"That's my favorite part of the game is stealing bases,'' said Ribbe, who has 21 steals this season. "I like running and sliding into the base.''
But there is one drawback to batting leadoff.
"I never get any RBIs because I'm always leading off,'' Ribbe said. "But, as long as I'm scoring runs like I did tonight, I will accept getting no RBIs.''
Ribbe is also the starting catcher for the Blue Devils, who improved to 13-6 overall and 8-2 in the Vermilion Valley Conference.
"Brittney never takes a play off and her intensity level is really high,'' Stephens said. "She really sets the tone for us. We've got some really good people behind her.
"Those kids are very versatile from a standpoint that they can bunt and hit the ball well. We also did some slapping tonight. Once we get runners on base, things can start happening.''
And that's exactly what happen against the Cornjerkers, who fell to 9-7 overall and 6-4 in the VVC.
"We just didn't come ready to play,'' said Hoopeston Area coach Krissi Price. "Most of the time, we come out ready to play, but there have been days that we don't show up to play in the first inning.''
After Ribbe scored Bismarck-Henning's first run, the Blue Devils added four more on a two-run double by Phoenix LaCombe and run-scoring double by Ella Nelson.
Hoopeston Area was trailing 5-0 before the Cornjerkers even had one batter come to the plate. In Monday's loss to Schlarman Academy (5-4), Hoopeston Area trailed 3-0 at the end of the first inning.
"It's all mental,'' Price said. "It all comes down to if they are ready mentally.''
Bismarck-Henning, who lost to Hoopeston Area 2-1 on April 17, added six more runs in the second as LaCombe, the winning pitcher for the Blue Devils, had a two-run single and Nelson also drove home two with her second double of the contest.