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AID — If hitting is a disease, the Symmes Valley Lady Vikings hope they can’t find a cure.

The Lady Vikings used a big third inning to beat the Portsmouth Notre Dame Lady Titans 12-1 in five innings Monday in a Southern Ohio Conference game.

“We really hit the ball well and Erica Corn did a nice job on the mound,” said Lady Vikings coach Jeff “Odie” Estep.

“Hitting is contagious. Once we got on a roll in the third inning, we didn’t quit.”

Latasha Hatfield went 3-4 and Natasha Pointer 2-3 to lead a 9-hit Symmes Valley attack.

The Lady Vikings got a run in the first inning when Latasha Hatfield singled, stole second base, took third base on a wild pitch and came home on a sacrifice fly by Chelsea Wall.

After Notre Dame got a run in the second inning to tie the game, Symmes Valley scored nine runs in the third inning.

Natasha Pointer and Hatfield singled, Kayla Justice walked and a wild pitch scored the first run.

Wall was hit by a pitch, Emily Bowling walked to force in a run, Courtney Nelson reached on an error for a run, and Erica Corn singled home another run.

Hailey Pelletier walked to drive in a run, Hatfield had a three-run triple and Justice followed with an RBI single.

The final two runs scored in the fourth inning.

Bowling walked, moved up on a wild pitch, and, after Nelson walked, Corn hit into a fielder’s choice for a run. Pelletier singled to drive in Nelson with the final run.

In a tournament at Dover on Saturday, Gahanna beat Symmes Valley 11-0 as the Lady Vikings were guilty of eight errors. The Lady Vikings lost the second game 2-0 to Dover.

Symmes Valley (10-10, 8-4) hosts Beaver Eastern Tuesday.

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Shupert and Herpy. Erica Corn and Chelsea Wall. W-Corn (5-K, 0-BB). L-Shupert (3-K, 4-BB). 2B-PND: Clausing. 3B-SV: Latasha Hatfield. Hitting-Notre Dame: Clausing 1-3, Shupert 1-3, Ramey 1-2; Symmes Valley: Latasha Hatfield 3-4, Natasha Pointer 2-3, Hailey Pelletier 1-2, Erica Corn 1-3, Courtney Nelson 1-2, Kayla Justice 1-2.