McARTHUR – The Vinton County Vikings combined strong hitting and quality pitching Monday afternoon in a 7-3 Tri-Valley Conference home-field win over River Valley Raiders. The victory raises the Viking’s record to 5-12 on the season.

On the mound, the Vikings received a quality start from Dawson Brown who turned in a complete-game effort and struck out 11 batters along the way. Viking head coach Jake Brown told The Telegram after the game strong pitching was a key to the win.

“Dawson Brown had a great outing on the mound today,” said Brown. “I don't think he went over 100 pitches today, which is good. He threw quality pitches in every inning today. I thought we played pretty good defense behind him as well.”

Vinton County left fielder Parker Shonborn turned in a defensive gem in the seventh inning that ended the game.

The catch was commented on by coach Brown who noted there were some ironic circumstances surrounding it.

“He played third base the whole game and ended up hurting his shoulder,” Brown stated. “He couldn't make the throw across the infield, so we moved him to left field and he comes up with a catch that would make the ESPN highlights.”

The Vikings got off to a good start offensively during their first at-bat. The rally was started by Austin Faught, who singled and came around to score on a single by Bryant Brisker. Brisker moved to second on a single by River Hayes, setting up Jarrett Wells’ double into the left-center field alley to bring home both runners.

“It was absolutely clutch hitting,” said Brown. “We have been coming along with hitting and seeing more quality at-bats recently. We have been preaching that to the guys to make sure it's something they can hit hard and be patient at the plate.”

The 3-0 lead would not last as River Valley scored a run in the second inning on a fielder’s choice play.

The 3-1 lead held until the fifth inning when the Vikings added two runs on a two-out error. They also rallied for two additional runs in the sixth inning on RBI singles by Shonborn and Brisker to cap the win.

The Vikings return to action Wednesday in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division game at Wellston.