Note: This sports recap appears in the Wednesday, May 1 newspaper on Page B3.
NELSONVILLE — Two days after being limited to two runs against Alexander, the Vinton County Lady Vikings' offense bounced back in a huge way against Nelsonville-York.
The Lady Vikes pummeled the Buckeyes, 13-3, in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division contest on Wednesday, April 24. The win included a nine-run rally in the third inning to put the Buckeyes out of reach.
Kerrigan Ward and Abby Faught combined to throw five solid innings for Vinton County. Ward went the first three, giving up one earned run on four hits, striking out one. Faught gave up two earned runs in her two innings of work, striking out four.
Ryleigh Giffin took the loss for Nelsonville-York, pitching all five innings and surrendering 13 runs (eight earned).
Breanna Sexton doubled home pinch runner Mahaylee Napper in the first inning to put Vinton County ahead. Sydney Smith's run-scoring single and Ward's RBI groundout gave the Lady Vikes a 3-0 early lead.
Nelsonville-York got a run back in their half of the second, but then came a monstrous rally from Vinton County in the third.
The inning started innocuously enough — Sexton singled, Faught popped out to the third baseman and Josie Hembree struck out. But the Buckeyes' catcher dropped strike three, and Hembree reached base.
From there, the proverbial flood-gates were opened. Sexton scored on an error and Hembree scored on an RBI single from Rylee Ousley.
Lacy Stapleton followed with a single to score Ousley, making the score 6-1. Jakelyn Brown reached base on another Buckeye error, which scored Stapleton. Smith followed with a single to score Brown.
After a Ward double, yet another Buckeye error led to a pair of runs.
With the Lady Vikes having batted around, Faught and Ousley both recorded RBI singles to extend the lead to 12-1.
A 13th run scored in the fifth on a Buckeye wild pitch; Nelsonville-York scored twice in their half of the fifth against Faught to bring the final score to 13-3.
Vinton County improved to 12-7 overall and 5-4 in TVC-Ohio play. The team's league game against Wellston on Friday, April 26 was postponed due to rain.