ESKRIDGE — Two late leads evaporated quickly in a pair of tough losses for the Lady Vikings.

Mission Valley rallied to sweep the Central Heights High School softball team Tuesday 7-3 and 8-4 in Eskridge.

Mission Valley’s Faith Martin hit a three-run homer on a 1-1 count in the bottom of the fifth in Game 1, spurring a five-run inning. That gave the home team a 6-3 lead, eclipsing what was a 3-1 advantage to Central Heights through four innings.

Central Heights was kept scoreless in the final four frames.

Hannah Savage, senior, collected two RBIs and a triple.

Central Heights once again had a lead through four innings in Game 2 before running into trouble. Mission Valley scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth, and added two more for insurance in the bottom of the sixth. Central Heights out-hit its opponent 12-6, but couldn’t rally for the win.

Abigail Brown, sophomore, along with seniors Riley Roll, Jasmine Clancy and Shelbi Hettinger, all had two hits apiece in Game 2.

Central Heights (1-13) plays Friday at West Franklin in Pomona.


ESKRIDGE — The Central Heights prep baseball team was swept for a second straight time, this one coming from a 17-1 Mission Valley team on the road.

Mission Valley topped the visiting Vikings 14-4 and 9-3 Tuesday in Eskridge.

Central Heights was down 5-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth in Game 1, but Mission Valley struck back with three runs in the frame. Central Heights got a run back in the top of the fifth, but the home squad put the game away in the bottom of the frame, scoring six runs.

Central Heights had a 3-1 lead in Game 2 heading into the bottom of the fifth when Mission Valley’s bats struck again. The home Vikings scored eight unanswered runs — five in the fifth and three in the sixth — to win their fourth straight.

Central Heights (5-9) is back in action Friday at West Franklin.