April 27, 2012 — Eight innings.
No, this wasn’t one game with an extra inning, this was two, and that was all it took for the Rowan County Lady Vikings softball team to pick up two more wins on the year, as it knocked off Morgan County twice in a double header on Tuesday.
In the first matchup, the Lady Vikings used a combination of dynamic defense to pick up a 16-1 mercy win in the fifth inning.
The girls in green managed 11 hits in the first outing, including a big triple to the right field wall by Mackenzie Summers.
Despite winning six of seven games prior to the trip to West Liberty, the Lady Vikings had struggled somewhat offensively.
Rowan County Head Coach Larry Slone said it was good to see his team start to hit the ball again.
“We hit the ball really well tonight,” Slone said. “I’ve been proud of the way we’ve kept our errors down lately, and that has helped us win. But, it was nice to see us step up to the plate and hit the ball with confidence.”
It was another solid night on the hill for Slone’s team, with Lady Viking pitcher Abby Hammond delivering six strikeouts while only giving up four hits to the Lady Cougars.
The opener also served as fielding showcase for Slone’s team, with a notable play taking place in the fourth.
Freshman Becca Duff caught a fly ball by Morgan’s Heather Haney to deep left field. Duff then threw the ball in to cut-off person Alli Banks, who made the toss to Tessa Jennings at first before a Morgan runner could get back to base to tag up.
Other noteworthy offense in the game was a rarely seen in-the-park homerun for Rowan catcher Lindsey Wilson.