The Vinton County Vikings turned in a strong win on Wednesday in a 5-1 win over Alexander in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division baseball game. With the win, the Vikings improve to 5-9 (4-6 TVC Ohio play).

The Vikings broke open a scoreless game in the second inning with a two-run effort. The inning began when Gabe Raschke singled to left field and Parker Shonborn drew a walk. The Vikings took a 1-0 lead when Carson Channel singled to left field and scored Raschke. The Vikings scored their second run when Quentin Campbell singled to right field to score Shonborn.

The Vikings expanded their lead to 3-0 in the third inning when Raschke doubled to left field to score Zach Radabaugh.

Alexander scored its only run in the top of the fifth. The Vikings were not shaken as they answered the call in the bottom of the inning. River Hayes walked to open the inning and moved to third on a double by Radabaugh. Hayes came into score when Dawson Brown singled him home.

The final run crossed the plate when Jarrett Wells drew a walk with the bases loaded.

Overall, Vinton County had eight hits as Campbell, Raschlke, and Dawson Brown had two hits each to lead the way. Five players also drove in a run apiece.

Alexander had only four hits off Hayes, who drew the start on the mound for the Vikings. Hayes surrendered only four hits over four and two-thirds innings. Dawson Brown had a quality relief effort, for Vinton County, as he pitched 2.1 innings.

Alexander’s Dylan Phillips took the loss. He surrendered five runs on eight hits over six-innings, while striking out nine batters.

The Vikings returned to TVC-Ohio Division action on Friday against Nelsonville-York. They host Athens in a on Monday and Trimble on Tuesday.

A comeback effort fell short on Tuesday, as the Vinton County Vikings failed dropped a 3-2 decision to Gallia Academy.

The Vikings fell behind early by a 2-0 count and scored in the fifth inning. The rally began with a three-base hit by Zach Bartoe, who came around to score on a ground ball by River’s Hayes.

Gallia Academy pushed the lead to 3-1, but the Vikings came back with a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Quentin Campbell to plate Kohen Travis. However, it would be as close as they would get.

Vinton County was limited to just three hits as Bartoe led the way with two.

On the mound, Harper took the loss. He allowed nine hits and three runs over six innings.  Dawson Brown threw one inning in relief.