May 18, 2012 — Knowing your competition can go a long way when you’re trying to pull out a win.
The Rowan County Vikings knew theirs quite well, pulling off its second victory over Fairview in four days on Wednesday night, 1-0.
Three up, three down was the story for the visitor’s offense, as Rowan’s boys laid down the shutout.
Sophomore pitcher Tyler Thacker pulled together a complete game for the Vikings on the hill.
Thacker befuddled the Eagle batters, blazing a path to victory by tossing five strikeouts while giving up only three hits.
Rowan County Head Coach Jason Davis talked about Thacker’s performance, saying he has really played big recently on the hill for his team.
“Tyler has really started to hit his stride with his pitching and we are glad to see that,” Davis said. “He’s been a pretty commanding force on the mound for us, and myself and his teammates have confidence in his abilities to pitch a solid game.”
A game that remained scoreless through five innings, the Vikings found enough offense to muster its one run during its fifth at bat.
Rowan County freshman Justin Graham helped to continue the youthful showcase, playing the hero for his team in the fifth when he picked up the go ahead RBI for the Vikings on a ground single.
Davis commented on how his young players played a key role in Wednesday’s nail biter.
“It makes me happy to see our young guys stepping up for us down the stretch here,” Davis said. “They don’t realize how important a role they can play for us in these games. Our seniors have really played big for us too in the second half of the season, and I think our younger guys feed off that.”
Six at bats was all Rowan County would need on this night, as Thacker and his fielding crew sealed the victory with another solid defensive outing in the top of the seventh.