9th inning walk-off gives Vikings win over Blythewood
Khyree Miller’s two-out walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Spring Valley Vikings a 6-5 win over the visiting Blythewood Bengals in Region V-5A baseball action Tuesday, April 18.
Miller finished the night going 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI. Chase Hayes scored that winning run, one of two runs scored on the night, and went 2-for-3 from the plate. Wynston Dyer went 2-for-5 and had an RBI and a couple of runs scored. Ronald Hollins went 2-for- 4, and Kyle Rogers also went 2-for-4 and added an RBI.
Rogers pitched six innings for the Vikings. He struck out seven and allowed four earned runs. Baylor Barry pitched three innings in relief striking out three and allowing no earned runs.
Todd Mattox led the Bengals going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Josh Cowan added a hit and a couple of RBIs. Mattox, Daniel Zippel, and John Lanier combined from the mound for 10 strike outs and allowed four earned runs for Blythewood.
The Bengals grabbed a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth when Aiden Massey scored on a Zach Bailes single, Thomas Murphy reached home on an error, and a single by Landon Cruz got Bailes in.
The Vikings responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 5-3 lead. Dyer’s single to right scored Bryce Garrett to tie the game. Dyer then scored on an error, and Jaiden Garner reached home on a fielder’s choice.
Blythewood tied it at 5-5 when Jordan Flemming and Mattox scored on a fielder’s choice.
Both teams stranded a runner each in the sixth inning.
The Bengals led off the top of the seventh with two straight singles and got a one-out walk to load the bases, but Barry struck out Bailes and then got Cruz to pop out to end the threat.
The Vikings loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, but Lanier came on in relief and struck out Da’Avion Sumpter to end the inning.
Both teams stranded a runner each in the eighth inning sending it to the ninth still tied 5-5.
Blythewood loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the ninth, but Barry got Lanier to fly out to center field for the third out.
Hayes was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the ninth for Spring Valley. Lanier then got Dyer to pop out, and he struck out Rogers, leaving it to Miller. The sophomore took a 2-1 pitch and singled to right field allowing Hayes to score the winning run.