South Charleston standout pitcher Alli Burdette's resume speaks for itself and the Ripley softball team paid the ultimate respect to the Black Eagles senior on Thursday night.
Burdette, who will play next season at Division I Elon University, was a first-team All-State selection as a junior after having a 0.78 earned run average and a .397 batting average.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, it didn't pay off and ended up costing Ripley a 1-0 road loss to South Charleston (8-6).
Ripley (9-3) pitcher Chelsey Hager deserved a better fate after having a no-hitter against the Black Eagles with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning in a scoreless game.
Vikings Coach Kenny Swisher went out to have a meeting at the mound with his junior hurler, and they elected to pitch around Burdette, also SC's top hitter.
It resulted in Hager throwing four balls out of the strike zone, putting the Black Eagles slugger on first.
The next SC hitter, freshman Emily Bostic, laced a hard-hit single that dropped just ahead of Ripley center fielder Montana Kershner.
The ball took a bad hop getting by Kershner, allowing pinch-runner Olivia Orcutt to race all the way home.
Swisher couldn't have been more proud of Hager's performance and defended the decision to pitch around Burdette leading to Bostic's game-winner.
"Chelsey pitched excellent and had a no-hitter," Swisher said. "I think we played it the way you are suppose to play it. There are no regrets. We were in it and played well. I'm real pleased with our showing."