Vikings rout Clay behind seniors

Published 12:11 am Thursday, May 5, 2022

Symmes Valley Vikings’ Tanner McComas squares up on a pitch during a 10-0 win over the Portsmouth Clay Panthers on Wednesday. (Josh Wilson Photography/Facebook)

By Jim Walker

AID — It was senior night and the Symmes Valley Vikings’ seniors made it a night they’d remember.

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The Vikings got 9 hits to back the one-hit pitching of senior Caden Brammer as they blanked the Portsmouth Clay Panthers 10-0 in a run rule Southern Ohio Conference game.

Besides Brammer, the other Viking seniors are Ethan Patterson, Levi Niece, Nick Strow, Tanner McComas, Levi Best and Logan Justice.

“The seniors played the whole game and Brammer threw the ball really well. It was a good win for us,” said Vikings’ coach Chad Renfroe.

Symmes Valley (13-1, 11-0) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Best led off with a double, Brammer walked and they pulled off a double steal. Brayden Webb followed with a 2-run single, Luke Niece walked, Strow was hit by a pitch and Patterson walked to force in a run.

The Vikings made it 4-0 in the second when Best walked, stole second and third and came home on Levi Niece’s ground out.

The Vikings got 3 more runs in the third to lead 7-0.

Patterson and Justice singled and pulled off a double steal. Best singled them home, stole second and scored on a hit by Levi Niece.

In the fourth, Strow walk, Patterson and Justice singled for a run and then Best and Brammer each hit into a fielder’s choice to drive in runs.

The final run came in the fifth to end the game early.

Webb and Levi Niece signed, McComas was walked intentionally and Strow walked to force in the run.

Clay (9-8, 9-5) got its only hit from Malachi Loper who went 1-2.

The Vikings play at St. Joseph on Thursday and Ironton on Friday.

Ports. Clay 000 00 = 0 1 0

Sym. Valley 313 21 = 10 9 0

Drew Zuefle, Evan Balestra (4) and Mitchell King. Caden Brammer and Nick Strow. W-Brammer (IP-5.0, H-1, R-0, K-10, BB-2). L-Zuefle. Hitting-Clay: Malachi Loper 1-2; SV: Levi Best 2-3 2B, Brayden Webb 2-3, Levi Niece 2-4, Ethan Patterson 2-3, Logan Justice 1-2.