NEW BOSTON – The Symmes Valley Lady Vikings defeated the New Boston Tigers Tuesday evening by a score of 14-1.
Symmes Valley didn’t give up a single hit despite allowing five walks, one of which brought a runner across the plate. Offensively, the Vikings were on top of their game. They pillaged the base paths as they racked up eight steals. Senior Tiara Hatfield was huge for them, going 2-2 with a stolen base, a double and five RBIs.
“We struggled a bit with walks today, and we haven’t had that this season,” said Vikings Head Coach Jeff “Odie” Estep. “That’s the most walks we’ve given up all year, but she will get back on track.
“Despite that, I’ve got a great group of kids here. They’ve worked hard today and all winter long. They are aggressive, they run the bases hard, they do everything well. They are a well-oiled machine. We hit well, we have good pitching and we play excellent defense.”
Symmes Vallley is still undeafeted, going 7-0 and 4-0 in SOC play.
For New Boston, the game is a bit of a growing pain. They had just come off their first win of the season the night before against the East Lady Tartans, going 7-1.
“Tasha Poole pitched six good innings last night. Senior Cammy Oiler hit a 2 run inside the park home run, and our pitcher helped herself at the plate. Keanna Day played well, too. They really played well yesterday.
“This was an unscheduled game of us today. We weren’t supposed to play until later in the month and we had pictures today. Minds may not have been one hundred percent in the game, and Symmes Valley is just an excellent program. Odie has been there for years and runs a great, disciplined team. We are a young team. We have a freshman catcher, and some freshman in the field, too. They are working on it. They are a great group of kids and I’m proud we just have to keep getting better.”
W- Kaitlyn Crabtree 1 2/3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
L- Cammy Oiler 2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 5 BB