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Vikings start SOC with no-hit victory

SCIOTOVILLE — Now that’s the way to start league play.

Jeremy Hatfield and Cody Myers combined on a no-hitter as the Symmes Valley Vikings blanked the Sciotoville East Tartans 13-0 in a five-inning Southern Ohio Conferecne game Thursday.

“We played a little better than we did against Fairland,” said Vikings’ coach Chad Renfroe.

“Jeremy threw the ball really well, We hit the ball better and we did a better job defensively.”

Hatfield went four innings and struck out nine. He did not walk a batter. Myers had a strikeout in his one inning of work.

Robbie Powell went 3-3 and Luke Taylor 2-3 as the Vikings got eight hits.

The Vikings took a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Tyler Easthom doubled and scored on a hit by Powell. After wild pitch and stolen base, Hatfield was hit by a pitch and stole second. Taylor then delivered a two-run single.

The Vikings added a run in the second inning when Gage Patterson was safe on an error, stole second, took third base on a wild pitch and came home on a fielder’s choice.

Symmes Valley put the game away with seven runs in the third inning on an error, three hit batsmen, two walks, a hit by Myers and a two-run double by Powell.

The Vikings (2-1, 1-0) host East on Friday.

Symmes Valley 317 02 = 13 8 1

Sciotoville East 000 00 = 0 0 3

Hatfield, Cody Myers (5) and Cody Bland. J. Phillips and Blair. W-Hatfield (9-K, 0-BB). Myers 1-K, 0-BB. L-Phillips. 2B-SV: Tyler Easthom, Robbie Powell 2. Hitting-Symmes Valley: Tyler Easthom 1-3, Robbie Powell 3-3, Luke Taylor 2-3, Cody Myers 1-3, Garrett Foster 1-1.