SVSL reaches finals
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Call it Big Monday.
The Symmes Valley softball All-Stars are on the threshold of advancing to the Senior League World Series after posting a 3-1 record in pool play at the Midwest regional tournament.
Symmes Valley will play in a single-elimination championship series Monday.
At 10 a.m., the two Indiana teams meet and Ohio play Michigan.
The two winners play at noon with the champion advancing to the World Series in Delaware.
The Ohio representatives won their opener 14-1 over Wisconsin on Thursday, beat Iowa 5-1 on Friday, lost 2-1 to Indiana Saturday but bounced back to win 12-2 over Missouri in the second game.
“The girls are playing well. We’re getting good pitching and good hitting. Everyone is giving us good contributions. It’s been a total team effort,” said Symmes Valley coach Bill Nance.
Symmes Valley used a pair of home runs to beat Iowa on Friday.
Ali Thompson hit a solo home run in the third inning for a 1-0 lead, and Abbey Barrett ripped a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
In the three-run fifth, Nikki Nance and Erica Corn singled to start the uprising, moved up on a wild pitch, and Thompson hit a sacrifice fly. Barrett followed with a home run.
The final run scored in the seventh inning when Corn singled, Thompson hit into a fielder’s choice, and Barrett had an RBI single.
Thompson got the win as she struck out 10 and did not issue a walk. Nance pitched three innings and struck out four while giving up the only Iowa hit.
In Saturday’s first game, Symmes Valley had two errors that proved costly in a 2-1 loss to one of the two Indiana teams.
Indiana took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a walk, two wild pitches and a throwing error.
Symmes Valley came back to tie the game in the top of the third inning when Julie Carter doubled and Nance singled with two outs.
But Indiana came back to get the winning run in the bottom of the inning with two outs on two singles and a throwing error.
“It was a heck of a game. Both teams made some good plays. We could easily have scored four or five runs and so could they. Both teams played real good ball,” said Nance.
The District 11 champion Symmes Valley scored eight runs on just one hit in the first inning to go along with six walks and five errors in the rout of Missouri.
Thompson fanned seven in three innings to get the win. Nance had three strikeouts and each pitcher gave up a hit.
Ali Thompson, Nikki Nance (4), Thompson (7) and Chelsea Wall. Geanart and Belches. W-Thompson (10-K, 0-BB). Nance 4-K, 0-BB. L-Geanart. 2B-Ohio: Erica Corn. HR-Ohio: Ali Thompson, Abbey Barrett. Hitting-Ohio: Erica Corn 2-4, Nikki Nance 1-4, Ali Thompson 1-4, Abbey Barrett 2-3, Jessie Morris 1-3; Iowa: Teno 1-2.
Erica Corn, Nikki Nance (2), Ali Thompson (6) and Chelsea Wall. Bales and Miller. W-Bales (12-K). L-Nance (1-R, 1-K, 0-BB). Thompson 4-K, 0-BB, 0-H, 0-R. 2B-Ohio: Julie Carter. Hitting-Ohio: Nikki Nance 1-3, Jessie Morris 1-3, Julie Carter 1-2; Indiana: Bousquet 1-3, Chamberlee 1-3, Casey 1-2.
Ali Thompson, Nikki Nance (4) and Chelsea Wall. Rollett and Baer. W-Thompson (7-K, 1-BB, 1-H). Nance 3-K, 0-BB, 1-H, 2-R. L-Rollett. 2B-Ohio: Abbey Barrett. Hitting-Ohio: Nikki Nance 2-4, Erica Corn 1-5, Ali Thompson 1-3, Abbey Barrett 1-1, Kayla Ross 1-1, Kendra Saunders 1-3; Missouri: Rollett 1-3, Brewer 1-3.