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Lady Vikings celebrate senior night with win

Symmes Valley Lady Vikings’ pitcher Sarah Kingery pitched a four-hitter in a 7-2 win over Beaver Eastern on Monday. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

AID — The Symmes Valley Lady Vikings had a little going away gift for their three seniors.
A win.
The Lady Vikings beat the Eastern Lady Eagles 7-2 in a Southern Ohio Conference game on Monday to celebrate senior night for Ericca Ross, Kara Saunders and Sarah Kingery.
“It was a nice win for our three seniors. All three of them have been four-year starters and have contributed to the softball program,” said Lady Vikings’ coach Jeff “Odie” Estep.
Kingery did her part to make it a good day for the seniors. She pitched a four-hitter, struck out five and walked just one. Neither run was earned.
Ross also has a good game by going 2-3 as the Lady Vikings had eight hits.
The game was scoreless until the fourth when both teams scored a pair of runs.
Olivia Hatfield singled and an out later the Lady Vikings made two errors. After a passed ball, a fielder’s choice scored a run and a throwing error scored the second run.
Symmes Valley came right back as Emily Estep doubled, Ross singled and stole second and Payton Hunter had a two-run single.
The Lady Vikings then scored five runs in the sixth inning.
Ross singled, Hunter was safe on a fielder’s choice and Emily Sharp reached on an error to score courtesy runner Maggie Wise. Rachael Hayes doubled for two more runs.
Morgan Jenkins singled in a run and Kingery doubled in the final two runs.
Eastern 000 200 0 = 2 4 3
Sym. Valley 000 205 x = 7 8 3
Shaelyn Tomlison and Mackenzie Greene. Sarah Kingery and Ericca Ross. W-Kingery (K-5, BB-1, ER-0). L-Tomlison (K-3, BB-20. Hitting-BE: Olivia Hatfield 1-3, Madison Southworth 1-3, Breanna Carroll 1-3, Mackenzie Greene 1-3; SV: Rachael Hayes 2-3 2B 2-rbi, Ericca Ross 2-3, Emily Estep 1-2 2B, Payton Hunter 1-3, Sarah Kingery 1-3 2B 2-rbi, Morgan Jenkins 1-4.