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Vikings, Hatfield roll past Green in SOC

FRANKLIN FURNACE — Once the Symmes Valley Vikings get going, they’re hard to stop.

The Vikings scored nine runs in the fourth inning to blow open a close game and they went on to beat Symmes Valley 17-3 in five innings on Monday.

Jeremy Hatafield pitched a one-hitter for the Vikings as he struck out five and walked three.

“We always seem to finally get our bats going and have a big inning. But I’m glad we do,” said Vikings’ coach Chad Renfroe whose team hasn’t play in more than a week.

“I think the layoff hurt us a little. Hatfield wasn’t as sharp, but he stepped up and got the outs when he needed. And Cody Myers did a nice job behind the plate. It was his first high school game and he had to catch Hatfield, so that wasn’t an easy first assignment.”

After Green got a run in the first, the Vikings scored three in the second inning.

Luke Taylor and Ethan Wilson J.J. Huff and Dustin Wilson all walked for a run. Cody Myers singled in a run and Gage Patterson hit a sacrifice fly.

Stacey Moore singled in a two-run second inning for the Bobcats’ lone hit as they tied the score at 3-3.

But the Vikings took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the third.

Hatfield walked, Taylor singled and Ethan Wilson had an RBI single. Dustin Wilson and Myers walked to force in a run.

Ethan Wilson tripled to start a nine-run fourth inning. The Vikings had five singles, four walks and a hit batsman to fuel the uprising. Taylor had a two-run single to highlight the inning.

Chesapeake added three more runs in the fifth.

Symmes Valley (7-1, 5-0) hosts Portsmouth Notre Dame on Tuesday.

Symmes Valley 032 93 = 17 13 2

Green 120 00 = 3 1 2

Jeremy Hatfield and Cody Myers. Matt Clarke, McCloud (3) and Meenach. W-Hatfield (5-K, 3-BB, 1-ER). L-Clarke. 2B-SV: Tyler Easthom, Robbie Powell. 3B-SV: Tyler Easthom. Hitting-Symmes Valley: Tyler Easthom 3-4, Robbie Powell 1-4, Luke Taylor 3-3, Ethan Wilson 1-2, Cody Bland 1-2, Dustin Wilson 1-1, Cody Myers 1-1, Gage Patterson 2-3; Green: Stacey Moore 1-2.