Midland boys rally to beat Ripley, 9-7
RIPLEY, W.Va. -- For the second straight night, Cabell Midland's baseball team struggled through its first three innings of baseball.
However, the end more than made up for it.
The Knights scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to overcome a three-run deficit and earn a 9-7 win over Ripley on Tuesday night.
Ripley led 7-4 heading into the final inning after scoring all seven of its runs in the first four innings of play.
However, Cabell Midland (6-4) used fundamentals to overcome the deficit. Following an error, a Tyler Hayes RBI scored Kirk Jennings and Colton Carter scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one-run and set up the game's biggest at-bat.
Brandon Adams faced off against Logan McCoy and got the better of Ripley's relief pitcher, lacing a two-run single to bring in the tying and go-ahead runs in the form of Derek Adkins and Cole Tilley, who was running for Hayes. It was Adams' third hit of the contest.
Brady Elkins followed with a crucial insurance run to score Perry before Cody Ballengee came in and shut the door for the win.
Ballengee came in during the fourth inning in relief of Perry and kept Ripley without a run over the final three frames while also going 3-for-5 at the plate. Seth Kinker was also 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
Hayes was 3-for-4 with an RBI while Perry also had an RBI.
Jonny Stepp was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs for Ripley, who also got a solo home run from Lane Casto and a double and two RBIs from Trevor Tucker.
On Monday night, Cabell Midland went 10 innings to defeat Winfield, 6-5.
Much like on Tuesday night, the Knights needed a big seventh inning and got it, scoring a pair of runs off Winfield's Bear Bellomy to send the game to extra innings before winning it with a run in the top of the tenth.
Seth Kinker entered the game in the seventh inning for Cabell Midland and finished with six strikeouts to match teammate Zack McNeel, who also had six in his three-plus innings of work. As a whole, Cabell Midland pitchers struck out 15 batters in the contest.
Taylor Kuhn finished 3-for-5 with an RBI while Kinker, Hayes and Elkins each had two hits. Bryton Jobe added a double while Adkins also had an RBI.
Tate Hancock was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Winfield while Brandon Wright had two hits. Bellomy and Brian Bosley each added RBIs.
CABELL MIDLAND 020 002 5 -- 9 15 3
RIPLEY 212 200 0 -- 7 9 2
J.P. Perry, Ballengee (4) and Elkins. Jared Bumpus, Isaac Koontz (6), Logan McCoy (7) and Jonny Stepp. Hitting: (CM) Kinker 3-5, 2B, RBI; Elkins RBI; Ballengee 3-5, 2B; Hayes 2-4, RBI; Perry RBI; Adams 3-4, 3 RBI. (R) Chris Jordan 2-4; Stepp 3-3, 2B, 3 RBI; Trevor Tucker 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Lane Casto HR, RBI.
CABELL MIDLAND 010 200 200 1 -- 6 12 6
WINFIELD 211 001 000 0 -- 5 8 2
Derek Adkins, Zack McNeel (3), Kinker (7) and Elkins. Brett Adkins, Bear Bellomy (7) and Jordan Clark. Hitting: (CM) Kinker 2-6, RBI; Taylor Kuhn 3-5, RBI; Brady Elkins 2-4, 2B; Jobe 2B; Cody Ballengee RBI; Hayes 2-5, 2B; Adkins RBI. (W) Brandon Wright 2-5; Brian Bosley RBI; Bellomy RBI; Tate Hancock 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Anthony Imperial 2B.
HUNTINGTON HIGH 8, RIVERSIDE 0: Huntington High's softball team scored in each inning and Madison Howell and Morgan Kinder combined on a two-hit shutout as the Highlanders earned a mercy-rule shortened 8-0 win over Riverside on Tuesday evening in high school softball action.
Kinder fueled a three-run first inning in which Huntington High (5-4) took control as she sent a blast over the wall for a two-run home run to give the Highlanders their biggest hit of the contest.
Madison Haymaker and Rachel Bias each added doubles for the Highlanders, who travel to Spring Valley on Wednesday afternoon.
RIVERSIDE 000 0 -- 0 2 0
HUNTINGTON HIGH 321 2 -- 8 6 0
Cooper, Justice (3) and Schmidt. Howell, Kinder (4) and McClellan. Hitting: (HH) Kinder HR, 2 RBI; Haymaker 2B, Bias 2B.