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Lady Vikings can’t hold lead in 6-5 loss

Jim Walker



SCIOTOVILLE — Symmes Valley coach Jeff “Odie” Estep likes to fish. He had one of those bad fish stories to tell on Friday.

The Lady Vikings saw a four-run lead slip away in the bottom of the sixth inning as they lost 6-5 to the Sciotoville East Lady Tartans in a Southern Ohio Conference game.

“We left 12 runners on base. We couldn’t get any solid hits,” said Estep. “We let this one get away from us.”

East went up 1-0 in the first inning but the Lady Vikings got two runs in the third.

Stephanie Brown reached on an error, moved up on a passed ball and scored on Kaitlyn Payne’s base hit. Payne stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Tiara Hatfield’s ground out.

The lead went to 5-1 in the fourth.

Amber Bryant walked and Chianne Hively and Breanna Morris singled to load the bases. Brown singled home two runs and Payne was safe on an error as a run scored.

But East scored five times in the sixth inning on four hits, a walk and two errors.

Payne took the loss despite striking out 12 and walking three.

Brown, Payne and Hively all went 2-4 as Symmes Valley had nine hits.

The Lady Vikings host Chesapeake on Monday.

Sym. Valley 002 300 0 = 5 9 2

Sciotoville 100 005 x = 6 7 4

Kaitlyn Payne and Tiara Hatfield. Brookelyn Newell and Julie Lockhart. W-Newell (K-4, BB-4). L-Payne (K-12, BB-3). Hitting-SV: Stephanie Brown 2-4, Kaitlyn Payne 2-4, Chianne Hively 2-4, Breanna Morris 1-3, Tiara Hatfield 1-3, Autumn Keathley 1-3; East: Brooklyn Meadows 2-3, Julie Lockhart 1-3, Ariel Loop 1-2, Jessie Monroe 1-4, Brianna Wiesenhofer 1-4, Brookelyn Newell 1-4.