Viking baseball season comes to a close with loss against Parkersburg South

Mark Martin

Sixes were wild for Parkersburg South in a Region IV, Section 2 game with the Ripley Viking baseball team.

The Patriots broke open a scoreless game with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to sideline the Vikings from postseason play.

South outhit Ripley, 8-3, in the elimination showdown.

The win moved South on in the tournament, but the Patriots, too, would see their season end as they fell to Hurricane, 11-1.

The Vikings battled hard against South’s Brodie Wiggins.

The Patriot pitcher went six innings. He struck out nine while issuing four walks.

Nicholas Mersacheck, who led South offensively with two hits, pitched the final inning and struck out two batters.

Of Ripley’s three hits, two were collected by Brett Haskins.

Cade Goode had the only other Viking hit.

Cameron Patterson suffered the loss on the mound for Ripley.

Patterson pitched five and a third. He gave up six hits while striking out five and walking one batter. He yielded four of South’s six runs, all of which were earned.

Gage Songer also saw time on the mound for the Vikings, pitching two thirds of an inning.

Songer allowed two hits and two earned runs. He also walked a batter.

The loss gave Ripley a final record of 11-16 for the season.