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Lady Vikings win sectional

Symmes Valley Lady Vikings’ Kaitlyn Payne pitches a three-hitter during Thursday’s Division IV sectional final tournament game. The Lady VIkings routed Federal Hocking 15-0 in five innings to earn a trip to the district semifinals. (Robert S. Stevens of The Gold Studio in Ironton)

Symmes Valley Lady Vikings’ Kaitlyn Payne pitches a three-hitter during Thursday’s Division IV sectional final tournament game. The Lady Vikings routed Federal Hocking 15-0 in five innings to earn a trip to the district semifinals. (Robert S. Stevens of The Gold Studio in Ironton)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

AID — Who said 13 is an unlucky number?

The Symmes Valley Lady Vikings used a 13-run second inning to vault them to a 15-0 five-inning win over the Federal Hocking Lady Lancers on Thursday in the Division IV sectional finals.

Tiara Hatfield was 3-3 with two doubles and two runs batted in and Sarah Kingery 3-3 with a double and two triples plus two RBIs to lead the Lady Vikings’ 14-hit attack.

Kaitlyn Payne got the win with a three-hitter. She struck out 10 and did not walk a batter.

“Kingery and Hatfield had real nice plate appearances. They had six hits, three doubles and two triples between them,” said Lady Vikings’ coach Jeff “Odie” Estep.

“Kaitlyn did good job again. She kept the ball down and kept them off-balance.”

Symmes Valley (19-5) plays Peebles at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Minford in the district semifinals.

The Lady Vikings’ second inning explosion began with a double by Hatfield and a triple by Kingery.

Sierra Ross was hit by a pitch and Caitlin Carpenter hit into a fielder’s choice for RBI.

Kara Saunders, Hannah Mays and Stephanie Brown all doubled in runs. Payne and Hatfield each singled in a run, Kingery doubled, Ross singled in two runs, Carpenter was safe on an error, Saunders walked to load the bases, Mays was safe on an error for a run, Brown doubled in two runs and Webb singled in a run to cap the uprising.

The final two runs scored in the third.

Hatfield and Kingery doubled for the first run and Ross hit into a fielder’s choice to score Kingery.

Webb and Brown each went 2-3 for the Lady Vikings.

Federal Hocking is 6-14.

Fed. Hocking 000 00 = 0 3 4

Sym. Valley 0(13)2 0x = 15 14 3

Washburn and Mayle. Kaitlyn Payne and Tiara Hatfield. W-Payne (K-10, BB-0). L-Washburn (K-1, BB-1). Hitting-FH: Washburn 2-3, Jackson 1-2; SV: Tiara Hatfield 3-3 2-2b rbi-2, Sarah Kingery 3-3 2b 2-3b rbi-2, Taylor Webb 2-3 2b, Stephanie Brown 2-3 2-2b rbi-3, Kaitlyn Payne 1-3, Sierra Ross 1-2, Kara Saunders 1-1, Hannah Mays 1-2 2b.