Vale Downs Nyssa After Hail Delay

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John L. Braese

NYSSA – After sitting in the dugouts waiting for the hail/snow to stop, the Vale softball team promptly put seven runs up in the first inning on their way to a 14-1 victory over Nyssa on Tuesday, April 18.

Payton Perry went the entire way for the Vikings, pitching five innings, striking out nine Bulldogs while only allowing one walk. For Nyssa, Taylor Cassity took the loss, recording three strikeouts and allowed four Vikings to walk to the bases.

Perry also led the offense for Vale with three RBIs with Elli Jacobs and Kesley Stepleton each adding two RBIs. The Vikings also saw RBIs from Kacie Jacobs, Kinsey Meisinger, Riley Stokes, Bahlie Morales and Izzy Maag. The lone RBI for the Bulldogs came from Jenny Trujillo.

Vale came out swinging and coupled with an error and several free bases, we were scratching back the rest of the game,” said Nyssa coach Tracy Cleaver. “On the whole, we played a much better game tonight. Just still missing some attention to detail, solid defense for an entire game and getting hits wen runners are on.”

Now halfway through the season, Cleaver is hoping her Nyssa team comes together for the final push.

Vale is solid and I wish we had them one more time,” she said. “The improvements from our game there just two weeks ago to tonight are meaningful and I hope we can continue to piece together the part of our whole and feel confident in each other.”

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