Alone on top: Vikings walk-off with win over Bulldogs

After waiting 18 days to complete a suspended game against defending Mid-State League Buckeye Division champion Bloom-Carroll, Teays Valley used a heavy dose of small ball to walk-off with an 8-7 win in 10 innings.

The Vikings (14-1, 8-0) took over sole possession of first in the league with the win over the Bulldogs (7-5, 7-1). The regularly scheduled game in Carroll between the two rivals was suspended scoreless after an inning of play due to rain and will continue from there at a date to be determined.

Teays Valley’s Emma Helwagen scores the first run of the game back on April 7. Helwagen led the Vikings with four hits in an 8-7 win over defending MSL-Buckeye champion Bloom-Carroll.

Sydney Manring allowed a leadoff single to Sophia Gleim to open the 10th inning, but quickly ended the top of the frame by recording three straight outs on a fielder’s choice ground out followed by back-to-back strikeouts swinging.

Michelle Brumfield opened the home 10th by working a walk against Ohio State signee Lexi Paulsen. Emma Helwagen then reached on a bunt single to put runners on first and second.
Another bunt, this time courtesy of Morgan Cantrell loaded the bases full of Vikings.

Paulsen struck out the next batter she faced for the first out of the inning. Faith Thompson then bunted the first pitch she saw from Paulsen, with an error on Paulsen allowing Brumfield to score and end the game.

Teays Valley rallied from a 7-1 deficit before play was suspended on April 7 due to darkness through nine innings of play.

The Vikings started their road back by matching three runs the Bulldogs scored in the top of the fourth with three of their own.

Kadance Fraley reached when she was hit by a pitch and Helwagen singled one out later to ignite the rally. Following a strikeout, Alyssa Brown smacked a 2-0 offering over the center field fence to cut the Bulldogs’ lead down to 7-4.

The Vikings tied the game in their next at-bat.

Reagan Mengerink doubled to left to open the home fifth and Kennedy Cauger reached on an error.

A ground out by Lauren Park allowed Mengerink to score and advanced Cauger to third base.

After Fraley was hit by a pitch, Cauger scored on a wild pitch to make it a one-run ballgame.
Following a strikeout for the second out of the inning, Helwagen singled to left on a 1-1 putch to score pinch-runner Kenzie Carte with the tying run.

Helwagen went a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Mengerink contributed a 3-for-5 performance with an RBI and run scored to lead the Vikings.

Manring earned the win, allowing two hits and a pair of earned runs over seven innings of relief work. The TV freshman walked four batters and struck out nine.

The Vikings travel to Logan on Tuesday for a non-league game.

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