Falcons edge Vikings with run in seventh

Fairfield Union pushed across a run in the top of the seventh inning on Monday to break a tie and claim a 4-3 Mid-State League Buckeye Division win over host Teays Valley.

Morgan Cantrell slides across home plate to score Teays Valley’s first run of the game.

The Vikings dropped (9-3, 5-2) dropped two games behind league-leading Bloom-Carroll (10-2, 7-0) in the standings with the defeat.

Fairfield Union (6-7, 4-3) took the lead for good in the top of the seventh on a single to center by Kaitlyn McPeek that scored Rachel Mason.

The Falcons never trailed in the contest, thanks in part to a two-run double from Nevaeh Smith in the first inning that plated Brittny Ogg and Mason.

After leaving five runners on base in their first two at-bats, the Vikings finally dented the plate in the third. Morgan Cantrell reached on a three-base error by the right fielder and then scored on a squeeze by Reagan Mengerink.

Teays Valley’s Reagan Mengerink puts down a squeeze in the third inning.

Smith put the Falcons back ahead by two in the top of the fifth on a double to center that scored Mason.

The Vikings got that run back in their half of the inning. Emma Helwagen reached on an infield single, stole second and third and scored two outs later on a single to center off the bat of Mengerink.

Teays Valley tied the game in its next at-bat. Faith Thompson led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to center, advanced to third on a ground out by Kennedy Cauger and scored on a ground out from Kyra Darnell.

Teays Valley’s Faith Thompson catches a fly ball in left field.

McPeek earned the win for the Falcons, scattering seven hits and three runs (two earned) over seven innings. She walked a batter and struck out five.

Mason scored three times and was 3-for-4 to pace the Falcons, Smith went 2-for-4 with three RBI and McPeek added a 2-for-4 day with an RBI.

Helwagen was the lone Viking with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 and scoring once.

The Vikings travel to Hilliard Darby today for a non-league game.

Teays Valley’s Kaylee Sardella makes a sliding grab in right field.

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