays helped keep me energized.”

One of those plays was turned in by Swisher at second base. She had to range far to her left to field a grounder, then spin and nail the runner at first to begin the top of the seventh. Junior Aaliyah Baldwin, the team’s first baseman, turned in a long stretch to complete the play.

Earlier in the game, Walsh fired a rocket from behind the plate to freshman shortstop McKenna Hall, who made the catch and tag of an SC runner.