Vikings come up one victory short of state

By Steve Sell
May 21, 2014

SENECA — After staging a miracle rally to make the championship game, the Smoky Valley softball team couldn’t take the final step and wound up losing 6-3 Tuesday to top-seed Chapman in Class 4A Division II regional action.

The semifinals perhaps drained the Vikings emotionally. Down 12-5 to Concordia going into the bottom of the seventh, the Vikes amazingly scored seven runs to tie the game, then won it with two outs in the eighth.

Brynne Stockman’s three-run homer tied it and Keni Campbell tallied the game-winner on an infield hit by Hannah Morrical.

Hitting leaders for the Vikings were Morgan Loder (two hits, one a homer, three runs), Campbell (three hits, two of them doubles, two runs), Morrical (three hits), Kelsie Anderson (two hits), Stockman (three-run homer) and Katie Bellah (three hits, two RBIs).

Stockman toiled all eight innings for the win.

Smoky Valley started the championship game with a 2-0 lead over Chapman, but it was all Fighting Irish after that for a 6-3 win.

Chapman scored in four of six innings and its two runs in the bottom of the sixth provided some breathing room.

Stockman took the loss, permitting seven hits. Campbell was 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs, while Loder added two hits.

Smoky Valley ended the year 11-11 after a 1-7 start. It also was 9-9 in Central Kansas League play.

Chapman takes a 14-8 record to state next week in Pratt.