Patriots, Vikings suspended to Monday in 6th

Photo by Tyler Bennett Parkersburg South’s Grant Hussey throws a pitch during the Patriots baseball game versus the Ripley Vikings at Viking Park Saturday afternoon.

RIPLEY — After resuming play in the bottom of the fourth following a 45-minute rain delay, the Parkersburg South Patriots and Ripley Vikings managed to get only two more innings in.

With no one out and a Viking on first base in the bottom of the sixth and a 7-4 South lead, officials gathered up and later declared the constant rain was making the field unplayable for safety reasons during game two of the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 1 tournament game Saturday afternoon at Viking Park.

The decision was made to suspend the game until 5:30 p.m. Monday. If Ripley rallies to win, the decisive game three is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday.

Scoring five runs after being down 4-2 going into the top of the sixth, the Patriots are one win away from completing the sectional sweep versus the Vikings and will play the Section 2 winner and defending triple-A champion the Hurricane Redskins.

Blake McMullen and Drew Cochran each had an RBI in the sixth, with McMullen’s being a two-bagger to center field. South also scored two runs on one Viking error and a Jared Clemente bases-loaded hit-by-pitch.

“We talked with the umpires and figured it out that the field is too wet and to continue on with today’s game Monday,” Ripley athletic director Steven Lough said. “We will start where we left off, from runners to the count and play the next game after if need be.”

In the first inning, the Vikings took the first their first lead of the series, starting with a Broedy Boyce line drive double to left-center field. He later scored on a Josh Carte single.

Consecutive singles by Nick Yoho and McMullen put runners on first and second with one out in the third. South took a 2-1 lead thanks in part of Grant Hussey’s moon shot double that bounced off the center field fence and Cochran’s sac-fly.

The lead was short-lived for South, with Gage Songer outrunning shortstop McMullen’s throw at first, allowing a Viking to cross home plate to tie the game at two.

Returning from the first rain delay in the bottom the fourth, the Vikings came out and loaded up the bases with one-out off singles by Tyler Haskins and Boyce and Carte getting hit. Ethan Patterson hit a sac fly and relief pitcher Eli Reeves’ wild pitch made it a two-run Ripley lead.

Hussey got the start for the Patriots, but was relieved by Reeves in the fourth after the rain delay.

Dane Petersen reached the maximum pitch count a pitcher is allowed to have in the fifth inning with two outs. The righty allowed seven hits and seven earned runs with three strikeouts.

Petersen had problems with his placement all afternoon, allowing five Patriots batters a free pass to first and throwing 52 balls out of a total of 112 pitches thrown.

Catholic ousts Ravenswood, 12-9

DAVISVILLE — Parkersburg Catholic evened its record to 15-15 following Saturday afternoon’s 12-9 elimination game triumph against Ravenswood at Marshall Field in the Class A, Region IV, Section 1 tournament.

Jeb Boice, who scored three times, worked around six walks to earn the mound win. He went 5 2-3 innings and punched out five. Stephen Garvin, who knocked in a run, worked the final five outs.

With the victory, PCHS head coach Tom Harvey’s squad will play another must-win tilt at 5 p.m. Monday at Williamstown. That winner then will play at 5 p.m. Tuesday at top-seeded Wahama, which is the only unbeaten squad left.

Ty Sturm continued his strong senior campaign by slugging a three-run bomb in a key five-run fourth, which put the hosts ahead 9-3. Sturm finished 3 for 4 with four runs-batted-in.

Patrick Copen aided the Crusaders’ attack by going 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI. Bryce Moore also knocked in two runs for PCHS while Peyton Amrine had an RBI.

Cameron Taylor went three innings and was saddled with the loss. Sam Sturm hurled the other three frames.

“We’ve got Copen. We’re going to run him out there,” Harvey said of Monday’s likely starting pitcher. “We’ve got Ty and everybody but Jeb basically.

“It’s Williamstown and your rival. It ought to be a fun game, can’t wait. It’s never easy in our section. You got to beat them all. We’ll take them one day at a time and see what happens.”