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Lady Vikings give Estep 300th win

AID — It was a good win for the Symmes Valley Lady Vikings. It was a milestone for coach Jeff “Odie” Estep.

An 11-1six-inning win over the Northwest Lady Mohawks during Saturday’s Valley of Thunder annual softball classic gave Estep his 300th career victory, all with Symmes Valley.

Estep entered his 19th season with 295 wins.

“It was good to get it with this group. They’re a hard-working group. But you have to have a lot of good athletes over the years to get to this point,” said Estep. “You can’t win without them.”

The Lady Vikings lost 3-2 to Alexander on Friday afternoon, then bounced back to rout Rose Hill (Ky.) 10-0 on Saturday before beating Northwest.

“We did well, especially on Saturday. There were a lot of good games. One went 12 innings and three went into extra innings. It was another successful tournament,” said Estep.

“Our girls played well both days. We got back on track with our hitting and our pitching did well.”

On Friday, Alexander led 3-0 until the Lady Vikings rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Brooke Skinner walked, Haily Pelletier was safe on an error, and Libby Ash singled in a run. An overthrow on the play scored Pelletier.

In Saturday’s first game, the Lady Vikings scored seven runs in the first inning to decide the outcome.

Cheslea Wall doubled home two runs, Haily Pelletier had a two-run single and Erica Corn and Nikki Nance also doubled in the first inning uprising.

Nance got the win over Rose Hill. Corn went 3-4 while Nance and Wall each had two hits.

In the second game, Northwest took a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning only to have the Lady Vikings tie the game in the bottom of the inning when Corn reached on an error, Nance walked and Skinner had an RBI single.

The Lady Vikings took the lead with four runs in the second inning.

Pelletier led off with a double and Julie Carter had a one-out single. Nance singled for a run, Jessie Morris reached on a missed third strike to score a run, and Wall cranked a two-run double.

In the fifth, Skinner singled and Pelletier had a two-out double.

The Lady Vikings ended the game with five runs in the sixth inning.

Nance walked, Morris was safe on a fielder’s choice, Wall and Skinner walked for a run, Ash doubled home two runs, Pelletier an RBI single and Kayla Ross reached on an error as the final run scored.

Ash got the win as she struck out eight, walked one and gave up five hits. Pelletier was 3-4 and Skinner 2-2.

Symmes Valley (5-3) hosts Latham Western on Monday.

Friday’s Game

Alexander 000 120 0 = 3 7 3

Sym. Valley 000 000 2 = 2 1 4

McClain and Williams. Erica Corn and Chelsea Wall. W-McClain (6-K, 2-BB). L-Corn (5-K, 1-BB, 3-ER). 2B-Alexander: Grindstead, McClain. Hitting-Alexander: Daughtery 2-4, McClain 2-3, Swiney 1-3, Guthrie 1-3, Grindstead 1-4; Symmes Valley: Libby Ash 1-3.

Saturday’s Games

First Game

Rose Hill 000 00 = 0 5 4

Sym. Valley 720 1x = 10 14 0

Vanover and Branham. Nikki Nance and Chelsea Wall. W-Nance (2-K, 1-BB). L-Vanover. 2B-RH: Jones; SV: Erica Corn, Nikki Nance, Chelsea Wall. Hitting-Rose Hill: Jones 2-2, Hammonds 1-2, Virgin 1-3, Wenning 1-2; Symmes Valley: Erica Corn 3-4, Nikki Nance 2-4, Chelsea Keathley 1-2, Chelsea Wall 2-2, Brooke Skinner 1-2, Libby Ash 1-2, Haily Pelletier 1-1, Taylor Ross 1-3.

Second Game

Northwest 100 000 = 1 5 3

Sym. Valley 140 015 = 11 7 3

Jordan and Lute. Libby Ash and Chelsea Wall. W-Ash (8-K, 1-BB, 1-ER). L-Jordan. 2B-SV: Cheslea Wall, Haily Pelletier 2. Hitting-Northwest: Williams 2-3, Lute 1-3, Sarbarra 1-3, McHassey 1-3; Symmes Valley: Haily Pelletier 3-4, Brooke Skinner 2-2, Nikki Nance 1-2, Chelsea Wall 1-3, Libby Ash 1-4, Julie Carter 1-2.