LINDSBORG —It was a rough ending to both games on Monday for the Smoky Valley High School softball team as they hosted Hoisington and lost both ends of a doubleheader in the final innings, 7-5 and 12-8.
In game one, the Lady Vikings scored two in the third and fifth innings, then added one in the sixth to take a 5-4 advantage into the final inning of regulation play. Hoisington picked up one run in the top of the seventh to tie the game, then by holding Smoky Valley scoreless in the bottom of the inning, the game went into extra innings. Hoisington pushed across two runs in the top of the eighth, then shutdown the Lady Vikings again in the bottom of the inning to get the 7-5 win.
Megan Sample and Jacque Hulse worked the mound for Smoky Valley, with Sample taking the loss.
On the offensive side for the Lady Vikings, Kira Haxton had a big game with her two hits being a double and triple. Hulse had three hits including a double, while Jordan Otto and Lindsey Gerlach each had two hits. Gerlach and Lauren Barnes also hit doubles and Sample had a triple.
Smoky Valley jumped out early in game two by pouring across six runs in the first and a seventh in the second. Hoisington put five up over three innings to make it closer at 7-5. After Smokey Valley added a run to their lead in the fourth, it all went south as Hoisington pulled within one with two runs in the sixth, before bringing in five runs in the seventh. By shutting down the Lady Vikings for the second time in the final inning, Hoisington scored their second come from behind win of the day with the 12-8 victory.
Jordan Otto started the game for the Lady Vikings, with Lauren Barnes coming on in the fourth before Sample and Hulse finished up the seventh. Sample too her second loss of the day.
For Smoky Valley at the plate, Hulse had her second three hit game of the day, while also scoring three runs, knocking in two and hitting for both a double and a triple. Addison Haiden had two hits including a double and knowing in two.
With the two losses, the Lady Vikings dropped to 5-5 for the season and in the Central Kansas League. Next up will be a trip to Hesston on Friday for a doubleheader with the Lady Swathers.
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