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AID – The Portsmouth Notre Dame Titans managed just two bunt singles but used them to nip Justin Myers and the Symmes Valley Vikings 2-1 Friday in a key Southern Ohio Conference game.

Saturday, April 07, 2001

AID – The Portsmouth Notre Dame Titans managed just two bunt singles but used them to nip Justin Myers and the Symmes Valley Vikings 2-1 Friday in a key Southern Ohio Conference game.

Myers struck out 11 and walked three in taking the tough-luck loss. Jimmie Augustine fanned five, gave up just four hits, and did not walk a batter to get the win.

"Augustine threw a nice game. He kept us off-balance. We hit the ball, but we hit it right at them," Vikings coach Rusty Webb said. "Justin Myers threw an outstanding game. He just got some bad breaks. Except for a few mental breakdowns, our defense played well."

Notre Dame, unbeaten in the SOC, broke the scoreless tie with a run in the second.

Andrew Graf struck out but reached when the ball got away from the catcher. He stole second, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Taylor Newman, and scored on a bunt single by Joe Webb.

The lead went to 2-0 in the third inning.

Brett Pierron walked, s tole second, and came home on an error.

Josh Robinson hit a one-out solo home run in the sixth to make it 2-1. Billy McCarty followed with a base hit but was left stranded.

"We are getting better. Our bats are starting to come around, we just hit the ball right at them. But give Notre Dame credit. They played well. They made the plays they needed to win the game," Webb said.

The Vikings, 1-5-2 and 1-1-2 in the SOC, plays at Portsmouth Clay Monday in a league game.

South Point 5, Fairland 4

SOUTH POINT – In the battle for first place, the South Point Lady Pointers took the early upper hand.

South Point used two errors to score four unearned in the fourth inning and then held on to beat the Fairland Lady Dragons 5-4 Friday to takeover the lead in the Ohio Valley Conference race.

South Point remained unbeaten in eight games and improved to 3-0 in the league. Fairland lost for the first time in seven tries and fell to 1-1 in the OVC.

"We gave them four runs, but our girls showed what they were made of when they came back with three runs the next inning, and we had a chance to score again in the sixth. We had our opportunities but we just didn’t capitalize," assistant coach Don Pruitt said.

"I’m proud of these kids. South Point has a good team and Layne’s a good pitcher. It was a great game."

South Point had 10 hits with Whitney Morrison going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in. Allison Perdue was 2-for-4.

Fairland had nine hits led by Jennifer Jones who was 4-for-4 while Lori Estep was 2-for-4.

On Monday, Fairland plays at Coal Grove.