McARTHUR — The Vinton County Vikings closed out their regular season league schedule with a pair of wins against River Valley and Wellston.
The team won a 13-8 slugfest against the Raiders on May 1, followed by a 3-2 pitcher’s duel on May 6 against the Rockets.
The wins brought Vinton County’s record to 13-8 overall and a 10-2 mark in Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division. The team will finish behind Athens in the league standings, with the Bulldogs having gone 11-1 in TVC-Ohio play.
Vinton County 13, River Valley 8
The Vikings scored in all six innings against River Valley en route to a 13-8 victory.
Jacob Wells led the offense with three hits, including a home run and a double, to go along with four runs batted in.
Carson Channell and Adam Betts pitched for the Vikings, combining to give up just four earned runs. Channell went the first four innings, striking out four and walking two. He gave up six runs, but just two were earnd.
Betts pitched three innings of relief, giving up two earned runs, striking out one.
Wells’ home run came in the bottom of the fifth inning with two Vikings on base. Lincoln Hayes had a strong day at the plate as well, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Zach Bartoe, Bradlee Griffin and Logan Ward each added two hits apiece. Matt Sexton added a single, a walk and a run scored.
Vinton County 3, Wellston 2
Monday’s game over Wellston was a hard-fought contest, with the Vikings winning by a single run.
In the end, a double play turned by the Rockets led to the game-winning run. In the sixth inning, with runners on the corners and no one out, River Hayes hit a line drive to center field. Wellston’s Rylan Molihan made the catch and doubled off Jacob Wells from first base. But Ash Abele, who had walked to lead off the inning, tagged up and scored from third to give Vinton County a 3-2 lead.
Zach Bartoe pitched a drama-free seventh inning to give Vinton County the TVC-Ohio victory.
The Vikings had picked up single runs in the first and third innings. River Hayes singled home Bartoe to score the first run and Wells singled home Bartoe in the third.
Wellston tied the game in the fourth inning, with a sacrifice fly from Garrett Patton and an RBI single from Cole Broaddus.
Hunter Cardwell pitched five innings for Wellston, surrendering just one earned runs and striking out six. Timothy Stanley took the loss in relief, giving up a run and striking out two in his one inning of work.
Ash Abele got the start for Vinton County, pitching 3 2/3 innings, with Bartoe throwing 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.