Viking baseball team downs Oak Hill and Winfield to finish regular season

Mark Martin

Shane Casto’s Ripley Viking baseball squad wrapped up the regular season on a strong note with back-to-back wins over Oak Hill and Winfield.

The Vikings got a masterful pitching performance from senior Davis Haynes to knock off Oak Hill, 4-2.

The regular season finale saw the Vikings defeat Winfield, 5-3.

Along with a win over Ravenswood, Ripley won three of its final four games to finish at 10-14 heading into Class AAA sectional action.

Ripley was slated to open postseason play at Parkersburg South.

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Davis pitched a three-hitter, striking out 10 Red Devil batters in helping the Vikings register the victory.

Haynes allowed two earned runs and walked two in his latest mound victory.

Offensively, the Vikings collected eight hits.

Ripley jumped on top of Oak Hill with two runs in the first inning.

The Vikings would add two more in the fourth.

Oak Hill garnered its two runs in the top of the sixth.

Brett Haskins and Gage Songer led Ripley’s hitting attack with two each.

Haynes, Isaiah Casto, Cam Patterson and Colton Pepper also had hits in the contest.

Songer and Patterson both had doubles.

Songer drove home two of Ripley’s four runs. Kadin Hall also brought home a run.

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Trailing 3-2 going into the bottom of the fifth, the Vikings went ahead with two runs and added another in the last of the sixth to pick up the win.

Winfield outhit the Vikings, 8-7, in the contest.

The Generals committed three errors while the Vikings had a pair of miscues.

Songer and Pepper had two hits each to lead the Viking offense. Both players doubled in the win.

Haskins, Cade Goode and Kaleb Swisher all had base hits for Ripley.

Songer drove home two runs. Pepper, Hall and Haynes were credited with the one RBI each.

Patterson pitched 2.1 innings, allowing six hits and two runs. He struck out two and walked one.

Goode, who started the game, pitched two innings, giving up a run, striking out three and walking one.

Songer went 1.2 on the mound with two walks.

Gatlin Donohew pitched one inning and had a strike out.