Vikings sweep South Gallia in opener


By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitiasmedia.com



AID, Ohio — These numbers simply weren’t on South Gallia’s side.

In combining for only four runs, five hits and 13 errors in Saturday’s season-opening baseball doubleheader, the Rebels lost the twinbill at Symmes Valley — by scores of 10-2 and 17-2.

The second contest was called in the fifth inning with the 10-run mercy rule.

South Gallia, in fact, was no-hit in the second affair by the combination of Symmes Valley’s Laykin Gothard and Payton Hayes.

Gothard, who pitched an inning in the opener, struck out a dozen Rebels in the nightcap — in working the first four innings for the win.

Chayden Renfroe struck out 13 in his five frames in the first game, allowing only three hits with four walks.

Gothard and Hayes also pitched an inning in the lidlifter.

In that first bout, the Vikings scored two runs in the second stanza on the aid of two Rebel errors, but South Gallia gained those two runs back in the top of the fifth.

However, Symmes Valley scored four times each in the final two innings, as they outhit the Rebels 9-5.

Chase Kemper pitched the complete game for the Rebels, as Renfroe went 3-for-4 with Forrest Humphrey hammering two doubles and three RBI for the Vikings.

Brandon Rutt led the Rebels with two hits, while Kemper, Cory Bryan and Izak Luther each had one.

Luther’s basehit went for a double.

South Gallia was guilty of five errors in the opener, but committed eight errors and were outhit 12-0 in the second game.

The Rebels did lead 1-0 after their initial at-bat, but Symmes Valley scored two runs in the first, five in the second and seven in the third for the 14-1 lead at that point.

The Red and Gold got one more marker in the fourth, but the Vikings responded with three more points in the fourth.

Gothard, Renfroe and Hayes had two hits apiece for Symmes Valley.

The Rebels have still won just once in the past three seasons.

South Gallia’s game at Southern on Monday — in the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division — was postponed.

The Rebels will open TVC-Hocking action today — when they host Eastern at 5 p.m.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs

pboggs@civitiasmedia.com