Estep leads Lady Vikings by PND

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 3, 2006

AID — It was a good day at the office for Mandi Estep.

The senior pitcher for the Symmes Valley Lady Vikings pitched a four-hitter and had three hits in a 3-1 win over the Portsmouth Notre Dame Lady Titans in a Southern Ohio Conference game.

“Mandi had a great performance for us. She kept the ball low and we got a lot of ground outs. We got some timely hits and we were able to score a couple of runs,” Lady Vikings coach Jeff “Odie” Estep said.

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Estep struck out seven and walked two in going the distance. Symmes Valley is now 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the SOC.

“This league is going to be tough. There are four teams who are capable of winning the league,” coach Estep said.

Symmes Valley took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Estep singled to start the inning, Emily Bowling was hit by a pitch and Megan Coomes walked to load the bases.

Tasha Pointer walked to force Estep home and Libby Ash hit a sacrifice fly to left field.

The Lady Vikings added a run in the second inning when Estep had a two-out double and Bowling followed with a base hit.

Notre Dame got a run in the third inning on a double by Pick and single by Sayre.

The Vikings play at Portsmouth Clay Monday in a battle for first place in the league.

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Allison Keller and Lansing. Mandi Estep and Megan Coomes. W-Estep (7-K, 2-BB, 1-ER). L-Keller (5-K, 3-BB, 3-ER). 2B-PND: Sayre, Pick; SV: Mandi Estep. Hitting-PND: Sayre 2-4, Pick 1-2, Hopkins 1-2; Symmes Valley: Mandi Estep 3-3, Emily Bowling 1-2.