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Lady Vikes wrap up 2013 season at Kiona-Benton

BENTON CITY - The Mabton Lady Viking softball team ended its season yesterday, Tuesday, with 17-0 and 16-3 losses at Kiona-Benton.

Both contests ended in the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.

In game one, the host Bears did most of their damage with eight runs in the bottom of the third inning. For the game, Ki-Be tallied 18 hits and committed two errors.

Though Mabton was shut out in the opener, the Lady Vikes had their chances with five base hits plus another five walks surrendered by Ki-Be pitching.

In game two, the Bears broke through with six runs in the second and six more in the third inning to pull away and ensure the sweep.

Mabton scored once in the top of the third frame, then two more in the top of the fifth inning.

Again, the Lady Vikes had no shortage of base runners in the nightcap. Though Mabton had just two hits in game two, Lady Viking batters coaxed seven walks from Ki-Be pitching.

"We came up short overall," said Mabton Coach Jesus Sustaita, who praised his team's effort for this season. "Ki-Be hit the ball well in both games and capitalized when runners were on base." Indeed, the Bears with 12 hits in game two had a total of 30 hits for the day.

Vanessa Sanchez and Cassidy McCallum accounted for Mabton's two hits in the second game. Sanchez also knocked in a run.

Risa Navarro went the distance in pitching both games for Mabton.

The Lady Vikings ended the season with a 1-11 mark in SCAC West play and an overall record of 1-18-1.

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