Despite a late surge by the Vikings, the Fruitland softball team was able to keep its late lead for a 9-6 win at Vale Tuesday afternoon.
After a pair of scoreless innings, the Grizzlies got on the board with Kobi Wheeler scoring on an error in the top of the third inning. That was followed up with a double by Hailey Hershey to score two more. Kiana Husfloen scored on a wild pitch to make it a 4-0 game early.
The Vikings quickly responded, with two runs in the bottom of the inning coming on a triple by Sierra Cleaver, who later scored on an error.
But the Grizzlies blew ahead, scoring five unanswered runs from the fourth through the sixth inning.
Vale was able to close the gap late, starting with Lexy Rodgers hitting an RBI double to score one in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Morgan Hager and Gracee Jacobs were both able to score a run, but it was too late for the Vikings to make the late comeback.
Brigit Futter led the Grizzlies with three hits, one RBI and one run scored. Hershey had one hit and two RBIs.
Bella Carbajal had one hit and scored twice. Wheeler had two hits and scored two runs.
Bailey Stowe pitched all seven innings for the Grizzlies, allowing eight hits, walking one and striking out three.
The Vikings didn’t do themselves any favors defensively Tuesday afternoon. Of Fruitland’s nine runs scored, two of them came on errors and two more came on wild pitches.