Offense struggles as Lady Vikings fall 7-5

Published 4:43 am Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jim Walker


FRANKLIN FURNACE — The pop flies popped the Symmes Valley Lady Vikings’ bubble.

The Lady Vikings inability to hit the ball on the ground ended their chances of a win as they fell 7-5 to the Green Lady Bobcats Monday in a Southern Ohio Conference game.

The Lady Vikings had just two hits — the only two balls they were able to hit into the outfield.

“We couldn’t hit the ball. We hit too many pop flies in the infield,” said Lady Vikings’ coach Jeff “Odie” Estep.

The Lady Vikings took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Stephanie Brown walked, moved up on two wild pitches and Tiara Hatfield walked. Four wild pitches allowed the runners to score.

Green came back to score three runs in the first and four in the second to lead 7-2.

Symmes Valley (6-4, 3-2) began its comeback with two runs in the fifth.

Brown singled, moved up on a wild pitch and a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch. Kaitlyn Payne was hit by a pitch, stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.

Symmes Valley got its final run in the seventh.

Payne was hit by a pitch, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored when Hannah Mays singled.

Symmes Valley plays at New Boston Tuesday.

Sym. Valley 200 020 1 = 5 2 3

Green 340 000 x = 7 7 2

Kaitlyn Payne and Tiara Hatfield. Lewis and Cline. W-Lewis (K-12, BB-6). Payne (K-8, BB-6). Hitting-SV: Stephanie Brown 1-3, Hannah Mays 1-4; Green: Blizzard 3-4, Lewis 1-1, Salisbury 1-3, Davis 1-4, Johnson 1-3. 2B-Green: Salisbury, Lewis.