Vikings finally get bats going as they beat River Valley, 8-6

Published 12:46 am Thursday, May 12, 2022

Symmes Valley Vikings’ catcher Nick Strow goes high in the air while River Valley Raiders’ Garrett Facemire slides into home plate to score in a non-league game on Wednesday. The Vikings beat the Raiders 8-6. (Photo By Tim Gearhart)

By Jim Walker

AID — The Symmes Valley Vikings might be late to the party, but when they get there they really party.

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It’s been the Vikings’ habit all season to get their offense going in the late innings. They did it again as they beat the River Valley Raiders 8-6 in a non-league game on Wednesday.

Trailing 3-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Vikings scored 6 runs and then held on for the win.

“We played well but we always seem to wait until the late innings to get our bats going,” said Vikings’ coach Chad Renfroe.

“Stevenson threw the ball pretty well and we could have left him in but we have a big game (Thursday) at Western and we need everyone ready. We wanted to save their pitches.”

The Vikings are 16-3 overall and need a win over Western to win the SOC title outright.

Mason Stevenson went the first 4 innings and allowed just one hit, one earned run with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks. Brayden Webb Gott he final 2 outs for the save as Tanner McComas got the win in relief.

The Raiders broke  Bodie Louden singled, moved up on a passed ball and came home on a hit by Caleb Owens.

The Vikings’ Aiden Hieronimus was hit by a pitch, Logan Justice walked to load the bases and Levi Best had a 2-run single.

River Valley snapped a scoreless tie with a run in the top of the fourth.

Reid Haynes and John Santos singled and after a fielder’s choice Louden had an RBI single.

But the Vikings answered in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead.

Webb doubled and scored on a hit by Levi Niece. Hieronimus walked and they moved up on a passed ball. Braden Corn hit a sacrifice fly, Ethan Patterson doubled in a run and after a fielder’s choice Logan Justice and Levi Best had RBI doubles. Best scored the final run on an error.

The Raiders came back with a 3-run rally in the sixth to cut the deficit to 8-6.

Garrett Facemire doubled, Mason Rhodes had an RBI single, McGuire walked and Santos got a 2-run single.

The Vikings had 9 hits with Best and Webb going 2-4 with a double, Patterson 2-3 with a double, Justice 1-2 with a double, Corn 1-2 and Niece 1-4.

The Raiders had 11 hits with Facemire 2-3 and 2 doubles, Louden 2-4, Santos 2-2, Haynes 2-4, Rhodes 1-3 and both Owens and Ian Swisher were 1-4.

River Valley   000 123 0 = 6 11 1

Sym. Valley 000 260 x = 8 9 0

Garrett Facemire, Dawson Saunders (4), Caleb Owens (5) and Lauden. Mason Stevenson, Tanner McComas (5), Brayden Webb (7). W-McComas (IP-1.1, H-6, R-5, ER-5, K-0, BB-1). Save-Webb (IP-0.2, H-1, R-0, K-2, BB-1). Stevenson (IP-4.0, H-1, R-1, ER-1, K-5, BB-3). L-Facemire. Hitting-RV: Mason Rhodes 1-3, Reid Haynes 2-4, John Santos 2-2, Bodie Louden 2-4, Ian Swisher 1-4, Garrett Facemire 2-3 2-2B, Caleb Owens 1-4; SV: Levi Best 2-4 2B, Brayden Webb 2-4 2B, Levi Niece 1-4, Braden Corn 1-2, Ethan Patterson 2-3 2B, Logan Justice 1-2 2B.