Vikings use quick start to defeat Tigers

Teays Valley staked senior Ben France to a lead before he put together a quality start on Wednesday in a 5-2 Mid-State League Buckeye Division win over host Circleville.

The Vikings scored three runs in the first to take a 3-0 lead.

Jeremiah Fabbro worked a walk with one out, advanced to second on a single to center off the bat of Landon Vandegrift and scored when Ivan Smith lined a single to left field.

Teays Valley’s Jeremiah Fabbro starts his slide into third base during the first. Photo by Hailey Fox/Pickaway-Ross CTC

Matt Farmer followed by lining a single to left to drive in Vandegrift and Thomas Sites jumped on an 0-1 pitch and smacked a double to right that allowed Smith to dent the plate.

Teays Valley added an insurance run in the second when Vandegrift hit a two-out single to center to drive in Hayden Wells, who earlier reached when he was hit by a pitch.

The Vikings tacked on their final run in the fifth when France reached on an error, moved around when Wells walked and Fabbro put down a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Vandegrift.

Circleville finally reached the scoreboard in the fifth.

Logan Smith reached on a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error. He moved to third on a ground out by Angelo Travis and scored when Matt Bradley singled to left.

Scott Moats opened the home sixth by working a walk, advanced to second when Austin Gray coaxed a walk, to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out to second by Tate DeBord.

Teays Valley’s Ivan Smith had two hits, drove in a run and scored against Circleville in a 5-2 win. Photo by Hailey Fox/Pickaway-Ross CTC

Vandegrift went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a run scored, Farmer also turned in a 2-for-3 evening with an RBI and Smith was 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.

France yielded four hits and an unearned run in five innings to record the win. He walked a batter and struck out three in his 66-pitch outing, 42 of which were strikes.

Both teams hit the road on Thursday for non-league play, as the Tigers (15-10, 8-6) take on Unioto and the Vikings (14-7, 10-4) tangle with Buckeye Valley.

Teays Valley’s Ben France earned the win on the hill against Circleville. Photo by Hailey Fox/Pickaway-Ross CTC
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