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Rowan County Sports

April 6, 2012

Vikings blow past Cougars for first win

April 6, 2012 —     Sometimes one game is all you need to jump-start your season.

    After a 0-8 start, the Rowan County Vikings finally broke through the brick wall of defeat Tuesday night when it beat Morgan County at home, 10-3.

    Rowan County Head Coach Jason Davis said this win was big in so many ways for his team, and can hopefully build some confidence for a group that has battled hard only to come up short several times thus far.

     “This was absolutely a huge victory for us,” Davis said. “These guys have shown a lot of resilience during this rough start. We have been down and out, but we’ve never given up, and I am really proud of my team today.”

    A group that has put together strings of solid baseball only to see leads dissipate due to critical mistakes, made all the right plays Tuesday. They committed just one error in seven innings of play.

    Though the Vikings piled up the runs, the real bread and butter of this win was its impressive fielding display.

    Braden Mosher quickly showed this was a different Rowan defense when he made a nice play on a grounder to third by Morgan’s Caden Ross, finishing the play with a sharp toss to first baseman Justin Lewis.

    The Vikings picked up two more outs by way of pinpoint defense to begin its first at bat.

    Chapman began the Rowan batting rotation with a walk to first base, followed by two stolen bases for the junior to make it to third, finishing up with a run for the home team on a wild pitch by Larrin Collins.

    Junior Jordon Cornett then picked up a double, before underclassmen John Curry sent Gabe Richmond in for an RBI ground single to give the home team a 2-0 lead.

    To go along with strong batting and fielding, consistency on the mound by pitcher Aaron Lewis played a big part in the Vikings’ victory.

    Lewis, the first to pick up a win for Rowan, said the triumph was the result of a solid team effort.

    “I just went out there and had fun,” Lewis said. “My teammates played a lot of good defense behind me. We were really playing like a team today. This is something we really wanted, and hopefully it can turn our season around.”

    Another run in the bottom of the second made way for a Rowan offensive onslaught in the third.

    Shane Wages and Richmond crossed home plate once more, by way of a deep single to center field courtesy of Cornett, nabbing his second RBI on the evening.

    Curry, Mosher and Tyler Thacker followed with singles of their own, as the Vikings torched the Cougar defense for three more runs to take an 8-0 lead into the fourth.

    A late series of courtesy runs was all a struggling Morgan squad could muster against a determined crew of Vikings, while Rowan iced the win with two final runs in the sixth for the win.

    Coach Davis said his team’s success was due to continuous hard work throughout a rough opening stretch.

    “We’ve maintained our same approach to practice and we haven’t let ourselves get down,” Davis said. “These kids come to practice ready to get things done, and I think that is why we were able to come out on top tonight. This is what we needed to build on, and we’ll move forward from here.”

    Curry and Cornett set the tone for the Vikings’ offense, with two RBIs each, on four and three hits. Wages and Mosher also came up big with two hits apiece, while Thacker, Lewis, Richmond and Casey Pennington tallied one on the night.

    Rowan’s boys will take to the road this Friday night when they head to Maysville for a matchup with Mason County.

    Be sure to stick with The Morehead News for more on Rowan County baseball.

    Grant Stevens can be reached at gstevens@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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