Haynes pitches no-hitter as Vikings tame Nitro's Wildcats

Mark Martin
Special to the Jackson Herald

With seasons erased last year due to COVID-19, an athlete wants to take full advantage of every opportunity given in their chosen spring sport.

Especially an athlete like Ripley’s Davis Haynes, who is now a senior.

Haynes did just that on the mound last week in a game against Nitro.

The talented pitcher twirled a no-no.

As in a no-hitter.

In seven innings of work, Haynes kept the Wildcat bats silent as he helped Ripley register a 9-1 win.

Haynes struck out 11 on his way to the no-hitter while walking two.

“It was a great team effort and a fantastic job on the mound by Davis Haynes,” Viking head coach Shane Casto said following the win.

“Nitro has been playing well and when you get a win versus a quality opponent, and play well doing so, that’s huge for our team. And to top it off, a no-hitter.

“I’m very proud of Davis and of our team on a total team effort.”

Ripley ended a scoreless game in the bottom of the third with two runs.

The Vikings would plate another in the bottom of the fourth, two more in the fifth and then pushed four across in the last of the sixth.

Brett Haskins and Gage Songer led a nine-hit attack for the Vikings.

Both Haskins and Songer had two hits.

Haynes, Kaleb Swisher, Cade Goode, Isaac Casto and Alec Vance punched out one hit each.

In the RBI department, Haynes helped his cause by driving home two runs. Swisher also brought two runners home in the game.

Songer, Vance and Cameron Patterson had the other two RBI.

Nitro’s lone run came in the top of the fourth.