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Lady Vikings keep winning by blanking Peebles, 5-0

Symmes Valley Lady Vikings’ Hannah Newcomb (34) tags out a Peebles’ baserunner during Thursday’s Division IV district semifinal tournament game. The Lady Vikings won 5-0 and play Portsmouth Clay at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the district championship game at Minford High School. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Symmes Valley Lady Vikings’ Hannah Newcomb (34) tags out a Peebles’ baserunner during Thursday’s Division IV district semifinal tournament game. The Lady Vikings won 5-0 and play Portsmouth Clay at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the district championship game at Minford High School. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

MINFORD — The Symmes Valley Lady Vikings played for keeps.

The Lady Vikings did what they needed to keep their tournament run alive as they blanked the Peebles Lady Indians 5-0 on Thursday in the Division IV district semifinals.

“Kaitlyn Payne was able to keep the ball down low and keep Peebles’ hitters in tact,” said Lady Vikings’ coach Jeff “Odie” Estep.

“Our defense played well and was able to keep us in the game until our offense got some runs. We hit the ball well but right at someone. Sierra Ross hit three hard shots but right at somebody.”

Payne allowed five hits, struck out four and walked two in getting the win.

Taylor Webb was 2-3 with a run batted in, Tiara Hatfield was 2-3 and Payne blasted a two-run homer.

Madison Pierce took the loss for Peebles (17-6). She gave up seven hits, fanned three and walked one.

“Peebles had a nice team. They were a tough game,” said Estep.

Symmes Valley (21-5) will play Portsmouth Clay at 1 p.m. Saturday in the district finals. The Lady Vikings will be looking to make the third time the charm after losing twice to Clay in the regular season, 11-5 and 12-10.

The Lady Vikings got two runs in the first inning.

Sarah Kingery started the inning with a double. Webb singled her to third and stole second. Both runners scored on a pair of wild pitches.

Symmes Valley added three insurance runs in the third inning.

Hannah Mays walked to leadoff the inning, moved up on a fielder’s choice and Webb singled her home. Payne followed with a two-run homer to centerfield to cap the scoring.

Kaitlin Toller was 2-2 with a double for Peebles.

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Madison Pierce and Kylie Sims. Kaitlyn Payne and Tiara Hatfield. W-Payne K-4, BB-2. L-Pierce K-3, BB-1. Hitting-PHS: Kaitlin Toller 2-2 2b, McKenzie Swango 1-3, Sierra Stone 1-3, Kylie Sims 1-3; SV: Tiara Hatfield 2-3, Taylor Webb 2-3 rbi, Sarah Kingery 1-3 2b, Kaitlyn Payne 1-3 HR, Caitlin Carpenter 1-3 2b.