LINDSBORG — The Smoky Valley softball team evened up their season record 2-2 on Monday by sweeping a doubleheader at home with Halstead.
In game one, the Lady Vikings put eight runs on the board in the first three innings and never looked back, adding two more in each of the fifth and sixth innings as they flew by Halstead 12-7, despite being out hit 10-8.
Senior Megan Sample started the game for Smoky Valley and got the win while striking out 10. Jacque Hulse finished in relief.
At the plate, Hulse had a huge game with two hits including a double, scoring three runs and knocking in four. Other Lady Vikings with solid first games were junior Kira Haxton scoring three runs, Sample hitting for a triple, junior Lana Clark getting two runs batted in and junior Addison Haiden smacking out two hits.
A massive eight-run first inning followed by one in the second, three in the third and another four in fourth, led the Lady Vikings to a five-inning, 16-5 rout over Halstead in game two.
Jordan Otto, a Smoky Valley senior, was on the mound and took the victory while getting seven strike outs.
Once again, the Lady Viking offensive surge came from many as Otto, Sample and Clark each collected two of the team’s 10 hits. Haxton and Hulse each scored three times, while sophomore McKenzie Burks and Otto each crossed the plate twice. Otto also had a double and three runs batted in.
The Smoky Valley Lady Vikings are now 2-2 overall and 2-2 in Central Kansas League action. They return to the diamond on Friday when they travel to Nickerson.