April 24, 2012 — We all know the story, two outs, three-two count, bottom of the seventh … one can either be a hero, or be the victim of an onslaught of, “what if’s?”
Senior Viking Gabe Richmond took the more desired route, notching a game-winning single to bring home two teammates for a double dose of RBI goodness, as Rowan County defeated East Carter at home, 6-5.
Richmond said the storybook victory could provide the life his team needs to turn around its season.
“This was huge for us,” Richmond said. “Hopefully it will provide the spark we need to start winning more of these close games we’ve had.”
Deadlocked at one run apiece in the top of the third, the home matchup appeared to be headed down a painfully familiar trend for Rowan.
East Carter’s Connor Robinson capitalized on a pickoff attempt at first from the pitcher’s mound, rounding his way to third base before coming to a halt.
Richmond quickly recovered on the pitcher’s mound, picking up two strikeouts, only to see the Raiders score on another arrant throw to first, this time from the catcher.
A nice force-out at first bailed out the Rowan defense to fortunately end the frame with little damage done.
Offensively, the Vikes struggled at bat for the majority of the game, leaving several runners stranded in scoring position, including senior Viking Justin Lewis who subbed in for John Cornett on base duty following a lone single in the bottom of the third.
Several big hits by East pushed the deficit to 5-1 for the home team, leaving little hope for a victory lap.
Down four runs, the tide slowly began to shift in the sixth when Lewis completed a trip to third as a result of a key error by the Raiders, bringing in Tyler Arthur for the score.