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Titans slips past Vikings in 8 innings, 4-3

By JIM WALKER

Tribune Sports Editor

AID — The Symmes Valley Vikings gave a great effort as they left it all on the field.

They also left some baserunners, too.

The Vikings stranded 11 runners including seven in scoring position in a 4-3 loss to the Portsmouth Notre Dame Titans in eight innings Friday.

“I’m proud of our guys. They’re really young but they played a great game. There was a big difference from this game and our first two games,” said Vikings’ coach Chad Renfroe.

“We just didn’t hit until the fifth inning. We left too many runners on.”

The tough loss was pinned on Nathan Dockery who struck out six, walked only one and allowed three earned runs on eight hits.

Luke Taylor was 2-3 with a double and a home run and Dillon Pelletier 2-3 for the Vikings, now 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the Southern Ohio Conference.

Notre Dame went up 2-0 in the first inning on a double by Brock Hannah, singles by Tyler Noel, Brad Pierron and Matt Malone and Michael Mader’s fielder’s choice.

The Titans added a run in the third when Noel singled, moved up on a ground out and scored on a hit by Malone.

The Vikings got going in the fifth inning when Taylor cranked a home run, Jacob Patterson doubled and Dockery singled.

Symmes Valley tied the game in the seventh on a single by Cody Myers, Taylor’s double and Patterson’s sacrifice fly.

The Titans got the winning run in the eighth on a hit by Noel, an error, Pierron’s sacrifice and another error.

The Vikings play at Beaver Eastern Monday in a league game.

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Sym. Valley 000 020 10 = 3 7 2

Tyler Noel, Cooper (7) and Michael Mader. Nathan Dockery and Jacob Patterson. W-Cooper (K-3, BB-1, HBP-1). L-Dockery (K-6, BB-1). Noel K-10, BB-5. 2B-Symmes Valley: Luke Taylor, Jacob Patterson. HR-Symmes Valley: Luke Taylor. Hitting-Notre Dame: Brock Hannah 1-4, Tyler Noel 3-4, Brad Pierron 1-3, Matt Malone 2-4, Michael Mader 1-4; Symmes Valley: Cody Myers 1-3, Luke Taylor 2-3, Jacob Paterson 11, Nathan Dockery 1-4, Dillon Pelletier 2-3.