Vikings hold off Bulldogs

Teays Valley rallied from a three-run deficit on Monday to remain unbeaten in the Mid-State League Buckeye Division with a 5-4 win over visiting Bloom-Carroll.

The Bulldogs, who were run-ruled 18-0 earlier this month by the Vikings, scored once in the first and two more times in the third to grab a 3-0 advantage.

Teays Valley finally reached the scoreboard in the fifth.

Aimee DeWeese worked a walk to start the home fifth and advanced to third one out later on a double to left field off the bat of Morgan Cantrell.

After Micah Mann reached on an error, Reagan Mengerink reached on an infield single to shortstop to score DeWeese.

The Vikings completed their comeback with a four-run sixth.

Sydney Manring and Abbi Revalee reached on back-to-back singles and Michelle Brumfield finished loading the bags full of Vikings when she reached on an infield single to short with one out.

Cantrell jumped on the first offering she saw and singled to left, driving in Revalee and Manring to tie the game.

After a pop out and an intentional walk to Mengerink, Alyssa Brown smacked an 0-1 offering to center for a two-run double that chased home both Brumfield and Cantrell.

Teays Valley’s Alyssa Brown had a key two-run double in a 5-4 win over Bloom-Carroll. File photos by Brad Morris/

The insurance came in handy during the seventh, as the Bulldogs pushed across a run to make it a 5-4 game. Bloom-Carroll tried to squeeze in the tying run with one out, but Brumfield charged in from third to field the softball and throw to Mengerink, who applied the tag.

Alyvia Lawrentz then retired the final batter on a strikeout swinging to seal the 25th league victory in a row for the Vikings.

Cantrell went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, Brumfield was 2-for-3 and scored and Mengerink had a perfect 2-for-2 with an RBI.

Lawrentz allowed three hits, an earned run and struck out five in four innings of relief work to earn the win.

Teays Valley’s Alyvia Lawrentz earned the win in relief on Monday over Bloom-Carroll.

Teays Valley (18-2, 9-0) travels to Lancaster on Tuesday for a key non-league game leading up to the tournament draw this weekend. Lancaster and Teays Valley are both vying for top five seeds in the rugged Division I Central District tournament field.

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