Vikings can’t overcome bad inning as they fall to Titans, 6-4

Published 3:31 am Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jim Walker


AID — The Symmes Valley Vikings didn’t really have a bad game, they just had a bad inning.

Oh, what a bad inning.

The Vikings had five errors in one inning and left 10 runners on base as they lost 6-4 to the Portsmouth Notre Dame Titans Wednesday in a Southern Ohio Conference game.

Tanner Mays was the victim of the error-filled performance. Mays allowed just five hits and one earned run as he struck out eight and walked four in taking the loss.

“Tanner threw a good game. He threw well enough to win. He kept his composure. He grew up tonight,” said Vikings’ coach Chad Renfore.

“We just made too many errors and we left too many runners on base. That can’t happen.”

The Vikings (6-2, 5-1) took a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

Lane Wilson walked, stole second and Cameron Meadows singled him home. Meadows moved up on a throwing error from the outfield and Jonathan Kouns had an RBI single.

But the Vikings were guilty of five errors to go with a hit batsman, a walk and a two-run single by Brock Hannah as the Titans took a 6-2 lead in the third.

The Vikings got a run in the fourth when Kouns singled, stole second and Dillon McFann singled.

Symmes Valley cut the deficit to 6-4 in the fifth on a hit by Seth Jarrell after Kouns had walked and stolen second.

Notre Dame 006 000 0 = 6 5 1

Sym. Valley 020 110 0 = 4 6 5

Will Haney and Jack Kayser. Tanner Mays and Cameron Meadows. W-Haney (K-8, BB-9). L-Mays (K-8, BB-4). Hitting-PND: Jack Kayser 2-4, Gage Oberling 1-2, Dakota Smith 1-4, Brice Hannah 1-3; SV: Seth Jarrell 1-4, Dillon McFann 1-4, Cameron Meadows 1-4, Jonathan Kouns 2-3, Tyler Carpenter 1-2. 2B-PND: Jack Kayser.