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Symmes Valley downs Notre Dame

AID — This is the kind of game you like to play, especially if you win.

The Symmes Valley Lady Vikings slipped past the Portsmouth Notre Dame Lady Titans 5-4 Monday in a Southern Ohio Conference game.

“We jumped on them and I thought it would be enough, but it wasn’t. Our kids never laid down and neither did their kids. It was a well-played game on both sides,” said Lady Vikings coach Jeff “Odie” Estep.

Symmes Valley jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Erica Corn and Nikki Nance singled and Libby Ash had a two-run double. Emily Bowling hit into a fielder’s choice as Ash went to third base where she scored on a wild pitch.

Notre Dame got a run in the fourth and three in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead.

The Lady Vikings tied the game in the bottom of the seventh.

With one out, Jessie Morris singled and Chelsea Wall was safe on a pair of errors to put runners at second and third. Morris scored the tying run when Haily Pelletier hit into a fielder’s choice.

The score remained tied until Ash led off the ninth with a base hit. Courtesy runner Brittany Foster went to second on a wild pitch and scored when Bowling hit a soft fly ball singled to center field.

Ash struck out nine and walked two as she got a complete game victory.

Symmes Valley (4-1, 2-0) visits Eastern Wednesday.

In the Valley of Thunder, Symmes Valley beat Brunswick 6-3 Friday and lost to Wellston 6-2 on Saturday.

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Allison Keller and Shay Richendollar. Libby Ash and Chelsea Wall. W-Ash (9-K, 2-BB). L-Keller (8-K, 0-BB). 2B-ND: Keller; SV: Libby Ash. Hitting-Notre Dame: Keller 3-4, Glockner 2-5, Shupert 1-5, Clausing 1-4, Hatridge 2-5. Symmes Valley: Liby Ash 2-4, Erica Corn 1-4, Nikki Nance 1-4, Emily Bowling 1-4, Jessie Morris 1-4, Kayla Justice 1-3.