KINGMAN–Getting back on the diamond on Tuesday, the Smoky Valley High softball team traveled to Kingman High School and came home with a split in the doubleheader, earning a 15-8 win in game one before losing a close 8-7 score in game two.
The Lady Vikings scored four in the top of the first before letting Kingman score two in each of the first two innings to begin game one. After Smoky Valley added four in the third and two in the fourth, they knocked across one in the fifth before pushing across four in the seventh to take the 15-8 victory.
Smoky Valley pounded out 21 hits in game one, with Lindsey Gerlach smacking out four including a double. Kira Haxton, Megan Sample, and Jordan Otto each added three hits, while Addison Haiden and Jacque Hulse each had two. Sample and Haxton also smacked out doubles, while Hulse had three stolen bases.
Sample got the star and the win on the mound for the Lady Vikings, while Hulse pitched in relief.
In game two, Smoky Valley trailed 6-0 going into the top of the fifth when they poured across six runs to tie the game, only to have Kingman pick up two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a two-run lead. The Lady Vikings scored one in the top of the seventh but were unable to push across a tying or winning run and took an 8-7 loss.
At the plate Smoky Valley out hit Kingman 10-6, as Sample, Hulse and Clark each knocked out two hits apiece. Sample had the big hit of the game with a three-run double. Otto, Hulse and Lauren Barnes each worked the mound for the Lady Vikings, with Otto taking the loss.
With the split, the Lady Vikings are now 5-3 both overall and in the Central Kansas League (CKL). They return to game playing on Monday, April 16 when they play host to Hoisington.