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August 11, 2012

Ripley baseball splits final two games of Dover Tournament

DOVER, Okla. — The Ripley baseball team finished its weekend at the Dover Tournament with a split Saturday.

The Warriors lost their first game to Leedy 14-6, and was one out away from dropping their second game before a big hit from Houston Twoguns gave them a 7-6 win over Binger.

In the Leedy contest, Cauldin Greenfield and Trevor Ballard each went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, but the Ripley pitching was gassed due to a busy opening week.

“It was our sixth ballgame of the week, so we tried to go inning by inning with our pitchers,” Ripley coach Donnie Hoffman said. “Of the five pitchers we threw, three of them were freshmen.”

Dillon Moore ultimately got the loss in the first game.

In Game 2, Ripley’s Levi Morris earned the win thanks to a two-out, three-run single by Twoguns in the top of the seventh that scored Corey Sadler, Jaymen Williams and Garrett Gosney. Gosney pitched in the bottom half of the inning to earn the save.

The Ripley offense was sparked in the middle innings when Greenfield hit a three-run home run — the first homer of his career — in the top of the fourth after Binger had taken a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third.

Freshman Chandler Salinas was also big offensively throughout the day. Salinas went 2 for 3 in the first contenst and finished with two doubles in the two games.

“We finished the week 4-2, but we played a really tough week. I’m really pleased with how they played,” Hoffman said. “But I still think we are a long way from playing our best ball. Today was simply a case were our pitching was taxed.”

Ripley won’t get much recovery time as the Warriors will host Olive at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

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