Ripley came into their Thursday night matchup against Houston needing a win or a Pontotoc loss to claim the 2-4A district crown.
A Ty Long inside the park homer in the bottom of the third got the scoring started after both teams started slow at the palte.
That proved to be all the scoring that Long and the Tigers needed but the runs kept coming for the home team.
Ripley claimed their 5th district title in the last 6 full seasons with a 7-0 win over the visitors from Houston to move to 13-8 on the year and 8-2 in 2-4A.
Long spun a gem for Ripley, coming up big to clench the district crown with 9 K’s in a one-hit complete game victory.
Winner winner. Ty Long spins a gem and the Tigers are your district champs with a 7-0 win over Houston. Long had 9 K’s with a one hitter. Ripley just finds a way, every year. pic.twitter.com/Qzj8yy0ZNa— Tippah Sports (@TippahSports) April 15, 2022
For the game, the Tigers pounded out 10 hits led by Cooper Davis who had a laser beam 2-run homer in the fourth to stretch the lead. The Tigers broke the game wide open in the 6th inning with RBI from Jack Fortune and Jack Reid.
Long closed the door in the 7th with a dominating 11-pitch shutdown inning with 3 strikeouts.
The Tigers will face the #4 seed out of 1-4A, most like IAHS.
Ripley is back in action Tuesday against Center Hill for Senior Night.