Tibbs, Lady Vikings blank Bearcats for sectional title

Published 11:16 pm Wednesday, May 8, 2024



AID — Forget the old Sidney Poitier movie “They Call Me Mr. Tibbs.” Watch the new version called “They Call Me Brenna Tibbs.”

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Unlike Mr. Tibbs who solved mysteries, Brenna Tibbs was a mystery to the Paint Valley Lady Bearcats who could never solve her pitching.

Tibbs threw a 2-hit shutout, struck out 17 and issued no walks as the Symmes Valley Lady Vikings blanked the Lady Bearcats 7-0 on Wednesday in the Division 4 sectional finals.

“She was definitely on. She had everything working tonight. She had a good fastball and a good change-up,” said Lady Vikings’ coach Jeff “Odie” Estep.

Symmes Valley (15-6) will now play Beaver Eastern at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the district semifinals on Tuesday, May 14, at the University of Rio Grande.

The Lady Vikings got the only run they really needed in the second inning.

Savannah Mart led off the inning with a double off the fence and 2 outs later Kaycee Thompson doubled with Mart going to third and scoring on a wild pitch.

The lead went to 2-0 in the fourth.

With one out, Mart singled and took second on a throwing error, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Addi Ridenour.

The Lady Vikings erupted for 5 runs in the sixth inning.

Desiree Simpson reached on an error to start the inning, Marley Ferguson singled and an outfield error allowed Simpson to score.

Mart singled home Ferguson and then scored on a double by Ridenour. Ally Haydon and Thompson singled for a run with Thompson going to second on a throwing error. Haydon was out at home trying to score on a wild pitch, but Thompson went to third on the play and scored when Autumn Justice reached on an error.

Mart had a big game at the plate going 3-3 with a double and 3 runs scored. Thompson was 2-3 with a double, Haydon 1-1, Ridenour 1-3 with a double and 2 RBI, and Ferguson was 1-3.

Raelei Mettler went 2-3 as she had the only hits for Paint Valley (3-21).

Paint Valley 000 000 0 = 0 2 2

Sym. Valley 010 105 x = 7 8 0

Kasarah Cantrell and Jacqui Crum. Brenna Tibbs and Kaycee Thompson. W-Tibbs (IP-7.0, H-2, R-0, K-17, BB-0). L-Cantrell (IP-6.0, H-8, R-7, ER-6, K-7, BB-1). Hitting-Paint Valley: Raelei Mettler 2-3 2B; Symmes Valley: Savannah Mart 3-3 2B 3-R, Thompson 2-3 2B, Ally Haydon 1-1, Addi Ridenour 1-3 2B, Marley Ferguson 1-3.