Ripley whips Wolves
SPRING VALLEY -- During the second inning Thursday night a quick power outage turned off the scoreboard at the Spring Valley High School baseball field.
The temporary electrical blip, though, couldn't erase Ripley's 8-1 lead that the Vikings turned into a 13-1 victory.
Spring Valley coach Jon Hensley, displeased with his team's recent play, inserted five new starters in Friday's lineup. Hensley said he knew the result likely wouldn't be pretty, but the move was necessary to attempt to catch the attention of his team.
"We've beaten Huntington High twice," Hensley said. "We've beaten Winfield and scored a lot of runs. Then, the last six or seven games, we've played like we don't care."
The dreaded coaches' nemesis "Senioritis?" Hensley said that's not it.
"No," Hensley said. "We don't have many seniors. We're a young team. We started five freshmen tonight."
Ripley (13-10) sent eight batters to the plate and all of them scored before Spring Valley recorded an out. An error, a misplayed fly ball, a hit batter and a walk combined to bury the Timberwolves early. Even the first out Spring Valley recorded -- a fielder's choice by Remy Boyce -- in the 35-minute first inning drove in a run.
The Timberwolves (6-11) scored their lone run in the bottom of the first when Zach Harvey singled, moved to second on a hit by Sammy Brody, went to third on a wild pitch and crossed the plate on Aaron Hamm's groundout.
The Vikings added five runs in the fourth inning on their way to a mercy rule shortened victory.
"We'll see if anybody gets the message," Hensley said. "It's something we needed to do. We shouldn't be losing to the teams we've been losing to."
Hensley could find out Friday if his team received the message he intended. The Timberwolves are scheduled to play at Parkersburg at 6 p.m.
"We'll see what happens," said Hensley, who held a team meeting that time-wise rivaled the first inning after the game.
Spring Valley mustered few bright spots. Harvey was one, going 2-for-3 and reaching base three times.
Hensley said some of his players' minds appear to be on anything but baseball.
"Today, we played some kids who have been trying hard and who deserved to play," Hensley said.
Chris Jordan went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs for Ripley. Cody Pittinger also was 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. Easton Berry and Lane Casto each were 2-for-3.
RIPLEY 800 50 -- 13 11 1
SPRING VALLEY 100 00 -- 1 3 3
Bumpus and Jarvis; McCloud, Wellman (4) and Harvey, Saunders (5).
Hitting: (R) Jordan 2-4, 2-2B, 2 RBIS; Berry 2-3, Pittinger 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs, Casto 2-3; (SV) Harvey 2-3.