Vikings defeat Devils in second baseball meeting of season

Mark Martin

Both Ripley’s Vikings and the Red Devils of Ravenswood have been trying to find their way in this 2021 campaign.

In a second meeting of the season, Ripley owned the upper hand once again.

Shane Casto’s Vikings knocked off Wes Swain’s Devils, 14-1, at Ravenswood’s Wright Field.

Each team plated a run in their turn at the plate during the first inning, giving hope to possibly a tight game.

But the floodgates opened in the second inning as Ripley exploded for 10 runs and added two more in the third and another in the fourth.

“Anytime you beat your county rival, it’s a great win,” Viking head coach Shane Casto said. “We were able to get everyone in the game and use multiple guys on mound. I thought we had good at-bats, played good defense and threw strikes.

“If we do that and gain some confidence, we could be a dangerous team down the road.”

Cade Goode and Kaleb Swisher each pounded out three hits for the winning Vikings. Goode drove home three runs while Swisher, who had a double in the contest, brought home two.

Gage Songer had two hits, including a double, and drove home a pair. Brett Haskins doubled in the game.

Gatlin Donohew drove home two more Viking runs with a base hit.

Alec Vance doubled in the showdown with the Devils helping to plate a run.  

Isaiah Casto had a hit and Alec Vance was credited with driving home a run.

Ravenswood’s hits were proved by Ben Queen, Beau Bennett and Anthony Anglin, who drove home the lone run for the Devils.   

“Things started out well but in the second inning the wheels fell off and we could not get an out,” Swain said. “It did not see that we ever could get anything going.

“The positives were that we got to see some of our young pitchers on the mound against Ripley.”

Ripley used six pitchers in Patterson, Donohew, Haskins, Swisher, Goode, Hunter Brown and Sam Carpenter.

Carpenter allowed two hits, struck out three and walked one.

Donohew struck out one and gave up a hit.

Miller pitched an inning for Ravenswood, giving up three hits, eight runs, in which seven were earned, and walked three.

Logan Alfred was on the mound for two innings. He gave up six hits, five earned runs, struck out three and walked one.

Smith gave up a hit and one earned run. He struck out two and walked three.