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May 9, 2014

Ripley falls to Binger-Oney in Class A state quarterfinals

OKLAHOMA CITY — The No. 7 Ripley Warriors knew exactly what they were facing in the Class A state quarterfinals against the No. 3 Binger-Oney Bobcats, who won the fall state baseball championship. The Warriors weren’t able to muster enough offense in a 6-2 loss Thursday at Palmer Field in Dolese Park.

“We knew we had to play extremely well to stay in the ball game and have a chance,” coach Donnie Hoffman said. “I’m really proud of my guys.”

The Bobcats (25-9) scored four of their six runs with two outs. In the first inning, Austin Green tripled and came home on a double by Ledgend Smith. Binger-Oney scored in the second on a wild pitch. Hunter King hit an RBI double that scored Weston Kerlick. In the third inning, Smith hit a RBI double and Cord Coffey hit a sacrifice fly.

Trevor Watts started for Ripley and only lasted two innings after giving up six runs on five hits, three walks and struck out one. Hoffman said he just had some bad breaks.

“There were just little cheap squibs that found grass,” Hoffman said. “...It wasn’t anything he did. He threw the baseball well, it’s just how it goes sometimes.”

Houston Twoguns pitched the rest of the game and only allowed one hit and two walks while striking out six. Hoffman said he did a good job of holding down the Bobcats.

“He settled in and got own the Bobcats.

“He settled in and got us through (those innings),” Hoffman said.

Offensively, Ripley  was held to just two hits. One of those hits provided the Warriors only runs as Chandler Salinas hit a two-run home run in the top of the third to cut Binger-Oney’s lead to 4-2.

“It felt good,” Salinas said. “It brought the intensity up. It put us all back in the game.”

Ripley returns all but two players in the fall — seniors Cory Sadler and Garret Gosney. Hoffman said both players made a major impact.

“I hope they understand it paid great dividends for them later on when we get back to the state tournament next year with these guys,” Hoffman said. “The seniors played a huge part in that. They introduced them to the state tournament this year.”

Ripley finished the season 24-12 and No. 7 in Class A.

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