Prep Baseball Report

Region 4 Class AAA Preview: Ripley at Hurricane

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By Dan Williams
West Virginia / Western Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

In what has already been a very competitive series in AAA Region 4 Hurricane and Ripley will square off in a winner take all game three with a trip to the state tournament on the line.  

Time:  6:00 pm  /  Location: Hurricane High School


Liam BaileyPBR Ranked Players: Garrett Gress (No. 9 in the WV Class of 2017); Liam Bailey (right, No. 7 in the WV Class of 2018); Noah Short (No. 8 in the WV Class of 2018); Chandler Kelly (No. 4 in the WV Class of 2018);  Aaron Perry (No. 1 in the WV Class of 2017, currently injured)

Offensive Leaders: Individual stats are not available. However, middle of the order run producers include Jacob Allen, Noah Birthisel, Austin Dearing and Short.  Nate Dunham and Evan Dearing are the top of the order table setters.

Pitching Leaders: Individual stats not available. The Redskins lost Kentucky recruit Aaron Perry to injury and have relied on Garrett Gress as their replacement ace.  Logan McClure, Liam Bailey and Tyler Cox have also been key contributors.

Overall Record: 28-7

Record vs Regional Qualifiers: 3-1 



Lane CastoPBR Ranked Players: Lane Casto (Alderson Broddaus recruit, No. 19 in the WV Class of 2017); Anthony Jarvis (Glenville State recruit, No. 8 in the WV Class of 2017)

Offensive Leaders: Jarvis (.466 Av., 17 RBI, 15 R, 7 doubles, 3 HR); Remy Boyce (Salem International recruit, .390 Avg., 15 RBI, 29 R, 8 doubles); Rocky Ford (.369 Avg., 16 RBI, 15 R, 7 doubles); J.T. Kemp (.356 Avg., 22 RBI, 17 R, 10 doubles) 

Pitching Leaders: Casto (59.2 IP, 2.46 ERA, 46 K, 14 BB); Dane Peterson (43.2 IP, 2.24 ERA, 32 K, 33 BB); Benjamin Mack (Salem International recruit, 43.1 IP, 2.26 ERA, 34 K, 17 BB)

Overall Record: 20-11

Record vs  Regional Qualifiers: 6-3

Comments: The winner of this game may very well be the favorite to take the AAA State Title. Pitching depth will be key.  Based on series rotations to date the matchup is likely to be Bailey for Hurricane and Mack for Ripley.