Vikings hand Devils 13-0 shutout

Mark Martin

A 1-0 lead at the end of one inning grew to a 4-0 count after three.

Then, the flood gates truly opened for Ripley in a Saturday baseball showdown against Ravenswood.

The Viking offense erupted for nine runs in the fourth inning and went on to post a 13-0 shutout.

The contest was halted after the top of the fifth due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Ripley had 11 hits in the game while limiting Ravenswood to just one.

“Any time you beat your cross county rival it's a good win. Coach (Wes) Swain does a great job with his program and is highly respected,” said Viking head coach Shane Casto.

Cameron Patterson tossed the one-hitter for Ripley.

He struck out nine on the afternoon while walking one.

“Cameron Patterson did a great job on the mound for us,” said Casto. “Our lineup, from top to bottom, put the ball in play.

“We need to do a little better job of not leaving runners in scoring position but we did get enough to win in five innings.”

Patterson helped his cause by cranking out three hits and driving in a run.

Isaac Parsons and Isaac Casto each banged out two hits for the Vikings.

Parsons drove home three runs in the victory while Casto helped push two across the plate.

Brett Haskins, Gage Songer, Kaleb Swisher and Andrew Manley also had hits in the contest.

Haskins, Swisher and Manley each had an RBI.

Songer scored four times for Ripley while Davis touched the plate twice.

Andrew Anglin had Ravenswood’s lone hit.

Cameron Taylor, Logan Alfred and Drew Hunt all pitched for the Devils.

“After playing a game with Point Pleasant the night before I thought the kids would have an idea of what to expect on Saturday,” said Swain.

Ravenswood is a team with 10 players either freshmen or sophomores.

“Seeing their first varsity baseball and only spending five days with the whole team after basketball was over, it’s tough to find a groove or to explain to the players what to expect.

“We told them that varsity baseball was faster, the pitching was sharper and the runners were quicker. And at this point they just have to play in order to feel it for themselves.

“We do not have any days off as we are playing every day except Sundays.”