By William

HESSTON – After winning a close 9-5 contest in game one of their Class 3A regionals, the Smoky Valley softball team could not overcome an early deficit in the regional championship game and lost to Haven 8-3, ending their 2021 season as regional runner-up.

“I am really proud of how our girls kept their focus as we waited for the fields to dry out and games to finally be played,” noted Lady Viking head coach Chris McClure. “It is always tough to play a team for a third time, whether you have beaten them or lost to them. We fought hard to the end, but Haven has a great team led by a solid pitcher.”

In GAME ONE of the day Smoky Valley scored two runs in each of the first two innings before pushing across four runs in the top of the third to take a commanding 8-1 advantage. Southeast of Saline then put two runs up in the third and one in both the fourth to pull back to within four at 8-4 before both teams added runs in the fifth and the Lady Vikings held on to earn the final 9-5 victory.

Karee Adam pitched another solid game for Smoky Valley, throwing 111 pitches, giving up 13 hits, five earned runs and walking just a pair of batters to get the win.

While seven of the nine runs scored by the Lady Vikings were unearned due to five defensive errors by the Southeast of Saline defense, they still had six hits including a double and single by Catherine Odell, the lone player with more than one hit.

For the regional championship game in GAME TWO, Haven put six runs on the board in the first two innings and then added two in the fifth while holding the Lady Vikings to just two in the fifth and one in the sixth to gain the 8-3 win and a trip to state.

Karee Adam again was the pitcher of note for Smoky Valley and with the loss she finished the 2021 season with an 11-4 record.

Claire Broxterman had two of the Lady Vikings five hits while Maliyah Koster hit a two-run home run in the fifth.

Coach McClure concluded her post-regionals reflections by talking about the season and saying, “This was a really fun season because of the attitude and effort of the players. They really cared about each other and played for each other. I did not feel sad at the end because I was so proud of how they played and conducted themselves the entire season.”

The Lady Vikings concluded their 2021 season with an overall mark of 15-8 and an 11-7 record in games within the Central Kansas League.


GAME 1 = vs. Gypsum/Southeast of Saline

Scoring                      1          2          3          4          5          6          7          R         H            E

LADY VIKINGS          2          2          4          0          1          0          0          9          6            1

Southeast Saline     1          0          2          1          1          0          0          5          13            5

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS PITCHING (IP-P-H-R-ER-SO-BB) = Karee Adam 7.0-111-13-5-5-1-2.

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS HITTING (AB-R-H-RBI-BB) = Catherine Odell 3-2-2-1-1; Olivia Morgan 3-1-1-2-1; Madi Tolle 4-0-0-0-0; Claire Broxterman 2-0-0-0-0; Maliyah Koster 3-1-1-0-1; Abby Hipp 4-1-2-1-0; Karee Adam 3-0-0-0-0; Addi Heidschmidt 3-1-0-0-0; Hope Duncan 1-0-0-0-0; Kerington Haxton 1-1-0-0-1; Bri Franklin 1-0-0-0-0. Team Totals = 28-9-6-4-4.

2B (1) = Catherine Odell – 1; SB (3) = Catherine Odell, Olivia Morgan, other = 1.

Southeast of Saline Pitching (IP-P-H-R-ER-SO-BB) = 7.0-130-6-9-2-5-4.

Southeast of Saline Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI-BB) = 30-5-13-4-2. 2B = 6. SB = 2.

GAME 2 = vs. Haven

Scoring                      1          2          3          4          5          6          7          R         H            E

LADY VIKINGS         0          0          0          0          2          1          0          3          5            2

Haven                        4          2          0          0          2          0          X          8          10            0

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS PITCHING = Karee Adam pitched and took the loss, finishing her season 11-4.

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS HITTING = Claire Broxterman had 2 hits and 1 run batted in; Maliyah Koster hit a 2-run home run; Olivia Morgan had 1 hit; Madi Tolle had 1 hit.